Going Coastal Blog at Allrecipes.com (5/2009)

Going Coastal

May 29, 2009 1:23 pm 
Updated: Jun. 1, 2009 3:55 pm
The actual construction project involved in the garden probably could have been smoother. It was planned out pretty well, but we ended up proceeding without necessarily having the "shovels and rakes and implements of destruction" we would need.Admittedly, I left the original planning and… MORE
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May 28, 2009 4:27 pm 
Updated: May 28, 2009 9:49 pm
The backyard has a few spots that get pretty good sunlight. For whatever reason, I had it in my head that the best thing for the garden and the yard would be to have it up against a wall of either the fence, the house, or the outbuilding. The Missus, however, deftly pointed out that the best… MORE
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May 27, 2009 1:45 pm 
Updated: May 28, 2009 1:27 pm
Selecting what we are going to attempt to grow in our garden was certainly the most exciting part of the early stages of the project. Space is, of course, limited, so it would be impossible to really grow everything that sounded good as we perused the offerings available to us.That being said,… MORE
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May 27, 2009 11:40 am 
Updated: May 27, 2009 1:59 pm
"Nase Zahrada" is how I believe you'd write "Our Garden" in Czech, which is the native language of my maternal grandparents who, before this past weekend, had given me my only real experience whatsoever in growing food.Unfortunately, sitting in Grandpa's lap on the big red Allis-Chalmers as he… MORE
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I'm a native Michigander who has landed in the Pacific Northwest. I'm not hating the 40 degree low temperatures in winter, to be sure, especially when reading about the snowstorms back home. I've also lived in Atlanta, Denver, Madison, and Germany. I have restaurant experience working in Asian cuisine and American barbeque. I just enjoy the rhythm of prepping and cooking in the kitchen with a little music to keep me company. The bonus is when your guests truly enjoy the results of all the work.
My favorite things to cook
I really love Asian food. I prefer to have the one dish with a good mix of veggies and meat in a delicious sauce. It's quite a change from my meat-and-potatoes upbringing.
My favorite family cooking traditions
The maternal side of my family are of Czech descent, so it's those meals at Grandma's house that I love and miss. I feel the need to learn more about Czech cuisine so I can continue those traditions if and when I have a family.
My cooking triumphs
I'd say that making a Thai Chili Pepper Chicken dish for a gal early in our relationship has led to her sticking with me for a while now. Learn to cook you single fellas. It helps!
My cooking tragedies
I added cayenne pepper to a hot pan the other day, which resulted in much coughing and hacking for about ten minutes for both my gal and I. It was really ridiculous. I should know better, but I basically mace-d the household!
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