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Appetizers & Sides

Jerusalem artichokes are wonderful, knobby, difficult to clean tubers that are easy to find in the northwest this time of year at farmers markets. They are not artichokes (although they taste a bit like artichokes, hence the name and confusion) and they have no particular connection with Jerusalem (Italians called them Girasole, Italian for sunflower, […]

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In the Zuni Cafe Cookbook, there is a recipe for quail and sausage braised with grapes. It is Judy Rodgers’ take on a Umbrian dish called Salsiccia all’Uva. The quail is an embellishment; the traditional dish is simply browned sausages nestled in a bed of cooked grapes, which is what we made. Ms. Rodgers wrote […]

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Add this one to your post-holiday menus. It’s on ours. This is one of our favorite ways to prepare cauliflower, and after a week of complicated, heavy meals, this easy, slightly spicy food is just about right. It still has some richness due to the toasted nuts, but that’s offset by the chilies and ginger. […]

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We first made this recipe from the Feburary 2005 edition of Food & Wine at Thanksgiving a couple of years back. It was very well received and we’ve kept it on the rotation ever since. The manchego almond sauce here is a refreshing twist on your typical cream sauce, but it definitely still has that […]

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My cousin Kathryn called last week looking for Thanksgiving ideas, so this post is for her. I’ll be making these sprouts next Thursday, along with this pie. When I made this last night, we ate it warm, but for thanksgiving I will prepare it a couple hours before dinner and serve it as a room […]

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Until this past year, my homemade French fries had never quite hit the mark. It seems so simple, and it is very simple, but somehow, my fries never approached the divine fries that I’ve gotten at some of my favorite restaurants (the fries at Schultzy’s come to mind, for those in Seattle). They’ve been edible, […]

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Berry season is tapering down just as corn is taking off, so this is a good time to share this recipe of fresh blueberries and roasted corn. We hope that you will like as much as we do. The richness of the salad depends on concentrating the sugar in the corn a bit, so it […]

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I love fresh shelling peas, and I lament the fact that they are not more commonly available. I asked Beryl if she’d plant a good bunch of them this year to use in my favorite pasta dish of fettucini with fresh peas, prosciutto and sage butter. She obliged and got a decent crop. In our […]

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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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Collard greens, for me, have always been a bit of a mystery. I didn’t grow up eating them, but I certainly heard the word a fair amount. What were they anyway? Was it a type of plant? Was it the way they were prepared (I pictured a bowl of cooked spinach with a “collar” of […]

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