Pretty Pies & I’m BACK!

Hello hello!  It’s been a while hasn’t it?
Where have I been?  Well, that’s a bit of a long story and it has to do with Cancer.
I’ll save you all the gory details to say that after surgery and several weeks of radiation follow-ups… I’m happy to report that it looks like we beat the sucker in to submission.

The whole ordeal sort of took the wind out of my sails and caused me to, once again, shift focus in my life.  One of the things I try to focus on more each day is appreciating the beauty in life.  Because even when the times are tough there is beauty to be found, be it a bittersweet lesson, a smile from a passerby, hearing a child’s laugh bubbling up from the bottom of their tummy, the sweet sound of birdsong, the teeny peeks of neon green buds on the ends of Winter bare branches, the smell of coffee, the purr of a cat nestled in your lap, hugs, the kindness and love from those who love you.
The simple fact that every single day that we are “here” is in and of itself one of the most beautiful and underrated things on Earth.

So today I wanted to share with you a little trick, it’s not a recipe, it’s a technique.  And it will bring beauty to something ordinary. Continue reading

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Sole en Papillote

Now I know I say this all the time… but I’m saying it again: I feel so fortunate to live in Seattle where we have easy access to fresh seafood.  Fresh, delicious fish like Pacific Sole, which has the benefit of being a sustainable and plentiful fish, unlike the overfished Atlantic Sole – if you are interested in keeping up to date on which fish are better choices for long term sustainability you should check out the up to date list over at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.  Plus… it tastes great!  Continue reading

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Hank Shaw Giveaway: Winner Announcement

Thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway.  There were so many great stories shared from everyone, thanks everyone and stay tuned we will be having several more giveaways over the next few weeks!

Click here for: Winner Announcement

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GIVEAWAY: Hunt, Gather, Cook by Hank Shaw

I have this friend… he’s a bit of a renaissance man when it comes to all things edible.  What I mean by that is… he actually goes out to hunt, to forage and to fish for his own food on a regular basis.  He even grows his own food.  Over the years he has shared his adventures via his well read blog Hunter, Angler, Gardener, Cook. Continue reading

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Heirloom Tomato Salad

Heirloom Tomatoes

Summer time is Tomato time! Specifically…Heirloom Tomatoes!
I grew up with these kinds of tomatoes as a kid.  Striped tomatoes, odd shaped tomatoes, tomatoes in nearly every color of the rainbow and then somewhere along the way tomatoes became standardized, boring and tasteless.  Thank goodness that Heirloom Produce is making a comeback, because you haven’t tasted a tomato until you’ve tasted a REAL tomato like an Heirloom variety. Continue reading

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Dashi

Copper River Salmon Dashi Ingredients

It’s Copper River Salmon time of year again!  This is one of my all time favorite fish and I look forward to its return every year.  The folks at the Alaskan Department of Fish & Game have taken great care to manage the runs each year to ensure that this delicious fish remains sustainable for a long time to come, so you can eat and feel good about the fact that you are supporting sustainable seafood. Continue reading

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Chimichurri

Chimichurri

The first time that I tasted Chimichurri sauce was 6 years ago, almost to the day.  I had taken my guy out to the Buenos Aires Grill for his birthday, where we feasted on delicious steaks slathered in this herby, zesty green sauce.  At first glance I thought it was just another pesto, but then I tasted it.  It tasted fresh and green, like an herb garden is dancing all over your tongue, followed by a little kick of heat to remind you that you are alive and finally a slight tangy kiss of vinegar.  Love at first bite. Continue reading

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Frittata

Spring has sprung!  If I had to chose a favorite season I think I would choose Spring, everything is waking up in vibrant green sheets, invigorated by the spring rain, stretching out on bough and bramble to take advantage of our first peeks of sun. Continue reading

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Answering Your Questions

Ask kcline at Questionland Seattle
There’s a really great website out there called Questionland. It pulls together Experts on various topics who provide answers to questions provided by knowledge hungry community members. You would be surprised at the stuff you will learn over there, and no question is considered “dumb”, the Experts at Questionland take the time to thoughtfully reply and share their knowledge.
This week… yours truly is being featured as an Expert.So if you have a burning question about food, ingredients, baking, cooking, gardening, photography, etc head on over there and I’ll do my best to live up to the “Expert” moniker.
A big thank you to Swallowing Seattle and Questionland for asking me to take part this week.

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Burgers and Bloggers

What is that visage of Burger Heaven you see above?  It is the ***Kelly Cline’s Secret Squirrel BBQ Burger. I can die a happy woman now that I have had the honor of having a burger named after me. Continue reading

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