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November 11, 2009 at 9:25 AM

Thanksgiving: my recipes for success — and yours?

We’re only two weeks out from my favorite holiday — the one embraced by today’s Seattle Times special Holiday Cuisine section. As we so famously do each year at our house, we’ll be hosting the usual cast of characters at our annual Thanksgiving potluck, roasting his-and-hers turkeys (one oven-roasted, the other smoked on the Weber). And because it’s tradition, we’ll once again be rolling out the Big Three: my classic recipes for cranberry sauce, Mac’s favorite stuffing and those heavenly dinner rolls.

My buttermilk rolls. They’re heavenly, if I should say so myself.

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August 26, 2009 at 8:33 AM

Time for tomatoes! And your favorite recipe is?

Yes, I tried to grow tomatoes again this year. With all that hot summer weather we had, I was excited to think I’d soon have enough sun-ripened tomatoes to make one of my favorite summer recipes: Linguine with Tomatoes and Basil, culled from that kitchen classic “The Silver Palate Cookbook.” And while I didn’t exactly fail, my “crop” — if you can call it that — was minimal. I harvested my first Black Krim a couple of nights ago and ate it with just a little salt. Impressive! And here’s what I came up with this morning:

The wee ones are Tumbling Toms and “patio” tomatoes.

Unfortunately, I only grew two edible Black Krims and the one left standing may be smiling, but I’m not.

Black (Krim) humor. So funny, I forgot to laugh.

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July 14, 2009 at 8:14 AM

This old house: Kitchen remodel already driving me to drink

And so it’s begun: the kitchen remodel. What I failed to tell you when last I wrote about this upcoming event is that there’s more to my remodel than met your eye. In addition to the total kitchen blowout, we’re looking at gutting two old bathrooms and rebuilding one; putting a (presently non-existent) bath on the second floor; and eventually pulling up old berber carpet (used as a “bathroom” more than a few times by our dear old dogs) in order to refinish the scarred wood flooring below it. All the very old single-pane windows downstairs, plus a few upstairs, will be replaced. And happy day! Our contractor showed up yesterday to turn our backyard into a ditch: the better to re-jigger the old sewer line. That’s when he told us we needed to finish clearing out our dining-room-disguised-as-a-pantry ASAP so he might pull up the floor.

The “dining room” used as a pantry (left), now awaiting the ax (right).

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