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Span-ish Black Beans

Span-ish Black Beans

Servings 8-12Prep: 3hrs 45minCuisine: Puerto RicanGood For: Side DishMomma's Span-ish Black BeansBy: Angela Prosper My mother never measured...

Heirloom Tomato and Anchovy Salad

Heirloom Tomato and Anchovy Salad

Servings 4 Ready In: 30Cuisine: ItalianGood For: Lunch/ SideSummer Heirloom Tomato & Anchovy SaladBy: Angela ProsperIngredients 4 Medium...

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Rhubarb and raspberry tarts with goat cheese and fennel pollen 🥐

I moved my rhubarb to a new spot in the garden and it is finally thriving. This one is called crimson red and is a great balance of sweet and tart along with two types of raspberries from the garden, Rasberry Short Cake and Fall Gold which are sweet and floral plus they have two seasons so I get a lot of berries. I already made a batch of raspberry jam earlier in the season.

I cooked down several stems and berries with sugar, orange zest and juice to create a compote, adding in a bit of cornstarch to thicken the batch. Then topped puff pastry with a tablespoon of filling and goat cheese and a sprinkle of Demerara sugar. Baked at 400 for 25 minutes then finished with a sprinkle of fennel pollen. They are savory and sweet, my favorite combo.

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Mixed harvest ...

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Just pruned up my tomatoes and now it’s time for a basil gimlet in the shade with some super fragrant basil from the garden 🪴 it’s hot y’all 🥵 ...

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Trash panda approved.

We had family over for a weekend bbq and per usual, byob cans were left outside after a long day of prepping food and socializing- the raccoons had a blast 🦝 @whiteclaw

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Rose and lavender cordial made from my favorite buds in the garden right now🍾 mix with some champagne, gin or soda and enjoy! ...

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This potent dracunculus vulgaris is always a crowd pleaser 💩💩💩💩💩 ...

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Kew & ALOO ❤️ gimlets on a random Tuesday night.

By request, Grant pulled the @kewgardens @keworganicgin (yes, from England) along with @ooladistillery ALOO gin (yes from Seattle) and mixed up some cocktails with homemade lime cordial, for glorious gimlets with two different vibes.

Pairing these with grilled salmon, grilled halloumi cheese, asparagus and herb salad. 🤤 What you drinkin tonight? Cheers!

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I have a super fragrant rose in the garden and when it is abundant with flowers I try to make this color changing cordial with it. I can never seem to get it as good as the first time but this ain’t bad at all!

#cocktails #rosecordial

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Loads of raspberries harvested at the end of spring with loads more to go in this veg patch.

Grant built these fences to keep out the rabbits that have gone crazy over the last five years. Since I no longer have a cat that protects the garden from them, they have become fearless, even nesting in one of my raspberry pots last season.

The rhubarb and dahlias are looking healthy and excited to see what else will pop up in the next few weeks. Now, what to make with all these berries! Love my freyr trellises by @seattleurbanfarmco by the way! I need more! #raspberry #spring #gardening

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It was an unforgettable dining experience at @westlandseattle first Whiskey Dinner in their cask room in Sodo! 🍽️🥃

Here’s a recap of the evening:

✨ We started with delightful seasonal cocktails and incredible small bites by Chef Dan Mallahan from @driftwood_seattle - Local farms and seasonal flavors were featured throughout the night starting with fresh Taylor Shellfish Oysters, smoked halibut brandade croquette, dry-aged wagyu beef tartar, and Walla Walla sour cream & onions atop bok choy spoons.

🍞 We savored pull-apart rolls with huckleberry molasses and whiskey butter. (so yum!)

1️⃣ First Course:

Fresh sugar snap peas in roasted fennel mousse paired with Westland’s Flagship Single Malt.

2️⃣ Second Course:

Purple asparagus & mussels in sauce ravigote with potato leek pave, brown butter, and sage. Paired with Westland’s Matchless Cask Exchange Five Malt aged for 8.5 years.

3️⃣ Third Course:

Apple wood smoked pork belly with savory bread pudding in cherry and fennel seed glaze. Paired with Westland’s Solum Edition 2 aged for 53 months.

4️⃣ Fourth Course:

31-day aged braised beef shank ragu with toasted nettle gnocchi, pickled leek scapes, and turnips. Paired with Westland’s Colere Edition 3.

🍰 Dessert:

Brown butter cornmeal honey cake with smoked Benton strawberry buttercream, black currant liqueur, and apple balsamic. Paired with Westland’s NEW Colere Edition 4.


71 Months Maturation

GRAIN BILL: Fritz Pale Malt

CASK TYPES: Refill Westland (95%)

-2nd Fill Cooper’s Reserve (Heavy Toast/Light Char) 

-2nd Fill Cooper’s Select (Light Toast/Heavy Char)

2nd Fill Ex-Bourbon (5%)


Nose: Pear skin, dried apricot, light brown sugar, croissant, fresh tangerine.

Palate: Apple turnover, dried fruit mix, cocoa butter, jasmine green tea.

🙌 A huge thank you to Driftwood for the exquisite 5-course meal and @westlandwhiskey for the perfect pairings. 🥂

Don’t miss out on the excitement! Click on over to Westland’s feed to learn more about their latest offering.

#WestlandWhiskey #DinnerRecap #WhiskeyLovers

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Fermented peony and roses soda ...

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Planters punch break in the garden ...

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Peonies are bursting into bloom ...

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Whipping up some hibiscus simple syrup from @campcraftcocktails - what cocktail should I make to get me through the midweek blues?


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Excited to share my feature in Sip Magazine’s Best of the Northwest and look at that 🍹 My Cocoa Berry Sour made the cover! 🌟

Dive into the world of functional cocktails for every season - Featuring spirits from Amethyst Handcrafted Gin, @pugetsoundrum, @brovospirits , @shenzentea , @wilderton_free, Om Superfood, @heritagedistilling, and @whidbeydistillery.

I have been shooting cocktails for over 10 years now, and I still get a kick out of seeing my work in print. The photoshoot was inspired by calming minimalist themes with a touch of fun and harmony. Can’t wait for you to give them a try! Head to @sip_magazine to order your copy today. 🥂 #SipMagazine #BestOfTheNorthwest #CocktailCreations

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I have a simple cocktail hack to try out this week with my latest find—the @campcraftcocktails kit in Hibiscus, Ginger, and Lemon. 🍋🥃

The lemon and ginger combo in this kit reminded me of the modern classic, the Penicillin Cocktail by @samueljoelross so I decided to go a little smoky with the spirit. Paired with @tetondistillery Private Stock American Single Malt Whiskey, this high-altitude aged spirit elevates the infusion to new heights. After a mere 24 hours (because who can wait three days?), the cocktail was ready to go. I intentionally kept it a no-fuss creation to see if the kit would hold its own without any additional mixers. 🍹✨

The verdict: A perfectly balanced sipper that makes cocktail crafting seem like child’s play. Newbie mixologists, take note—this is your ticket to effortless hosting. Although, with my generous 2 oz pour, the suggested 8 servings might be wishful thinking on their part. 🤭 BUT you can infuse twice for more bang for your buck!

Dive into the world of fuss-free mixology ⚗️. Check out #CampCraftCocktails for more flavors and cocktail recipes and head over to @sip_magazine for more industry insights. AND if you liked that sexy rocks glass check out @terraneglass ❤️🥃

#CraftCocktailCurator #WhiskeyWanderlust #SipSensations #MixologyMagic #SimpleSpirits #HomeBarHero #DrinkReview #HappyHourAtHome #cocktailsofinstagram #easyrecipes #cocktailkits

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@hartwoodtulum prawns recipe with a beet greens chipotle kimchi inspired salad, cucumbers, radishes and mandarin. 🤤 ...

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Waking up my starter for bread means attempting these crumpets once again. 🤤 and yes I smothered them with clotted cream and jam.

#clottedcream #crumpets #jam #sourdoughstarter

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