Big Bold Barolo

Certain wines should be left alone, like a caterpillar emerging from its cocoon Barolo needs time and isolation to evolve and integrate.  Nebbiolo grown on these particular plots in this minute region of Piedmont are the pinnacle of expression.  The wine’s noble character makes it a wine for an occasion. Out on the town once…

Coastal and Contrary

There are wines that are stashed away for special occasions.  The hope is these are well hidden enough in the cellar to escape notice until that auspicious moment when they are called to action. Dinner at Copine over the weekend was one of those times.  The 2004 Kistler ‘Cuvée Elizabeth’ Pinot Noir was the wine….

Crunch Munch

Tender spring veg are one of life’s great joys. Throughout the season carrots abound.  They can be found in recipes for deep, flavorful braised brisket to refreshing aqua fresca with lime.  Their ubiquitous presence puts them in the running year in and year out for ‘Most Dependable Vegetable’. It is in the spring time when…

Beans Braising 

This is one of those dinners that comes together in a flash because of small steps taken in the days before. The cannellini beans had been soaked during the working day and cooked the night before.  Bay leaf and rosemary were added to the stock as the beans cooked.  No salt was aded at this…

And Now, Salad 

Salad season sneaks in as salmon season is kicking off.  It does not get the same fanfare, but it begins nonetheless without much ado.  It begins quietly with heaping bags of tender mustard greens and over wintered spinach.  The next phase brings peppery green arugula.  Before long full heads of Romaine and Troutspeck are available….

King Salmon

The gang’s all here.  Morels, asparagus, new potatoes, big crunchy heads of lettuce.  The farmers market is bursting with spring veg.  Now the salmon are running.  The first of these mighty fish made it to Seattle last week. The cooking style in my kitchen has  shifted from long slow languorous methods to quicker preparations aimed…

Mighty Morels

This week’s find at the farmers market – morel mushrooms.  Along with rhubarb and snap peas the arrival of these beauties signal spring is progressing.  These cratered conical fungi add woodsy depth the any dish they are incorporated into. A simple preparation would be to sautée minced garlic and shallot in butter, add the morels…

Bangers

The Ballard Farmers Market has grown.  As the neighborhood’s density has increased with the installation of multistory apartment buildings the market’s location has shifted as well.  This has allowed for the number and diversity of vendors to increase. One such vendor is Carl’s Cutting Board.  The stall sits closer to Market Street with its cinema…

An Education Continued…

Two sour ales were opened and tasted this afternoon.  Another sample from the Double Mountain Brewery the other from a new producer, Calicraft Brewing Company. Peach was the common flavor of both ales in this tasting round.  The sour ale from Calicraft Brewing is from their lineup of barrel aged products.  On the nose the…