Awesome Month-Long Giveaway for the Paperback of Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good

Burnt Toast PB cover

To celebrate the release of the paperback edition of Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good on August 25th, I'll be doing a drawing each Monday from August 31st to September 28th for a whole slew of awesome prizes. Yay! How to enter: For each social media mention, you'll get an entry. You can get up to three entries each day. I'll draw from the pool of all entries each Monday. the goal is to promote the book via social … [Read more...]

Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good

Burnt Toast PB cover

"I'm Swedish, which makes me sexy, and I'm Irish which makes me want to talk about it." That's the first line from Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good, my third book, coming to paperback on August 25th. Same content, just cheaper, so get yours today! The book was a Michigan Notable Book, and a finalist in the prestigious IACP Awards and the Goodreads Choice Awards. I'm delighted to report the first official review from … [Read more...]

It’s Here! Paperback cover for Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good (hits stores Aug. 25th)

Burnt Toast PB cover

The paperback doesn't come out until August 25th, but I wanted to share the very pretty cover from the Penguin Random House designers! I am at work on my fourth book so I will be doing limited in-person events. The official Seattle book launch will be on Wednesday, September 9th, at The Book Larder. I'll also be doing a bunch of super-fun giveaways starting on August 25th through the month of September. Prizes include a … [Read more...]

How to Avoid Wasting Food

Post its in crisper drawer

Comedian John Oliver took to task the issue of food waste on an episode of This Week Tonight. Seemingly overnight, it's become a burning issue. Finally. I dedicated an entire chapter of my 2011 book, The Kitchen Counter Cooking School, to the issue of food waste. Here's an excerpt from "Waste Not, Want Not," courtesy Viking/Penguin Random House: "Even as they bemoan food prices, American consumers are generally … [Read more...]

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St. Germain Pitcher Cocktails

Refreshing lemonade with oranges and mint on wooden table.

Originally posted by Lisa Simpson, updated June 2015 Summer doesn’t officially start for another month, but in Seattle, after our long grey blahdeblah winters we’re so hungry for sunshine that when we see it, and it’s warmer than 60, we consider it close enough. Since our sunshine is so hard to find and unpredictable, I have drink fixins on standby in my pantry. Last year I was all about Lillet, that French … [Read more...]

Recipe: Salade Niçoise

Salade Nicoise

I first encountered  Salade Niçoise in a most embarrassing way -- by reading about it in a cheap romance novel the summer I turned 14. The scene was typically evocative of a dime store read. A beautiful protagonist perched at a table under a striped umbrella on an immaculate beach in Cannes waiting for a murky character. The server brought her a bracingly cold glass of chablis and Salade Niçoise. At this point, the … [Read more...]

Summer Berry Tart with Whole Wheat Crust

Summer Berry Tart

Someone asked me recently why I didn't study pâtisserie at Le Cordon Bleu. The honest reason? I'm not keen on most sweets and I don't like chocolate. (Yes, you read that correctly.) If there's a choice of dessert or a cheese plate, I always go for the fromage. When I started to review restaurants back in the 1990s, I routinely left a report on desserts out of my reviews. I was working then with Tom Sietsema, now the … [Read more...]

Shrimp with Tarragon on Wilted Greens

Tarragon Shrimp with Pasta finished web - Copy (2)

It started as this small thing, just a tiny container from a local nursery. Then, like something out of a 1950s horror film, by August last summer, my French tarragon grew into an embarrassment of riches on the patio of my Seattle home. On a chilly day in late autumn, I hacked most of it back and dried it to make my own fine herbs, that classic combination that's a mainstay in French cuisine. The traditional ingredients … [Read more...]

Grief and Gratitude, Under a Sky So Blue

angel in the sky

I stared at my closet and wondered. What do you wear to the funeral of your favorite cousin, more like a brother, really, but you hadn’t seen him in nearly 20 years? On top of it, what does a person pack to go home to a hometown about which you’ve penned a book yet had not been there to visit in just as long? This is where I found myself on April 30th, 2014, one year ago today. Richard “Richey” Fridline was one of … [Read more...]