Posts Categorized: Miscellaneous

Gluten-Free Chocolate Biscotti

I was both honored and slightly frightened when Shauna (Gluten-Free Girl) asked me to bake a Gluten-Free Thanksgiving recipe. I’ve made a few gluten-free items before but they were completely flour-free. This time I wanted to challenge myself and have fun playing with completely new-to-me flours. I love a good challenge. Now I understand that… Read more »

“it tastes like Almond Roca” candy

I will be attending three Thanksgiving dinners this year. I will be wearing stretchy pants at each meal (and probably a cute little dress to cover up the fact that I’m wearing stretchy pants). It may surprise you to know that I don’t do a lot of cooking on Thanksgiving. It’s not that I don’t… Read more »

Rough week, Great books

I’m not going to lie. This past week has been very difficult. Like so many of us do, I tried to be the woman who could do it all; maintain a fairly clean home, keep the laundry pile at a level that wouldn’t swallow up one of the children if they happen to fall in… Read more »

A Return

This week was the first time I returned to the kitchen since Ivy was born. Today she is one month old. Before you call the authorities let me assure you that I did not let my family starve for the past month. Night after night we have been blessed with food from our dear family… Read more »

Sister baby is here!

I don’t remember exactly when Baron started referring to our little bun in the oven as sister baby but it stuck and now that she is finally here I get a huge grin every time the boys see her and say, “hi sister baby”. They then proceed to give her a hug and a kiss… Read more »

Pancakes With Blueberry Butter

Pancakes have a way of making mornings feel special. One can’t help but smile as they bite into a pile of fluffy, pillow-like cakes that are made moist with a bath of syrup. Around here we have pancakes quite often. I guess we like our mornings to feel special. Or I just love how excited… Read more »


Although I’ve let this place go quiet I wanted to let you know about a few things I’ve been working on that are floating around the internet. First let me introduce you to one of my favorite Summer treats. Coffee Granita. You’ll find the recipe on (in fact you can find several of my… Read more »

Some baby clothes

I promise more food to come soon. This week is a flurry of testing recipes for various articles, classes, etc. There will be plenty of food to share. But I wanted to bring you something while I had a moment to spend with you. So please indulge me while I show you that I’m learning… Read more »

Recycled Crayons

There’s nothing better than taking something that’s old, haggard and about to end up in the garbage and making it new and exciting all over again. Especially if the project involves crayons! The other day my boys and I were feeling a little crafty. I have also been feeling a little bit of the nesting… Read more »

The Newlywed Kitchen Potluck

So I have a great idea for a Summer – or anytime – party. Step 1. Pick a cookbook. Step 2. Invite fellow food-loving folk. Step 3. Tell invitees to prepare one recipe from the book of choice. Step 4. Set out dishes. Step 5. EAT! I can’t take credit for this brilliant idea which… Read more »

A quilt in shades of pink

It has taken me a long time to embrace the role of wife/mother/homemaker. I have a few other jobs too such as writing this blog and teaching many of you lovely people how to be more confident bakers,  but my primary responsibility is taking care of my family and our home. It is how I… Read more »

Mint, basil, cucumber & lime fizz

Here is my plan for the Summer – me, comfortable chair, kiddie pool, feet dangling, kids content, green grass, flourishing garden, sitting, big pregnant belly and an endless pitcher of this mint, basil, cucumber and lime fizz. So basically what we have here is a variation of a virgin mojito – if you aren’t growing… Read more »

Perfect Pizza at home

With Delancey (incredible pizza restaurant with famed owners Brandon and Molly – of Orangette) right around the corner from us it seems so silly to even bother making pizza at home. Call me silly. Whenever a challenge presents itself, such as creating crispy, chewy crusted pizza at home, I take it head on and am… Read more »

How to Shuck an Oyster

I was asked to photograph oysters. Typically I photograph food that I eagerly speed through the photo making process so I can eat my subject. This shoot was different. I’m not much of an oyster fan. I’ve tried and am continuing to try – although I give myself a free pass when I’m pregnant. I… Read more »

Quinoa : the perfect picnic grain

Picnic season is upon us and for this I couldn’t be more excited. So excited in fact that the first day we had legitimate sunshine around here I got a sunburn. The gentle burn on my skin still causes me to smile and dream about all the days of laying on the grass and the… Read more »

New Summer Classes Added!

We are so excited about our June classes, featuring CAKES and MEXICAN FOOD, two of our favorite things! Email to reserve your spot! *A second cake class has been added! We will be having a “Cake Walk” on June 9th as well for those of you who didn’t get in to the class on… Read more »

Market Finds

Sunny and 65* in Seattle demanded a trip to Pike Place Market. We relished the morning as we played tourist in our own city. We each had our own mission. I was determined to pick up some vital ingredients to appease some pregnancy cravings – butter, goat cheese and chocolate cake. At DeLaurenti I found… Read more »

always in bloom

In Seattle we had nearly two weeks where the sun tempted us with Spring. Green buds emerged, soft pink cherry blossoms covered the bare branches and in the anticipation of our Summer garden we covered our window sills with starts soon to be planted in the rich soil. Now the rain has returned and continues… Read more »

I’m back. Well, almost.

I knew I liked all of you but after all those kind words of congrats and encouragement over the exciting news of our family expansion – well, now I know you folks are the best there are and I like you A LOT. From the bottom of my heart I thank you. These have been… Read more »

Why I’ve stayed away from food

I have some explaining to do. It’s happened a few times in my blogging career where I seem to just slip off into an unknown void. Without an explanation my words, pictures and food cease to exist in cyberspace. And I hate coming back here apologizing to you kind people for my absence because you… Read more »

New Classes added

I may not be updating the blog regularly but I did just update my classes page! Check it out and sign up. If you happen to be in the Bellingham area I’m teaching a class near you tomorrow (Wednesday 2/10) and there is still space. Thanks all. I will be back to my regular posting… Read more »

A lesson in photography

In the midst of all the holiday craziness I stepped away from the stove and got my hand out of the sugar to take a photography workshop with the incredibly talented, Penny De Los Santos. Chances are you have seen Penny’s work as it graces the pages of Saveur and National Geographic. One glance at… Read more »

Sushi: photos

The other day I thought I should eat healthy. So I made Sushi. For those who want to know these were taken with a Canon 5D 24-70 2.8 The light is au naturale. click through to Artazza for the recipe

eating and remembering 2009

In January we ate the best chocolate chip cookies. Wait what?! You haven’t tried them yet? I forgive you as long as you promise to start softening the butter after you read this post. In February we were honored by the Times Online and of course I mean we because without you I’d be long… Read more »

year of the lamb

With the new year approaching more rapidly then I can wrap my head around I am surrounded by articles wearing the title of ‘best of’ and lists that point out the trends of 2009 and predict the future trends of 2010. It was on such a list that I noticed pork was on its way… Read more »

Gingerbread Townhouse – December Daring Bakers

The December 2009 Daring Bakers’ challenge was brought to you by Anna of Very Small Anna and Y of Lemonpi. They chose to challenge Daring Bakers’ everywhere to bake and assemble a gingerbread house from scratch. They chose recipes from Good Housekeeping and from The Great Scandinavian Baking Book as the challenge recipes. This has… Read more »

{Cocktail} Gin and Sin

The Food: A-Z Project is still going strong! Check out our flickr group and if you haven’t joined please do. Tomorrow we are moving on to the letter “H”. For those of you unfamiliar with the project please let me explain. Seeking inspiration and some discipline I decided to begin a group that photographs a… Read more »

Cannoli – my first daring baker’s challenge!

The November 2009 Daring Bakers Challenge was chosen and hosted by Lisa Michele of Parsley, Sage, Desserts and Line Drives. She chose the Italian Pastry, Cannolo (Cannoli is plural), using the cookbooks Lidia’s Italian-American Kitchen by Lidia Matticchio Bastianich and The Sopranos Family Cookbook by Allen Rucker; recipes by Michelle Scicolone, as ingredient/direction guides. She… Read more »