To Market, To Market…Seattle Blog at (5/2009)

To Market, To Market…Seattle

May 27, 2009 10:56 am 
Updated: Jun. 16, 2009 10:59 am
Late, late nights and early mornings were the rule this week, with a hectic schedule of dusty sheet rocking, mind bending framing problems, running heating ducts, laying new wood floors, painting, etc. So, we stayed close to home and checked out what was going on at our neighborhood market in… MORE
Tent After Tent at the West Seattle Market
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Baby Radishes
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Baby Carrots
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Baby Turnips or "Neeps" as Dad Says
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May 15, 2009 2:38 pm 
Updated: May 26, 2009 9:03 am
No fridge, no stove, no sink, no Farmer’s Market fix – this week was a sad week for fine dining in our little Seattle bungalow. I tried to make it to a market this week, but in my exuberance for checking out all of the local markets, I forgot to check the start dates. And, guess what? The… MORE
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May 8, 2009 11:48 am 
Updated: May 15, 2009 9:33 am
Ballard Market won the Best Local Market Award for two years running, so I have to make it the 2nd market on my weekly food-vacation-from-my-remodel plan. I am cooking my last dinners at home for a month, packing up the pantry, and getting ready to tear out the cupboards. Even with all the… MORE
Crisp Napa Cabbage
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Spuds! These Made awesome, fluffy and rich mashed taters.
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Tents and Tents of Produce!
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Oh the Fresh Greens!
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I started cooking at a young age and have had great experiences travelling and studying food around the world. I enjoy searching out new things and trying to find the "best of" my family and friends' favorite foods.
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I try to shop as much as I can at farmers markets. I really enjoy cooking with fresh, wholesome, local ingredients and I love exploring the products made by specialty meat, cheese, oil, vinegar, and wine producers both locally and from farther afield.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My family has solid German and Scottish roots. The traditions coming out of my grandmother's kitchen are for hearty, frugal dishes: pot roasts, chicken and dumplings, rouladen, and Friday fish dinners are what I remember most.
My cooking triumphs
My mother was very sick one Christmas when I was still in gradeschool, probably 12 years old or so. We had the whole family (about 45 relatives) coming over for dinner and I told my Mom I would take care of it. For two days, I worked and cooked - running upstairs to ask Mom what to do next, then coming down to whip potatoes, make stuffing, prepare the molded salad, and dress the crown roast of pork for the holiday dinner. It all came out right, nothing was ruined and everyone ate well. I will always remember how good it felt to make my Mom and family so happy and proud. That is what really hooked me on cooking.
My cooking tragedies
As a young cook, I often would try to make things before I read a recipe or really understood the chemistry of the cooking or baking task. I once made the most wretched pot pie - a lard crust, undercooked gravy instead of white sauce, frozen peas as the only vegetable, turkey from a holiday that was probably a few days too old to eat. I served it to my sisters - it tasted horrible and gave us all upset stomachs. Thankfully, they have forgiven me and continue to support my cooking adventures.
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