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Portlandia Coming to Seattle

Fans of “Put a Bird On It!” and the adult hide-and-seek league, brace yourselves. “Portlandia: The Tour" is coming to Seattle.

In case you live under a big unfunny rock, this popular TV series, set in Portland, distills the stereotypical Northwest mindset in over-the-top comic sketches like this one about "Dumpster Divers": Read more »

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Thanksgiving Cheat Sheet, Part 4: Mushroom Pate

When we're hosting out-of-towners days before the big holiday dinner, I like to cook other things ahead of time, so that I'm not exhausted from entertaining before Thanksgiving even happens.

A day or two ahead of time, I'll throw together my favorite mushroom pate (recipe here).

I use crimini mushrooms, since otherwise, as my father-in-law likes to say, "this pate would cost $100 to make." Read more »

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Thanksgiving Cheat Sheet, Part 3: Sage Butter

One of the easiest but most delicious things you can do to your turkey: make sage butter to rub under and over the skin of the bird.

“Compound butter” sounds fancy, but in this case it is made by pulling the leaves off of the stems of the sage (we have it growing in our yard, but it's easy to find in every supermarket – except the day before Thanksgiving) and putting it into the food processor with a 3 or 4 sticks of butter and a good amount of salt and pepper (feel free to add fresh thyme, too, if you want).

That’s it. Read more »

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Thanksgiving Cheat Sheet, Part 2: Fresh Cranberry Sauce

One of the easiest things to make from scratch is cranberry sauce, and it can be made days (as in, you can make it this weekend!) in advance.

Use the recipe on the back of the bag, which usually involves sugar and orange juice and possibly orange zest. It takes about 10 minutes and it is sooo much better than the canned stuff. (It’s so good that I eat spoonfuls of it right out of the pot while it boils away.) If you're feeling inventive you can spruce it up by tossing a cinnamon stick into the pot while it boils. Read more »

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7 Justifications for an Unjustifiable Love of Twilight

Holy splintering headboards! There's less than 48 hours before I get to see Breaking Dawn: Part 1, the latest installment of the Twilight movies.

I won’t be fighting my way through hoards of shrieking tweens (the tickets for opening night sold out too fast). I’ll be up north with the refined 21+ crowd, enjoying overpriced beer and fried cheese sticks with our matinee showing at Cinebarre. Read more »

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