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shrimp fried rice recipe

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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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.

Fennel Pork Tenderloin recipe

The (Alleged) Best Thing I’ve Ever Cooked: Fennel-Rubbed Pork Tenderloin

So I guess I can’t completely blame you, when you read the title: BEST THING I’VE EVER COOKED, and you are a little wary. I get it. I’ll chalk it up to consistent writing and pat myself on the back for the ability to keep you all coming back with (exaggerated) bated breath. But this time it’s not me. The designation of THE BEST THING I’VE EVER COOKED is completely (partially) unbiased, (mostly) unprompted, and (probably) warranted. Even divided by 60, this was still an above normal dinner.

Giraffe eyelashes in Amboseli.

South Indian Vegetable Curry

Of course I became friends with the Chef there, and he gave me a tour of his beautiful garden. We talked about what I liked to cook, and American markets, and how much comparable produce costs in the United States. He asked the english names of some of the plants he only knew in swahili, and I had to guess what some of the foreign bounty actually could be. He made this vegetable curry that will go down as one of my favorite food experiences – I’m quite sure – of my entire life.

vegetable soup recipe

Something Out of Nothing Vegetable Soup

Maybe it’s a skill engrained in a farmer’s DNA, but my Dad has a special gift for turning nothing into Something. He used to say it was his favorite thing to do. He had a big workshop that always had at least one formidable piece of farm machinery in it that had been rolled in with a broken or missing appendage. It was sort of like John Deere triage…

Steak-with-anchovy-butter recipe

Steak with Anchovy Garlic Butter

First, buy a nice piece of steak. Talk to the butcher at the grocery store and ask him what looks good. Let me tell you – butchers love to talk to customers. Can you blame them? They’re cutting up carcasses all day. I’d recommend a cut of steak that tastes like steak – such as strip or flank, instead of something milder like a tenderloin. You can use whatever preparation you like to cook your steak – pan roast, grill, broil, and while it’s resting you can whip up this accoutrement in a matter of minutes. The flavor profile is equal parts salt, garlic, and rich cream, and it balances a thick meaty steak wonderfully…

vegetable-hash-poached-eggs-recipe

New Year’s Resolutions & Winter Vegetable Hash

I have food issues. Too much food is an issue. I lay awake at night, stressed out about a full refrigerator, trying to figure out who I can invite over for dinner to avoid having to throw stuff out. (Email me if you want to be put on the short list.) I’m not really sure where this comes from. Maybe I’m just cheap, or maybe my experiment with vegetable gardening has scarred me for life – “I just nurtured that little broccoli plant like only a mama can, and THAT’S ALL I GET??” Either way, tossing produce in the waste can feels to me like ripping off a fingernail…

coconut-cake-recipe

Coconut Cake

Happy birthday to me! Well, to Seattle Palate at least. I can’t believe it’s only been a little over a year for this little food blog experiment; seems like I’ve botched more recipes than any one person should in a single year. But I have to admit that there have been some pretty good ones in there, too. I can’t think of a more fitting recipe for today than birthday cake. This is a special one; it’s my Dad’s favorite coconut cake. Unfortunately it’s not his Mother’s recipe – somehow it didn’t survive through the generations. But it’s a pretty good substitute. The white cake is light and fluffy and when it’s in your mouth it turns into a wonderfully creamy piece of coconut heaven. But then again I’m pretty biased – I think you could slather cream cheese frosting on just about anything and it would be wildly delicious…