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Gluten Free Zucchini Lasagna

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September 6, 2013

Recipe: Gluten Free Zucchini Lasagna

When I started my own consulting business I had naive, grand notions
that I would suddenly have all this time.

dog in hammock

A little hammock action has never stopped The Duke.

I’ll do three blog posts a week! I’ll bake beautiful scones with the
perfect mixture of savory and sweet. I’ll be the one the dogs jump up
for when they see me heading to the door because I’ll finally be the one
taking them to the park.

As you’ve likely noticed the reality has been quite the opposite. Continue reading


Announcing Kitchen Circus Season One!

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July 23, 2013

When I was five I used to stand in front of the mirror and practice my acceptance speeches for when I would someday win an Oscar.

Kitchen Circus Season One Premier Party. L to R my fabulous friends who cheered me on every step of the way, Anna-Lea, Angela, and Andrea.

Kitchen Circus Season One Premier Party. L to R my fabulous friends who cheered me on every step of the way, Anna-Lea, Angela, and Andrea.

I would generously thank the make-believe people who had got me there, illustrating incredible graciousness for someone my age (did I mention in this fantasy world I was the youngest person to ever win an Oscar?), and laugh humbly (yet wildly endearingly) at the commentator’s questions. Continue reading


Summer Penne Pasta Alfredo with Grilled Chicken, Walnuts, and Grapes

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July 13, 2013

Recipe: Summer Penne Pasta Alfredo with Grilled Chicken, Walnuts, and Grapes

You know you’ve had a good vacation when:

  • The number of times you ate fried clams exceeded the number of times you wore shoes or underwear.
  • Getting another wine spritzer felt like a valid workout.
  • You temporarily forgot your email password.
Make and assemble the evening before to have a turn-key party salad.

Make and assemble the evening before to have a turn-key party salad.

Such was the last week in sweet Ipswich, my own little paradise escape where good  friends come for delicious grub, lots of love, and big laughs. Continue reading


Happy Father’s Day and Jalapeño Margaritas

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June 16, 2013

Recipe: Jalapeño Margaritas

This past March I was sitting on the precipice of a significant and exiting (and yet not un-risky) career shift. In typical form I had made lists to evaluate and matrices to measure the pros and cons, but in my gut I was still unsure of what to do.

Jalapeño Margaritas

Jalapeño Margaritas, made with Cilantro and Orange Liqueur

Early one morning while tossing and turning a midst snuggling and snoring dogs oblivious to life’s complexities I decided sleep was not to be retrieved and picked up my phone to get started with the day. Continue reading


Roasted Beet Salad with Walnuts, Goat Cheese, and Champagne Vinaigrette

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June 1, 2013

Recipe: Roasted Beet Salad with Walnuts, Goat Cheese, and Champagne Vinaigrette

If I’m being totally honest, I’ll confess to you that sometimes I get in a rut. Of not wanting to cook, not wanting to write, not wanting to take pictures of my food.

Beet Salad

Roasted Beet Salad. Pairs beautifully with a rich dish such as a carbonara.

And then there are those moments when it’s perfect, and easy, and fun, and you find yourself falling back in love with the cooking, the writing, the shooting all over again, as if nothing more had transpired than a fickle lovers quarrel in the middle of the night. Continue reading


Flying solo: Arugula with Skinny Caesar Salad Dressing and Grilled Shrimp

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May 26, 2013

Recipe: Arugula with Skinny Caesar Salad Dressing and Grilled Shrimp

My crew is off on an adventure. Or a man-venture as I like to say as it includes all sorts of things my crew likes such as sleeping under the stars, driving across deserts, getting lost, finding lost treasures, and just generally disappearing for a bit.

Caesar Salad Dressing

Arugula with Skinny Caesar Salad Dressing and Grilled Shrimp

This leaves me to a week of flying solo. Of shamelessly dancing around to country music, of reading horse fiction for hours, of eating eggs morning, noon, and night. Continue reading


Easy, Elegant, and Delicious: Chicken Pan Sauce with White Wine and Shallots

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May 12, 2013

Recipe: Chicken Pan Sauce with White Wine and Shallots

Happy Mother’s Day to all those fabulous Mamas out there, most of all….mine! For those of you regular readers of Shut Up & Cook, you know that Marnie…aka Marnie Poppins is a regular addition in the kitchen, be it here in Seattle or back in my childhood home of Ipswich, Massachusetts.

Chicken Pan Sauce

Easy, Elegant, and Delicious…this Chicken Pan Sauce is guaranteed to impress.

In addition to all those Mom Skills she has (such as the ability to actually fold fitted sheets) she is an exquisite cook, pulling together delicious meals with seeming effortlessness, all the while offering sage life advice. Continue reading


Culinary Camp and Caramelized Bananas with Salted Caramel Sauce

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May 5, 2013

Recipe: Caramelized Bananas with Caramel Sauce served over Toasted Pound Cake

Growing up I was never much one for camp. I happily spent my summers at the farm, mucking stalls and bringing in the mares, earning a daily lesson on one of the saint school horses that lived in the far barn.

Caramelized Bananas

Caramelized Bananas with Salted Caramel Sauce, Served over Toasted Pound Cake and Ice Cream and finished with Slivered Almonds

This past weekend though I was transported to my own personal nirvana; a culinary camp of sorts in Boulder, CO taught at Escoffier: School of Culinary Arts. Continue reading


Party Time: Artichoke and Goat Cheese Phyllo Appetizer

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April 8, 2013

Recipe: Artichoke and Goat Cheese Phyllo Appetizer

Seattle is a city of foodies. There are chefs, restauranteurs, mixologists, farm-to-table growers, distillers, and of course, lots and lots of food bloggers. We see each other at events, bump elbows at restaurant openings, perhaps trade tips and secrets with a few, but for the most part, we exist in our own independent orbits. Circling each other, but never making contact.

Phyllo Appetizer

Artichoke and Goat Cheese Phyllo Appetizer

So when I received an invitation to a potluck dinner with a group of prominent Seattle bloggers, my first response was of course “Yes!”, promptly followed by a slight feeling of dread of “What the hell do I make for a bunch of bloggers?”. Continue reading


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