Too Many Cooks

FRIDAY, JUNE 27, 2014

For the love of Fery's chicken spinach pasta salad 

After reading “In the Kitchen with Fery Haghighi” in Wednesday’s Food section, Nikki Lockwood wrote in with her own memories of Au Croissant and Fery’s Catering. A registered dietitian turned stay-at-home mom, Lockwood, 46, lives in Spokane’s Manito neighborhood. Here’s her story: When I was...

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TUESDAY, JUNE 10, 2014

Meet a Deer Park dairy farmer

June is National Dairy Month. To help celebrate, Yoke’s Fresh Market at Argonne Village in Spokane Valley is offering shoppers the chance to meet Deer Park dairy farmer Stephanie Littrel. Littrel will explain where dairy products come during the meet-and-greet, which takes place from 11...

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MONDAY, JUNE 9, 2014


Crustless quiche offers low-fat springtime meal option

A Spokesman-Review reader from Pablo, Montana, recently wrote to Too Many Cooks trying to locate a favorite asparagus quiche recipe from the mid 1990s. After consulting newspaper clippings, microfiche, the internal online archives, even Google, we think we have found what she was missing. The...

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Vegan brownies remind reader of hard time cake

The recipe for vegan brownies which recently appeared on the front page of the Food section reminded a Spokane reader of something her mother-in-law called Hard Time Cake. According to the reader, who wanted to share the recipe but not her name, Hard Time Cake...

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TUESDAY, MAY 6, 2014

Gourmet glamping comes to Spokane

Road-trippers can glamp their way from Spokane to Alaska with a new outfitter named Northern Adventure Tours. Packages include gourmet meals prepared by a private chef, luxury canvas tents with queen-sized beds and private rental vehicles, which allow glampers to check out roadside attractions at...

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Sneak Peek at Mother's Day Brunch

Wondering what to make Mom for Mother's Day brunch? Timothy Grayson, the Whitworth University-based district executive chef for Sodexo Dining Services, shares a bunch of brunch recipes in Wednesday's Food section. Here's just one of his creations. Look for the rest in tomorrow's newspaper. Swedish...

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FRIDAY, APRIL 25, 2014


Dining out, Mason Jar style

After eight years of living in Portland and abroad, Douglas LaBar returned to Cheney, his hometown at the end of the summer of in 2012, opening The Mason Jar two months later. He shared some of his recipes with us. Mason Jar Hearty Granola From...

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MONDAY, MARCH 31, 2014

Candied Orange Peels

Candied Orange Peels 6 oranges 1 1/2 cups sugar Cut off ends of oranges. Cut away peel along the curve of the fruit, leaving most of the pith. Slice peel lengthwise into 1/4-inch strips. Cook peel until tender, 10 to 15 minutes, in a medium...

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Something’s cooking in Browne’s Addition

A new tavern is slated to open in the space that formerly housed E.J.’s Garden Bistro. Floyd Loomis, who previously served as chef at Asiago’s Ristorante in Boise, plans to open the new Browne’s Tavern in mid April at the old E.J.’s location, which closed...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 21, 2014

Mike Buyanovich shares his meatloaf recipe

Cindy Hval was able to change her kid’s mind about “meatlope” by fine-turning a recipe she got from Kraft. After her story ran in the March 19 Food section, reader Mike Buyanovich wrote to her to share his own tried-and-true version, saying he hoped readers...

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MONDAY, FEB. 24, 2014

These recipes could all be Oscar party winners

Safeway’s executive cheff Jeff Anderson is celebrating the Oscars with recipes matched to some of the nominees. The options include Grilled Steak Tacos with Roasted Poblano Cream and a Michelada Spicy Beer Cocktail for a “date night” with “Her” to a “Frozen” dessert like Ice...

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FRIDAY, FEB. 7, 2014

FRIDAY, JAN. 17, 2014

Gonzaga Prep grad competes in "Cutthroat Kitchen"

A Gongaza Prep grad appears in this weekend’s episode of Food Network’s reality competition show “Cutthroat Kitchen,” hosted by Alton Brown. Brooke E. Egger, who grew up in Colville and now owns private chef and catering businesses in Santa Barbara, Calif., is one of four...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 15, 2014

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

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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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