• Enchilada Casserole

      Beef. Good. Salsa. Good. Cheese. Good. What’s not to love?  (If you can tell me what TV Sitcom I am mimicking extra points for you!) This recipe is my new jam, it’s bomb diggity! Ask my sister or my husband, it has quickly become a once week staple. For some reason I have had crazy cravings for Mexican food ever since I had my daughter six months ago. If I had to guess it’s because I endured nine months of “morning sickness” and Mexican food was on the top of the list of things I wanted but couldn’t quite stomach. So now I am making up for lost tamales.…

  • Tom Douglas’ Tomato Soup

    If you don’t know who he is, you probably are not from around here. Tom Douglas is a restaurant mogul here in Seattle. A few of his restaurants I adore, a couple I don’t care for, and his cookbook has gone mainly unused on my shelf. The reasons are many: too busy at work, too many good episodes on my hulu queue after work, and quite honestly, too much work in some of these recipes for me. I don’t want to go on a special shopping trip for almond meal and three kinds of flours, and I don’t have the patience for most of the pastry in the Dahlia Bakery…

  • I think I Can, Can, Can, Part 2: Homemade Canned Applesauce

    This weekend found me trying to channel my inner-housewife and can homemade applesauce. I found out that canning is wicked stressful. I now understand the 1950’s woman’s dependence on barbiturates. What helped most was thinking of Nanny (yup, we like to talk about her a lot ’round here!) Nanny did not ascribe to the mama’s little helpers way of thinking. She did swear in the kitchen. She did not spill. She did not give her family botulism. She was the Grace Kelly of canning, the Katherine Hepburn of homemaking. I tried to channel her grace under pressure while making the applesauce she made so frequently, and only swore a couple times. And the effort was f*!?ing…