June 2016

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Cynthia Nims’ Northwest Crab Boil

Unlike our compatriots in the eastern regions of the country, Northwesterners typically add no spice (beyond salt) to the pot when boiling crab for a feast. Having grown up here, of course I adhere to the practice, finding that the flavor of the crab itself is near perfection. Some crab lovers simply scoop up clean…

Recipe for Rice Vinegar–Ginger Mignonette

Both fresh and pickled ginger add distinct flavor to this mignonette. Look for the thinly sliced ginger (often pink, sometimes a natural buff color) commonly served with sushi. It may be sold with other Asian ingredients in a refrigerated case, or you may find small condiment-size containers near prepared sushi. Makes about 1/2 cup, enough…

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Tilth Owner Going Nuts for Homemade Milk

Maria Hines on the virtues and versatility of homemade almond milk

Nut milks—especially almond milk—are having a moment. The creamy liquid is made by grinding nuts with water, resulting in a velvety milk-like beverage. Health-conscious eaters and plant-based diet devotees swear by the nutritional value of nut milks, adding almond milk, for example, to smoothies and swapping out the cream in coffee for Brazil nut milk….

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Midsummer Fun: Where to Celebrate the Solstice in Seattle

Celebrate the high point of summer, Scandinavian style

To say the summer solstice is a big deal in Scandinavia is an understatement: In Sweden, for instance, the midsummer holiday comes second only to Christmas in terms of the scale of celebration. After a season of short, dark days, it’s little wonder those Nordic types break open the schnapps and toast the high point…

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SIFF Gets Real

Virtual reality may be the breakout star of this year’s film festival

For more than 40 years, the Seattle Independent Film Festival (SIFF) has introduced its patrons to up-and-coming talent and films not seen anywhere else in town. This year, a four-day festival within the festival will do more than show viewers new films—it will offer entirely new ways of experiencing film. Produced by Mad Eye Media…

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Pistachio Syrup Recipe

Salted Pistachio Syrup 1 cup whole unshelled pistachios 1 cup simple syrup (1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 cup water) 1 Tablespoon salt Combine all ingredients in a food processor. Blend well. Strain through cheesecloth to remove particles.  

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Camano Island: Your Next Cozy Beach Getaway

An artsy enclave northwest of Seattle offers stellar views and cultural activities

WHERE: Camano Island, a cozy enclave that’s a little less than 90 minutes northwest of Seattle via State Route 532. WHY: Beachy charm with a distinct art scene. Matzke Fine Art and Design (matzkefineart.com) features an array of works by up-and-coming, midcareer and established Northwest artists, and includes a unique walk-through sculpture park. Seagrass Gallery…

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The Pursuit of Nobility: Interview with Lenny Wilkens

One of Seattle’s greatest sports icons eyes return of NBA

On a recent edition of three-time Emmy-award winning sports TV talk show “Pardon The Interruption,” cohost Michael Wilbon heaped lavish praise on NBA legend and Seattle icon Lenny Wilkens in celebration of his 85th birthday.  Wilbon noted that he’s a “basketball Hall of Famer three times over” [as a player, coach and assistant coach of…

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New auditorium, better BMX track and a greener Seattle

Casket Case Bellevue company’s product featured in Taylor Swift video Social media absolutely lost it after a casket manufactured by Bellevue-based Titan Casket was featured in American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift’s recent “Anti-Hero” music video. Tweets and Instagram posts from Swift’s fans about the casket have generated tens of thousands of likes and retweets, resulting in…