Kung Pao Roasted Cauliflower

I am going to go out on a limb here.  Every time you move, there are a few things that require you to find a new “go-to” place.  Probably a dry cleaner, maybe a pharmacy, and depending how far you moved, possibly a new dentist, doctor, hair dresser, etc.  And, here is where I climb out on that limb.  I am willing to wager that locating some great local take-out is pretty high on that list as well – possibly higher than finding a new dentist.  I’m not saying you don’t care about oral hygiene.  I’m just betting you Yelp searched for good Chinese or pizza take-out before you got…

Southwestern Style Sweet Potato Dip

The only thing as quintessentially “Fall” as the color changing leaves is football.  In full disclosure, I do not live in Texas, the southeast, or even the midwest.  I hear people are football crazy in those parts!  But, up here in Seattle where we are best known for ferry boats, rain, fish, coffee, and REI, we have become fully afflicted with the football “bug.”  Undoubtedly, in no small part, due to the recent successes of the Seahawks.  As a result, I find myself in the company of a football crazed city.   1:00pm on Sunday afternoons begins 3 hours of time so sacred it has been blocked out in iPhone…

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…
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