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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August’s Entertaining Tips: Lessons from our DIY Wedding

Earlier this month, my husband and I celebrated our 5th anniversary.  We enjoyed a wonderful weekend away.  On that weekend we did a little reminiscing about our wedding day 5 years ago.  We had a completely DIY wedding that was wonderful, intimate, laid back, and yet, much more stressful than any event that low-key and laid-back should be.  I am fairly certain all parties involved in the planning and executing process would agree with me on this point.  We did a lot of things right (FOOD!) and a lot of things wrong (scheduling, transportation, forgotten pants, missing groomsmen, and so on and so forth…).  Needless to say, we learned a…

Peach or Nectarine Frangipane Galette

Welcome to the final day of stone fruit week.  Aren’t these galettes beauties?  If you missed any of the other stone fruit recipes, feel free to check out them out:  Stone Fruit Budino, Stone Fruit Olive Oil Buckle, and Peach Cobbler Food is not just fuel.  Its a tool for building community, forging new friendships, and bringing people together.  When looking for an excuse to get the crew together, I always choose seasonal flavors as my “tool” of choice. Spring means rhubarb, early summer means berries, and late summer means stone fruits!!  So I love having a whole slough of options to make.  Making something new and exciting is always…

Stone Fruit Olive Oil Buckle

Helllooo there!  Welcome to recipe #2 of Stone fruit week!! As far as absolutely delicious, effortlessly beautiful, and incredibly versatile desserts go, this one is the winner.  Stone Fruit Olive Oil Buckle!  Made with a mixture of all purpose flour and almond meal, it has a subtle almond taste to complement the fruit.  And buttermilk makes this cake niiiiice and moist.  Also, if you want to pass this off as a breakfast cake, I won’t judge! You can make this with a couple bowls and whisk!  No need to whip egg-whites or beat butters and sugars until pale and fluffy here.  This is just good old fashioned muscle powered whisk…
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