For years, a relative of mine served boxed stuffing at her holiday gatherings, spiced up with cut-up pre-cooked turkey sausage. When I offered to make some homemade stuffing one year, she waved me off. “No one can the tell the difference, anyway.” This made me wonder. How do … [Read more...] about The Firehouse Challenge: Packaged vs. Homemade Holiday Dinner Classics
We all know that holiday dinners should be a time to celebrate family, friends and food, but more often than not, it's a stressful holiday with anxious hosts more worried about the turkey than about the people around the table. Enough! I talked to various home cooks hosting … [Read more...] about Fearless Thanksgiving Guide
For The Kitchen Counter Cooking School, my friend Lisa and I spent a lot of time with other people's kitchens. There's something deeply intimate about what's lurks in the fridges, freezers and cupboards of strangers. As the site TrendCentral.com notes, the interiors of fridges … [Read more...] about What’s in your fridge?
The second I mentioned I was launching a podcast, my husband Mike immediately began to research audio equipment. In part, this was to be helpful, but it also provided an excuse to geek out on tech gear. He even asked Doug Berman, famed producer of NPR's Car Talk and Wait, Wait … [Read more...] about Want to start a podcast? A guide to gear
If you live in Seattle, it’s required by state law to consume wild salmon during the summer. Or, at least it feels that way. Lately, I’ve been grilling more than we need in order to use the leftovers for these fragrant salmon cakes that I developed last year when faced with a … [Read more...] about Recipe: Salmon cakes with avocado basil cream