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PBS' 'Check, Please!' Signs Excellent Local Host

KCTS 9 announced today that they have selected local food and gardening expert Amy Pennington to host the Seattle version of Check, Please!, a reality TV concept that lets everyday folks play food critic for a day.

From Cody Ellerd Bay's original post about the show:

If you’ve never seen the show, which also runs in Chicago, San Francisco, Phoenix, Kansas City and South Florida, it operates like this: One person nominates his or her favorite restaurant, and then two other people are sent there to review it. After their anonymous visits, the reviewers get together to discuss their meal and rate the restaurant. They cover everything from the latest hot spots with superstar chefs to the hole-in-the-wall that’s been serving you your favorite fish and chips for years.

I met Amy Pennington fairly recently at a memorable fundraiser for Seattle Central Culinary Academy (although, before my time, Seattle mag covered her gardening exploits in several issues).

She was responsible for mixing cocktails and preparing dessert at the party. Both were delicious, but what I remember most was her spunky personality and great sense of humor. I predict her presence on the show will ground the conversation of Check, Please! in territory local food lovers can really appreciate.

More about Amy, from the press release, after the jump:

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Local Same Sex Couples Look Forward

King 5 interviews Cupcake Royale's Jody Hall on the value of marriage equality. Read more »

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Seattle Mag's Signature Cocktail: The SoDo Shaker

Preparing the February issue was more challenging than a typical press cycle, thanks to the incessant ear-splitting, nausea-inducing piledriving going on at the construction site across the street from Seattle mag's SoDo headquarters.

Just imagine someone three cubicles down from you banging a filing cabinet with a shovel nonstop for 8 hours, and perhaps you can see where we're coming from. Read more »

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The Must List: Special Snowmageddon Version

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RedTri.com: 11 Warm and Cozy (and Easy!) Crock Pot Recipes

RedTri.com put together a list of their favorite crock pot recipes–perfect for a snow day! From taco soup to chicken verde to veggie lasagna, below are some lip-smacking good slow-cooker dishes that will leave your family deliciously satisfied.

1. Arroz Con Queso: A perfect dish for the picky eater in your family. This super easy and basic recipe is a great alternative to mac 'n cheese. Read more »

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