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

American Holiday Weekend and Victory Gardens

This coming weekend marks the celebratory American holiday of the 4th of July. Many fireworks, parades and other festivities will be happening all over the country. I will be out with my husband again this year to watch our favorite kids’ parade and main parade in the town of Edmonds, Washington. It is so much fun! We just love it!

4th of july(Elderly couple from a previous year of parade watching
photo-Sugar Sand Photography)

I’m also currently reading “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle” (finally!) by Barbara Kingsolver. Her husband, Steven Hopp, also writes small sections throughout the book, and I have an excerpt I want to share (John Raeburn was a local-foods advocate who died in 2006):

“At the beginning of World War II when Germany vowed to starve the U.K. by blocking food imports with U-boats, Raeburn, an agricultural economist, organized the “Dig for Victory” campaign. British citizens rallied, planting crops in backyards, parks, golf courses, vacant lots, schoolyards, and even the moat of the Tower of London. These urban gardens quickly produced twice the tonnage of food previously imported, about 40 percent of the nation’s food supply, and inspired the ‘Victory Garden’ campaign in the United States. When duty called, these city farmers produced.”

Karen and I have a recipe in chapter 7 of Every Bite entitled “Victory Garden Polenta with Tomato Sauce and Greens” with an excerpt before the recipe about Victory Gardens in the U.S.
I remember not knowing much about them at the time of doing that recipe (and coming up with the title) and enjoyed learning about it immensely. How interesting to learn even more by reading about what inspired them in the first place.

I’ve been doing my part in terms of urban gardening! (taken this week on my back deck):

farm

I’m just thinking today about the upcoming holiday celebrating our nation and reading about the people in it who make such a difference by what they can do,  made me even more aware of the power of the people in this and all great nations!

Have a wonderful holiday weekend and enjoy every bite!

xo

Carol

“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!

 

 

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!)

PilgrimHatCookie-closeup-edits DSC_2006

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 Some Other Stuff…

Hi all-

Early this week, we got an email from Robert at Vanguard with the 1st copy of the manuscript to proof! To say we were thrilled is an understatement! I (Carol) was particularly taken a back seeing the title/author page and the copyright page. It’s finally becoming really real and is starting to look like a cookbook!

We also got a first idea for the cover for the book. It’s not really what Karen and I had in mind, but we’ll work with them and will get if figured out. We’ll have the first draft to them by next weekend and will move on from there. Not until we’re done with the proofing and it moves onto the marketing department do we get a release date. Which is what we’re particularly excited for! Hopefully just in time for the holidays!

I also came across a couple of interesting food tidbits you might enjoy:

The first is a suggestion on what to do with leftover Sriracha from lifehacker.com. They’re not wasting a thing and we love it!

Last Bit of Sriracha!

The second is just a creative and healthy way to give and eat salads (from the Daily Dish). I just find the photo so pretty:

Salad in a Jar
Enjoy eating every bite!
love

Grits, Bees, Square Watermelons, and Homer.

Some recent food/foodie articles I’ve come across recently that are fun, interesting, and just downright odd!

Food52 has done it again! The link below from them is informative, has great instruction, and lovely pictures. And it’s very “Every Bite”-esque!

1 Pot of Goat Cheese Grits, 5 dinners
This is really a great photo taken at a Whole Foods, to hit home the importance of bees and their importance in nature and our society:

A World without Bees

And this I just found so fascinating. A SQUARE watermelon?! And those had better be some damn good cherries!

Insanely Expensive “Fruit Parlor”

Cookbook update: any day now, we should be receiving cover illustrations for us to review for the front of the book! We’re trying to “patiently” wait for that “any day now”!

And I just have to end with something totally random but great: only the most awesome escalator EVER (click on it to enlarge and to really get the full effect of it’s awesome-ness!! pic via @EarthPics on twitter)

Enjoy and hope you enjoy eating Every Bite! 🙂
C

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!!

RoastChicken

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