Author Archives: MaryMiller

Delancey’s Clam Pizza

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Delancey is a pizza restaurant in Seattle owned by Brandon Petit and his wife, food blogger and book writer, Molly Wizenberg. Back in 2010, before I had even contemplated starting a food blog, my book group read Molly Wizenberg’s A … Continue reading

Kingfish Coconut Cake

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Coconut is a happy ingredient… it makes me think about summer and piña coladas, spicy Thai food and travel to far-away tropical islands, homemade macaroon cookies and Almond Joys, and that delicious smelling Hawaiian Tropic Dark Tanning Oil we used … Continue reading

Szmania’s Potato Crusted Salmon

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This recipe from Szmania’s Restaurant is featured in the cookbook Signature Tastes of Seattle by Steven W. Siler.  I’m cooking from this book in March, and was so happy to see a recipe from Szmania’s included. Szmania’s is located in Seattle’s … Continue reading

Cafe Ladro’s Espresso Chip Pound Cake

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This month I’m diving into this really fun book, Signature Tastes of Seattle by Steven W. Siler. It’s a cookbook of restaurant recipes from our area and the first one I’m sharing is from the renowned Seattle coffeehouse, Cafe Ladro. Really, besides … Continue reading

What’s cooking in March? Local recipes!

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Happy March! This month I’ll be sharing recipes with you from some of Seattle’s best restaurants. I’ll be cooking from Signature Tastes of Seattle, Favorite Recipes from Our Local Kitchens, by Steven W. Siler. This book showcases nearly 100 amazing … Continue reading

Zucchini Patties

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I just can’t believe today is February 28th!  I didn’t have time to  make enough of the recipes from Balaboosta and now the month is over. This will definitely be a cookbook I come back to again and again. Yesterday I … Continue reading

Turkish Coffee Brownies

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When I saw the recipe for Turkish Coffee Brownies in Balaboosta, Bold Mediterranean Recipes to Feed the People You Love, by Einat Admony, I immediately thought of Marvin. Not because he loves chocolate, but because of a story I’d heard about … Continue reading

Ground Meat Kebabs with Fresh Herbs

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In February 2010, Marvin and I took a Valentine’s trip to Southern Spain and Morocco. Our main objective was the Festival de Jarez – a month-long celebration of all things flamenco in the Andalusian town,  Jarez de la Frontera.  We … Continue reading

Tangy Tabbouleh

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This month I am sharing recipes from a beautiful cookbook called Balaboosta by Einat Admony. First up, tabbouleh! I love tabbouleh and have been making it for years. My old friend, Rick Schwartz, once told me, “Tabbouleh is a parsley salad not a … Continue reading

Feed the People You Love.

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February is here and Seattle is feeling the love. The Seahawks are Super Bowl champions! They’re predicting 500,000 fans will line the streets for the big victory parade. Unbelievable. You’ve gotta love the 12th man! My February cookbook pick is … Continue reading

January Cookbook Giveaway! One Day to Enter!

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THIS CONTEST IS CLOSED.  CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNER, BARBARA WEIDER! Watch for the next giveaway, coming soon! Happy end of January! Today is your chance to win a copy of Hollyhock Garden to Table - the wonderful book I have been cooking … Continue reading

Gluten-Free Blueberry Polenta Pancakes

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Happy Sunday morning to you! We’re enjoying a lazy start to the day and happy tummies, thanks to these scrumptious Gluten-Free Blueberry Polenta Pancakes. I haven’t been making a big deal about it here, but Marvin and I have both … Continue reading

Simple Roasted Cauliflower

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Sometimes the simplest foods taste the best. Take roasted cauliflower for example. Olive oil, salt, pepper, and a splash of lemon juice are all that is needed to turn a humble head of cauliflower into something extraordinary. Normally I wouldn’t … Continue reading

Palak Paneer

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Palak Paneer is an Indian spinach curry made with soft, unripened farmer’s cheese. I ordered palak paneer at Indian restaurants for many years thinking I was eating tofu. (If you are avoiding dairy, tofu can easily be substituted in this … Continue reading

Mushroom Soup with Cashews & Wild Rice

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Here is a luscious and rich mushroom soup perfect for a Meatless Monday in January. Mushroom stock blended with roasted cashews makes a creamy base for earthy wild rice, shiitake mushrooms and fresh thyme. We lucked out this weekend at … Continue reading

Roasted Beets with Pomegranate Molasses

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Beautiful beets. Full of good-for-you vitamin C, antioxidants, minerals, fiber and phytochemicals  - beets are a superfood that may even improve heart health and lower your risk of diabetes. I love the sweet, earthy taste and silky texture of roasted beets, … Continue reading

Happy New Year!

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Good morning! I hope your first day of 2014 is starting off right. I’m a big fan of new beginnings, so January 1st is one of my favorite days. Out with the old, in with the new; a clean slate; … Continue reading

Homemade Gluten-Free Flour Mix

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This gluten-free flour mix was developed by the team at Hollyhock Retreat Center and is featured in their beautiful cookbook, Hollyhock Garden to Table. Note that buckwheat will spoil, so this mix should always be kept in the refrigerator. Substitute … Continue reading

Eggnog Muffins

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Tis’ the season to be jolly… and drink eggnog! Eggnog is a favorite holiday indulgence for me, especially when served with a little Captain Morgan Private Stock rum. Eggnog and rum are the key ingredients in this very easy muffin … Continue reading

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Sweet Potato Cinnamon Rolls

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Happy Thanksgiving week! Have you planned your menu? Started your shopping? Are you trying anything new this year? We’re sticking to a traditional menu – turkey, cornbread & sausage dressing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn soufflé, pumpkin pie, and yes – … Continue reading

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Chicken in a Basket

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Today I want to share a special comfort food recipe with you. Chicken in a Basket. Chicken in a Basket was served at Kappa Alpha Theta on the final day of sorority rush  at WSU back in the 1980′s. Very … Continue reading

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Emily’s Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

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My niece, Emily, posted these Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins on Facebook last week. The caption under the photo read, “Since I was not busy this afternoon, I made some chocolate chip banana muffins!! I tried one and they are super … Continue reading

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Spicy Pork & Sweet Potato Stew

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Happy Sunday evening to you! What’s for dinner at your house tonight? We’ll be eating this… an easy-to-make, Spicy Pork & Sweet Potato Stew. Savory, tender pork, chunks of sweet potato and flavorful hominy in a spicy, smokey broth. Give … Continue reading

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Around the World Lentil Soup

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Lentils… Are you a fan? I love them. Nutty, earthy, and full of protein.When I got back from India this spring, I couldn’t stop eating Lentil Dahl for breakfast and now that the weather is getting colder, I’m on a lentil … Continue reading

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Gluten Free Quinoa Chocolate Cake

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My friend, Debbie, recently discovered that eating a gluten-free diet makes her feel so much better in so many ways. Debbie also loves chocolate, so when I saw this Gluten-Free Quinoa Chocolate Cake recipe in my Hollyhock: Garden to Table cookbook, … Continue reading

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Cougar Gold Ale Soup – GO COUGS!

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It’s football season. GO COUGS! RUN, RUN, Ruuuuuun! OMG What the #@*@*#! AMAZING! What was he thinking?? Throw the ball!! Hang on to the ball! Get RID of the ball! RUN!!! Get out of bounds! GO COUGS! Noooooooo! I just … Continue reading

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Five Things I Learned This Summer.

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I am so glad September is here! My summer was just flat-out crazy. I’m starting a new business and it’s been a bit overwhelming. I just didn’t have time to do the baking, cooking and canning I had hoped for, … Continue reading

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Kale Pesto Pizza with Roasted Beets & Hazelnuts

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 I just really love the combination of these flavors. Every bite of this savory pizza bursts with complexity. At first it’s all whole-wheat and pesto, but pretty soon the sweetness of the roasted beets kicks in, and those crunchy, toasty hazelnuts … Continue reading

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Kale Pesto

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Kale. We just can’t seem to get enough of it. Over the past two years we’ve shared all kinds of kale recipes including an Apple & Kale smoothie, Farro Salad with Kale,  Kale Caesar with Bacon and Egg,  a Kale and … Continue reading

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Raw Zucchini Noodle “Pad Thai”

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Happy zucchini season! My friend, Dave, is harvesting a bumper crop this year and if I didn’t know any better I’d swear he’s been feeding his plants steroids or growing some kind of crazy GMO zucchini. Take a look for … Continue reading

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Lyn’s Pork Adobo

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  Lyn made a bunch of yummy Filipino dishes for us last week and the first one I want to share with you is Pork Adobo. Like curry in India, there are countless recipes for adobo in the Philippines and families … Continue reading

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Cooking with Lyn

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Last week Marvin’s nephew, Mark, and his family came up from San Antonio for a visit. We had great time touring them around the area and an unexpected treat for me was getting to cook with Lyn. I felt an … Continue reading

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Chicken and Rice Salad with Nam Jim Dressing

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Hello, friends! It’s been too long since my last recipe post and I apologize. I’ve been cooking like crazy this summer, but for some reason I just keep running out of time and/or energy when it comes to snapping a … Continue reading

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Icebox Cake

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What in the world possessed me to make this completely over-the-top, so rich and sweet you can’t even finish your piece dessert? It’s Martha’s fault, that’s for sure. A simple online search for chocolate chip cakes led me to a Martha … Continue reading

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Chilled Somen Noodles with Grilled Salmon

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Ice-cold somen noodles are a traditional hot-weather Japanese dish. Usually they are served with a dipping sauce on the side. Grab some noodles with your chopsticks, dip, and eat. Delicious, but messy. I love eating cold somen noodles, but I … Continue reading

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No Bake Cheesecake Tart with Fresh Berries

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If your kitchen feels too hot for baking today, but you want to make something yummy and beautiful to serve tomorrow for the 4th, here is a recipe to try. No bake cheesecakes have been around forever. I remember a … Continue reading

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Paletas & Popsicles – July Giveaway!

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This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to our winner, JAMIE KNUPP! Stay tuned for our next contest! Happy July, everyone… and what happened to June?! I can’t believe how fast the summer is flying by. And it may just go down … Continue reading

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Chinese Orange Chicken

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I’ve been wanting to share this recipe with you for months, and now I am finally getting around to it. Sorry it took so long! My niece, Emily, who is 12 and loves to cook, got a wonderful cookbook, Easy Chinese … Continue reading

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June Giveaway Winner! And Happy Father’s Day!

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  Happy Father’s Day, everyone! Will you be grilling something yummy today? We had nearly 100 entries for our Get Ready to Grill Giveaway this month. And, as promised, we’re ready to announce the winner. Drum roll please… The winner … Continue reading

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Darn Good Chocolate Cake

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Okay chocolate cake lovers (yes, DAD, I’m talking to you!) here it is. The cake you’ve been waiting for… a rich, moist, chocolate chip filled cake frosted with smooth, silky chocolate ganache. Ooh la la! This is one Darn Good Chocolate … Continue reading

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A Great Steak & Grilling Tips for Success.

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Last weekend, Joy, Toby, Marvin & I sat down to a fantastic Steakhouse Dinner at Home. We feasted on all of our steakhouse favorites like creamed spinach, crab cakes, and steakhouse corn – but the real star of the the … Continue reading

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Emeril’s Creamed Spinach

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Creamed spinach is a special treat for me. While I try to eat spinach regularly, cooking it with cream is something I mostly save for holidays or special occasions like a Steakhouse Dinner at Home. Creamed spinach takes just a few minutes … Continue reading

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Hearts of Romaine with Warm Pancetta Vinaigrette

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I grew up eating spinach salads with warm bacon dressing and I always loved them. But it wasn’t until I started working at Szmania’s restaurant that I discovered just how great a warm dressing tasted on romaine. Wow… it’s been 20 … Continue reading

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Dungeness Crab Cakes

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I Love Crab Cakes! That’s the name of the Tom Douglas cookbook Joy and Toby gave me for Christmas back in 2006. It’s a great little book filled with 50 unique crab recipes from around the world. While I love reading … Continue reading

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June Giveaway – Get Ready to Grill!

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This contest is now closed! Congratulations to our winner, Steffi S! Our next giveaway starts on July 1st, 2013. Happy June, everyone! Guess what? It’s grilling season again in Seattle. Yes, really. How do I know? Just take a look … Continue reading

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Red Lentil Dal + Video

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A couple of months ago Marvin and I took an incredible trip to South India. I’ve been lucky to travel to some very interesting places in the last few years, but South India was, for me, just simply over the … Continue reading

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Mexican Chicken Chop Salad

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Inspiration can come from anywhere. On a recent trip to our West Seattle Trader Joe’s, I discovered an incredibly delicious reduced-fat Cilantro Dressing in the refrigerator section. Just one taste of this creamy, garlicky, cilantro-filled sauce had me thinking about … Continue reading

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Banana Chiffon Cake & Mom’s 70th Birthday

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Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday dear Mom, happy birthday to you! We’re visiting my parents this weekend to celebrate Mother’s Day AND my mom’s 70th birthday. Her only request for the weekend… a Chiffon cake … Continue reading

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Mother’s Day Giveaway 2013

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This contest is closed.  Congratulations to our winner, Donna Donahue!  Whether your mom was good at it or bad at it, chances are she taught you something about cooking. In my case, it was a lot of things – well actually, … Continue reading

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Wilted Kale Caesar with Bacon & Egg

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Thank goodness the gloppy, sloppy, over-dressed Caesar salads everyone served in the 1990′s have all but disappeared. I love the new Caesars showing up with lighter dressings and different types of greens. Yes, the Caesar is back – and so … Continue reading

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Grilled Halibut Tacos

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We’re getting a few days of sunshine this week with temperatures above 50 degrees! Time to get outdoors, soak in some much needed vitamin D and fire up the grill. My friend, Lori, invited me over yesterday to help cook … Continue reading

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Earth Day Quiz and Contest Winner!

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Happy 43rd Earth Day to all of you! And, congratulations to our Earth Day Contest Giveaway winner! We asked you to tell us about a way you try to reduce, reuse or recycle. We received 32 very thoughtful answers. Check out … Continue reading

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Kale & Artichoke Strudel

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While my vegetable garden is just barely getting started (peas, radishes and carrots up, but not much else) my neighbors, Snowe and Nancy, are already harvesting a bounty of greens. A few days ago we were the lucky recipients of … Continue reading

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Wild Ginger Restaurant

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Wow, Wild Ginger has been around for almost 25 years! Rick & Anne Yoder, inspired by their travels to China and Southeast Asia, opened their original location on Western Avenue in 1989 – the same year I moved to Seattle.  Since … Continue reading

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Earth Day Giveaway 2013!

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THIS CONTEST IS CLOSED. Congratulations to our WINNER – Danielle! Welcome to A Passionate Plate’s Earth Day Giveaway 2013! 2013 marks the 43rd Earth Day celebration. Back in 1970, Gaylord Nelson, a US Senator from Wisconsin launched Earth Day to raise … Continue reading

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A Dinner Disaster – Baked Sole

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Joy and I make it a rule NOT to post recipes on A Passionate Plate unless we feel they are truly worthy. We want our recipes to be the ones you trust! Well, as you know – not every recipe … Continue reading

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Easy Chicken Posole Rojo

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If you’ve been reading A Passionate Plate for a while, you already know how much I love to make soup. I think my dream job would be cooking at an all soup restaurant, where I’d get to develop the recipes … Continue reading

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Our March Giveaway Winner Is…

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Good morning, everyone! Happy Monday. Happy April 1st. And, congratulations to our latest contest winner! Last month we asked you to tell us about a vegetable you used to hate but have now learned to enjoy. We loved hearing from … Continue reading

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Carrot Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

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The Easter Bunny is going to LOVE these! One of my favorite dessert bloggers, Bridget Edwards at Bake at 350, posted her recipe for these cookies earlier this week. I couldn’t resist giving them a try and putting my own … Continue reading

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Asparagus Gratin

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Easter Sunday is this weekend. How will you be celebrating? If your Easter plans include fresh asparagus, here is a beautiful recipe that will have even the kids coming back for more… Asparagus Gratin. I’ve adapted this gratin from a … Continue reading

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Strawberry Sour Cream Bread

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Yummy! This strawberry sour cream bread is so simple to make and it tastes delicious. The texture is very similar to banana bread, but you get a little strawberry flavor in every bite – perfect to serve for breakfast or … Continue reading

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day! (and a little story)

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Marvin and I took a trip to Ireland five years ago. We had just started dating and our plan was to listen to as much music as possible including the Kilkenny Roots Festival, drink plenty of beer, learn a little … Continue reading

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Lamb Shepard’s Pie

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St. Patrick’s Day is just a few days away. Usually I make corned beef and cabbage to celebrate – it’s kind of a family tradition and I’d always assumed we ate corned beef and cabbage on St. Patrick’s Day because … Continue reading

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Spicy Remoulade

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This spicy remoulade is perfect for topping crab cakes or dipping prawns. Spicy Remoulade Print Recipe type: condiment Author: A Passionate Plate Serves: about 1 and ½ cups Ingredients ¾ cup mayonnaise 2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice 2 Tbsp. chopped … Continue reading

Our March Giveaway!

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This contest has closed. Congratulations to our winner, Pris! It feels like spring in West Seattle. The sun is shining, daffodils are blooming, and the onion seeds I started on my window ledge last week have begun to sprout. YAY! … Continue reading

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Stumbling Goat Bistro – Phinney Ridge Neighborhood (Seattle) WA

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Modest. Unpretentious. Reasonably priced. Yes, Stumbling Goat Bistro in Seattle’s Phinney Ridge neighborhood is all of that, and yet every time I eat there I feel like I get a five star experience. Service – top notch. Wine list – … Continue reading

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Rachael Ray’s No-Egg Caesar Dressing

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We found this on the food.com website. It’s a simple, eggless Caesar dressing you mix up in blender. In less than 5 minutes you can make your own delicious Caesar dressing! Enjoy! Rachael Ray’s No-Egg Caesar Dressing Print Recipe type: Salad … Continue reading

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Pennette with Cauliflower Ragu

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I don’t know about you, but sometimes I crave macaroni and cheese. Occasionally I succumb to a box of Kraft (so good in a bad way)  and sometimes I make macaroni and cheese from scratch. But most of the time … Continue reading

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Brisket with Tzimmes & A Love Story

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Marvin is such a romantic. And a great story-teller. Anyone who has ever shared a bottle of wine with my husband knows what I am talking about. For the rest of you, just take my word on this one. One … Continue reading

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White Center Field Trip – Date Night!

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Did you read our White Center Field Trip: AM Itinerary last week? We started at Meander’s Kitchen for breakfast and ended at the Salvadorean Bakery for lunch. In between we browsed along 16th Avenue SW, shopped for specialty meats and Asian groceries and … Continue reading

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Meander’s Kitchen -White Center, WA

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If you are looking for a truly great breakfast place, we recommend Meander’s Kitchen in the heart of downtown White Center. Owner and chef, Miranda Krone, has a passion for great cooking and the breakfast menu at Meander’s is Americana … Continue reading

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Salvadorean Bakery, White Center, WA

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One of our favorite spots in White Center is The Salvadorean Bakery & Restaurant, located on Roxbury – just one block off 16th Avenue SW. Owners Aminta and Ana have been providing immigrants in the area with a taste of … Continue reading

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Sweet Potato, Ham & Blue Cheese Salad

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Do you ever grab those cooking magazines at the grocery checkout? The ones with titles like 101 Low-Fat Chicken Recipes and 250 Dinners Under $10? I have to admit, those magazines are one of my guilty pleasures. While some people check … Continue reading

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Chicken Nacho Bites

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Super Bowl Sunday is just two days away… will you be watching? We’re having a little party, and I am psyched because: 1.) I love football 2.) I can eat all of those yummy snack foods people serve with beer, and 3.) … Continue reading

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And the Winner of our January Giveaway is…

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For our January Giveaway, we asked you to tell us about a “pantry surprise” you found when cleaning out your cupboards. Before I announce the winner, I just thought I would tell you about the surprise(s) I found stuffed in … Continue reading

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