Monday, November 24, 2014

Mixed Plate: Happy Thanksgiving - It's Totally Fine if You Just Order a Pizza

Everyone's posting all these lovely Thanksgiving-themed posts of glorious feasts, side dishes and pumpkin pies made from magical heritage pumpkin unicorns. Not me. I'm living in-the-now, feverishly prepping for Actual Thanksgiving, no pre-Thanksgiving post set to go live like other more prepared bloggers. I keep it real, yo. Which is to say, I ain't got time for that noise -- oh hey, is the kitchen on fire...? So here, enjoy some fine autumnal squash:

Drink enough wine and the script seems to say: Whore Fall - Photo by Wasabi Prime
Oh yes, and don't forget -- it's not Christmas yet, so keep rocking the decorative gourds (and squash). Happy Thanksgiving, y'alls -- GET STUFFED.

Monday, November 17, 2014

FoodTrek: Tis the Season... For Dessert!

I know everyone's in the countdown planning stages for Thanksgiving, but I've already got visions of sugarplums dancing in my head. Sorry, Turkeyday -- I'm all about Christmastown! Holidays are equivalent of having dessert first, and there's nothing more fitting than an entire post about --  you got it -- DESSERTS!! And even better, wine paired with desserts, at Seattle's very own Fairmont Olympic Hotel.

Become a Honey Veil devotee -- you won't be sorry - Photo by Wasabi Prime

Monday, November 3, 2014

Mixed Plate: A Mushroom, a Boat, a Whale, and a Walrus Walk Into the Kitchen...

Tis the season for cookbooks in bloom! I know most people fall into one of a few categories when it comes to cookbooks: A) The Casual Collector, usually gifted most of their books by friends/family who know them best, and the books' subjects tend to lean towards specialty desserts or general party-planning ideas; B) The Hoarder, a ravenous collector with a discerning eye for quality-written recipes and techniques, happily giving up valuable living space in lieu of several overstuffed bookshelves bowing from the weight of those damn heavy Modernist Cuisine tomes; C) The Recovering Cookbook-aholic, one who has purged their library of books they realistically know they won't cook from, they're worried about the Hoarders TV crew showing up at their house (again), so their collection is meticulously curated with only books they know they'll use regularly. While I've never let my books edge me out of house and home, I do have a Fear of Stuff, so I tend to fall within the C-category. Which is why when I do add to my cookbook collection, I'm extra-picky, and extra-excited when I find not only one, but TWO new books that I think deserve a spot on the shelf.

Shiitake dan dan noodles, care of Becky Selengut's "Shroom" - Photo by Wasabi Prime

Monday, October 27, 2014

OMG a Spoooooooooky Recipe: Bloody Good Blood Orange Cocktail for All Hallow's Eve

Per usual, my Halloween preparation relies on The Addams Family movies. Someone asks Wednesday Addams, wearing her everyday Little Girl Goth ensemble on Halloween, who she's supposed to be. Actress Christina Ricci's perfect deadpan voice replies: "I'm a serial killer. They look like everyone else." Genius. Short of vandalizing a perfectly good bed sheet and going as a ghost, I'm sorely unprepared for Halloween beyond snacking on way too much candy weeks before October 31st. But fear not. I did make a drink.  And it's spooooooooky!

Blood orange makes for a gory-good cocktail - Photo by Wasabi Prime