Bringing The Mediterranean Home

Turkey, ham, stuffing, pie, endless dinners with the relatives, you're up to your ears in it. Are you dreaming of that summer vacation, long, sunny days and star-washed nights spent with a bottle of rosé and your best friends, maybe somewhere wonderful like Italy, France, or Spain? Well, here's a little something to help you get through winter's cold, dark nights, even if a Mediterranean vacation isn't in your immediate plans. Just round up a few friends, lay in a supply of rosé (yes, it's as delicious in winter as it is in early summer), and hit your favorite fish shop for the freshest and best that the Pacific has to offer. When I first moved to France I was mystified...

Spirits in Yakima Valley

Like many Seattleites, most of my previous trips to the Yakima Valley centered on wine tasting. On a recent trip, the goal was no different. Wine tasting was first on our list. But as we soon discovered, the tasting opportunities don’t end with wine....

Donate to End Hunger

'Tis the season to give. Make the most of your donations to your local food bank or hunger-alleviation agency. While food donations are great, dollars are even better. At FISH, every dollar donated provides seven dollars worth of food. Additionally, 97% of every dollar goes to food distribution, while less than 3% goes toward administrative costs. If you prefer to donate items, here are some suggestions from Northwest Harvest General Food Items oatmeal whole grain pastas brown rice tomato products canned vegetables canned fruit, especially with low sugar and no artificial sweetener canned fish or meat shelf-stable...

Find a Food Bank Near You

For FISH Food Banks of Pierce County locations, hours, and phone numbers, visit: fishfoodbanks.org. Northwest Harvest directly operates one food bank in downtown Seattle, and has partnerships with hundreds of food banks and meal programs around Washington. You can find a searchable map of options at northwestharvest.org or call (800) 722-6924. United Way can also provide information and assistance: call 2-1-1. ...

FISH Food

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="475"] a mobile food bank helps end hunger in Pierce County[/caption] BY ERIN SIRIANNI Just before 4pm on a warm afternoon in July, the FISH Mobile Food Bank pulled into an empty parking lot near an elementary school in Spanaway, located just south of Tacoma. Soon, a line of people had formed, each person waiting to climb the ramp and pass through the inside of a 45-foot semi-trailer, which has been converted into a grocery store-like aisle, its inner flanks lined with shelves of food. I had arrived earlier that day, part volunteer, part writer, to learn more about the self-select mobile food bank, the only one of its kind in the state, if not the country. It is operated...

Nuts About You- The American Chestnut

In Europe, before the arrival of potatoes and corn from the New World, chestnuts were an essential starch. Chestnuts have been grown since prehistoric times, especially in the hilly, marginally fertile regions of Northern Italy and Southern France, where much of the land is difficult to till and plow....

Holiday (ch)Eating

BY BECKY SELENGUT It appeared seasonally, more museum piece than a thing meant to be eaten. It occupied an ornate silver candy dish, set upon a beautiful wood period piece in a room technically called a living room, though not much actual living happened there. The color of envy and fir trees coupled with Santa's hat and white lines of snow running through the middles, the ribbon candy curled perfectly back and forth, back and forth. As a little girl, I imagined elves running up the hills and sliding down on their tufted backsides just to run right back up the next hill. Saying I was going to use the bathroom, I would sneak down the two steps into the museum...

Truly Local Roots

how one farm grew from a closet full of tomatoes to 80 acres STORY AND PHOTOS BY TARA AUSTEN WEAVER When do you know you're on the path to becoming a farmer? Perhaps, like Siri Erickson-Brown and Jason Salvo, when you have 100 tomato seedlings in the closet of your 400 square foot Capitol Hill apartment. "We decided to grow all these tomatoes and basil as centerpieces for our wedding," Siri explains. They had no idea that first crop would change their lives. This was back in 2006. Jason was studying for the bar exam and Siri, who had recently graduated with a master's degree in public administration, was working a job she didn't like. One day she got chatting with...

Sharing a New Meal

BY JESS THOMSON Today’s holiday meals are anything but traditional. At my extended family’s Christmas dinner, four of us eat gluten-free. Two avoid dairy, one skips most sugars, and one hates spicy food, which means that when we gather—whether it’s for a casual get-together or a more formal family function—we share not only the food on the table, but also each others’ habits and preferences. Here’s a menu that aims to please. Start with a gorgeous roasted salmon, piled in pieces atop a simple ginger- and cilantro-infused yogurt sauce. Move to a radicchio salad swathed in a tahini-pomegranate dressing, then balance the dinner out with sweet pureed celery root and butternut squash roasted with spicy smoked paprika. There are big, bold flavors...

Inventing a Restaurant

the nuts and bolts of the business behind your dinner BY LISA K. NAKAMURAPHOTO BY KELLY CLINE The rote fantasy of almost every culinary student is to open her own place, glide in gracefully to create the latest dining sensation, write award-winning cookbooks and become a culinary celebrity. This fantasy has nothing to do with reality. The truth of the matter is opening a restaurant, at least for me, has been an exercise in humility. I have found that there is nothing quite like getting slapped in the face with my own ignorance and inabilities, despite my best intentions to be savvy, prescient and wise. It started innocently enough: take over a lease, buy a turn-key operation, slap some paint on the walls...

DIY Holiday Gifting

Several holiday seasons ago, I decided to stop buying material gifts for family and friends and start making handmade presents....

Maninis Gluten Free

In March of 2011, Maninis joined Seattle's farmers markets community, selling mixes and pasta and breads at the Broadway and Phinney Ridge markets....