Movie Night 

Options abound throughout the city for movie lovers whether it is a small screening of an art house favorite or the latest summer blockbuster.  Movie night becomes more of an event when the Cinema is involved. This particular movie house is a next level theatric experience.  It all begins with purchasing the ticket.  Not only…

Strawberry Rhubarb Cobbler

With the first of the season comes the overwhelming feeling to get all of the favorites done at once: the shortcakes, the jams, the cobblers.  

Marinating Mushrooms

Inspired by a chef friends weekend project and reading through the classic Cuisine of the Sun, everyday button mushrooms are submerged in an aromatic bath making them oh so stackable.  The process takes little time.  Paired with a  chilled chablis, brie, and crackers it would make a lovely little plate to nibble on. Water 1/2c Olive oil…

Cooking Out

Outside the smell of charcoal wafts through the air.  The distinctive musk of drilling salmon travels enticingly through the air from the neighbor’s yard.  It’s a nice choice to be sure.  Tonight we have gone classic, gone simple with ‘dogs and buns on the grill.  Chilled, local wit beer sits ready in the cooler. Holy…

Sunday Refection

Refueling at Patxi’s Pizza after an early morning in the park before hitting the Ballard market.  This space in the heart of old Ballard has seen many tenants.  Many have attempted to claim it as their own from furniture to women’s clothing.  This pizzeria seems to have found a way to stop the revolving door….

Woodinville Wine Tasting 

There is a world of wine not thirty minutes east of Seattle.  Even with that proximity I have not spent much time exploring the area.  Today that changed.   In the last ten years the number of wineries, distilleries, and cider producers with tasting rooms in Woodinville has grown exponentially.  We stopped at two locations….

Summer Starts Here 

On Friday evenings through the summer and into early fall I can be found at the Phinney farmers market.  This tight space packs in the vendors and crowds.  Most come for dinner and stay for the music, ice cream, and to fill up on veg for the weekend. The atmosphere at today’s opening day was…

Mushroom Risotto

Risotto is a rather contemplative meal to make.  The systemized, rhythmic stirring makes it almost meditative.  It is not a meal that can be rushed. When I make risotto I like to have the rice going in one pot.  A second pot or pan is reserved for whatever meat or veg will be added at the…

In my pantry there is…

a jar of Mama Lil’s peppers.  Out in the garden the lettuces and herbs are flourishing.  The fridge is housing random bits – olives, blue cheese, salami, scallions.  There is also the last of the balsamic vinaigrette made over the long weekend. The mid week meal came together quickly as a result .  In fact,…

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…