Reach & Read: Six Books of Fable and Folktale for Children of All Ages

I enjoy a good fable, parable, tale or story to help illustrate a lesson, prompt new thinking or reframe a problem. One that comes to mind really quick is the empty boat Tao story….. But in this post I want to share reviews and thoughts on six books gifted to me by August House in exchange […]

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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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Scottish Cock-a-Leekie Soup Recipe

I blog a lot about my so-called Asian life but I am actually (surprise surprise) Scottish. This year, I am looking to add more Scotch to my cooking routine (and on the rocks) as a way to keep my grandparents and heritage nearer to my heart (by that I mean, in my tummy), like this […]

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The Perfect Roast Chicken – Salty, Crispy, Simple

Winner! Winner! Chicken Dinner! The Perfect Roast Chicken (from Thomas Keller) Whole chicken, 2-3 lbs is pretty good size Kosher Salt (no iodine aftertaste here), plenty Cracked pepper if you like Other herbs, if you like, such as rosemary, thyme, sage If possible, start this the day before or morning of the chicken dinner. The […]

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Chicks – The Awkward Period or My life in Chicken Years

The Awkward Period, but hey, we have all been there….. some of us more than others, some may never leave (but that begs other issues.) Watching my little hens grow up, rapidly, made me reflect on my own growing up, in particular the awkward times of days gone by and yet to come. I must […]

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