Mar. 22, 2009 9:21 pm
Updated: Sep. 4, 2009 11:42 am
A few years ago a dear friend taught me how to wax and dye Ukrainian Easter eggs, and being a couple of obsessive crafters with lots of time on our hands, we settled down to make dozens and dozens of eggs. The basic idea is to draw a design on a raw egg with melted beeswax and dip the egg…
Pysanky tools: a kitska and a lump of beeswax.
Ukrainian Easter eggs aka pysanky.
Assortment of pysanky, some better than others, all made in friendship and love.
Mar. 17, 2009 8:56 am
Updated: Mar. 18, 2009 3:10 pm
But of course I'm not Irish. Like that matters today. I am by birth 100% hapa but I'm not going to let that get in the way of making Irish stew and champ and washing it down with Guinness. Uh huh. And I've got The Long Black Veil by The Chieftains on the iPod and…
Irish soda bread in a skillet
Irish soda bread with raisins and caraway seeds
Mar. 16, 2009 6:19 pm
Updated: Apr. 13, 2009 9:15 pm
So I worked in the garden until the rising windstorm caused twigs, then small branches, then one fair-sized tree limb to crash down and take my late winter clean up back to zero. Fine. Score one for Mother Nature. But my battle with the elements made me all the more hungry for a different sort…
Stout-hearted pork braise ingredients
Almost ready for the oven
Stout-hearted pork braise with parsley mashed potatoes
Mar. 14, 2009 8:44 pm
Updated: Mar. 16, 2009 6:47 am
To be a gardener in Seattle is to bundle up against the cold and the wet and work between the raindrops. Waiting for good weather is for the weak. So when today's downpour lightened up to merely a minor storm, I threw on the thermals, climbed into a pair of rubber boots, and zipped up my rain…
Late winter mac and cheese
Mar. 2, 2009 9:22 am
Updated: Mar. 6, 2009 6:50 pm
I must have missed the memo when January 24 was declared National Soup Swap Day. Actually, this year marked its third anniversary, so I'm really behind the curve on this one. And I'm a girl who loves her soup. In fact, a bowl of soup would be just the thing on a cold, rainy day like today, and…
Feb. 24, 2009 10:14 pm
Updated: Feb. 27, 2009 1:23 pm
I have an unhealthy relationship with bread. I love it but it doesn't love me. While I could happily live the rest of my life in the company of freshly baked bread and a dish of butter, that much togetherness wouldn't have a happy ending.
And in the rose-colored spirit of denial that kicks…
Delicious Rosemary Bread tied up in knots
Feb. 23, 2009 5:28 pm
Updated: Feb. 27, 2009 1:26 pm
Sunday breakfast usually goes something like this: "What do you want to eat?" "I don't know. What do you feel like cooking?" "I don't know." And so on. But this past Sunday I mentioned making pancakes to celebrate Pancake Week and the crowd went wild. Okay, there are only three of us, but you…
Stack o' apple pancakes
Feb. 19, 2009 8:52 pm
Updated: Sep. 4, 2009 11:31 am
What do you do when you have out-of-town guests in for one day and you want to show them a good time? I solved that dilema last week when I spent a cold and sunny afternoon at Pike Place Market with friends who were in from Los Angeles and New York.
But these big city folk felt a little…
Artichokes $3.49 each...is that a good price?
Peppers, tomatillos, and potatoes in three colors.
Mighty, mighty Brussels sprouts!
Feb. 6, 2009 11:09 am
Updated: Feb. 19, 2009 7:44 pm
I dropped off my son for a sleepover and came away with a jar of homemade fig jam. Is this a fair exchange? But if my friend isn’t complaining then neither am I. Especially when I get to spoon a golden dollop of fig and honey over my morning bowl of yogurt. Compare that to her having to deal with
Catherine's Fig Honey Compote
Feb. 3, 2009 8:29 pm
Updated: Apr. 30, 2009 8:33 pm
A friend tells me she tried to have dim sum this weekend in the International District, only to find the restaurants completely overwhelmed by everyone else in Seattle who had the same idea. It’s the Lunar New Year, after all--The Year of the Ox—a year said to be characterized by prosperity…
Duck Fried Rice
Dragon Dance Drummers
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