Snow prep: 3-Bean Turkey Chipotle Chili, Christmas Cranes in Seattle

  While there’s usually lots of snow in the two mountain ranges in Washington State, where, in my opinion, it belongs, we also get some snow here at Seattle sea level during the season. Some years there’s hardly more than an occasional dusting and, rarely, we have deep snow. It used to be said that … More Snow prep: 3-Bean Turkey Chipotle Chili, Christmas Cranes in Seattle

In the kitchen with juliyya: Adorable Snowman Cake for a birthday

There was much fun and mixing in my kitchen this week in preparation for the birthday party of a young girl who will be six. She wanted a snowman cake, the description of which changed several times over the course of several days and, indeed, right up to the last moment when she decided that … More In the kitchen with juliyya: Adorable Snowman Cake for a birthday

Mrs. W’s Tamale Casserole. Now with Sriracha. Also leaves, a Seattle crane.

I spent some summers during university years as a live-in cook/keeper for a family with a “cabin” in a country club on Bainbridge Island where they spent that part of the year. As with any family, they had a rotating menu of favorites for which the recipes were available for whatever cook was in the … More Mrs. W’s Tamale Casserole. Now with Sriracha. Also leaves, a Seattle crane.

Whoop-tee-doo Chocolate Shard Cookie, V.1, Seattle’s Theo Chocolate

A lovely neighbor gifted me with two bars of Seattle’s own Theo Chocolate, a pure and dark variety, which, in this house, means “Bake something with it.” Some people have suggested a deficit in the planned cookie menu for MsChef in Seattle upcoming shops, namely, a chocolate chip cookie. I’ve resisted because that cookie is … More Whoop-tee-doo Chocolate Shard Cookie, V.1, Seattle’s Theo Chocolate

How to prepare for big storm: Bake! Loaded Frittata, Hard Flour Banana Nut Bread

The first of two expected windstorms in the Pacific Northwest passed yesterday with leaves and branches and plenty of fresh air. The second, more powerful storm, is already hitting the coast and expected here in the Seattle area beginning in a couple hours. While it’s not necessary — at least locally — to fill the … More How to prepare for big storm: Bake! Loaded Frittata, Hard Flour Banana Nut Bread

Small Batch: Pineapple(from frozen) Ice Cream V1

Someone requested that I have a go at making pineapple ice cream ¬†and someone else recently on holiday in the tropics mentioned looking for it while there. Temporarily out of fresh fruit because of unwillingness to go outside in Seattle heat and having whipping cream in fridge set to expire, I looked in the freezer … More Small Batch: Pineapple(from frozen) Ice Cream V1

Caramelized Red Bells n Farfalle for Mother’s Day

Yesterday I spent a gorgeous and perfect afternoon in another city with my daughter while Seattle celebrated Opening Day of Boating Season. She and I celebrated Mother’s Day (in part) early with lunch at Rory’s in Edmonds and watched the run-up to the Kentucky Derby at the same time. We Lyfted up the hill to … More Caramelized Red Bells n Farfalle for Mother’s Day