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

 

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):

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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!

 

 

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

 

We Did It!

This was a blog post from our earlier wordpress.com website and I’m reposting here on our new site because it was such a happy occasion (originally posted 4/17/2014)!

 

It’s official! We’re PUBLISHED authors!

Authors Authors!

 

We received our complimentary and marketing copies earlier this week and the book looks wonderful! We’re really very please with how it turned out and feel that the whole piece truly represents us and what we were trying to accomplish when this idea first came about 3 years ago.

3 years you say?! We told you it had been a bit of a long process! We went back through our files, and here is a general breakdown of important goals and their timeframes:

Spring 2011– We first started talking about doing a cookbook together. It was after a cooking class one night and we were like “you know what we should do? a cookbook!”

October 2011– 1st draft of book proposal

January 2012– started contacting publishing houses

January 2013– signed a contract with Pegasus Publishers (imprint: Vanguard Press)

April 24, 2014– PUBLICATION!

Words truly cannot express just how much your support has meant to us. We truly couldn’t have done this without you all.

Much love,
C & K

Cookbook Status Update and Interesting Links

Hi everyone!

We just completed our 2nd round of editing for the cookbook manuscript! It’s been an intense couple of weeks to get that done, but now it’s off to the publisher again so they can work on the changes. Whew- now we get a little downtime!

In between editing, We’ve come across some interesting and just plain cool (video) food-associate links that we wanted to share. Enjoy!

What Those Food Expiration Labels Mean

And a fantastic piece about food waste:

Profiting from Food Waste is no Longer Just for Bin Divers

Don’t know what to do with all that leftover bread you have from a full loaf you just bought? America’s Test Kitchen helps you out:

Freezing Bread- from America’s Test Kitchen

And this is just flat cool (props to A for finding this!). The cucumber decoration is my favorite part:

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Enjoy!
C

 

IFBC 2013, Seattle. Some First Thoughts….

I signed up so long ago. In a galaxy far far away.. (ha! had to randomly throw in a little Star Wars there. I DO have a Vader and Stormtrooper flash drive after all!)
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Okay okay, so it was really only 5 months, but still: it seemed to take forever! And after months of patiently waiting for what I had heard was one of the best food blogging conferences in the country, the event was finally here.
And with the event arriving, came wonderful speakers and presentations; who all gave me such great information, tips, and help with how to improve on my photography and blogging experience. It’s been such an overall positive and beneficial experience for me, that it’s hard to sort it all out right now. My mind is just racing around with so many new ideas and things I need to do! So while a more in depth blog post and additional photos will be coming by the end of the week, for now, I just want to throw out a few comments/feelings I have from it so far:
First of all, I would like to thank Sheri and Barney at Foodista for putting on a fantastic event. I can only imagine the long hours that went into making this a success. And a smashing success it has been! Wonderful, wonderful job.

The food throughout has been fantastic, and the people have been so fun, welcoming, and supportive. It has been a really great environment to learn and grow as a blogger and photographer. The most entertaining session by far had to be the Food Photography and Cooking Demo. Andrew Scrivani, Chef John, Jeffery, and Brian all teamed up to do a sushi demonstration. They were awesome! Great interaction with each other and with the audience. I can see why they were “back by popular demand” and hope they are back next year too!

Here they are in action:
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Amazing experience, and one that was well worth the wait. As I said, more to come later this week!
I’m already looking forward to next year!

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