Show Some Backbone

Show Some Backbone

Eat a Halibut Steak You’ve probably never done it, maybe you’ve never dared. but if you want to have an extraordinary Northwest seafood experience, resolve to get some backbone. Eat a halibut steak. Let’s be clear. A halibut steak is not a serving of surf and turf, and it’s not just a fillet.  It’s actually…

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Mussel Muscles

Mussel Muscles

The science of muscles and exercise is a fascinating topic. As I dug into this season of clams, mussels and oysters, I found that they taught me some mighty lessons. Mollusk muscles are built on the same principles as ours. Mollusks have muscles (one or two) located inside the shell that are called adductors. They…

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The Pepper Upper

The Pepper Upper

Whether it be good old green, colorful sweet baby bells, Anaheim, Jalapeno or even the exciting Hatch, pepper season is upon us. Like its cousin the tomato, we wait all summer for these bulbous, short, long, tapered and contorted characters to peak. Now it’s time to take your pick. These babies come in all sorts…

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Flower Power

Flower Power

I remember the sixties, my record player spinning “Groovin on a Sunday Afternoon”, drawing paisleys and writing balloon shaped names on my school Pee-Chee. I made big puffy paper flowers that hung on my wall right next to my “I do my thing, you do your thing” poster. Oh yeah, even back then I knew…

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My Avocado Alibi

My Avocado Alibi

When it comes to good “guac” I have absolutely no will power and a good green smear on morning toast just makes my day. This tempting fruit, yes fruit, is as smooth as silk and feels incredibly, indulgent. I used to “unsuccessfully” try to avoid eating avocados because I thought they were fattening and silly…

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