Too Many Cooks archive for Dec. 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 http://blog.williams-sonoma.com/cat/holidays/cookie-of-the-day/ 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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