January’s Entertaining Tips: Raw Oyster Tasting

Ok, have we all been to wine tasting parties?  Or what about the wine and cheese pairing parties?  Here in Seattle, beer and/or hard cider tastings are having a moment in the sun. And I’m willing to bet most of us have been to at least some iteration of one of the above. Here is the thing, I love the idea of a party surrounding the exploration and sampling of something new!!  Who doesn’t love trying yummy new things??  Plus, I love interactive parties that encourage people to chat it up about food/flavors etc.  Its great especially when not all of the guests know each other.  Commonality (or friendly disagreement)…

Lemon Sesame Soba Noodles with Brussel Sprouts

Okay. If someone asked you to make the easiest dinner on the planet thats also healthy, vegetarian, and gluten free, what would you make?  The answer is lemon sesame soba noodles with brussel sprouts. With a light lemony sauce, shaved brussel sprouts, garlic, shallots, sesame seeds, and 100% buckwheat noodles, this noodle dish is the ticket!  Also, you can make it in 15 minutes. I saw Sesame Brussel Sprout Soba with Ginger on Naturally Ella and loved the idea.  This recipe was inspired by it!  I knew after trying the original (it was delicious!) that it would be super lovely with the flavor of fresh lemons.  So I made a…

Easy Shakshuka Baked Eggs

Easiest dinner ever alert!  This is what I make when I have a nearly empty pantry and no time.  And you know the best part, its actually GOOD!  Seriously, 15 minutes and dinner is on the table.  I’m not one to complain about that. A can of tomatoes, a splash of olive oil, smashed garlic cloves, some chopped shallot or onion, salt, pepper, saffron threads if you have them, and any random veggies like celery or carrots are the saucy liquid you poach the eggs in.  After it bakes, top it with some parsley, cilantro, or even basil and DIG IN! Just how you “dig in” is up to you!…

Brioche Knot Dinner Rolls

When this posts, we will be on our way back from 5 very cold but amazing days in Alaska. We will come back to our little bungalow, a much warmer city, and these two goofballs. June and George.  They are both miniature Australian shepherds, and June (on the right) has been my partner in crime since before any of the rest of the crazy clan, including the husband.  She is as spunky and sweet as she is lounge-y and sassy.  She is quite possibly a dog version of myself.  The one syllable nature of her name lends itself to many nickname iterations… Junior, Junie-girl, Junie-bop, Junie-spoony, and, my personal favorite,…

Vegan Pad See Ew

Ok, Thai take-out may be convenient.  But, so is this homemade pad see ew!!  You can have dinner on the table in under 20 minutes!  (Plus, this version can be made vegan and gluten free.) You guys, pad see ew is my favorite Thai noodle dish.  Phad Thai may get all the hype, but pad see ew is where its at, folks.  Pad see ew uses a wide rice noodles that soak up a soy forward sauce with broccoli (or chinese broccoli, if you can find it!).  Topped with some chopped radish or bean sprouts for crunch and some roasted peanuts and green onions. Who doesn’t love a super speedy,…
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