How to feel fancypants

October 23, 2011

Last night I prepared one of the most gourmet dinners I have prepared in a very long time. It was incredibly fancypants. What’s really wonderful about this highbrow meal is I spent about 10 minutes preparing it and the cost was under $5. Pizza. Simple, glorious pizza. It was the ingredients that made it fancy. […]

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Blue Palate on the Road: La Tarasca

October 20, 2011

Sometimes a blogger has to take something back. A few posts ago I wrote about how the best Mexican food could only be found 500 miles south of Portland. Well, that was before I stumbled upon La Tarasca in Centralia, Washington. In my defense, I didn’t write anything about what lies north. Now I am. […]

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Queen of Convenience Foods

October 15, 2011

Okay, I’m not really the queen of convenience when it comes to food. I usually take the long way around, making recipes from scratch and chopping vegetables instead of buying them pre-cut and packaged. But the older I get, the less time I have to spend long hours in the kitchen. Cooking is a great […]

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Eating and drinking through Slovakia

October 4, 2011

I recently returned from a three week trip to this tiny, Central-Eastern European country, original home to my husband Peter, where my parents-in-law live in a communist-relic condo building in the eastern city of Košice.”You mean Czechoslovakia?” many people ask when I explain where I’ve been and why my husband has a slight accent. No. […]

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Food truths: Taquerias and Cherry Pie

September 24, 2011

There is no lentil soup like my mother’s lentil soup, no sour cherry pie like my grandmother’s, certainly no sauerkraut like my father-in-law’s. The highest quality, freshest artisan-made food can be found in Sonoma County, CA and no decent Mexican taquerias can be found north of the California-Oregon border. These are some of my food […]

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