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Cookus Interruptus: How to Use a Pressure Cooker

Today's pressure cookers are safe and efficient. I love using mine to cook beans, grains and root vegetables, even applesauce. Here's how. (for printable instrutions, click here)

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Outdoors: Shelter from the Storm

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Roddy Scheer
www.roddyscheer.com
Learn to Snowshoe at REI, and the snow-covered slopes of Snoqualmie Pass can be your winter's domain...

If you've always wanted to try snowshoeing, a winter sport for truly everyone, now is your chance to learn the basics from the experts in a warm dry environment before your own first trip out into the wilds. REI staff will walk through the basics of selecting approriate gear and finding out where to go in our area at the Seattle Flagship Store on Thursday evening February 24 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Register online for this FREE class. Read more »

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Can You Tiger Mom a Preschooler?

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Hsiao-Ching Chou explores the art of tiger momming.

Some days, I suck at being a tiger mom. It simply requires more attention to monitoring my daughter's work than I have time to devote. On those days when I let my daughter watch TV instead of practice writing letters and numbers, the self-flogging kicks in and, perhaps irrationally, I fret that the one, two or even three missed practice sessions somehow will mean the difference between another year of preschool or early entrance into kindergarten.  Read more »


Great Schools Come from Great Teachers

I wanted to write a blog entry about HB 1609, the “Great Schools” bill, which was debated in Olympia this week, but failed to move out of committee.  A similar bill in the Senate, SB 5399, was blocked from public hearing by Senator Rosemary McAuliffe, chair of the Senate Committee on Early Learning and K-12 Education.  Read more »


Awards Season for Chefs and Restaurants Starts Now

It's not just awards season in Hollywood; in the food world, nominees for two presigious food awards were announced this week.

Every year I anticipate seeing who'll be called out among Food & Wine's Top 10 Best New Chefs on the cover of the July issue. The editors almost always nail the list.

This year they've come up with a more brilliant plan: Instead of picking the winners themselves, F&W's editors have selected a list of worthy nominees in 10 regions, and we, the people, get to vote for the nominated chefs.  Read more »

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