Valley Fig/Cook’s Country Photo Contest Entry

Hi all-

Just a quick note to ask for your help in helping me win a contest to go see a filming of one of my most FAVORITE shows: Cook’s Country!

They have partnered with Valley Figs to have a fig photo contest and they will select a winner from the entries. You were originally supposed to post on instagram and then garner “likes.” They are also on the link below, and people can go in and enter an email and vote for the one they like best. I foolishly wasn’t thinking about it that much when I made my initial Instagram post, and didn’t include that many hashtags. So now I’m trying to focus on getting votes on the link below. And I need your help!

Please, please, please (there are only 3 days left as of this post) help and vote for the “every_bite” fig photo at the bottom of page 2 of this link:
Cook’s Country fig photo contest page

And, if you have an Instagram account, please take a moment and go to the “every_bite” account and like the fig photo.

I’ve just GOT to see Christopher, and the others! I love them all- particularly Bridget and Jack’s Tasting Lab! And to see that amazing renovated farmhouse that they film in would be a dream come true. I’m trying to not fantasize too much about all the great photos I could get and all the cool people I could meet!!

 

Thank you so much!
Carol

Recipes to Reduce Kitchen Waste (from Food52)

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(herbs recently collected from my garden for a variety of kitchen uses)
photo: Sugar Sand Photography

Just came across yet another fantastic piece from Food52 (have I mentioned how much I love their site? Great info, and just adore their photography); this time about recipes to reduce kitchen waste. There are 30 recipes here to give you some tasty ideas on how to reduce food waste in the kitchen.

We’d love for you to try out some of the recipes and let us know what you think (and if you have some other ideas for ways to reduce food waste in the kitchen) here on the blog. (I’m particularly looking forward to trying the apple peel bourbon recipe. I am from the South after all so I do like my bourbon!)

Food52- 30 Recipes to Reduce Kitchen Waste

Enjoy Every Bite!
C

 

“Women Stars of Food & Wine”- Downtown Seattle

On Sunday, February 8th, we were honored to take part in the 2nd Annual “Women Stars of Food & Wine” event. Organized by the Women’s Funding Alliance, a local group that aims to champion causes and to provide leadership for the lives of women and girls in Washington state, it was held on the 73rd and 74th (or maybe it was the 74th and 75th!) floors of the Columbia Center in downtown Seattle. The event paired up amuse-bouches from women chefs with wines from local women sommeliers. We served small salmon cakes with vegetable salsa from the cookbook, and we were paired with SuLei Cellars out of Walla Walla (link below). They poured their delicious 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, their 2012 Dena Rae Tuscan style blend and their 2011 Roller Girl Jammer Red.

Karen did a wonderful job making up 300 mini salmon cakes and they were dee-licious. We recognized people coming back for seconds! They were apparently quite popular!

It was an amazing opportunity to showcase Every Bite and as women, we were so thrilled to meet other women chefs, sommeliers, and entrepreneurs, as well as supporting the wonderful mission of the WFA. The facility was beyond cool, and is chance you’re not going to come across too often. It’s an incredible view of the city.
I (Carol) had never been to the top of the Columbia Center, and when I told a good friend of mine about the event, she said “oh they have the best women’s bathroom in all of Seattle. I was there for something about 15 years ago, and the thing I remember most was the incredible bathroom!” When I told Karen, she was like “heck yea it is!” So pardon the fact that there is a picture of the bathroom below- I just couldn’t help it! It was quite the view for sure!!

Many thanks to Tosh from WFA for contacting us in the first place and to David from Seattle Uncorked. They put on a great event and we look forward to next year!

 

 

Recent Seattle Events for Every Bite

We recently did a variety of promotional events for Every Bite a few weeks ago (3 events in 4 days; on top of our main, regular jobs), and while they were all wonderful experiences, we were exhausted by the end!

One event was the Tom Douglas Cookbook Social in downtown Seattle. We really lucked into participating, as we found out about the event late, but were thrilled to be a part of it and had a great time! Here are some photos from that event:

 

A great time and a great venue. Looking forward to doing it again in 2015!

 

Enjoy Every Bite,
Carol & Karen

Thanksgiving and Upcoming Promotional Events

Karen and I would first like to wish all of you a very Happy Thanksgiving filled with family, friends, much love, and delicious food!

(a couple of my favorite Thanksgiving, fun cookies: Pilgrim Hats and Pumpkin Pie!)

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We have a couple of fantastic book promotion opportunities coming up this week after Thanksgiving and we are SUPER excited about them!

We are definitely most excited about our participation in the “Cookbook Social at the Palace Ballroom” on Tuesday, December 2nd, and sponsored by Tom Douglas Events. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to be at this event and cannot thank the lovely people there enough. There will be several authors there with tasty bites to share as well, so you should definitely stop by if you can. Here is the event link:

http://tomdouglas.com/calendar.php?calendar_id=498

And then on Friday, December 5th in the Arnold Building of main campus, we will be at the Fred Hutchinson Center Annual Winter Craft Fair from 9-3 (Karen will be there from 9-1), where we will be signing copies of Every Bite. If you or someone you knows works at the Hutch, be sure and stop by. It’s a great event where a portion of the proceeds go to the SCCA (Seattle Cancer Care Alliance) Patient Family Services Fund. Open to all , so if you work nearby or are a Hutch employee, come join us for some holiday cheer!

Hope you can make it to one of the events. We would love to see you and talk food!

Have a wonderful, safe holiday-
C & K

 

Cookbook Update and Photos

Just wanted to update everyone that the cookbook is still plugging along. We haven’t received a publishing date yet (not that we’re chomping at the bit to get it out or anything!), but as soon as we finish up this 2nd round of edits that we’re working on with them, which include adding in the photos, things will move onto marketing, and that’s when we’ll get a publish date.

In the meantime, Karen and I got together this past week to take a few additional photos and to redo a few that I was just not happy with. Here are a couple of pictures that didn’t make the cut of the final photos to send to the publishers. Hopefully you still find them mouth-watering and are looking forward to the “official” photo and a recipe to go along with!

Pot Roast with Roasted Vegetables:

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Herbed Chicken and Broccoli Quiche:

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C & K

Olive Oil, “Culination”, and the Rollie EggMaster

Here is a nice piece from The Splendid Table about what “Extra Virgin” olive oil really means. It’s very interesting and informative, and comes complete with a video, recipe, and recommendations.

What “Extra Virgin” Olive Oil really means

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Also, apparently over half of Americans would rather do taxes than making and eating a homemade meal. Holy cow! Now that’s pretty bad!
Culination hopes to help change that, and is an “e-learning community that connects seasoned chefs with home cooks.” It’s designed to be informative and interactive, and is a great way to learn more about food and how to make it not such a chore to make and enjoy a homemade meal.
My favorite line from the article is: “we want your kitchen to be a place of inspiration, not intimidation.”

It is a well said, succinct sentence that is something K and I also firmly believe. We want you to use the Every Bite cookbook as a way to be enthusiastic and inspired to be in the kitchen; not dreading or avoiding it.

Culination

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And this is just something funny I (C) saw on “Sandwich Morning” on NPR. What the heck?! I just do NOT want my eggs shaped like that! GROSS! The video is funny (and that’s it’s an actual thing is a little scary), but it’s the comments that are particularly hilarious!

Rollie EggMaster

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Enjoy!
Carol & Karen

Cookbook Photo (almost!)

It was a hard choice (it always is when we have to get rid of a picture; they’re all our babies!), but this one of our Roasted Chicken didn’t make the final cut. It sure was tasty though to snack on after we took pictures of it! Mmmm mmmm!!

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Great “Every Bite” themed cooking suggestion from Food52 and Cookbook Update

I came across this great piece from Food52 about really using the best part of a Sunday roast. It’s a fantastic idea: particularly in terms of K and I and our cookbook, and eating “Every Bite”! The pictures are really nice as well and there is a delicious spaghetti recipe at the end:

Food52: The Best Part of a Sunday Roast

We also got an update from the Production Coordinator regarding the status of the cookbook: the cover is currently being discussed and drafts are being created, and the inside pages are “currently being formatted”! Whoo hoo!

Next week, we’ll post a new instructional video, as well as more updates and photos that didn’t make the cookbook cut!

Love to all-

C & K

Cookbook Update and Photo

“…we will now commence with the production process.”
As of an hour ago, all final paperwork was submitted to the publisher for the deadline to receive everything and begin working on it’s publication!

K and I got a great email back from the publishers this morning, with the last few words listed at the beginning of this post. I cannot really begin to tell you how seeing those words made me feel, but I’ll try! I felt satisfaction, excitement, panic, relief, calm, and proud all at the same time. My feelings/response were definitely an experience and quite honestly, it surprised me just how much everything hit me. Not something I will soon forget.

We are so exhausted and are so happy to have everything to them. We could have gone on and on with making tiny corrections here and there and tweaking until the late hours of the evening (which I did many times- especially recently to meet the deadline), but at some point, you have to stop and be thankful there is a deadline there to MAKE you stop. It’s in their hands now, so fingeres crossed!

Here’s a picture of the Balsamic Glazed Carrots that did not make the final cut for the cookbook.

More soon and much love-

C

Balsamic Glazed Carrots