I’m reflecting that I just posted two soup recipes in a row. I can’t help it. I. love. soup. Plus, I realized after 2 months of consistent travel that I’ve been eating like crap. So the new year is the perfect time to get myself back on track, start detoxing, and make my annual goal list.
I developed this carrot parsnip soup recipe a few months ago and its since become a go-to weeknight meal. It’s super easy and has only a few ingredients, but don’t let its simplicity fool you. The combination of coconut milk, curry, and dukkah make it complex enough to be interesting, and yet familiar enough so that even the pickiest of eaters will love this soup.
Every Christmas Eve, my family partakes in the Italian tradition of hosting a “Feast of the Seven Fishes” meal. As you might have guessed, it includes seven different fishes typically served over seven different courses. While in this day and age it’s completely acceptable to double up fishes in one dish, my family takes it pretty seriously and spends the day cooking an elaborate spread.
This year, I’m in charge of the soup. I call this Italian fish soup my “poor man’s cioppino” because it only has one fish in it. However, if you wanted to gussy this up, all you need to do is add some clams and mussels. Or you can turn it into a Manhattan-style clam chowder by adding clam juice and clams to the base instead of cod. This dish is pretty versatile and can be changed to suit your tastes or budget.
Read on to learn how to make this Italian fish soup. It’s destined to be a crowd pleaser at your next holiday celebration!
Christmas is my absolute favorite time of year. Sure, I love cookies, feasts, lights, the tree, and getting gifts. But what I really love about Christmas is buying gifts for people. I spend a lot of time finding the perfect holiday gifts. I think about the person’s interests, needs, and my relationship to them and try to find a gift that’s both thoughtful and practical.
Since I’m constantly curating gift ideas for my friends and family, I thought I’d share some of the best items I found with you. And if you saw my Seattle holiday markets article, you know I love shopping local. That’s why I decided to make this year’s holiday gift guide filled with all Pacific Northwest businesses and makers (a lot of which I discovered at this year’s holiday markets). So take a peak, find some gifts, and learn more about some of the awesome local businesses you can support this holiday season.
A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to go to Suncadia Resort. My sister went last year with my nieces for the winter season and said good things, so I figured I’d give it a try since I’d never been.
I expected it would be mostly a touristy hotel with the typical resort findings: pool, gym, spa, restaurant, etc. However, I was completely blown away to find the resort is huge. I’m talking 6,400 acres huge. And it was mostly undeveloped land that included a farm, trails, river, pond, and mountains.
Sure there’s still some “touristy” things, but hey, it is a resort catered to people looking to escape. But I had a fantastic solo staycation that included the outdoors, exercise, pampering, books, and wine (obvi). Here’s a recap of my trip with recommendations of what to do at Suncadia Resort and the surrounding areas of Roslyn and Cle Elum.
If there’s one thing I love, it’s exploring local fleas, vintage shops, and craft fairs.
You should see the mania that ensues when I travel. I try to find all the best maker markets in the area. In fact, I was just in Brooklyn a few weeks ago and I laid out an itinerary of the local fleas and indie markets I would be attending.
But perusing for local gems isn’t just for when I travel. I’m obsessed with doing it right here in Seattle, too. That’s why, every season I update my Seattle events calendar(nerd alert!) to keep track of all the holiday craft fairs and indie market pop-ups happening in the area. This year, I thought I’d share it with all of you because I’m a huge believer in shopping local and finding that perfect gift with a story behind it.
So mark your calendars people. You’re about to see the ultimate (maybe borderline obnoxious) list of all the Seattle-area holiday craft fairs and maker pop-ups happening this year.