Advice from a local foodie

Advice from a local foodie

  • Nancy Leson shares her holiday Top 5. Photo credit: John Lok/Seattle Times

    Nancy Leson shares her holiday Top 5. Photo credit: John Lok/Seattle Times

Holidays or not, I’m all about shopping (and staying!) local. Forgive me my obsession as I devote my Top 5 list to my favorite subject: food.

As someone who cries when the Edmonds farmer’s market season comes to an end, I’m joyously celebrating the city’s second annual Holiday Farmers Market, Saturdays near 5th and Main (through Dec. 17, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.). See you there!

Stocking stuffer? Secret Santa? Host/ess gift? I’d be thrilled if someone gifted me with a wooden spoon from The Wooden Spoon. Or any of the other if-they-don’t-have-it-you-don’t-need-it kitchen necessities available at Edmonds’ long lived and long loved kitchen shop.

The internet’s great for scoring recipes, but as a big-time collector of cookbooks, trust me: There’s nothing better than sitting down with a fabulous cookbook in hand. New to my collection, and a great idea for you and yours: “Mastering Sauces” (a sauce-making masterpiece by Seattle author Susan Volland); “Sea and Smoke” (chronicling life at The Willows Inn on Lummi Island, by Blaine Wetzel and Joe Ray); and “Theo Chocolate” (by Theo founders Debra Music and Joe Whinney). If Mary Kay doesn’t have the cookbook you want in stock at the Edmonds Bookshop, she can get it crazy-fast. Pinching pennies? Talk to Jim Spangler at Edmonds’ new Spangler Book Exchange. An avid cookbook collector himself, he keeps a solid collection of used books on hand and is quick to point neophytes to lesser-known gems.

Edmonds has (Hallelujah!) a growing number of places to eat, drink and be Merry Christmas-y. But which ones are actually open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day (a special boon to those who don’t celebrate that holiday)? Which can seat a large party in short order? And where can you get some of the best dim sum in Greater Seattle every single day? My go-to Chinese joint, T&T Seafood Restaurant. 

Cooking is integral to the holidays, but it’s also a year-round pursuit we should all aspire to. Don’t know how to cook? Are you a terrific cook, but want to know more? Do you wish your mother, brother, spouse or best friend was a better cook? I’ve got two words for you: PCC Cooks. Check out the calendar at http://www.pccnaturalmarkets.com/pcccooks/index.php. Yes, they have gift certificates. And (shameless plug!) I’ve recently joined to roster of PCC culinarians who love to show-and-tell here at the Edmonds store -- and elsewhere.  


  • Nancy Leson shares her holiday Top 5. Photo credit: John Lok/Seattle Times

    Nancy Leson shares her holiday Top 5. Photo credit: John Lok/Seattle Times

Holidays or not, I’m all about shopping (and staying!) local. Forgive me my obsession as I devote my Top 5 list to my favorite subject: food.

As someone who cries when the Edmonds farmer’s market season comes to an end, I’m joyously celebrating the city’s second annual Holiday Farmers Market, Saturdays near 5th and Main (through Dec. 17, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.). See you there!

Stocking stuffer? Secret Santa? Host/ess gift? I’d be thrilled if someone gifted me with a wooden spoon from The Wooden Spoon. Or any of the other if-they-don’t-have-it-you-don’t-need-it kitchen necessities available at Edmonds’ long lived and long loved kitchen shop.

The internet’s great for scoring recipes, but as a big-time collector of cookbooks, trust me: There’s nothing better than sitting down with a fabulous cookbook in hand. New to my collection, and a great idea for you and yours: “Mastering Sauces” (a sauce-making masterpiece by Seattle author Susan Volland); “Sea and Smoke” (chronicling life at The Willows Inn on Lummi Island, by Blaine Wetzel and Joe Ray); and “Theo Chocolate” (by Theo founders Debra Music and Joe Whinney). If Mary Kay doesn’t have the cookbook you want in stock at the Edmonds Bookshop, she can get it crazy-fast. Pinching pennies? Talk to Jim Spangler at Edmonds’ new Spangler Book Exchange. An avid cookbook collector himself, he keeps a solid collection of used books on hand and is quick to point neophytes to lesser-known gems.

Edmonds has (Hallelujah!) a growing number of places to eat, drink and be Merry Christmas-y. But which ones are actually open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day (a special boon to those who don’t celebrate that holiday)? Which can seat a large party in short order? And where can you get some of the best dim sum in Greater Seattle every single day? My go-to Chinese joint, T&T Seafood Restaurant. 

Cooking is integral to the holidays, but it’s also a year-round pursuit we should all aspire to. Don’t know how to cook? Are you a terrific cook, but want to know more? Do you wish your mother, brother, spouse or best friend was a better cook? I’ve got two words for you: PCC Cooks. Check out the calendar at http://www.pccnaturalmarkets.com/pcccooks/index.php. Yes, they have gift certificates. And (shameless plug!) I’ve recently joined to roster of PCC culinarians who love to show-and-tell here at the Edmonds store -- and elsewhere.  


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