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Dec 11 14

Discount codes and Deals are everywhere!

by Karen

I did some online shopping yesterday, it is amazing how many deals are out there!


Now that both of our instant download books are available

use code: SAVE

for 15% off when you buy both.

So instead of $26.98 you receive over 200 recipes for $22.98 instantly.



Easy family dinners, and sweets, even recipes from James Beard award winning chefs. Many recipes have been updated: our latest bread, cinnamon rolls, donuts, breadsticks, and our farmers market favorites. Both ebooks are super easy to use on computer, tablet, or phone.

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(For those who recently purchased one and would like the other, just email me at and we can get you the discount no problem)



Give the gift of food to enjoy every day of the year!


We have been teaching, consulting, and developing gluten free recipes for celiacs since 1997 with happy results!

Here are a few of the recipes in the holiday book….

gluten free buttermilk biscuits

gluten free nanaimo bars

super easy brisket, our favorite!

latest brisket horz super easy brisket, our favorite!

Dec 5 14

Salted Chocolate Chewy Brownies w/Ganache

by Karen


salted gluten free chewy brownie with ganache

For years I have had requests to be active again in the gluten free world. When we sold our first edition book, it was in the top three gluten free cookbooks on Amazon and available in most libraries across the country.

Life intervened and I had to pull back for awhile but now we are bringing it back with … read more…

Dec 2 14

Orange Pistachio Cocktail Cookie

by Karen


I flipped one cookie over so you can see the bottom.

I flipped one cookie over so you can see the bottom.

A mostly make-ahead appetizer that is freezeable —- slice and bake the day of your party!  Perfect with martinis.  The orange flavor is imparted with orange zest and orange flower water (generally found near the vanilla extract in the grocery store).  See recipe below adapted from Sips and Apps by Chef Kathy Casey. read more…

Nov 24 14

How to set a proper table

by Karen

How to set  he table


We used to have some confusion about the official, proper way to set a table.  A few years ago The Seattle Times ran this so I snipped it out and keep it with my china.

The photo is pretty self explanatory.

One thing we always argued about was which direction the blade of the knife faced.

Also if you can’t read the text in the photo it says the dessert fork or spoon goes above the plate and the glass on the left is a water goblet while the one on the right is a wine glass.  Incidently, there are  red wine glasses (even distinctions between Bourdeaux and Burgundy wines) and white wine glasses if you want to be particular.


Ready to plan your holiday meal?

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Nov 20 14

How to Host Your First Holiday Dinner

by Karen


Pilgrims Going To Church, George H. Boughton, American 1833-1905

Pilgrims Going To Church, George H. Boughton, American 1833-1905

This painting hung in school rooms across the country when I was growing up,  I attended six different schools in Florida, North Dakota, California, and Texas and it was a staple in all.

My husbands’ mom grew up in Boston and gave the painting to us, obviously it figured in fairly large in her life living so close to Plymouth. Each year we rotate it into the dining room during the holidays to remind us of the challenges our ancestors faced. read more…

Nov 16 14

Pie Plate Primer–Metal, Glass, Ceramic

by Karen



There are many pie plates these days.

Some are so big you need to double a standard recipe just to fill it up.

Over the years I have used a wide variety of dishes to bake pies but I always come back to my standard glass dish for the best, consistent results.

Which Pie Plate for Best Results?  Metal, Glass, Ceramic

I consulted a favorite “science of cooking” book Cookwise by Shirley Corriher. She notes that the crust needs to cook fast. read more…

Nov 15 14

Setting the Thanksgiving Table–How to Shop Estate Sales

by Karen
Mad Men style glassware from Culver

Mad Men style glassware from Culver

Estate sale shopping is the best way to find a dining room table and everything you need to cook the meal and set the table. If you start this weekend you might even find a few things you need for this holiday season.

Every photo in this post shows items purchased at estate sales.

Silver, cool Mad Men glassware from Culver, pots and pans, —all purchased at 1/3 of retail or better and all in excellent condition. Dining room tables, chairs, sideboards, linens, you name it there is an estate sale every weekend in your area with high quality discounted items.

Top 10 Estate Sale Shopping Tips

There are a few tricks to finding the best estate sales and negotiating a deal: read more…

Nov 10 14

Seattle Knife Sharpening–Holiday Prep

by Karen



I have delayed having our knives sharpened for months….no years…..and for a family that cooks as much as we do this is crazy. I finally did it and wonder why did I wait so long?

As you prepare for the coming holidays, sharpening your knives may be the best thing you can do to save time and be more efficient. Our knives now cut through everything like butter, they have never looked or performed this good—even when they were brand new. read more…

Oct 28 14

Mixed Berry Pie

by Karen



our farmers market pie crust

our farmers market pie crust

I had a friends’ mom over the other day to bake pie and this is what we made.  It has become a new favorite.

I am preparing to share my farmers market pie crust later this week so we have been baking and photographing and eating…..

Oct 28 14

Monday Night Dinner–Chipotle Chili with Cilantro Lime Cream

by Karen
Chipotle Chili with Cilantro Lime Cream

Chipotle Chili with Cilantro Lime Cream


I made a big pot of this Monday night and every last morsel …….gone. read more…