Too Many Cooks


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

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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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


Fans determine how raspberry apple stacks stack up

A Washington woman is a semi-finalist in the “Quick Rise and Shine Breakfast” category of this year’s Pillsbury Bake-Off. And her sister, 61-year-old Kathy Coon of Spokane, wants people to vote online for her Raspberry Apple Stacks recipe. This is the first year in the...

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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

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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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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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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