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Grilled Broccoli on the Big Green Egg


The other day, I decided to toss our broccoli on the Big Green Egg to accompany the rib eye’s I had just finished grilling. Everyone loved them – even my step-son! The flavor is amazing and it’s very simple. I’m making grilled broccoli again tonight so I can share this with you. Wash and chop (bigger pieces) your broccoli and toss it into a large plastic zip-lock baggie. Drizzle olive oil. Add fresh sea salt and...

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Antipasto Pasta Salad

Here's one of the dishes I made for my son's graduation party. It's a crowd pleaser that can be made a day or two ahead of time.  If you're serving it right away, just mix it all up and enjoy! NOTE: I'm getting ready to make this for a Mother's Day potluck.  I'm happy to see that I started this post almost a year ago…and now I have an opportunity to finish it.  Happy Mother's Day to all...

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Paella with Puget Sound Spot Shrimp and Chorizo

I'm not sure if these are shrimp or prawns – but I do know they're fresh because my husband and his buddies just plucked them from the Puget Sound with the beginning of shrimpin' season. I'm following a combo of this recipe and my own paella experiments for cooking this tasty dish on the Big Green Egg. Begin with simmering 4 cups of chicken broth with a generous amount of saffron. Saute onion and red bell pepper until soft...

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Appetizers to pair with Cabernet Sauvignon

Last night, we had dinner with a group of friends for a "blind" wine tasting of cabs. Everyone brought wine, which was later "bagged and tagged" for the tasting, and a dish.  My dish assignment: appetizers. And since the main dish was a delishous prime rib, beef was out of the question for my dish.  I would up deciding two bring two dishes…in hindsight, for our group of eight, just one of these appetizers...

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Imported Food Treasure in Seattle

My neighbor has been raving about Big John's for years. She loves the cheese selection and great prices on imported foods. After the chef who was the instructor at the ravioli class I took at Sur La Table in Kirkland this weekend mentioned we could get "00 flour" for an affordable price, I had to stop by!  And I wish I would have listened to my neighbor sooner (but don't tell her that!!!) this place is a gem! Big...

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Guest Chef Recipe: Barney’s Baked Pears

This recipe is from Barney Louck's a Real Estate Broker with John L. Scott in Federal Way. This time of year the pears are so sweet, that we cut the top and bottom off, hollow out with melon baller, stuff with oatmeal, brown sugar, cinnamon, and butter, and bake at 375 for 45 minutes to an hour, till a knife tip slides in easily…served warm with Greek yogurt sweetened with agave...

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Turkey on the Big Green Egg

[Editors Note: LIVE POST!] I've attempted smoking a whole turkey on the Big Green Egg once before. This time, after enjoying a fantastic turkey on Thanskgiving at my little sisters home that my brother in law brined, I decided to do the same.  I have a 10 pound turkey that has been soaking in this brine just shy of 24 hours from one of my favorite cooks, The Pioneer Woman.   This is a fresh bird – it has not...

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