Recipe: Perfect Mashed Potatoes

[Updated November 2016] Such a simple thing -- throw some potatoes into a pot, then mash them up, but there's more to creamy mashed potatoes than that. I tend to make mashed potatoes a day ahead of a big family dinner and gently reheat in the oven; microwaving them tends to change the texture. Alternately, make them earlier in the morning and keep them warm by covering a pan with plastic wrap and nestling into a simmering … [Read more...]

Recipe: Homemade Finishing Butter

(Note: This was posted prior to the unfortunate collapse of Paula Deen's culinary empire - KF) Eater National reports that "midst of a weak attempt at rebranding herself as healthy," Food Network star Paula Deen launched a line of "finishing butters" for WalMart. So the woman who made famous doughnut, egg and bacon sandwiches and then came out of the medical closet to announce she had Type 2 Diabetes now has a line of … [Read more...]

Recipe: Mushroom and Lentil Burgers

Years ago, I found myself the only vegetarian at a barbecue hosted by co-workers. I've dabbled with vegetarianism on and off; this was during one of my "on" phases. Thoughtfully, or so I thought, I packed my own frozen meatless patties so no would even notice that I wasn't eating meat. Of course, that didn't happen. Instead my hard commercial discs became the center of everyone's attention. "These don't even look like … [Read more...]

Recipe: Potato Gratin with Camembert and Pancetta

Recipe by Jess Thomson, from Dishing Up Washington, photo by Lara Ferroni At Vashon Island’s Kurtwood Farms, owner Kurt Timmermeister makes a bloomy-rind cow’s milk cheese called Dinah’s Cheese. When it was first released in 2009, Seattle swooned; nowhere in the state is there a farmstead Camembert-style  cheese so clearly fit for international fame. In my official opinion, it would be an atrocity to do anything to … [Read more...]

Recipe: Roasted Carrots with Mustard

                                  Recipe by Jess Thomson, from Dishing Up Washington. Photo by Lara Ferroni Nash’s Organic Produce in Sequim, Wash., is known for its sweet, crunchy Nantes carrots, which grow particularly well in cool climates and the alluvian soil that covers the northeastern portion of the Olympic … [Read more...]