It’s a toss up whether the texture or flavor of this cake make it such a winner- but combined there’s no doubt it’s delicious. The crunch of whole millet is surrounded by cake made velvety smooth with coconut oil, and the bright flavor of coriander is delightful . Healthy enough to have for breakfast and tasty enough for tea time or dessert, this versatile cake is a snap to make so enjoy it any time.
This crunchy coriander granola IS a breakfast champion. The mellow flavor of coriander seeds is complemented by orange zest and coconut oil in every bite, and it is perfectly toasted to give a satisfying crunch to your breakfast bowl. This sublime cereal can also serve as a base for crusts, crumbles and bars or as a nutty topping for an ice cream sundae.
Attention Seahawks Fans! These sweet and spicy wings are just the ticket to victory on the table and we plan to enjoy them by the heaping helping as we continue to cheer our team. They are easy to make, so you don’t have to spend much time in the kitchen.
Seattle Salmon Rub is good on all kinds of things- not just salmon- and we’ve taken advantage of that to create this special Seahawks fan fare. Combine the pan-Asian flair of the spice rub with sweet orange and maple and a kick of heat from Aleppo and you’ve got a winner. If you like them really hot, increase the Aleppo or add a sprinkle of our Rooster Spice to the sauce. The sky’s the limit.
We’ve had a bumper crop of jalapeño peppers from the garden this year and that means POPPERS! Autumn is chile season, though Jalapeños are readily available at the grocery store year round. The flavor buzz from these was well worth the effort of seeding all those little suckers, but do wear gloves! The warm bite of jalapeño with smoky paprika in the cheese, and the Voodoo sprinkle on top of these poppers goes down well chased by a rich porter. Enjoy a whole platter by yourself while you watch the game like we did, or serve them up at your next fall fête.
It wasn’t until the Pike Place Market produce vendors started sampling apples instead of stone fruits that I realized fall was here. With my first bite of Honeycrisp, I began thinking about a recipe Amanda shared last year — an apple cake recipe as easy as it is delicious. Chinese Five Spice adds an extra layer of flavor to a classic family recipe that is perfect in school lunches, with your afternoon tea, or served to your dinner guests.
Well, it happened. First she was a year old, then two, and then sometime in about the last light-second, my little baby grew a foot, got an opinion about backpacks and footwear, and I became aware that it’s somehow time to send her to kindergarten. Despite all the chaos of uniform-buying and restraining myself from purchasing my own personal 64-color box set of Crayolas, (why do they get all the fun?!) I am still most concerned about what we’ll EAT. For us, dinner has to be delicious to all of our palates (read: one five-year-old, one ex-chef, and one onion-crazy man), satisfying, and quick to prepare with “help” from a small set of hands. Ideally, leftovers could go in school lunches, too. That’s a tough bill to fill, but thankfully, we have some great books here in the shop to guide me down the right path.
The “Gastrokid Cookbook- Feeding a Foodie Family in a Fast-Food World,” is the holy grail for parents like me. Thankfully, I’m blessed with a kid who voluntarily eats things like kale and beets, but I get weary of the same old ways that she chooses to eat them. Enter, Gastrokid! Grilled Asparagus, Fennel, and Parmesan salad? Yes. Pork and Mushroom Ragu? Sign me up. Authors Hugh Garvey and Matthew Yeomans ask parents to forget about hiding vegetables or tricking kids in to eating healthy food, and instead opt for recipes that are “straighforwardly delicious.” Constructed with the help of their four children, all of the recipes in this book boast small ingredient lists and relatively quick prep-time, with tips on how to integrate kids in to the meal making. I foresee many dog-eared and stained pages in our copy!
There’s few things that my kid- or most kids- love more than meatballs. They’re tender, easy to eat, delicious, and just plain fun. “The Meatball Cookbook, Great Balls of Fire,” features recipes from The Bowler Meatball Truck in London. Sweet Potato and Goat Cheese Balls for Meatless Monday? Sold. Lamb, Rosemary, and Garlic Meatballs, and of course… Bacon Meatballs. The list of must-tries is seemingly endless. I love this book for the inventive ingredients, the awesome sauces and sides- way beyond spaghetti and marinara- but also because of how easy it is to get the kids in on the prep, and, wonder of wonders, make lots and freeze the rest for quick meals during the week.
“Real Snacks- Make Your Favorite Childhood Treats Without All The Junk,” is going to be my weekend sanity saver, I can already tell. Fall and winter drag on and on here in the Pacific Northwest, and we need plenty of indoor activities to wait out the drizzle. How much better when those activities become school lunch fillers? Practice coordination and math skills while measuring ingredients for your own animal crackers, Oreos, cheesy fish crackers, potato chips, and cheesy popcorn. The best part? (Okay, second-best… I did just say “cheesy fish crackers!”) All of the recipes include vegan and gluten-free options.
Finally, when I feel all alone in my struggles to encourage new foods without daily battles, while maintaining a little time for myself, I can fall back on the humor of local author Matthew Amster-Burton. His book, “Hungry Monkey, A Food-Loving Father’s Quest to Raise an Adventurous Eater,” chronicles his life and times- and culinary ups and downs- with daughter and precocious pint-sized critic, Iris. Dotted with dozens of delicious global recipes and tips, all Iris-approved, Amster-Burton’s writing is refreshing and fun- and helps to remind we over-stressed back-to-school parent types to take it easy.
Good luck in these next few weeks, parents! With the right resources, you can eliminate at least one battle- the food one- in the Back to School War. And, when it’s not even October yet and you already need a vacation, come on by for an exotic spice to whisk you to faraway lands after the minions are in bed. Together, we’ll make it!