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Seasoning Basics and the Flavor Spectrum

June 26th, 2018 No Comments

  I wrote about this a number of years ago and it seemed time to bring it ’round again. It’s a good exercise to review and revamp past writings, like a second chance at getting it right. This topic is way more enormous than can fit into a little post but it’s an introduction and gives some food for thought.   My little mantra when I cook and in recipes is “Taste and Adjust”.  People often ask me “But how do you know

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Dairy Free Chocolate Mousse

June 19th, 2018 4 Comments

  I’ve been perusing recipes lately, books on the shelf and the random pieces of paper with notes scribbled on them that are stuffed in the books or in my folders labeled “Recipes”. I’ve had this piece of paper for a while, I have no idea who gave it to me or where it’s from but it looked intriguing. Nearly everything with chocolate could be called intriguing, yes? I searched online to find a source for this delectability—it’s very possibly from

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Crispy Chickpea Fritters

June 5th, 2018 3 Comments

  What would we do without Deborah Madison? I don’t actually have that many cookbooks…well okay it’s a couple of shelves, but considering I’m in the food business I don’t have that many. But I do have Deborah’s cookbooks, and I do use them.   In My Kitchen is her latest with new and old recipes and giving more narrative about how her recipes have changed over the years.  Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone sits firmly in the Top Two List of

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Favorites June 2018

May 29th, 2018 1 Comment

  While wandering around Port Townsend we stumbled upon this 1917 ship which happened to be docked for one day only and full of a crew ready to give tours. They were from the Sound Experience, an organization working with youth interested in environmental sustainability and maritime careers. They sail to different locations in Puget Sound on the Adventuress using the ‘ship as a teacher’ in a hands-on setting and offer a number of programs including Teen Summer Programs and Apprenticeships. Check out

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Favorites April 2018

April 30th, 2018 5 Comments

  I had been to the Pacific Northwest before but had no memory of these spectacular mountains that surrounded us—the Cascades and the Olympics—not to mention the utterly jaw-dropping awe-striking monoliths of the gigantic volcanoes (Rainier, Baker, Adams, St. Helens, Hood). All week we had miraculously sunny weather so the views and hikes were spectacular. It must have been mighty misty, grey, and cloudy on my last visit many years ago, because I would have remembered these splendors of the

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Pickled Radishes

April 17th, 2018 No Comments

  Looking out my window at the mid-April snow drifts it seems hard to believe that within a few weeks we might be seeing local radishes here in the upper midwest. Thank goodness for hoop houses and determined farmers! We seem to be in a perpetual time loop stuck in late February, but for me without the fun parts of being in a location with ski trails.   Radishes and vinegar together—this is not for the faint of heart! Actually I

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Smoked Deviled Eggs

March 21st, 2018 6 Comments

    The final leg of our North Woods journey was unexpected but really fun.  We headed deep into Yooper and Husky Territory of Michigan Tech University to ski the final marathon of the season: The Great Bear Chase.  We drove for hours into the Upper Peninsula with only woods and rivers for company, then finally entered the canal valley and home to the thriving communities of Houghton and Hancock, the copper country of the Keweenah Peninsula of Lake Superior.  Native Americans had mined copper in that

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Favorites February 2018 and the Birkie

February 28th, 2018 4 Comments

  It was a stunningly beautiful day on Saturday, the hoar frost lining every branch and twig and the sun shining brightly as thousands of people skied from Cable to Hayward, Wisconsin during the 44th American Birkebeiner Ski Marathon.  For me it was a good excuse to hang out in the woods (and be grateful I wasn’t racing).         Volunteers! Over two thousand people volunteer during the 3 days of Birkie events in Hayward.  Nothing could happen

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Roasted Lemon Chutney

February 22nd, 2018 6 Comments

    Skis without skiers and skis with skiers at the North End Classic. It’s a small but sweet classic-only race organized by the North End Ski club, complete with the Cookie Classic for shorter people.   And while we’re on the subject of ski racing… I’m sure you already know, but this week Kikkan Randall (Anchorage, Alaska) and Jesse Diggins (Stillwater, Minnesota) won the first-ever Olympic medal for the U.S. women, and not just a medal but a GOLD medal, in

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Chocolate Chia Pudding

February 6th, 2018 2 Comments

  The Upper Peninsula sunsets have been spectacular here in the sub-zero air.  This is the view from just outside our cabin, right next to the outhouse that I did not include in the photo—you’ve already seen numerous scenic outhouse photos over the years.  These views, along with the blindingly bright Super Moon or glittering falling snow, make the outhouse treks fairly memorable.  Sub-zero air can be pretty memorable too…     A Skiers Little Helper at the end of

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