Monday, May 05, 2014


By the way - I have no fucking idea what happened to 2013.  Here are some highlights obtained by looking over my Google Calendar (except for birthdays):

  • I turned 43.
  • Heather turned 28.
  • Zoe turned 11.
  • Solome turned 6.
  • We saw Warhorse at the Paramount (front row - thanks dad).  Awesome.
  • Heather had a bunch of fun trips with her GLOW group - including to Seaside, OR.
  • I participated in a cancer fundraiser in Seattle - Big Climb - in it, I climbed all 70 flights of the Columbia Tower - the tallest building in the city.
  • I saw the Proclaimers live in Seattle and got a picture with them.
  • Zoe performed as Dorothy in a local production of the Wizard of Oz.
  • I saw Pharis and Jason Romero live at the Triple Door in Seattle.
  • Zoe went to camp in Vermont.
  • We all spent a splendid summer on vacation in Martha's Vineyard, MA.
  • Zoe, Solome and I saw Marc, Janice and Matthew in CT and took a day trip to NYC to see a play and have fun.
  • We then went to DC to visit Bubbie and had fun AGAIN!
  • I presented a poster at the Group Health Data and Analytics fair in Seattle, WA on target setting methods for readmission rates.
  • We took the Santa Train near Mt. Rainier in Elbe, WA.
  • I saw Jeff Tweedy live at the Paramount in Seattle with friends.
  • Finished the year off by meeting our new puppy, who we named Lilo.  Lilo was ready to leave her momma later in January 2014.
  • We had lots of lovely get togethers with friends all over the Puget Sound.
Pretty good year, huh?

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Friday, July 06, 2012

We had a super fun trip to Vashon Island (my first time on Vashon!) to attend the 2012 Low-Tide Celebration. We saw lots of cool marine life that you usually would not see because it's covered with water!  We brought our friends kids, Rhiannon and Nathaniel and everyone had a great time!

As you can see from these pics, there was a huge native American canoe on display and in operation!  Zoe and Rhiannon spontaneously volunteered for the short 30-40 minute trip around Point Robinson and helped paddle as they went.

We ended the day in Lakebay, WA with our friends Ramona and Thad who held an awesomely fun 4th of July party at their waterfront home.

I'd have a fun day if I did nothing but ride the ferry around the Puget Sound all day.  I love riding the ferry.

While we waited to get on the ferry at Point Defiance, the Blue Angels were warming up and practicing their flight maneuvers practically over our heads.  It was fun to watch their trick flying so close up.  They perform later in the day in Seattle.  When I used to work in Capitol Hill neighborhood in Seattle, I remember them buzzing the top of the hill very close and getting rocked by the sounds of their jets.

Sunday, June 03, 2012

John Masters Quiche

Put crust in oven for 3-5 minutes until it's soft
Layer bottom w 6 oz Monterey Jack
Layer chopped broccoli, red peppers and onions.
Top w 8 oz mozerella
Mix 6 medium eggs with a splash of milk, a dash of soy/tamari and spices (basil, oregano, salt, pepper)
Add a dash of cinnamon
Make small hole or depression in top middle of mozzarella layer
Slowly pour 2/3 of egg mix into hole, then push mozzarella back over top to close hole.
With a fork, spread the rest over the top of mozzarella layer
Bake at 325-350 for 45-60 minutes.
At 30 minute mark, cut cross in top layer to allow the extra trapped moisture to escape.
Finished when fully golden brown all over top.

Black Sticky Rice Pudding

3/4-cup black sticky rice
2 1/4-cup water
3/4-cup coconut cream
1/4-tsp salt
3 tblsp sugar

Cook rice in water until soft
Heat coconut cream, salt and sugar until just boiling.
Pour most over rice (save some for topping).
Stir all together and let sit until coconut milk is absorbed.
Serve warm with extra coconut milk sauce.

Foul (Fava Beans w Spicy Sauce)

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Recipe: Lemon Garlic Baby Dutch Yellow Potatoes

Servings: 4

1.5 lbs Melissa's Dutch Yellow Potatoes, halved
1/2 cup butter, melted
2 tsp garlic, minced
1 tsp salt
Juice of one whole lemon
1 tsbp parmesan, grated

Preheat oven to 350F.  Place potatoes in an 8"x8" baking dish.  In a small bowl, combine melted butter, garlic, salt, and lemon juice; pour over potatoes and stir to coat.  Sprinkle parmesan cheese over potatoes.  Bake, covered, in a preheated oven for 30 minutes.  Uncover and bake an additional 10 minutes, or until golden brown.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Recipe: Seitan

I used to make this in Gainesville - it was suprisingly easy, unexpectedly fun and super-delicious to make - the results are really good - it rivals the quality you'd get at any cafe in town. My friend Mark's fiancee, Janeen, inspired me to get this recipe on my blog so I don't lose it - it's been sitting on 3 little pieces of paper on my desk for years.

Janeen's throwdown challenge is to add flavoring to the seitan - maybe even rival the recipe for Chicken Fried Seitan she shared with me today. Oh - yum!


1 cup tamari
1/2 cup molasses
fill pot 3/4 way - get to full boil

Dry Ingredients
5 cups gluten flour
3 tbsp garlic powder
3 tbsp basil
3 tbsp onion powder
2 tbsp ground fennel
1 cup nut yeast

Wet Ingredients
5 cups water
1/2 tamari (sic) (I think this is 1/2-cup; check this next time I make recipe)
1-2 ounces of liquid smoke

1). Mix dry batter first
2). Pour in wet batter, mixing constantly, until a dough is formed (don't use all the wet batter).
3). Knead dough for 5-10 min to get out the air packets. Slap and throw and spank it into long loaves.
4). Cut into five slices.
5). Boil for 50-55 minutes.