5 for Friday – with amyp!

HI! I decided to interview myself for 5 for Friday this week, as I’ve just released my 11th eBook, Fresh Pantry – BEETS! Annnnddd……maybe I forgot it was Friday. It happens. BEETS is the eleventh volume in the 12-month series and features fun and inspired recipes for onions that will liven up your kitchen, without boring your palate or relying on processed foods. Fresh Pantry: Beets features: 16 creative & easy recipes spanning every meal of the day, including morning noshes –  Corn Crepes with Beet Sauce, afternoon snacks/apps like Beet-pickled Eggs (these are so gorgeous) & a KILLER Fennel-Beet Borscht that will warm your soul and keep you healthy all winter long. I hope you check it out, post it to your Pinterest, share it with friends and sing this book series from the mountaintops! I wrote Fresh Pantry eBooks as a means to help people eat seasonally and it’s been a labor … Continue reading

5 for Friday – Sarah Littlefield, Curator of Vintage Wares

I have the great providence of being surrounded by inspiring people. 5 for Friday questions will be asked of artists, farmers, curators, creators, innovators, entrepreneurs etc – all of the people that I find interesting. Everyone gets the same five questions.

Sarah & LarisaOk, you guys ready for this? Get your bookmarking fingers ready or grab a pen and paper – you’re going to want to take notes. Meet the fabulous, cheerful and adorable Sarah Littlefield. I don’t have any recollection about how Sarah and I first met. We have many mutual friends and have found each other at parties, dinners and events over the years, always saying hello, but never digging deep. It wasn’t until I found Sarah on Instagram & Facebook that I really fell in love. She calls herself a “picker of vintage wares“, but “picker” doesn’t do her justice. Sarah is a consummate curator, as far as I’m concerned. With her business, Seattle Junk Loveshe roves all over the Pacific Northwest (and well beyond) on the hunt for utilitarian items, objects, furniture & lighting from the early 1900’s thru the 50’s. There is a skill and expertise in her work, regardless of her humility, and she has an incredible eye for gorgeous and well-constructed pieces. Continue reading

Winter Transition in the Garden – How-To

garlicHere in the Pacific NW we’ve had the good fortune of a relatively mild autumn, while on the east coast it snowed this week. Regionally, garden news will vary in terms of timing – I still have tomatoes in the ground in gardens here in Seattle, but everyone should (or should have!) work to transition their gardens this week or next.

A winter garden transition essentially rids the beds of any lingering summer crops and any plants that will not over winter. In their place, it is best to cover and protect the soil. You can do this by … Continue reading

5 for Friday – Jameson Fink, wine writer/editor & podcast host

6534627839_76f069349aI have the great providence of being surrounded by inspiring people. 5 for Friday questions will be asked of artists, farmers, curators, creators, innovators, entrepreneurs etc – all of the people that I find interesting. Everyone gets the same five questions.

I have so many things to tell you about Jameson Fink, that I need to slow down my thoughts and focus as I write. First of all, how awesome is that name? It was love at first sound bite.

I met Jameson many years ago at the inaugural International Food Bloggers Conference, where he was helping Foodista, the website that created, sponsors & puts on the event every year. While he worked for his registration, I snuck in under the title of ‘friend’ (I am not a blogger, nor have I ever been), abusing my priveledges in an attempt to glean some free information about the wonderful world of websites. (Side note: The conference is an absolute MUST for anyone interested in food, writing, blogging or web work and is coming back to Seattle in September of 2014.) Continue reading

5 for Friday – Emma Schwartzman, Creator

Emma SchwartzmanI have the great providence of being surrounded by inspiring people. 5 for Friday questions will be asked of artists, farmers, curators, creators, innovators, entrepreneurs etc – all of the people that I find interesting. Everyone gets the same five questions.

I met Miss Emma Schwartman through our ever-evolving restaurant connections. Once you work in a few restaurants around town, and eat out a lot, and hang out with people in the service industry, you start to criss cross paths with people you know, but don’t know. Interestingly, the first time I really spent any time with Emma was while we both helped develop an event for the Henry Art Gallery – she as an event designer, me as the food curator for their annual fundraising event, Spring Sprung. It was love at first sight – she was composed, calm and funny in the face of pre-event stress and chaos. Her get-it-done, but chill nature stuck with me.

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