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July 10, 2014 at 2:00 PM

A toast to former Seattle Times reporter E.B. White (Yeah, that E.B. White)

So, it’s E.B. White’s birthday on July 11. I propose we hoist a cocktail in honor of the most famous Seattle Times reporter. Yes, it’s true, the author of “Charlotte’s Web” and co-author of every writer’s bible, “The Elements of Style,” used to live the ink-and-paper life, tapping away on our metro desk from September 1922 to June 1923 before he was, uh, fired.

Charlotte's Web author E.B. White was a reporter at the Seattle Times from Sept. 1922 to June 1923. Photo archive

Charlotte’s Web author E.B. White was a reporter for the Seattle Times. Photo archive

White reflected on his time with the Times:

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July 7, 2014 at 12:48 PM

Eat their words! Food writers host FareStart dinner

Food writer Hsiao-Ching Chou once said that the best potstickers can’t be bought. In a restaurant setting, she wrote, cooks often take too many shortcuts because of time and money constraints. Her own homestyle potstickers, though, will be on the menu at the FareStart Guest Chef dinner on Thursday, July 10, a version of…

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July 1, 2014 at 10:20 AM

Renaming kaffir lime leaves: ‘Hate speech doesn’t belong in the produce department’

File photo by Ron Jenkins/Fort Worth Star-Telegram

File photo by Ron Jenkins/Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Instead of looking for kaffir lime leaves when cooking Southeast Asian or Indian recipes, try just asking for lime leaves.

That’s how the ingredient is now classified at PCC Natural Markets, just days after staffers saw an article on racist connotations behind the original name. “The k-word is akin to the n-word in South Africa and some other African countries,” reporter Mia Stainsby wrote in The Vancouver Sun, noting a social media campaign to use the less common term “makrut lime” instead.

PCC now refers to them simply as “lime leaves,” a term approved by the Oxford Companion to Food, said PCC food writer Jill Lightner, who saw the original article and worked on the changes.

Why take such drastic steps?

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June 25, 2014 at 9:45 AM

A red blend from L’Ecole No. 41 brings in a very big award

Seattle Times wine columnist Andy Perdue reports that a Washington winery has earned the top award for red Bordeaux varieties at the prestigious Decanter World Wine Awards. L’Ecole No. 41′s 2011 Ferguson Vineyard, a red blend that is a new wine for the Walla Walla Valley winery, brought home the trophy June 24. L’Ecole was the only American…

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June 24, 2014 at 2:59 PM

Brad’s Swingside Cafe counting down its final months

Start the countdown to say goodbye to another longtime Seattle restaurant, and the “famous” aglio e olio and memories that went with it. Brad Inserra, owner of the 24-year-old Brad’s Swingside Cafe in Fremont, said he is in the final stages of selling the building. He plans to close his cozy Italian hangout in February, though…

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