Thursday, November 20, 2014

Homemade Green Bean Casserole (Gluten Free & Grain Free)

  Thanksgiving is one of the most difficult holidays if you are gluten sensitive. From stuffing to gravy it’s loaded with poisonous pitfalls. For years now, we’ve been turning down offers from our friends to join them to celebrate because there’s just too much chance of cross contamination, followed by weeks of digestive issues for…  (Read more…)

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

How to Make Homemade Pot Stickers

  Jason Goertz, my featured Glorified HomeChef, is embarking on a brand new career in food!  He’s currently enrolled in culinary school and has great aspirations for the future.  It was a real treat to cook with him.  He shared three great recipes including Homemade Breakfast Sausage, Italian Sausage and the recipe for Homemade Pot…  (Read more…)

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Watchinng West Seattle

My little community of West Seattle is such a special place. Vince and I call it “the island.” That probably comes from taking the bridge to and from our part of town, but we’ll often say to each other, “do you want to go downtown or should we just stay on the island today?” Most…  (Read more…)

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Roasted New Mexico Hatch Chilies

I’m a fiend for roasted chilies!  A few years ago, while Vince and I were on a roadtrip to Northern Arizona, we came across a supermarket in Flagstaff roasting chilies in the parking lot.  I bought what was probably a five pound bag of them and ate them on everything! (I should note that the…  (Read more…)

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Glorified Home Chef Jason Goertz Shows Chef Erin How to Make and Stuff Italian Sausage

Jason Goertz, The Techy Chef, and my featured Glorified Home Chef, showed me several sausage recipes (see Breakfast Sausage). I think my favorite was the Sweet Italian Sausage because I got such a kick out of stuffing the casings. I hadn’t made sausage since culinary school so it was really fun to get a refresher…  (Read more…)

Monday, September 1, 2014

Make Your Own Breakfast Sausage

One of my students, Jason Goertz, joined me recently to share a few recipes.  He’s a great cook, a true glorified home chef, and amateur sausage maker. I had a wonderful afternoon working with him on several recipes that I’ll be sharing here on my blog.  The first is for homemade breakfast sausage. When I…  (Read more…)

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Blackberry Mania – From Storing Tips to Recipes for Savory Blackberry Sauce and Blackberry Brandy

It’s blackberry season! Chef Erin shares tips for storing fresh blackberries as well as a couple of her favorite recipes. Okay, as cheesy as this sounds, blackberry brandy makes me oddly nostalgic for my “childhood.” I grew up in Wisconsin and it’s sad to admit but we country kids started drinking pretty early. Blackberry brandy…  (Read more…)

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

A Blogger’s Take: Moroccan Cooking Class at

This blog has been reprinted with the permission of Lizette Wolter McKinley, local photographer and blogger.  Check out her blog at When I saw Chef Shop, a local fine and specialty food purveyor was offering a Moroccan cooking class I was intrigued. There are some types of food I have never attempted to make and…  (Read more…)

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Pulled Pork with Carolina Style Barbecue Sauce

Over the past month, I’ve been teaching a class on Carolina Barbecue at the PCC Natural Markets.  You’d think that I’d be sick of it by now, but I have to tell you that the recipes are so good that I made them all again this weekend!  The class is a complete summertime feast from…  (Read more…)

Friday, August 1, 2014

Carolina-Style Barbecue Sauce

Years ago, my best friend, Christin moved to the Raleigh-Durham area. When I went out for a visit, she took me for some real Carolina barbecue. I was really struck by the barbecue sauce. It was really unlike any I’d ever tried before. It was piquant, tart – just plain zippy.  I really loved it….  (Read more…)

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