Crisps with Honey Roasted Figs and Goat Cheese

In the Pacific Northwest, figs are in season for approximately five minutes.  I am talking about the truly juicy, sweet, and ripe ones – not the sad mild flavored ones in grocery store cartons all summer.  For the truly juicy figs, be careful not to blink or you might miss them! Outside of the Fig Newton bars I ate as a kid, I never gave figs much thought until eating the juiciest fig of my life on a charcuterie board in Italy.  Mind. Blown.  What was the deal with  these juicy little gems?  And how did I not know about them?   Fast forward to now.  I love figs.  I…

Vegetarian Enchiladas Verdes

Hello everyone, hope you all are having a great weekend!  Our town’s classic car show is happening today.  The city is hopping with cool cars, packed restaurants, and tons of out-of-towners!   Every year, I stay true to form as a Mini Cooper driver and end up casting my vote for one of the classic Minis. The car show is great exposure for local businesses, a parking nightmare for locals, and a very welcome trip back in time!  I felt out of place in my boring old t-shirt and shorts.  It seems like I should have been wearing saddle shoes and poodle skirts, and a side ponytail.  Too much?  Ok, at…

Rustic Cake Decorating: 3 Ways + My Swiss Buttercream Recipe

When it comes to cake decor and style, the bridal industry seems to dictate the trends.  Right now, rustic and retro looking cakes are having a big moment.  Intentionally “messy” looking frosting or “naked” frosted cakes are more en vogue than their fondant coated counterparts.  I for one am quite pleased that brides-to-be have discovered there are ways to frost a cake that both tastes great and has a beautiful appearance.  Fondant’s smooth looking perfection had its day (or decade), but it tastes absolutely horrid.  So, I am pleased as punch to see it falling out of popularity for the time being. You don’t have to be making a wedding…

Baked Tofu and Eggplant Soba Noodles

Tofu, eggplant, and noodles.  Three of my favorite things all in one place. Noodle bowls are one of my favorite meals.  I find myself mentally debating how many nights a week its appropriate to make some version of a noodle bowl.  If I use rice noodles in one and soba noodles in another, then they basically aren’t even in the same category, right?  My poor husband… In the interest of full disclosure, I am certainly not an Asian inspired dish expert by any stretch of the imagination!  So, maybe its my blissful ignorance of proper Asian culinary techniques or my umami drunk tongue speaking here, but I always find Asian-style…

Cardamom Morning Buns

Ok, friends.  Lets have an honest chat.  There are only a handful of coffee shops in the world that make me swoon. As you know, I am a Seattlite.  And like any good Seattlite, I love good coffee!  A properly made latte is a thing of beauty.  So of course, I have my go-to favorites with perfectly drawn espresso shots and velvety smooth steamed milk. A latte is fantastic.  Don’t get me wrong!  I will absolutely cross town for the perfect latte!  But why-oh-why do the perfect latte and an awe inspiring pastry case seem to be mutually exclusive variables?  I can name a half dozen amazing bakeries in the city.  And…
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