Category Archives: Food Talk

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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5 Cookies You Shouldn’t Live Without

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Posted by our Guest Contributor, Christina Conrad. You can read more from Christina on her blog: www. foodiewithalife.com. 1) Salted Peanut Butter Cookies, Hot Cakes Confections If you’re wandering around Ballard Avenue in Seattle, chances are you’ll stumble into a tiny storefront that … Continue reading

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To bean or not to bean

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When it comes to favas, that is the question. Why? Because preparing fava beans is more than just a little time consuming. I learned that yesterday when it took me nearly 2 hours to prepare a simple fava bean salad. … Continue reading

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The Present Moment

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We returned from our Panama trip on Sunday. After a week full of misadventures, including the theft of my beloved and all-important laptop, I couldn’t wait to get home. I’ve changed all of my passwords, ordered a new computer, and … Continue reading

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A Very Memorable Meal

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Last night Joy & I cooked an early Valentine’s Day dinner for Toby and Marvin. Cooking a four course meal can sometimes feel daunting – so we split the menu between us, and made a few of the items ahead … Continue reading

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Power Food Review!

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It’s time for our January Power Food Review! If you’ve been following along this month you know Joy and I have been trying to use power food ingredients in just about everything we’ve made. Several of you gave us great … Continue reading

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Make It Good

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It’s January 2nd… the start of a new year, a new month, and (unfortunately), a new work week for me. The tree will come down today, the lights will be put away, and the refrigerator will get thoroughly cleaned out. … Continue reading

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Friends, Neighbors, Family

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It’s 10:02 pm on Christmas night. I am full. I am tired. And, I am incredibly thankful for a Christmas full of dear friends, neighbors and family. The weekend was one giant feast. Crab legs, cheddar biscuits, pumpkin fondue, champagne, … Continue reading

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Betty Crocker Christmas

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How many cookbooks do you own? Ten? Twenty? Fifty? Do you use your cookbooks? Do you follow the recipes or just look at the pictures? Are you like me and wonder why anyone would ever publish a cookbook without pictures? … Continue reading

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Miso Hungry

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We got home from Japan on Sunday morning. I immediately took a six hour nap, followed by three pieces of pizza and another eight hours of sleep. By Monday morning my internal clock was reset back to Seattle time. How did … Continue reading

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Eating Japanese

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We just returned from our ten day trip to Japan. Tokyo, Sendai, Ishinomaki, Susono, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Miyajima and Yokohama. Except for a delicious MOS Burger in Susono with Beth and the girls, we kept it strictly Japanese – which means seasonal ingredients, … Continue reading

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What’s for Lunch

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I guess you either like a tuna fish sandwich or you don’t. I’ve always liked them, even back in the day when mine came in a Holly Hobbie lunch box, slightly smashed by a red delicious apple and accompanied by the … Continue reading

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Cooking for One

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I’m home solo this week, craving a chicken pot pie and thinking about the dismal prospect of cooking for one. I am starting to believe that the root of my culinary laziness is anchored in this dilemma – cooking for … Continue reading

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I used to be a foodie. Then I got lazy.

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Yes, it is true. Once upon a time (okay – 20 years ago) I put myself through culinary school, started a catering company, taught cooking classes, and wrote food articles for a local paper.  I worked in the food business … Continue reading

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