POK POK The Drinking Food of Thailand by Andy Ricker

Awesome cookbook that captures authentic recipes and techniques. It is not watered down/simplified, however author does provide some guidance on ingredients and the setting surround the foods consumption. It will take me a bit to cook through everything and I want to do more research on the sour meat techniques but a few of the […]

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This week’s food inspiration: fresh, mostly local

beet carrot radish salad coriander

My garden is not going gangbusters but I am enjoying a new CSA we are trying this summer, Growing Washington. Having so  many colors and options to play with makes the peak of summer a great time to prepare food. Mixed in you might also find ways to integrate food from the larder to make way for […]

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National Honey Bee Day!

Out celebrating National Honey Bee Day this morning…. Here are some photos and quick videos. No stings either! Happenings at the hive entrance (video clip, complete with buzzing) Quick video clip of my honey bees being busy on the inner cover. Note: this is actual bee speed. It was a warm day and they had […]

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Collection of Murals, Mosaics and Graffiti in Cuba

I fell in love with the murals in Cuba but was also enamored by the graffiti and mosaics. No lame tagging full of misspelled words and old-school pacman shapes. Their focus on the arts is evident. Enjoy, this small slice! Notice the homage to Che Guevera – don’t be distracted by the hubs “Kaepernicking” in […]

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Beekeeping Photo Competition: Odds & Hens Submission

Just for fun Hubs and I are submitting photos to a calendar competition. Between the two of us we keep the images flowing for Odds and Hens. I did try taking pictures once while working in the hives. This is not a smart idea – its sticky business. Having my trusty helper, second opinion and […]

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Celebrating Summer – Simple Dinner Party Ideas

The beauty of summer is in the foods: flavors, colors and variety. We recently hosted a celebration dinner featuring a lot of our favorites: surf & turf, brown paper, bees, home canning, watermelon, tomatoes, curry corn bread muffins, wine … Watermelon Coolers with Basil Fresh watermelon Fresh basil Vodka if you are into that sort […]

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A Glimpse of Folklife Festival

This post is nothing fancy (though I LOVE the parasol – so really just an excuse to share the picture)….. This past Memorial Day weekend, Seattle hosted the perennial Northwest Folklife festival. Full of artisans and musicians, it also has quite a few characters. In no way did I get photos of all of them, […]

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Shades of Gray versus Grey

The photo challenge this week for photofriday was “Shades of Gray”. Yes, I could do the obvious, but I would only be a poser. Given that I haven’t read the books…. Besides, I love texture and perspectives. To get a sense of what to capture. I did some research, with my fingers and with my […]

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