Category Archives: Seattle Food Bloggers

Foodportunity October 22nd 2012

Save the date (and get your tickets) for Seattle’s premier food networking event

October 22, 2012 Palace Ballroom

Sponsored by Washington’s Beef Community / @WABeef
Join us as we challenge your taste buds in a blind beef tasting. Meet a local cattle rancher and learn about how beef is raised in Washington.

What: Foodportunity, Seattle food community’s premier networking event with tastes from Tom Douglas Restaurants, Din Tai Fung, TRACE, ART Restaurant, Hitchcock, Phnom Penh Noodle House, 35 th Street Kitchen + Bar and many more restaurants and companies.

Where: Tom Douglas’ Palace Ballroom, 2100 5th Ave Seattle, WA 98121

Who: Local chefs and cookbook authors will be available to answer your questions and get to know you. Come meet Brian McCracken and Dana Tough (Spur, Tavern Law, The Coterie Room), Jill Lightner (Edible Seattle: The Cookbook), Leora Bloom (Washington Food Artisans, Cookbook) and Judith Dern (A Taste of Scandinavia, Cookbook)

When: Monday, October 22, 2012, 6-9 pm

Cost: $25 early admission, $32 at a later date. Tickets available at
Get your tickets before they sell out.

Do you have questions? Do you want to showcase your business?
Contact: Keren Brown –

photo credit: Jackie Donnely Baisa


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Savory Sweet Life Cookbook

I have this friend, Alice. She is the friend that came to my house when I was on bedrest and ordered me not to move so she could cook dinner for my family. She walked into my house with a bag chock-full of groceries and cooked up a stew and some greens and then she walked out. Just like that. To do this, she left her 3 kids, her work and everything because she wanted to make sure that we were not hungry. I know everybody is busy but Alice Currah will always make time for her friends even when she is writing books, managing her incredibly popular and award -winning blog and juggling her family. Alice has so many life lessons to share, a conversation on the phone with her will leave me grateful and full of ideas. She always reminds me to take a step back and savor the moments.

She recently came out with a book called “Savory Sweet Life, 100 Simply Delicious Recipes for Every Occasion” named after her blog. I love this book for many reasons but the number one reason is because her food is impressive for the eyes but really easy to make. Every time I make something, people think I have been slaving for hours but in reality, everything is quick and easy. I also love that the book is organized by life experiences with chapter headers like “Snow Day”, “Welcome Home” and “Lunch Between Friends” so you don’t have to start pasting together recipes but you can choose a section and just go for it. It helps that all the ingredients are easy to find and many times already in my pantry so all I have to do is pick a recipe and go. We have made everything in the Father’s day chapter numerous times because we are kind of obsessed in this house with the peanut coconut sauce and the coconut rice. The photos are gorgeous and she took them all herself. The book is a great gift to give to a mom or anybody looking to cook impressive but not having the time to slave over the stove. Her photography is beautiful and the photos of her family are inspiring. She is a super mom and it is nice to see that if you work hard, you can have a nice balance of family and work.

Of all the things that I love about Alice is the fact that she is always ” Keeping it Real”. She is an honest person, who worked hard to get where she is; a talented photographer, cake decorator and cook. And she is always there to give good advice. Pick up her book at any bookstore and enjoy a Savory Sweet Life.

Here we are signing books together at Barnes and Noble. This was fun.


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Food Lovers’ Guide to Seattle Book Signing at Barnes and Noble and Sunset Magazine

Is it summer? Sometimes I feel like it is. Sometimes I feel like it isn’t/
That is Seattle summer for you. This year is flying by for me and I am loving the ride.

One of the most amazing things that happened this year was that I was featured in Sunset Magazine. Yes, three whole pages talking about where I like to eat including a full page photo.. This was a dream come true. The article was written by Rebekah Denn, one of my most favorite writers in Seattle.

I am hoping to see you all soon.
I will be doing a book signing at Barnes and Noble at Northgate this Saturday with three other lovely authors, Alice Currah of Savory Sweet Life, Jill Lightner of Edible Seattle Cookbook: The Cookbook and Leora Bloom of Washington Food Artisans. Come out and chat with us. It will be fun. Details are here.

Hope I get to see you!

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Herbivoracious, Michael Natkin’s New Cookbook

When I first moved to Seattle over 5 years ago, I was desperate to meet other bloggers. I didn’t know one person here so I started emailing the bloggers behind my favorite blogs. New friendships blossomed as well as the Seattle Food Blogger Events, my group that brings local bloggers together to talk about food. Michael Natkin of Herbivoracious was one of my first friends here (he came to the first meeting) as well as one of the first blogs that I started to read daily.

I know Michael Natkin from just about the time when he started his blog journey, I remember him staging at Cafe Flora, I remember the day that the restaurant got reviewed and his dish happened to be the one that the reviewer raved about. It gave me hope as a newbie blogger, it was a sign that if you reach for your dreams and you work hard, great things will happen. One of my fondest memories was an underground dinner that Michael invited me to. Michael taught me that vegetarian food can be complex in flavor, he made buckwheat blini topped with asparagus caviar and creme fraiche and a Panko crusted hard-boiled egg with smoked asparagus and sherry gastrique. This was before I was so deeply immersed into food, asparagus caviar was an idea that I had no idea could happen and his menu blew me away.

photo credit: Michael Natkin

photo credit: Michael Natkin

I watched over the years as Michael’s blog grew, his readership grew and now I am holding the galley of his cookbook (it is basically the pre-cookbook, not all the photos are in it but I get to read all the recipes and experiment.)

This book is really amazing. Michael knows how to make vegetarian dishes explode with flavor. I admit that I eat meatless quite a lot, mostly out of convenience. With 3 kids at home, my husband and I tend to divide up the tasks and he does most of the shopping because I do the cooking. I hardly plan my meals in advance so I cook vegetarian because it is convenient and fast. Michael seems to plug the things that I miss into meatless meals in here without missing even a bit of flavor. He gives you that exact ingredient that you need to make a meal pop and that is what it is.

Some of the things that I loved about this book:
– He explains cooking. I am a pretty good home cook but I have to say that sometimes I wonder what I need to add to make my dish pop. He gives explanations about how to add acid, salt and just what would make a difference.
-He doesn’t use fake proteins. There is tofu in it but you won’t find imitation meat or anything of that sort.

– He has some of my favorite Jewish recipes; I am sure that many would have no idea that they are Jewish because they are Sephardic (the polar opposite of blintzes or potato latkes), you will find recipes like Sabich and Mujadara (Middle Eastern rice and lentil pilaf). For me, these recipes
are much more comforting than bagels and lox, which people perceive as Jewish Food.

– There are recipes from all over the world; the recipes are influenced from Morocco to Spain, Italy to Israel, and the Southeast Asian and Indian regions.

– The recipes are tested by a dad of two. They are family- friendly recipes that you can make at home. And there are lots of explanations.

You can pre-order the book here.

Before I end this review, I am going to share his recipe for Sabich. The summer days in Israel (we visit a lot) are often so hot that you feel as though you never want to eat again. On those days, all I can find room for is watermelon and feta or popsicles but suddenly in the deep afternoon, the hunger hits and grabbing a Sabich on the street, a pita full of fried eggplant, egg and lots of vegetables is the best way to hit the spot. Amba, a pickled mango is found in every Sabich but it is indeed an acquired taste, I have always avoided it because it seems to come out of your pores which does not seem the least bit appetizing on a day of sweltering heat (my friend’s swear by it though).

Michael’s Sabich Recipe (with introduction)

Iraqi-Jewish Eggplant Sandwich (Sabich)


Sabich is a popular Sabbath food for Iraqi Jews, who, when they emigrated to Israel and set up a community in Ramat Gan, brought the sandwich with them. It has since gained widespread popularity, and of course, in typical Israeli fashion, there are 100 variations and 200 opinions about which one is best.
There is something about the creaminess of the egg and the fried goodness of the eggplant that works really well together. And the garnishes of Israeli salad (tomatoes and cucumbers with a bit of lemon juice), hummus, onions, pickles, parsley, and amba give your mouth the full workout of sweet, spicy, sour, herbaceous, smooth, and crispy.
Amba is a pickled mango condiment. You may be able to find it at a Middle Eastern grocery, or check the Internet for a recipe and make your own. If you can’t find it or make it, use a little harissa or other hot sauce instead.

2 plum tomatoes, finely diced
Half an English cucumber, finely diced
Juice of 1 lemon
Kosher salt
1⁄4 cup vegetable oil
1 large eggplant, peeled and cut into generous 1⁄4-inch slices
4 large eggs, hard-cooked, peeled, and sliced (omit for vegan)
2 cups hummus (store-bought or make your own)
1 cup pre-seasoned tahini (sesame paste, also known as tehina or tahina) or 1 cup plain tahini seasoned with 1 clove minced garlic and lemon juice to taste
1⁄2 cup loosely packed fresh flatleaf parsley leaves
Half a small white onion, minced
1⁄2 cup thinly sliced or diced dill pickle
Amba (pickled mango; more information in the book)
4 pita breads (omit and serve as a salad for gluten-free)

1. In a small bowl, make a simple salad of the tomatoes, cucumber, and lemon juice, adding salt to taste.
2. Put the vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Fry the eggplant in batches until completely tender, turning to brown on both sides, about 7 minutes total; drain on paper towels and sprinkle with salt. (You can also grill the eggplant instead of frying for a different, lighter taste.) Transfer to a serving dish.
3. While the eggplant is frying, put the eggs, hummus, tahini, parsley, onion, dill pickle, and amba in small bowls so diners can build sandwiches to their own specifications.
4. Toast or grill the pita bread.
5. Serve it forth, preferably with a cold beer, and encourage everyone to make a gigantic sandwich

Recipe© Michael Natkin and used by the permission of The Harvard Common Press.


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Seattle Food Bloggers Team up to Bake for Share Our Strength

Local Food Bloggers to Participate
in Great American Bake Sale
for “Share Our Strength”

9:30 Am to Noon
at Uptown Metropolitan Market
100 Mercer St, Seattle

(You see this? This was made by Megan from NotMartha last year. Just a taste of what’s to come! photo credit: Megan Reardon.)

I am getting together the Seattle Food Bloggers to raise money for Share Our Strength. Last year was a huge success! Come eat, meet and mingle with the bloggers! And stock up on desserts for the week. Gluten-free and Nut -Free options will be available.

The sale by Seattle food bloggers—one of dozens nationwide—will take place at the Uptown Metropolitan Market on Lower Queen Anne on Saturday morning, May 14th, from 9:30 AM until noon.

The national effort to involve bloggers in the Great American Bake Sale was spearheaded by Gaby Dalkin, a personal chef in Los Angeles and author of a blog called

All funds raised through the event support Share Our Strength’s efforts to end childhood hunger in America by helping fund after-school and summer nutrition programs. 14.1 million children in America live in poverty. That’s 5.5% more than a year ago. (For a four-person family, that means getting by on less than $420 a week.)

Here are some of the bloggers and the list is updated all the time, so keep checking back! If you are not here and are baking, please send me an email.

Shauna James Ahern from Gluten- Free Girl and the Chef
Megan Reardon from Not Martha.
Desiree Kazda from Life’s Ambrosia
Jean From The Art of Gluten-free Baking
Linda from Saltyseattle
Rita Pellegrini from Pink Bites
Scott Heidminger from Seattle Food Geek
Ann Scranton from Sugar and Wool
Leslie Seaton from Fresh Picked Seattle
Paula Thomas from Mirror
Susan Pierson Brown from Mercer and Sage
Mina Williams, from Northwest Stir
Mikaela Cowles from Baguette Taste-Wonder Bread Budget
Nazila Merati from Flora and Flying
Tamara Sellman from Buzz Food
Loren Leong from
Fumiko- Kurose-Bretzke from Prune Kitchen
Chelsea Lin from PostBox
Stacey Kowalchuk from What the Cupcake?
Jaqueline Pruner from Heed the Hedonist
Emme Ribeiro from Food Samba
Carol Richardson Marty from Sugar Sand Photography
Alex Wu from Yums and Loves
Juliette Cook from Juliette Cook Photography.
Carol Peterman from Tablefare
Julie A. Hubert from The Joyful Kitchen
Alli Shircliff from an Open Cookbook
Dawn Klinghoffer from First, Look, Then Cook.
Sarah Dapcevitch from The Sated Palate

A big thank you goes to Metropolitan Market for hosting us again this year again!


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The Meatlover’s Meatless Cookbook

Seattle Food Writer (USA today and Culinate) and former Washington Post reporter Kim O’Donnel recently released her meatless cookbook for meat lovers.  Yes, meatless for meat lovers.

The cookbook encourages carnivores to give meat a break  in collaboration with Meatless Mondays, an international campaign aimed at reducing meat consumption and therefore  improving personal health and the health of the planet.

The Meatlover’s Meatless Cookbook has easy to make, hearty and satisfying recipes like Black Bean Sweet Potato Chili and Jig Inducing Falafel Burgers that will satisfy carnivores and vegetarians alike.

If you are interested in meeting Kim O’Donnel, you can catch her at Oddfellows Cafe & Bar with owner Linda Derschang and Chef Thomas Shultz as they launch their Meatless Monday campaign at the restaurant where they will offer vegetarian-only specials every Monday in addition to their regular menu. Derschang’s restaurant & bar Smith will be following the meatless campaign as well.   O’Donnel will be signing books on Nov. 29, from 6-8 pm and recipes from her book will be on the evening menu.

The book can be purchased at regular bookstores or at Amazon. Photos by Myra Kohn.

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Seattle Food Blogger Event with Kathy Casey and Lorna Yee

A couple of weeks ago, I organized another Seattle Food Blogger event at Kathy Casey Studios.   Kathy generously offered to host the Seattle Food Bloggers at her beautiful studio. This event was a party for Kathy Casey’s Sips and Apps and Lorna Yee’s The Newlywed Kitchen. The amazingly talented Valentina Vitols took the photos.

Kathy Casey invited us to her sassy studios and spoiled us with appetizers and cocktails from her newest book, “Sips and Aps”. I love her recipe for Roasted Pear Crostini with Gorgonzola. I have a huge amount of admiration for Kathy, she has written many books and done so much for the food and cocktail world in Seattle and all over the world. Here is her website which will tell you more about the Kathy Casey world and all the wonderful things she does. Do not miss her recap on the event.

Lorna Yee,  The Cookbook Chronicles made sweet desserts such as the Candy bar cupcakes from her book,” The Newlywed Kitchen” which she wrote with Ali Basye.  That book  has recipes for Newlyweds that cook together and features stories and photos of couples cooking together.  Michael from Herbivoracious posted the recipe for the zucchini fritters that are really tasty, check out his blog.

In addition to great food and cocktails, Kathy set up a date for all of us with Corky Luster of Ballard Bee Company to witness live bees in her backyard. Paula Thomas tells the story on her blog.

Before I show you some of the photos, Here is a link to some of  my other Seattle Food Blogger events. My next big event is coming up on August 2nd and it is open to food bloggers, chefs, food companies, restaurant people and all food passionate people. Details here

Kathy Casey welcoming us with some drinks.

The three of us: Myself, Kathy Casey and Lorna Yee

Valentina Vitols and Lorna Yee

Dana from Dana Treat and Luvuu ( the videographer who makes videos that really tell a story)

Thank You Kathy Casey and all your wonderful staff, Lorna yee, Corky Luster, Valentina Vitols and all the Seattle Food Bloggers for making this a special evening.

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