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Too Many Cooks archive for Jan. 1, 2011

SATURDAY, DEC. 24, 2011

That first bite takes me home

They say you eat with your eyes first. I am adding to that bit of wisdom: You remember with your taste buds first. For me, that is punctuated by my family's traditional Ukrainian Christmas eve dinner -- perogies. I cannot remember a Christmas eve without...

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 21, 2011

Christmas baking help 

A friend and former colleague needs a Christmas baking miracle. Her little girl has a very specific request from Santa: a colorful cake, with sprinkles. But there's a catch... Her oven broke a couple of weeks ago and won't be fixed before Christmas. She says...

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Spokane company Wrapsacks are known for gift wrap alternatives, but also offer these handy bags that can take the place of plastic. They seal with Velcro and can open to be wiped out or be used as a placemat. (Lorie Hutson)

The hunt for last-minute, local gifts

I had a lot of fun hunting up gifts from local businesses for today's story in the food section. Wrapsacks owner Kathryn Hapke shared a discount code for the Wrapsacks website for anyone who can't find what they're looking for at Huckleberry's. Type SPOKESMAN in...

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TUESDAY, DEC. 20, 2011

Holiday cookie plate with leftovers from the exchange.

Holiday cookie exchange madness 

I can't help it. I always go overboard on the holiday baking. Even with the promise of a cookie exchange with the talented bakers at my office, I still can't hold myself to baking just a couple different treats. This year, perhaps my most restrained...

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 14, 2011

Seeking comfort food 

When the holiday season starts to explode, my eating habits tend to implode. Homemade cookies at work, chocolate goodies at home, candy, retirement cake, etc. I find myself longing for something wholesome and satisfying - at least for dinner. This recipe is my mom's. It...

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Chef Tom French, with the Experience Food Project, gives a Kindergartner a fist bump during a "Taste, Talk and Try." The kids are encouraged to try different foods and talk about how they taste. (Dan Pelle)

Healthier school lunch 

I had so much fun reporting today's story on healthier school lunches at schools in Othello and Cheney, Wash. This picture of chef Tom French giving one of the kids a fist bump for trying some of the new foods presented to them in the...

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FRIDAY, DEC. 9, 2011

But I love eating raw cookie dough 

Confession time: My dad and I used to wait till my mom would move away from the mixing bowl so that we could sneak bites of her chocolate chip cookie dough. If busted, she'd issue a stern warning that we'd "get worms" if we ate...

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TUESDAY, DEC. 6, 2011

Speculoos can be spectacular

If you have flown on Delta, you’re familiar with the spiced, crispy cookies they’ve branded “Biscoff.” These are well-known in Europe by their original name: speculoos. The Lotus brand Biscoff and Trader Joe’s Bistro cookies have been available at grocery stores for a number of...

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FRIDAY, DEC. 2, 2011

Golden Hills Brewing Co. in Airway Heights is releasing a rare India pale lager called 7/Seventy. (Colin Mulvany)

Here comes 7/Seventy

Beer lovers should take the time today to check out an unusual release from the brewers at Golden Hills Brewing Co. Bernie Duenwald is hitting seven area bars with the brewery's new India pale lager, called 7/Seventy. The beer, named because it is 7 percent...

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THURSDAY, DEC. 1, 2011

A new cookie each day? OK!

This time of year, I'm a sucker for holiday cookie-of-the-day websites. And thanks to a Williams-Sonoma blog, I can share another with you It starts with Peanut Butter Chocolate Swirls. One of my favorite combinations! Do you have a holiday cookie you try to...

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TUESDAY, NOV. 29, 2011

Signature Tastes of Spokane

Treat the cooks on your holiday shopping list to a little taste of the Spokane culinary scene. Just in time for the season of gift giving, Smoke Alarm Media is releasing "Signature Tastes of Spokane." Co-authors Steven Siler and Nicole Manganaro have gathered recipes from...

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 23, 2011

After the feast

There are some who love the leftovers even more than the Thanksgiving feast itself. We've rounded up some great ways to use up the turkey and other goodies over the weekend in today's Food section. Here are a couple more bonus recipes to try: Turkey...

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TUESDAY, NOV. 22, 2011

FRIDAY, NOV. 18, 2011

Ariane Smith finishes a taste of wine Saturday at Robert Karl Cellars, one of the wineries open for tastings in Spokane  for the Holiday Wine Fest. The winery had quilts on display, a jewelry artisan and complimentary Moroccan stew for visitors. Fourteen wineries are participating in the festival, which continues today. (Photos by Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

The perfect turkey wine?

If you've the unforgiving task of finding wine to pair with turkey for the upcoming holiday, here's the silver lining... It will take some research and the Spokane Winery Association can help. Nineteen members of the association will host special events 11 a.m. to 5...

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 16, 2011

Before the pumpkin pie

I'm not trying to steal the show from November's favorite pumpkin dessert. It's just that I tucked a recipe for Pumpkin Cheesecake Brownies into my file a few weeks ago and nearly missed my opportunity to make them before the snow steals the season and...

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TUESDAY, NOV. 15, 2011

Ben & Jerry's hosts benefit for family

Ben and Jerry's in River Park Square will host a benefit tonight to raise money for a local family. The store's owner is working with North Central High School senior Michaela Freeman to help a local family from Finch Elementary School. Freeman hopes to raise...

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FRIDAY, NOV. 11, 2011

Get it before it's gone 

I keep very few cookbooks on my shelf for easy access. "The Joy of Cooking," an old church cookbook with some favorite reipes, two of Alton Brown's books. And my cooking bible, a.k.a. "How To Cook Everything," by Mark Bittman. I love HTKE for its...

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Sweet Frostings celebrates its grand opening on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011.  This photo from the bakery's Facebook page shows the huckleberry and key lime macarons. (Courtesy of Sweet Frostings, Blissful Bakeshop)

Sweet Frostings opening Saturday

Sweet Frostings opens tomorrow. Partners Judy Rozier and Sally Winfrey are celebrating the launch of their new bakery with a grand opening 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. Rozier and Winfrey got their start selling cupcakes and goodies at the Funky Junk last spring. They...

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Is it soup yet?

On Sunday, I had time to prepare a pot of chili and a pot of bean soup to eat for lunches and dinners during the week. This cold weather makes salads less appealing and a bowl of something warm more welcome. I had a copy...

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TUESDAY, NOV. 8, 2011

MacKenzie River Pizza Co. opened its second Spokane location on the South Hill. (MacKenzie River Pizza Co.)

MacKenzie River Pizza opens on South Hill

Montana-based MacKenzie River Pizza Co. has opened its second Spokane location. The business announced on Facebook yesterday that the restaurant near 57th and Regal is open. The casual, family friendly restaurants are known for their rustic Montana style and pizzas. The pies are served on...

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SATURDAY, NOV. 5, 2011

The first thing cooked in my new KitchenAid dual oven gas range was pumpkin bread, of course. (Gina Boysun)

In defense of a love for pumpkin 

There is no way to justify it and no need. I. Love. Pumpkin. Those who know me well can vouch for this. It started with pumpkin pie when I was a kid and blossomed as I learned to experiment with cooking and baking. For me,...

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FRIDAY, NOV. 4, 2011

Sausage & Beans from Gordon Ramsay's "Fast Food." (Jill Mead)

Help for a busy mom 

I love to cook. I just don't. Don't have time, really, between a full-time job, two kids, two dogs, a husband and a household of never-ending laundry to deal with. My quest? To fill my recipe box with a couple dozen go-to meals -- things...

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Helping with a meal

When someone in my life is sick, caring for someone who is ill or having a baby, I always feel like the least I can do is make a meal for them. Over the years, I have helped deliver meals to family and friends, as...

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TUESDAY, NOV. 1, 2011

Volunteer server David Jones, right, serves a plate of organic food at One World Spokane on East Sprague on Wednesday, March 17, 2010.    (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

One World Spokane closing 

One World Spokane is closing. The progressive cafe that allows diners to pay what they can for local, organic fare will close its doors Saturday, according to an email message from owners Janice and Keith Raschko. The couple brought the One World concept to Spokane...

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SUNDAY, OCT. 30, 2011

Deep, red colors of Fall 

Ever since I was in grade school (many years ago), a more obscure hallmark of Autumn has always been the arrival of pomegranates in the produce section. Back in the day, it was a crapshoot -- about half the pomegranates you’d pry your way into...

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