Japanese Soul Cooking

I've always loved Japanese food, but for a long time I was content to leave the cooking to the experts— That is, until I married someone who grew up in Japan. Suddenly I had a lot more motivation to do some at-home cooking, particularly when we struggled to find places that sold certain dishes on the…
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Baking with Attitude

Baking seems like such a pleasant hobby. Mixing sugar and spice and everything nice to make a sweet treat must be a calm and relaxing undertaking, right? But what if you’re feeling a little rebellious? What if you want to break the baking status quo? Whether you need to let off some steam in the…
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What Would Bilbo Baggins Read?

Bilbo Baggins, the lead character in J.R.R. Tolkien's classic book may hate broken plates, but he definitely loves books. Here's what I would recommend if Bilbo ever came to my library looking for a stack. The Hobbit, Or, There and Back Again Hobbits are famous for their love of meals--plenty and often--so Bilbo would definitely…
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Washington Apples!

Ah, Fall. Return of the rain, and...new, crispy Washington apples! Sinking your teeth into a crunchy local apple may inspire you to consider planting one or two of your own apple trees. Here in the Pacific Northwest where the ground doesn't freeze, you don't have to wait until spring thaw. Just make sure the trees…
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It’s Picnic Season!

Is there anything more sublime than a summertime picnic? Food just tastes better when you're lounging in the sun on a big old blanket, watching happy dogs hurtle through the park, and politely swatting away the bumblebees hovering around your plate. However, I must confess, I don't have the most impressive picnic prowess. I usually show up…
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