Blog Archives for category Entertaining

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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.

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.

quick salmon dinner recipe

Dinner Party Rock Star: Fish en Papillote – Maple Glazed Salmon with Bok Choy and Mustard Mashed Potatoes

Fish en papillote is a method of steaming fish in a parchment envelope. (“En papillote” means “in parchment” in french. Bonus points, now you’re throwing a FRENCH dinner party!) There are myriad reasons why this method is amazing, from juicy, succulent fish, to flavorful veggies, to a show-stopper table presentation that includes theatrical unwrapping of your own personal envelope of deliciousness.

dinner party tips

How to Throw a Dinner Party – 7 Easy Tips

I absolutely love throwing dinner parties. Or breakfast parties. Or BBQ’s. Or pizza parties. Eating + friends + my living room (preferably with a little drink thrown in for good measure) is one of my most favorite things.  I know it’s super stressful for a lot of people, and I’ve talked more than one friend through it. So I thought I’d tell you all my secrets for blissfully stress free entertaining. *cough*


Seattle Palate’s 2012 Holiday Gift Guide

Think of it as Oprah’s Favorite Things, pale redhead edition. I promise to have more great holiday posts very soon, and they’ll even have something to do with food…


Ice Cream-Filled Jack-o-Lanterns

So I guess I’ve been holding out on you a bit. In response to the overwhelming demand from Seattle Palate readers for more information about SUE!, I never mentioned that she has a sister. Lynn:). She gets a happy face because she is the best. Lynn:) is caring and nurturing and funny and doesn’t have a mean bone in her body. (Though she did recently flat out threaten to boycott Seattle Palate if she didn’t get a mention soon.)…

tomato appetizer recipe

Pomodoro al Forno

Just a quick post to pass along this absurdly amazingly delicious recipe to you. I mentioned it a few posts ago – Sarah made these roasted tomatoes for our Red, White, and Blue potluck dinner and everyone was groaning over how delicious they were. She served them with little slices of toasted baguette smeared with goat cheese and they were seriously the most scrumptious appetizer I’ve ever had. I might have a party just so I can make this recipe. Truth be told, it’s taking a lot of restraint to not make a batch and eat it entirely by myself for no good reason at all. While I can’t imagine passing up the opportunity to eat bread and goat cheese, these tomatoes would also be quite at home over some pasta, or by themselves for that matter…

Spinach Artichoke Dip

This recipe is a little stocking stuffer gift from me to you. But the good kind, not the Walgreens Clearance Sale kind. It’s my favorite silly-easy go-to appetizer that everyone cannot get enough of. In fact, even though I’ve made it a hundred times, I don’t have a picture of it because it typically is attacked by my vulture friends during its short trip from oven to counter. I turn around to grab the camera and it’s almost gone.