Try a new grain: Spelt

Try a new grain: Spelt

“What is spelt?”  Spelt is a nutty flavored ancient grain related to wheat.  Spelt has been around since 7,000BC, served in Germany as dinkel.  Although…

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Fig Jam For Your Soul

Fig Jam For Your Soul

Why is it when someone is ‘only’ cooking for themselves, they typically just throw something together?  If you’re making a meal, ESPECIALLY IF IT’S JUST…

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Best Foodie First Date: Pintxo

Best Foodie First Date: Pintxo

             If you’re familiar with the Belltown neighborhood of Seattle, you may describe it with conflicting opinions: lots of great restaurants, if-y social scene, home for douche…

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Eat Good Cheese

Eat Good Cheese

Cheese is one of those foods people go crazy about, and I get it – salty, buttery, dry, pungent, smooth, sharp, gritty and sweet.  Cheese…

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Smoked Trout - Discovery of the week!

Smoked Trout – Discovery of the week!

I’m a true Seattle gal – I like my coffee strong, my men scruffy and my salmon smoked. I was at Tavolata a month back…

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Diary of Pickled Asparagus

Diary of Pickled Asparagus

Update: Use this same process with beans and carrots.  We’ve since made few new batches, each time playing with the spiciness and acidity.  Dilute the…

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Urban Picnic in Parsons Garden

Urban Picnic in Parsons Garden

As a child of the city, I will be the first to admit that camping does not top my list of relaxing (or even totally…

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Spring Love Tonic: Asparagus

Spring Love Tonic: Asparagus

How does the introduction of Spring affect our minds and bodies? The sun comes out and magically the winter “blahs” are melted, energy has been…

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Ginger: a culinary and medicinal wonder

Ginger: a culinary and medicinal wonder

In Ayurvedic Medicine (a 5,000 year old medical system in India/Yoga traditions), ginger is one of the most healing herbs.  It is recommended for proper digestion, nausea,…

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Set the Mood for Your Meal

Set the Mood for Your Meal

I like to stress the importance of “Setting the Mood of Your Meal” for two reasons: 1) It’s enormously important to connect with each other, share a…

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Let's talk Extra-Virgin Olive Oil

Let’s talk Extra-Virgin Olive Oil

It’s true, one of my favorite cooking ingredients is olive oil.  Not just any olive oil, but green, fruity Extra-Virgin Olive Oil.  “Aren’t they all…

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A little dinner conversation: Fun truffle FACTS!

A little dinner conversation: Fun truffle FACTS!

1) From the fungi family, these pricey fungi tend to look like shriveled up black brains, although in this picture, they look a little more like poop. 2) Black…

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Welcome to Cookin' With Christina!

Welcome to Cookin’ With Christina!

How this blog (and my current lifestyle) came to be…. In 2008, I quit my corporate job, finished a formal 9-month yoga-teacher-training program and set…

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