Saturday, July 2, 2011

Jerry's back!

Today was the perfect Northwest summer day - particularly exciting and surprising because they don't often happen before the 4th of July. It was 70 degrees, sunny, dry and clear. On days like today I can't imagine why anyone would want to live anywhere else. Mt. Rainier hovered to the south, the Olympic mountains were crystal clear, and the Cascades shimmered to the east.

We started our day like we do most Saturdays, with a trip to the University District farmer's market. We shopped our way along the line, picking up more ground beef from Olsen Farms because it seems we can't get enough of it (so juicy and flavorful - we only eat burgers at home!), honey from Tahuya River apiaries, a half flat of strawberries from McPhail berry farm (and we ate them all after dinner), and cherries from Martin Family Orchards. But it wasn't until we spied Jerry Pipitone in his custom apricot shirt that I felt sure that summer is finally here. It feels like ages since we last saw him. We bought a couple of pounds of firm rosy-hued Pipcots, and most of them were gone before we even got to the car. We drove home sticky with apricot juice and the windows wide open. It's summer in Seattle!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011


When I'm chomping at the bit waiting for summer to arrive and there are all sorts of stalls at the farmer's market selling things that did not grow, it tends to make me grouchy. It's May already, and still gray, and still cold, and still wet, and July is feeling VERY far off. But last week I stopped for a sample at a stall called "jonboy caramels," and all I can say is thank goodness there was space for them. I tried their absinthe & black salt caramels, and didn't even hesitate before handing over $9 for an itty bitty box - I thought they'd make a nice gift for my father, who loves licorice. They're soft and buttery and packed with flavor, and they have black salt crystals embedded in them - just enough for the occasional crunch and a bit of a pucker.

Of course I got home and noticed that they are "best by" June 3, and I won't see my parents before that, so what could I possibly do except eat them myself and make a note to get a box closer to their next visit? If you live in Seattle, hunt these down:

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Manuscript has been SUBMITTED!

Well, I haven't had much time for blogging because I've been writing the book, and believe it or not, I've finished the manuscript and have submitted it. Feels a bit surreal, actually. I thought I'd jump up and down with joy, but mostly I feel relieved that I did it. I absolutely adore the stories in it - every single solitary person I met was fabulous, and I am so glad to have the opportunity to spread the word about just how fabulous they really are. The recipes are also terrific, and selfishly, I'm glad they'll be neatly printed up in one place so that I can make them again and again.

And now I promise to try (see how I did that? I didn't promise, I promised to try) to blog. I'll be seeing the book in various forms over the next few months, and I've committed to some other smaller writing projects, but blogging has actually made it onto my list of things to do. That said, this post is simply to announce, with much pride and much relief, that the manuscript is officially on its way. And you can pick up a copy a year from now, in Spring 2012. Hurray!