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On Sunday night Drew and I made Christmas cookies for the first time in our 8 years together. I don't know why we've never made them before, maybe because we're always traveling during the holidays, making our way to Michigan or Kansas usually in the middle of some sort of blizzard-type storm or at the very least, trying to out drive it as fast as we can. But this year is the first Christmas that it's just the two of us and it seemed like a good time to start some traditions of our own. One of the things I... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2009 at our daily bread
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This is my new favorite dish to make. It's so simple, fun to make and it's waaaay better than the store bought version. Like a thousand times better. And it's versatile. I've topped it with pasta sauce, mushroom gravy, a mix of shallots, mushrooms and pancetta (recipe below) and replaced the noodles with it in chicken noodle soup. Try it out some night when you have a little bit of time, it probably takes about an hour or so from start to finish but 30 minutes of that is for the potatoes to boil. This recipe serves four people generously.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2009 at our daily bread
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So yes, it turns out these twice marinated mushrooms are one of the most delicious things ever. Marinating them overnight in the olive oil really helped tone down the sharpness of the fennel and allowed all the flavors to blend together a bit more. I can't wait to make them again since there weren't any left from Thanksgiving. Hope you all had a great holiday! Thanksgiving is truly one of my favorites. Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2009 at our daily bread
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I recently came across this recipe in one of my old issues of Fine Cooking and thought I'd try it as an appetizer for Thanksgiving. I have yet to taste the finished product but just from the smell of it, I think it might be the most delicious thing ever. And it's simple to make, the ingredients are easy to find and it stays fresh for up to a month in the fridge, although I can't imagine we'll have much in the way of leftovers after the jar is opened. Here's the recipe for you, I think they would be... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2009 at our daily bread
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Last weekend we drove down to Portland for probably the last time until spring. Kim & Ryan are leaving on Tuesday to go to Europe where they'll spend 6 weeks with friends & then from there head to Thailand to travel around until April or May. I will miss them, of course, but I am so excited for their adventure! It has been so great to move here & be able to hang out while we settle in. But now we will go on our separate adventures, theirs international & ours in our new city, and come back together in... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2009 at our daily bread
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This was seriously the most delicious egg sandwich I have ever eaten. I am not even kidding, I would like to see the competition. On Sunday morning we walked down to Mississippi street in Portland where there's a parking lot turn food cart lot which housed what we had been told was The Greatest Egg Sandwich Ever. And as it turns out, it was. Drew & I split two different sandwiches, one was called the Portlander & consisted of two eggs, your choice of cheddar cheese, Fontina or Gorgonzola (I chose gorgonzola), fresh chive & country dijon mustard & Applewood... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2009 at our daily bread
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I'd never had fried green tomatoes before. I don't know why, we've grown tons of tomatoes in our garden over the last few years & never once tried them out. But last weekend we finally did with some end of the season tomatoes from Kim & Ryan's garden. They were delicious. We sliced 'em up, sprinkled with salt and pepper & let that soak into them for a little while. Then we took the slices, dipped them in milk, flour, eggs and cornmeal & fried them in a couple teaspoons of olive oil. They were soft on the inside and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2009 at our daily bread
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Remember these? I hadn't had one in quite a long time but they were handing them out at the gas station on our way down to Portland, so being Halloween, who could resist? I'd forgotten exactly what an apple flavored lollypop dipped in caramel tasted like. Sugary sweet was my conclusion, not apple, not caramel, not anything found in nature, just sugar mixed with sweet. I only made it about halfway through and then I could start to feel the sugar create a coating on the inside of my teeth. After I put my half eaten caramel apple pop back... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2009 at our daily bread
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On Thursday, Drew & I went camping at Deception Pass State Park, less than 2 hours northwest of Seattle. We got into our car a little before 11am and were setting up our tent by 1pm. The campground was deserted other than an RV about a half mile away, the air was cool, the ground a bit damp. Perfect weather for tomato soup & grilled cheese, we decided. We weren't even planning on eating that for dinner but when we went to the gas station to buy firewood, there it was sitting alone on the shelf, a can of Campbell's... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2009 at our daily bread
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You really should. If you happen to own Suvir Saran's American Masala, then turn to page 100 & there you have it, Mushroom & Rice Biriyani Casserole. It's comfort food, what I think of as the Indian equivalent of Macaroni & Cheese, but without the overstuffed feeling of eating 4 cups of cheese. We added chickpeas to the mix to make it a bit heartier which worked perfectly alongside the mushrooms. Then we topped it with Raita, a combination of yogurt, cilantro, onion & spices & that pretty much brought it up to the next level. So here's the recipe,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2009 at our daily bread
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This afternoon we walked down to World Spice, near Pikes Market. We are slowly building our spice collection since moving out here. I think we have cinnamon, oregano, red pepper flakes & thyme but that's about it. But tonite we wanted to make an Indian dinner so since our spice list was about twice as long as our grocery list, we thought we'd check it out. It's a great place, you go in there, fill out a sheet of paper with what spices you want & how much, hand it to the guy behind the counter & he measures everything... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2009 at our daily bread
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We made soft boiled eggs for breakfast this morning. This was one of my most favorite breakfasts growing up & I probably haven't had it for over 15 years. Why, I wonder? It's one of those things that just slipped through the passage of time only to be recollected for whatever reason at 9am this morning. So we boiled some water, put a couple of eggs into it & cooked 'em for 4 minutes. While those were cooking we put some bread in the toaster. Then we took the eggs out of the water, cut off the tops & scooped... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2009 at our daily bread
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We made lentil soup for dinner tonite. Not usually the most exciting meal but this time I used chicken broth. I was a vegetarian for almost 7 years & have recently discovered the wonderful world of meat. It's been almost a year now going to fish then chicken & turkey & finally, lamb & steak & meats I never knew existed. Its a great journey. We just discovered the seasoned whole roasted chicken at the local grocery store a week ago & it's been so fun to figure out what to do with a whole chicken. This week we made... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2009 at our daily bread
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I had an oatmeal epiphany the other morning. We were getting ready to make our standard oatmeal, cooked in water with some honey or brown sugar, topped with bananas. Hearty & good. Then I decided to glance at my Williams-Sonama cookbook, the one Debra got me for my birthday this year & I use almost everyday. The recipes are fantastic! So I looked up their recipe for oatmeal & it turns out they cook the oats in milk instead of water & swirl in a little butter at the end. I'm sure there are people out there that grew up... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2009 at our daily bread
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I was too hungry the other day to spare even one minute to take a picture of lunch. Pasta with shallots, LOTS of garlic, fresh basil & parsley, red pepper flakes & olive oil. Simple & delicious. You can see the remnants of it in this picture, although I'm sure it doesn't look quite as appetizing as the real thing, not even close actually. But this picture does feature my new/used favorite plate I just bought. It reminds me of something out of a camping mess kit I used in Girl Scouts, but perhaps a tiny bit cooler, and bigger. Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2009 at our daily bread
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So today marks our two week anniversary of rolling up to our new apartment in Seattle, our car packed to the brim, a roof bag on top stuffed with clothes & camping equipment, a couple bikes hanging off the trunk & a cat on each of our laps. When I saw all the stuff strewn about on the floor of our apartment that first night I was actually quite surprised by just how much we were able to cram into a two door Acura. It was an impressive sight to say the least. But we also got rid of A... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2009 at our daily bread
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Kim & Ryan came to visit this past weekend. Our first visitors here in Seattle! As always, it was the greatest of times. Each time we hang out I wonder how we'll top it the next time, and somehow we always do. I can't even tell you how happy it makes me that we now only live a few hours away from each other. It's about time. So for dinner on Saturday night we made roasted salmon with lentils, it was too dark to take a picture so you'll just have to use your imagination. It was delicious! I am... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2009 at our daily bread
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...tempura from uwajimaya, the greatest of asian grocery stores. Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2009 at our daily bread
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...homemade salsa from kim & ryan's garden. Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2009 at our daily bread
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...sandwiches from salumi Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2009 at our daily bread
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...cherries & cream granola (from the co-op) & a smoothie made with banana, peaches & blueberries. Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2009 at our daily bread
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...mussels as an appetizer, fish tacos for dinner. yesterday was a good day for food! we marinated some tilapia in a little cumin & chili powder for about 30 minutes. then we cooked it up with some peppers from our garden, topped with homemade salsa & guacamole & enjoyed. another great meal at the manney mcdaniel house. Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2009 at our daily bread
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...this was my first time cooking mussels...and they were amazing! i used to hate mussels when i was younger, we'd eat them on the jersey shore dipped in melted butter but i could never get used to the texture. now i love them. they are truly delicious. i used a recipe in one of my cookbooks. although i had to substitute a few ingredients, they still turned out great. Mussels with Saffron & Basil 2 Tbsp unsalted butter 2 Tbsp olive oil 4 cloves of garlic, minced red pepper flakes 2lb large black mussels, scrubbed and debearded if necessary 1tsp... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2009 at our daily bread