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The BKR or Bacon, Kale and Ricotta Sandwich

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We loaded our small car with bags, snacks, iPhones and while “Danny the Champion of the World” played through the speakers. Gabe drove with hands gripped tightly on the wheel as rain pelted against the window through much of the drive to Portland. We needed the sort of adventure that comes when we step outside… Read more »

Feed South Africa + Lentil Soup with Coconut

Lentil Soup with Coconut // Not Without Salt

I opened the fridge to scour its neglected contents after a busy weekend. Little bits of carrots and onion sat deserted at the bottom of the vegetable drawer. The half bunches of soggy and now unrecognizable herbs were tossed into the garbage. Once the fridge was reaped of its humble contents I moved on to… Read more »

Winter Herb Pasta with Roasted Vegetables

Winter pasta // Not Without Salt

“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.” ― John Steinbeck     It’s harder for me to find beauty in the winter. I struggle to see joy when I can’t feel my toes. I spend far too much time grumbling about the lack of light that makes… Read more »

Tomato Poached Eggs with Kale and Wheat Berries

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I’m taking a much needed break from attempting to come up with a title for my book to come talk to you all instead. Thanks for the lovely distraction. I’d much rather talk about my dear friend, Megan’s book right now. Megan writes a beautiful blog called, A Sweet Spoonful and her first book, Whole-Grain… Read more »

Chanterelle Chowder with Bacon and Corn

Chanterelle Chowder // Not Without Salt

  This is where summer and fall collide. Where the cool evenings justify a warm bowl of soup. A meeting of sweet, crisp corn and wilted chanterelles that smell of woods and earth. Bacon and thyme reiterate that earthiness before dill showers over the light creamy broth, bringing with it a fleeting freshness. Really, it’s… Read more »

a few things

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              It always feels nice to be in this space. I miss it when I’m gone. And by “it” I mean you all because really you guys have created this space as much as I have. Soon I will return with a recipe but today I have a few… Read more »

Poached Salmon with Cucumber Salsa

Poached Salmon with Cucumber Salsa // Not Without Salt

When the light is golden and hazy I take my time walking down our street to look beyond Ballard and over Queen Anne hill to see the tip of the Space Needle punctuating the top. It towers above the Evergreens just before the hill dips and descends into Lake Union which isn’t seen from my… Read more »

Bacon Day

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Remember that time a few weeks ago when I promised bacon? You thought I lied didn’t you? Well, I didn’t because today is the day. Let’s just go ahead and call it bacon day because not only do I have two great recipes (a goat cheese and bacon pasta and red onion and bacon jam)… Read more »

Roasted Tomato Caprese with Avocado

Roasted Tomato Caprese with Avocado // Not Without Salt

All right, 2013, you’ve got my attention. You’re a big one. Friends, it is with joy so intense I feel it in every part of my body that I get to tell you that Saveur magazine, along with all of you lovlies who voted, has named this here blog the best cooking blog of 2013…. Read more »

Thai Beef Salad

Thai Beef Salad // Not Without Salt

When people ask, or even when they don’t I often describe parenting as a roller coaster although I really hate how cliche that sounds. And yet, I can’t think of a better way to describe the highs and lows, dips and dives, elatement and nausea that happens in a single day when you are left… Read more »

Pressure Cooking: French Pork Stew with White Beans

Pressure Cooker French Pork Stew // not without salt

America’s Test Kitchen sent me the FAGOR Duo Stainless Steel 8-Quart Pressure Cooker to experiment with in preparation for their forthcoming book, “Pressure Cooker Perfection” (available to pre-order now, released in March). What you are about to read is my experience with the pressure cooker using one of the recipes from the new book. I was… Read more »

Melted Leeks and Ricotta Tartine

Homemade Ricotta // not without salt

Could it be that there is actually something good to be said of fear? It turns out that the emotion that I’ve dreaded and relegated to being “wrong” and “unhealthy” might possible be an indicator of exactly what I should be doing. Let me back up for a moment. This past week I read, or… Read more »

Give Thanks

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  “Give thanks in all things.” Happy Thanksgiving to you all. I hope for a great meal, joy in the kitchen and many moments of shared thanks. (These images were the result of a fun side project with Gabe, Kyle Johnson and myself).

Turkey Roulade with Sausage Stuffing

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“We pray for the big things and forget to give thanks for the ordinary, small (and yet really not small) gifts.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer My facebook feed is scattered with friends and family who have dedicated an update of thankfulness for everyday in November. The political rants are becoming less and less while the thanks for… Read more »

Creamy Parsley Pesto

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Last year it was sage, this year parsley. In my small, yet efficient garden I allowed two parsley plants to go to seed at the end of last season. While I was trying to keep up with the sage by smashing it into an aromatic pesto and tucking it into aioli, the parsley was dropping… Read more »

fire and feast

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I’ve fallen in love with a new way to cook. Well, let me clarify, it’s new to me. Fire. On our recent trip to the San Juan Islands I prepared a feast laced with Moroccan flavors almost entirely over an open flame. Madrona trees with  vibrant red-orange trunks framed the view of the Pacific just… Read more »

simple pasta with fresh herbs

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First of all I need to thank you all for the incredible response from my last post. I have read every single comment and email and they have been like a breath of fresh air. I struggled to publish that post but you all have once again proven to be an incredible community that encourages… Read more »

my mess

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I resisted the urge to “style” my mess and actually my kitchen has seen much worse. Also, since I’m being very honest, I originally had two small images of my messy kitchen in this post but realized that that needed to be big. Breathe. A friend encouraged me to take a picture of my messy… Read more »

secrets from the kitchen

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*This post was sponsored by ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda, an ingredient and tool I use daily. The story and images are my own. There are many secrets of the kitchen that are often not taught. Techniques and tricks that become inherently a part of those who work and live in the kitchen. We glide… Read more »

Yeasted Buckwheat Pancakes

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Even though they had sat in a hotel warmer for longer than I had been awake those little Dutch pancakes or Pannenkoeken (trying saying it, it’s quite fun) were something special. Lightly sweet and airy in an unfamiliar way. Usually I hail pancakes for their fluffiness, these are not fluffy at all, rather they delightfully… Read more »

Home

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I’m home. I may not be for long but it feels good to be here. So much to process from this trip, as is the case with any trip, but this one in particular felt different from any other. My dad summed it up pretty accurately as he reflected on his last trip to the Netherlands,… Read more »

Dinner in 15: Harissa Chickpeas with spinach

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My bags sit empty, the cameras are not packed, and I have yet to secure the final book reading list. But before I head off to the Netherlands for a week I wanted to say a quick hello and goodbye. It didn’t seem right to keep these chickpeas from you any longer and I didn’t… Read more »

Dinner in 15: a lighter caesar

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It’s a rare move when I swap out ingredients in order to preserve calories. My philosophy, after years of learning through mistakes, has become quality over quantity. It’s actually become somewhat of a motto for my husband and myself becoming a daily practice in the kitchen and beyond (I find it particularly helpful in the… Read more »

Jalapeno and lime marinated kale tostada

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I really just want you to have this. I could make you wait another day until I can successfully start AND finish this post with a tale or a thought that might actually make sense OR I could let you have it now. And I really just think you need this as soon as possible…. Read more »