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How to Make Perfect Roast Vegetables

I really can’t think of a single vegetable that isn’t more delicious when roasted. Ok, I didn’t think about that very hard, so I’m sure there’s at least one out there, but roasting is a great trick to have up your sleeve to feed your herbivorous side. Here’s how to roast vegetables: Preheat the oven. Cut up the food. Drizzle olive oil over it and season with salt and pepper. Place on a cookie sheet. Cook, flipping once. Doesn’t get much easier, hey? Here are my Top Ten I Heart Roasted Vegetables tips for success.

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My First Boyfriend, Phillies’ Mike Schmidt, and Kettle Corn Chocolate Chip Cookies

When I was a kid, Mike Schmidt (as in, Mike Schmidt star 3rd baseman of the Phillies) lived in my bedroom. Well, maybe not the actual Mike Schmidt, but a life-size poster of him. You’d think this might be slightly alarming for a child – waking up every morning to a strange man with a handlebar mustache and borderline mullet staring at you as you blink your sleepy eyes open. Eh, well, what can I say. We were very trusting out on the farm.

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BB’s Ranch to Table Dinner at the Pike Place Market

I had the most amazing dinner the other night, courtesy of my favorite foodie-in-crime, Bri. You’d think she was a celebrity, she is always doing something 500x cooler than I am doing at the same time. In reality, I think she just has a really cool job, and I frequently bribe her to let me come along as her plus one. Most recently, we attended a four course ranch-to-table dinner in the private library dining room of the Pike Place Market hosted by the resident BB Ranch butcher shop.

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Adventures in Seattle Produce, plus How to Make Fried Rice

So there’s a chance that I might be an official Seattleite. It hit me 4 miles in, as I was running down the street with 2 fistfuls of snow peas. Pull up a chair, this is a good one. I’ve been on the waiting list for a P-Patch garden since moving here, and finally snagged a plot this spring. Seattle has an amazing network of neighborhood gardens, and for about $25 a year, you can have a 10′ x 20′ patch of dirt to call your very own. I’m sure you can understand how I have an aching in my bones to do this…

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How to Make French Macarons

Macarons are a neat cookie to add to your recipe box because they look tricky, and they come in myraid flavor combination, so it’s fun to experiment and make some really unique cookies. Add in some powder or gel food coloring, and you’ll have cute little cookies lined up on your own kitchen counter.

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Another Contest – Win a Pair of VIP Tickets to Arcade Lights at Pike Place Market!

There are events going on at the Market practically on a daily basis, but by far, my favorite is Arcade Lights. It’s an evening of food and drinks in the Market featuring local restaurants and food producers. The biannual event is coming up – April 19th! Your ticket gets you a stack of tasting tokens to use at the over 60 independent food trucks, specialty shops, restaurants, wineries, and breweries on display.

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Thai Green Curry with Chicken and Vegetables Recipe

When we were little and in Capital “B” Big trouble, the big gun was called in for disciplinary purposes. The Capital “B” Big gun was my Dad. He’d come in from a long (long) day out in the barn, and really, the last thing he had was the mental energy to deal with my brother and I bickering over back car seat territory or my (alleged) smart mouth. Poor SUE!, at her witt’s end, she’d send us to sit on the hope chest at the end of my parents bed, and wait for him to come in for dinner and deal with us. I found myself sitting on that hope chest frequently.

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Win VIP Tickets for the Seattle Weekly’s Voracious Tasting and Food Awards!

Hold on to your wooden spoons kids! Do I have something fun for you today: Seattle Palate’s very first contest! I have, not one, but TWO VIP tickets to Seattle Weekly’s Voracious Tasting and Food Awards on Thursday, April 4th at the Paramount Theater. Wow, right?