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Too Many Cooks archive for Jan. 1, 2013

THURSDAY, DEC. 19, 2013

Tis the season for holiday cocktails

Looking for something to fill your glass of holiday cheer this season? Here are some favorite winter cocktail recipes from local bars and lounges. Benevolent Spruce (or Blushing Pine) Developed by Kristi Gamble at Clover in Spokane’s Logan Neighborhood 1.5ounces Dry Fly Gin 0.75ounces POM...

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 18, 2013

THURSDAY, DEC. 12, 2013

Dorothy Dean's Russian Tea Cakes

Too Many Cooks received a call inquiring about a misplaced Dorothy Dean recipe for Russian Tea Cakes. Teddy Pulley, a home cook and baker in Spokane Valley, said she had been making them for some 50 years. So Too Many Cooks thought others might be...

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FRIDAY, DEC. 6, 2013

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 20, 2013

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 30, 2013

FRIDAY, OCT. 25, 2013

Haiku-like poems lands barista a job

Zach Schulte, the 24-year-old barista and bartender who runs show-and-tell at Boots Bakery and Lounge, got his job six months ago with a haiku he submitted online, via Facebook. Owner Alison Collins said she was impressed with his creativity. “I don’t care about resumes,” she...

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MONDAY, OCT. 7, 2013

EJ's Garden Bistro announces closure

Barely a week after it celebrated its one-year anniversary, EJ’s Garden Bistro has called it quits. The Browne’s Addition eatery made the announcement this morning via Twitter, thanking followers for their business. Staff followed up later in the day with an email to Too Many...

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 2, 2013


TUESDAY, OCT. 1, 2013

MacKenzie River Pizza Co. opens downtown location

MacKenzie River Pizza Co. in downtown Spokane is celebrating its grand opening. The new restaurant opened for business at 11 a.m. today at 818 W. Riverside Ave., Suite A. The menu features nearly two dozen pizzas as well as soups, salads, sandwiches, salads, pastas, appetizers...

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MONDAY, SEPT. 30, 2013

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 18, 2013

TUESDAY, JULY 30, 2013

Bridge Press Cellars was the 600th winery in Washington State when it opened in 2009. Today, there are more than 750 wineries in the state. (Lorie Hutson)

Bridge Press Cellars shares recipe 

Bridge Press Cellars owner Melody Padrta shared this recipe for steak that pairs perfectly with the winery's 2009 Walla Walla Valley Merlot. Look for a question and answer with owners Melody and Brian Padrta in the Food section on Wednesday (July 31). They have a...

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TUESDAY, MAY 7, 2013


Jill Rider pours wine at Townshend Cellars last week for visitors from Montana. The winery is growing in popularity and specializes in red wines.  Spokesman-Review
 (CHRISTOPHER ANDERSON  Spokesman-Review / The Spokesman-Review)

Spring release weekend coming up

Spokane area wineries are getting ready for the annual spring release party this weekend. The wineries open the doors to the public Friday, Saturday and Sunday during Mother's Day weekend for wine tasting, spring releases and fun. The tasting rooms are open noon to 6...

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TUESDAY, APRIL 16, 2013

Members of the Spokane Buddhist Temple made senbei for the annual Haru Matsuri or Spring Food Festival at the temple, 927 S. Perry St. (Lorie Hutson)

Super Senbei Saturday

There's just something about senbei. Perhaps it is the combination of salty and sweet. Maybe it is the satisfying crunch... I'm not exactly sure what it is, but they are delicious. This year, the volunteers at the Spokane Buddhist Temple invited me to stop by...

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10, 2013

People's Best Pastry Chef winner

And the winner is... not Lynette Pflueger. Food & Wine magazine editors announced Tuesday that the winner of the People's Best Pastry Chef Competition is Jodi Elliot of Foreign & Domestic in Austin, Texas. The link for all of the details is here. After 25...

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THURSDAY, APRIL 4, 2013

Kaiti Blom with Revel77 is a finalist in Camp Photo Contest for the Barista Guild of America. People can see her photo titled Coffee Unites Us and the others in the competition on the Barista Guild of America Facebook page. (Courtesy of Kaiti Blom.)

What coffee means to Kaiti 

A set of photos taken by Revel 77 barista Kaiti Blom has made her a finalist in the Barista Guild of America's contest. Contest organizers asked baristas to share pictures that show what coffee means to them for a chance to win an all-expense paid...

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Lynelle Pflueger, Spokane native and former pastry chef at Sante Restaurant and Charcuterie, is up for the people's best new pastry chef in a competition sponsored by Food and Wine magazine. (Courtesy of Lynette Pflueger.)

Spokane native up for best pastry chef

Lynette Pflueger, a Spokane native and the former pastry chef at Santé Restaurant and Charcuterie, is up for the title of The People's Best New Pastry Chef in a competition sponsored by Food & Wine magazine. Pflueger is one of 16 chefs named by Food...

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MONDAY, FEB. 4, 2013

Emily Chapman has created Eskimo Bites, the signature dessert for Savory Restaurant in Spokane, Wash. The frozen treats contain brownies, vanilla ice cream and chocolate ganache. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Savory Restaurant closed 

Savory Restaurant and Lounge owners announced they were closing with a Facebook posting for customers on Saturday. The restaurant, 1314 S. Grand Blvd., opened two years ago after extensive remodeling of the former Blockbuster video store. Saturday night’s dinner was the last meal served there....

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MONDAY, JAN. 28, 2013

Spokane-based Uncle Dan's to dress Wing Bowl 21

The Spokane-based dressing maker Uncle Dan’s will be front and center at the Super Bowl of eating in Philadelphia on Friday, Wing Bowl 21. Chris Stevens, president of Uncle Dan’s Authentic Salad Dressing Mixes, is supplying the bleu cheese dressing mix that contestants will be...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 23, 2013

The Lantern Tap House will introduce plans for the space next door to the tiny South Perry Street pub with a food drive and open house this weekend. Ninkasi beer from Eugene, Ore., is supporting the effort. (Courtesy of the Lantern Tap House.)

Lantern Tap House to expand

The Lantern Tap House is expanding. Owners Mike and Melinda Dolmage, along with partner James Pearson, will introduce their plans to stretch the tap house into the space next door with an open house and food drive this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Mike Dolmage said...

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TUESDAY, JAN. 22, 2013

Roast House releases Congolese coffee

Roast House coffee has released new coffee from the Democratic Republic of Congo that has local coffee lovers talking. The coffee was grown by members of a cooperative of farmers called SOPACDI in the highlands of Congo near Lake Kivu. Years of conflict and civil...

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MONDAY, JAN. 14, 2013

Dickey's Barbecue is scheduled to open in Spokane on Friday, Jan. 18 at 12628 N. Division St. (Courtesy of Dickey's Barbecue.)

Dickey's Barbecue to open Friday 

Texas-style pit barbecue is coming to Spokane starting Friday. The first area Dickey's Barbecue franchise is scheduled to open at 11 a.m. on Jan. 18 at 12628 N. Division St., according to company spokeswoman Kate Morganelli. The franchise is owned by Dawn Carr and Walt...

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FRIDAY, JAN. 4, 2013

Spokane Santorini's sold, closed 

The Santorini's Greek Cuisine in downtown Spokane is closed. Reached by phone, owner Sally Tsakarestos would only say that they sold the restaurant, 112 N. Howard St. She would not reveal who purchased it, but said the new owners will not run it as a...

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