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Banana Cookies

13 Oct

Banana CookiesWho doesn’t remember a loved one through food? The handwritten recipes, the process, the stories—and especially the tastes and smells—tap into corners of our visceral memory quite unlike anything else.

In a study published by the University of Illinois Press in The American Journal of Psychology (Spring 2002), researchers Herz and Schooler rather poetically declared: Continue reading

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Dragonbreath Chili

7 Apr

Screenshot from WoW, © Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.

So, how many of you gamers out there got the reference?

Despite these glorious glimpses of sun, we’re not through Seattle’s rainy season yet, and as long as grey clouds loom, you’ll find this dish in our fridge or freezer.

It’s a staple: easy, filling, and damn good, too, if I do say so myself. Give it a try.

* No humans, tauren, undead, or elves were harmed in the making of this chili.

Dragonbreath Chili
Another Ryan Hylland Creation

 

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Food and Friends

10 Mar

FuMin Dinner Party

Every recipe in my recipe album has a reason for being there. Most are passed on by family or created in our own kitchen. But a select few (some of our favorites) are from friends. On each recipe I make sure to note who passed it on to us, when they first shared it with us, and what makes it so special.

Here are three of my all-time, “Food and Friends” favorites:

  • Fu-Min’s Garlic Shrimp
  • Margo’s Chicken Curry
  • Lubbat Family Hummus

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Beef Stew With Gnocchi

17 Feb

Beef Stew Gnocchi

Sure, you’ve had beef stew, but not like this. Sweet and savory. Rich and tomato-free. Unexpectedly herbal.

Around these parts (i.e. our house), we call it “Brother-in-Law Stew.” Ryan first concocted it at my sister’s house for her, my parents, and my brother-in-law. Thus the name. But you can call it…

Beef Stew With Gnocchi

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Inspiring Minds: Homaro Cantu

13 Feb

Homaro CantuMy first introduction to Homaro Cantu was via the Discovery Channel’s “Future Food” TV series on Planet Green.

That’s also when I first learned about the miracle berry and its ability to temporarily fool your taste buds into thinking sour and bitter foods taste sweet.

My friend Geraldine wrote about her miracle taste adventure over on the Everywhereist.com. (You may have seen me pop up over there from time to time.)

Sure, all this talk of “taste tripping” is fun and all, but what really impressed me about Homaro was his hopes for the fruit’s potential for helping people battling obesity, diabetes, cancer, and even poverty.
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Top 10: Seattle Places to “Work from Home”

23 Jan

Seattle Coffee Shop ChocolatiYou probably know that Seattle is a coffee town. But you might not know that hordes of nomadic workers use its cozy, caffeinated haunts as offices.

Whether you’re a fellow Seattle freelancer (like me), a local looking for a good place to read the day away, or just someone daydreaming about Seattle coffee culture, this Top 10 list is for you.

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10 Best Make-Ahead Meals

13 Jan

Best Make-Ahead Meals PrepI’m always on the lookout for make-ahead recipes. I hate cooking (love eating), so spending a Sunday afternoon getting a few meals out of the way helps keep me sane all week.

The problem is, most of them kind of suck.

But these don’t. I promise! Here are the 10 best make-ahead meals I’ve discovered so far. Think of it as a public service for all you busy parents out there. Continue reading