BookBingoNW2019: DIY (Do-It-Yourself)

You may not have heard the term DIY before but you’re likely familiar with the concept. Do you grow your own herbs? Cook? Make small home repairs? Knit? Sew? Change a flat tire on your bicycle? Well that means that you do it yourself (DIY). And any book that teaches you how to make something that you’d normally buy, or do something that you’d usually pay a professional to do instead can count towards your DIY bingo square.

If you don’t already DIY, this square may seem daunting. Here are a few titles that are entertaining and informative reads in their own right, regardless of whether or not you plan to make any of the projects.

 

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Grilling Season

Charcoal, gas, open pit: the 4th of July is almost upon us, and my mind has turned to grilling. Perhaps yours has too. Whether you’re a novice with your first grill or an expert looking to try a new ingredient or technique, here are some cookbooks to get your creative juices flowing.

The Big-flavor Grill by Chris Schlesinger and John Willoughby
Avoiding intricate preparations and fancy equipment, this book teaches you to grill basic ingredients (meat and vegetables) and then combine them with flavorful accompaniments. Celebrate your new skills with a drink from the beverage chapter. Continue reading “Grilling Season”

Spring into Pacific Northwest Food

Never have I ever been so excited for spring! Each sliver of sun has me beaming as blooms burst forth from their winter burrows. And with spring sprung, all I can think about is our delicious PNW food.

Image courtesy of Gemma Billings via Flickr

Now, let’s be clear: I don’t actually enjoy cooking… My husband is the chef in our house. I do the dishes, so it’s perfect. But I just can’t stop drooling over our abundant CSAs and citywide farmers markets, our butcher shops and charcuterie masters, and all of the upcoming amazing food events. Most recently, I’ve been tempted to eat out even more at women-owned, POC-owned, and immigrant-supporting restaurants. Every time I turn around, there’s a delectable new way to taste the beauty of our region. Continue reading “Spring into Pacific Northwest Food”

Bringing Mexico Home

I finally traveled abroad for the first time last year to Mexico! It was beautiful and rugged, but the best part was the food! I searched and searched the library to track down the food I fell in love with. Here are the recipes I’ve found and the stories attached:

Tequila: Myth, Magic & Spirited Recipes By Karl Petzke

TequilaBacon Wrapped Monkfish with Tequila and Chives: My friend and I arrived in Guadalajara and after that long flight we were starving. We were picked up by her sister and brother-in-law who have lived in a community in San Juan Cosala for a few years so when it came to food we were in good hands. We stopped at a lovely restaurant near their home and sat out in a garden courtyard with a view of the mountains surrounding Lake Chapala. When I visit other places I try to eat things I’ve never had before so I gravitated towards their monkfish special. Now it wasn’t wrapped in bacon, but the flavor of the monkfish was absolutely amazing and the vegetables were so full of flavor. I would soon discover that vegetables in Mexico are the best I’ve ever had. Continue reading “Bringing Mexico Home”

Going Veg.

Two months ago, I made the change to a plant-based diet, largely eliminating my consumption of meat, fish, dairy, and eggs. While I’ve certainly had my share of challenges since then, going meatless has also allowed me to appreciate food in new ways.

Many people choose to be vegetarian or vegan for ethical reasons; others adopt a plant-based diet for health reasons. For me, it was a combination of the two. Still others are curious about what it’s like to live with fewer animal products. Maybe you’re interested in trying it out, but have no idea where to start and how to do it in a healthful, balanced way. Whatever your reason for reading this far, here are some resources for venturing into the plant-based world should you choose to do so. Continue reading “Going Veg.”