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A Sandwich a Day: Sloppy Drunken Joes at Lot No. 3 in Bellevue, WA

This is far richer and more flavorful to the Sloppy Joes of childhood. The ground angus beef is mixed in a "boozy" tomato sauce that tastes like a sweet and sour whiskey barbecue sauce, topped with fried shallots and sage leaves to give it some crunch and round out the sweetness. Lot No. 3 smears the bun with a house-made Dijon mustard; it's spicier than what you'd find at other places, and it gives the sandwich an almost wasabi-like burn. More

Market Scene: Late Summer Berries and Beans in Duvall, WA

Despite the late summer arrival of heat-wilted afternoons, the chill of the evening skies and whispering hints of autumn are signs that the farmers' markets in the Northwest are coming to a close. So to finish out my own season for Market Scene out in Washington state, what better way to bid farewell to summer than from my own backyard—welcome to Duvall, just northeast of Seattle. Won't you visit for a final stroll through our little market? More

Market Scene: Redmond Saturday Market in Washington

The sun was shining from a clear blue sky at the Redmond Saturday Market over the weekend, promising a warm, summer day. Entering its thirty-sixth year, this farmers' market in the Seattle suburb continues to bring together fresh, local produce and hand-crafted goods. People start arriving at 8:30 a.m. for the first pick despite the official 9 a.m. start time. Snapshots of the strawberries, cherries (Rainer and Bing), summer squash, and more! More

Market Scene: Bellevue Farmers' Market in Washington

An old metal bell signals the start of the Bellevue Farmers' Market, but even before it rings at 3 p.m., the official start time, people start gathering. Bellevue is about a 20 minute drive east of Seattle (not counting traffic), across Lake Washington. For the most part, the market has a local-edibles-only rule—only food that's grown or prepared in Washington can be sold here. Leeks, hothouse-grown heirloom tomatoes, wood-fired pizza from a mobile oven, and more. More

Market Scene: Redmond Farmers' Market in Washington

The Redmond Saturday Market is located in the open gravel lot next to the Redmond Town Center, a large retail and business center in the downtown area of the city. It's open every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and offers fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as prepared foods and craft items. They also have a small stage area, so it's a family-friendly place to bring the whole family (dogs, too) and listen to some music while shopping. Check out photos of the seasonal produce. More

Market Scene: Eastside's Issaquah and Kirkland in Washington

It's the secret nobody in Washington wants to share with the rest of the world—summer is absolutely bee-you-ti-ful around the Seattle area. The weather is just right, the sun makes an extended appearance and the long days make for double the amount of activities. So when friends come to visit and want something to do, instead of tipping them off to the typical Pacific Northwest amusements, I tell them: check out the farmers markets. It's a great way to get a sense of the neighborhood and truly sample local flavors and goods. More

Market Scene: Bellevue and Crossroads Farmers' Markets in Washington

In the lush evergreen lands of Washington state, for those who live on the Eastside, across the lake from Seattle, you long for the daily farmers' market freshness of Pike Place Market, but feel guilty about that pesky carbon footprint of driving a few cities over for a fresh bit of leafy greens. Thankfully, there are several great neighborhood farmers' markets that are in full swing, offering the latest midsummer goodies and their own unique charm. I recently visited the two main markets in the city of Bellevue, the Bellevue Farmers Market and the Crossroads Farmers Market. More

How to Start Your Own Herb Garden

Would I consider myself a green thumb-obsessed environmentalist who loves the planet? Not really. All this started from the fact that I'm just cheap. Keeping a small herb garden and growing some even from seed isn't difficult. For the most part, the herbs one uses in almost daily food preparation are ones that are hearty enough for the even the most questionable green thumb. Here are some herb-growing basics for the no-muss, no-fuss crowd. More

Seattle's Cask Beer Festival Showcases the Ultimate of Microbrewing

The Kung Fu is strong with Washington State's microbreweries, and the talented, imaginative local brewers were in top form at the 2010 Seattle Cask Fest, held at the Seattle Fisher Pavillion on March 27. Produced by the Washington Beer Commission, an organization devoted to promoting local brewers in the state, Cask Fest is an annual celebration of a method of beermaking that is rarely practiced, but one that yields truly unique results. More

Zapp's Voodoo Chips Are Awesome

You are evil, not only tempting me with the promise of delicious chips but the purchase price is pretty dang good. I know it's a lot of chips, but I'm such a potato chip fiend, no such thing as too many bags. In Washington, my favorite is the Tim's Cascade jalapeno flavor - the thicker kettle chip is necessary to really carry that punch of flavor.

Bellevue, WA: The Triple Bypass Burger from John Howie Steak

Update on the burger - it sounds like the name is going through a change, but I don't know what the new one is; it should be revealed at the end of the month, so stay tuned, if your arteries can stand it!

Market Scene: Dane County Farmers' Market in Madison, Wisconsin

Yes!! Love the squeaky cheese, especially from Wisconsin -- great cheesemakers! The blueberries look lovely; we're finally getting some here in the Pac NW!

In Season: Apricots

I adore apricots -- so many uses! If they can survive not just being eaten as a snack, they make for great preserves, and it goes so well with goat cheese on flatbread or crostini! We used to have an apricot tree when I was a kid, and we'd pick them early when they were still green for pickling -- that was also a great use if you have a tree that didn't yield super-sweet fruit.

Get Juicy Charbroiled Burgers at Pickle Time in Duvall, Washington

It's definitely worth a visit if you're in the area -- there's a note about the burgers being flavorful due to their extensive menu of burger types. I haven't tried every single combination, so I don't want to speak towards every choice. They're not gimmicky, they don't do crazy things with their burgers, it's simply well-made comfort food that's satisfying and classic if you're in Duvall, since it's a bit of a ways outside of the Seattle metropolitan area, but I think it's worth noting as a classic hamburger place to try, as people may not think to stop by when they're zipping through the small city.

The Crisper Whisperer: 10 Secrets for Making the Most of Your CSA

Nice! These are great tips, as every week always felt like an episode of Iron Chef, trying to make sure we used everything in our CSA and trying to figure out creative ways to put it all to good use!

Mother's Day - are you dining out or cooking for your mom?

Mom lives a ways off (she's in Hawaii, I'm in Washington State -- a wee bit of a distance) but just baked some chocolate cookies for her, collected some photos, and an article about one of her favorite actors from a really obscure magazine. Nothing fancy, but stuff she likes. I hope to cook a real meal for her if she comes out and visits this year!

Teddy's Bigger Burgers Brings Hawaiian Flair to Washington

lol - Serious Eats typo! I wrote it as "thick cut," as Teddy's doesn't do shoestring-style fries, which is just as well, since the sauce gets really drippy and you need substantial fries to soak things up.

How to Start Your Own Herb Garden

Agreed on the rosemary -- when it takes off, be prepared for a small tree! So wonderful when you can just take handfuls of it -- the flowers are tasty too. I tend to start stuff from seeds extra early, like February, and in our laundry room because it stays warm, plus it's got a small south-facing window. I like to get the starts as big as possible before putting into pots outdoors. We have a squirrel problem, but cutting a plastic soda or water bottle in half and putting it over the little starts can act like a cloche and protect from small wildlife. Soaking seeds before putting into soil packs or peat pots can help, but I've had successful sprouting from both dry and soaked seeds. I got extra paranoid about winters after Washington State got a wicked winter the other year; killed off a lot of my plants, but if your heartier, woody herbs like rosemary are used to it, they've likely cowboyed-up to winter chills.

Seattle's Cask Beer Festival Showcases the Ultimate of Microbrewing

I know the beers made at the Cask Fest weren't to strict ye olde code, since the containers they were aged in varied in material, and they leaned heavily towards the use of hops, but hey- it's Seattle. We're hop-addicts! I was comparing the higher alcohol content to commercial, large-scale beers, which tend to be more in the 4% range and these cask brews were usually about double that.

Chain Reaction: What's the New Pizza Hut Stuffed Crust Pan Pizza Like? We Try It

Cheese ring. Oh lordy. It's both awesome and wrong, all at the same time. But I'm sure it tastes great with a pitcher of PBR.

The 10 Worst Lunch Boxes Ever

Exciting world of metrics? I'm getting excited just looking at it!!