Falafel Burgers

If you’re ever in Paris and someone steers you away from a crepe and toward a falafel sandwich, follow them. They’re onto something. If you’re passing Notre Dame, trying desperately to snap a photograph of the Shakespeare and Company bookstore, and thinking to yourself that Parisian men and women look dangerously alike…just trot on. The…

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Macaroni, Peas, and Cheese

I’ve always been something of an entrepreneur. At seven, I’d opened up “Chaos Cleaning” with my cousin Michael, a low level cleaning business that was not only profitable, but probably would have served me well if my chosen line of work involved racketeering. Technically speaking, we did clean. That part of the operation was legal…

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Steak and Cheese with Peppers, Onions, and Mushrooms

I spent my girlhood in a little Italian pizza shop. A real nook of a place. Red walls, wooden bench-seat booths, speckled linoleum, cracked 8×10’s of displaced Paesanos, wobbly brass and glass ceiling fans, half-full shakers of oregano, red pepper flakes, and freshly grated parmesan. Royal blue menu boards with white lettering. Recipes born in…

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Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

I wonder how many times my mom furiously shuffled through her paper-strewn pocketbook for the receipt for my brother and I. Ten times? Twenty? How often did she wonder what the hospital’s return policy was? I imagine it was as often as we pleaded for store bought chocolate chip cookies. Soft Baked, Mrs. Fields, Chips…

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International Food Blogger Conference: Saturday & Sunday

Out of all the planning I did for the International Food Blogger Conference, the area that I had the most influence on was the food. Two months ago, I contacted all the top chefs, bakeries, restaurants, food producers, and food trucks that Seattle has to offer, asking if they’d like to participate in IFBC. Or,…

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International Food Blogger Conference 2010- The Venue

Where have I been the past five days? Eating. Well, that’s not entirely true. Since moving to Seattle and beginning work at Foodista.com three and a half months ago, much of my time and energy has been planning the International Food Blogger Conference (IFBC). The event is a weekend long exploration of food, writing, and…

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The Meatball Sub

In my kitchen. I bang pots, throw pans, tap spatulas with ladles in the air like drumsticks counting down before a particularly raucous set. I go wild. Learn my spices like times tables, read cookbooks like Bible passages, talk to my ingredients as I would old friends. “You look so good dressed in beurre blanc.”…

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