Posts Categorized: Miscellaneous


Before we get to our regularly (or not-so regularly) scheduled blog post I have a few announcements and/or links that I thought you may enjoy. First of all in case you missed it and care to read it, the Times Online recently posted an interview with yours truly. Everything you ever wanted to know about… Read more »

Bacon Caramels

I come from a long line of entrepreneurs. My grandfather came to America at the age of 18 from the Netherlands. He spoke no English but was fully equipped with determination and charm as he managed to woo and marry my grandmother within his first year in the states. He is a brilliant and generous… Read more »

Summer Berry Salad

I grew up in raspberry country. Otherwise known as Western Washington. The fields were perfectly stacked with rows of raspberry bushes creating a dizzying pattern as I stared out the window of our old station wagon (complete with exterior wood paneling). Growing up around here it was expected that once you hit a certain age… Read more »

A Picnic Primer

The sun is upon us in the Evergreen state – for now at least. For those of us who live in the lush green land of the Pacific Northwest you have to understand that sunshine is a big deal. When it’s out, we’re out – and that is one of the (many) reasons why I… Read more »

Food, Inc.

In a few short weeks a film is going to hit select theaters that has the potential to change the way so many of us look at our food. I couldn’t be more excited. In April I was invited by the director, Robert Kenner, to attend a screening of Food, Inc. in Los Angeles. I… Read more »

Rockin’ for a cause

Photo courtesy Gabriel Boone Photography Seattle folks – not only do we get killer farmer’s markets, lush green foliage and buses that can traverse both land and sea (actually I think a lot of towns have these but our Duck’s really know how to quack) but now we also have an incredible opportunity to drink… Read more »

Fresh Pea Soup

Hello again. I can only stay for a minute. I’m sorry but I am oh so tired. My husband, myself and many wonderful helping hands have been busy moving our entire life out of our home. Hopefully by the end of this week or the beginning of next all the i’s will be dotted and… Read more »

Vegetables first

Before we get to the ice cream it is only appropriate that we eat our vegetables first. My mother taught me well. While the color of this dish might be one that only Oscar the Grouch approves of don’t let the murky-brown hue taint your taste buds. This dish is rich and incredibly satisfying. The… Read more »

working on

If you follow me on Twitter then you may have read last week that I was testing some sorbets and ice creams with out the use of an ice cream maker. Well, friends… it can be done! Just look. I will be posting the recipe very soon. In the mean time I hear the cries… Read more »

Asparagus 101

It’s here! Bu da da dom! Asparagus is the trumpet fanfare that precedes the progression of late Spring and Summer’s bounty. I welcome the tall and slender stalks with open arms and a hot grill. With so many ways to prepare the brilliant green spears … Shaved Asparagus Salad Crostini¬† with Asparagus Cream and Smoked… Read more »

Do good. Eat well.

In a rare moment of calm, while Roman (age 1) slept, I taught Baron the art of tasting chocolate. At three I figure it’s never to early to start discovering how to savor and tune in to one’s taste buds. Baron’s ears perked as my lips uttered the word chocolate. He is a self-proclaimed “chocolate… Read more »

Get Fresh

In our first years of marriage, Gabe and I soon realized that we ate a lot of fresh rolls. Every time we went out for Thai food, which was quite often, we would make sure to order a plate full of the rice wrapped bundles of fresh flavor. We thought it our mission to find… Read more »

Like Butter

Making Butter from gabe rodriguez on Vimeo. I love butter. I am not ashamed to discuss the shear volume of the pale yellow brick of milk fat that our small family of four consumes. And why should I be? After all butter is rich is Vitamins A, D and K. The cholesterol found in butterfat… Read more »

an egg story

Once upon a time there was a fancy egg who was friends with that fancy egg. They didn’t really get along with these fancy eggs but they were cordial and made pithy egg conversation while sitting next to each other in the carton. The fancy eggs were happy with their beautiful marble coat but they… Read more »

Dirty Carrots

Vegetables have been given a bad rap. Joan Jett may not give a damn about her bad reputation but vegetables deserve more than to be pushed to the side of the plate and fed to the dog. It is because of our mistreatment of them (and where we buy that from – but that’s another… Read more »

Welcome to Not Without Salt

“Where would we be without Salt?” – James Beard Salt has preserved when refrigeration was impossible. It has created and destroyed empires. Salt has “caused mass population shifts and exodus, attracted invaders and caused wars.” (wiki) It has been used as a way of removing bodily toxins and in the preservation of food, allowing early… Read more »

Storyville Coffee

At our house coffee is a morning ritual not to be messed with. We wake to the shouts of “Mommy, Daddy?!” and “waahhh mehhh mama” – which is baby for “Get me out of this cage, give me a bottle warmed to 99.4 degrees and change this extremely dirty diaper.” One of us tends to… Read more »


First of all let me apologize for my delay. We are embarking on the exciting roller coaster ride that is selling and then consequently buying a home. My husband and I decided to move back to Seattle for numerous reasons (this being one just for starters). Our life is on hiatus at the moment as… Read more »

Add this to your collection…

Last night I stayed up far to late devouring Molly’s ( book, A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table. If you haven’t already ordered your copy, what are you waiting for? There are so many recipes that I can not wait to try. One in particular are the fruit-nut balls. Like Molly,… Read more »

Strong Cheese

I made this recipe all the way back in January and I can not believe that I have waited until now to post it. Do not let my dilly dallying rub off on you. Raid your cheese drawer and make this recipe a.s.a.p. Frugality is not something I excel in. Being a passionate foodie I… Read more »


For the past couple of days I have walked around with a spring step and my head in the clouds. The Times Online selected Artisan Sweets as one of the top 50 food blogs in the world. I am so incredibly honored to be in the midst of blogs that I have admired and gleaned… Read more »

Tasting Chocolate

Many people suggest that the first year of marriage is the hardest (I’ve also heard the seventh is a tough one – we’ll see about that) but I look on that year with great fondness. My husband and I made it our mission to try nearly every restaurant in Seattle. We kept a notebook about… Read more »

In honor of Pie.

Happy PIE DAY!! I like pie. Which is quite evident by the amount of times I have talked about it here. In honor of the holiday I’ve compiled a list of my pie resources. Chocolate Pecan Pie My Favorite Crust Recipes Pie Science More Pie Pregnancy and Chocolate Cream Pie And still more Pumpkin Pie… Read more »

Corn Flakes and Cookies: An old recipe

My Great Aunt Abe loves to play Uno and evidently she loves to bake as well. Recently I went through some of my Aunt Abe’s things that were gathered from her home as she is now moving to assisted living. In the box of miscellaneous items I chose a set of hand stitched pillowcases that… Read more »

Toot toot.

I am so excited about the current issue of Seattle Metroplitan Bride and Groom that I just had to share with all of you. My little chocolates made lovely models. Photos taken by Angie Norwood Browne

Some thoughts on Peppermint Patties

Remember these little beauties I pointed you to? I finally made them. I am such a sucker for conventional products that I realize can be easily made myself. A few examples to make my point… I make my own laundry soap and dishwashing detergent. And of course you all remember the marshmallows and the kettle… Read more »

The Christmas Cookie that never was…

In all honesty this past week was one of the hardest weeks our little family has had. First I was sick and I am not talking about *cough* *cough* *sniffle* sick. It was more horrific than that, but I will spare you the details. Then poor little Baron came down with it. Gabe watched in… Read more »

Kettle Cooked

It is quite cold here these days. The kind of cold that manages to find its way into your bones so deep inside that the only cure is a long, scalding shower. It is gray too making everything outside a somber, monochromatic tone. I do enjoy this time of the year with all the excitement… Read more »