in food

Goodbye Dry Pasta, Hello Fresh Pasta!

Pasta is a quick and easy weeknight dinner. Boil some pasta and make a simple bolognese or carbonara and you have yourself a delicious meal. But the deliciousness is somewhat limited by dried, boxed pasta. After three or four tries with my new Atlas Pasta Maker, I have been able to make amazing fresh pasta that has turned my previously satisfactory weeknight pasta meal into a decadent, gourmet experience.
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in food, inspiration

Trader Joe’s Holiday Guide

There’s nothing that will get you in the holiday season faster than a visit to Trader Joe’s in November. Starbucks brings back the peppermint mocha and gingerbread latte. Shopping centers start hanging wreaths and garlands. Radio stations become peppered with “Jingle Bell Rock” and if you’re lucky Wham!’s amazing “Last Christmas”. And Trader Joe’s beats them all.
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Simple Chocolate Chip Shortbread

From my time in London, I really came to appreciate the simple things. Or more specifically, the simple carbs. Like buttered toast, scones with clotted cream, and shortbread. These things are sometimes hard to appreciate when you compare them to something more decadent, but with a cup of tea, you can’t beat a good piece of shortbread.

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in food, travel

Cold, Gray, Rainy, Seattle… and Sushi!

Returning to Seattle in October was bittersweet for me. Sweet because I got to catch up with old friends, celebrate my husband’s birthday with world class sushi, and attend a beautiful wedding. But how could I forget the bitterly cold, wet and gray fall season. It’s like when you forget to take your sunglasses off as the sun goes down. But in fall in Seattle, that’s just what normal looks like. Everything is stripped of color and a dark haze makes you want to curl up in bed and do absolutely nothing.

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