From the monthly archives:

July 2009

So Hot…

by Talley

in Cocktail,Fruit

Hottest day ever in recorded history in Seattle yesterday. The cats are starting to adopt awkward dying poses as if to say “Whyyy me?? Make it go away. . .”. This calls for refreshing cocktails! We had some watermelon and decided to make juice from it. After looking around online, I didn’t find any watermelon […]

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Jerry Traunfeld, acclaimed herb guru and chef formerly of The Herbfarm in Woodinville, and now of Poppy in Capitol Hill, has a couple cookbooks that are always bouncing around on my bookshelf… mainly because they get used so often that they have yet to find a comfortable resting place. For a chef who was known […]

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When I was younger, I listened to tapes of stories by the storyteller Jay O’Callahan. A quarter century later, there are lines from those tapes that repeat in my head. As I crest a steep hill on my bike, I think, “I did it oh I did it oh I did it oh I did […]

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Pesto

by Talley

in Methods

This past spring, Beryl manned the Sunseed Farm booth at the Ballard Farmers’ Market selling veggie starts. Nick, the owner, stocked 6 different kinds of basil plants: Genovese, Italian large leaf, purple petra, lemon, thai, and cinnamon basil. Beryl came home with all varieties but the lemon basil and planted no less than eleven basil […]

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Last year, Talley and I put together a collection of our favorite recipes for our families, and this was the first entry. It’s hardly a recipe, it’s more of a suggestion, but as simple as it is, it is one of my favorite things to eat. We ate it yesterday and if I have my […]

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Chocolate mint (Mentha piperita) is one of three mints that was on the shelves at the Sun Seed Farm booth at the Ballard Farmer’s Market this spring, and is one of the latest additions to our herb garden. It’s delicious stuff, smells a bit like an Andes chocolate mint, and we’ve been having fun thinking […]

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Do you have a weakness for a particular food? Something that you simply cannot resist ordering when you see it on the menu? A dish, a dessert, an ingredient, a cut of meat? For us, that weakness is for pork belly. We simply cannot resist it. It is perhaps the perfect cut of meat: layers […]

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