Cook Spotlight

BlueKaleRoad

By • July 18, 2011 • 36 Comments

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We took a trip down BlueKaleRoad and found a home cook we'd love to invite ourselves over to dine with this summer -- outside, perhaps? A mother not only to two sons, but many, many college students for whom she cooks at the University of Washington Hillel, BlueKaleRoad is CSA happy and we're liking that. Nothing in her market basket is out of season except for the occasional mango or avocado (and when you don't live near them, what's a season anyway?). Deftly marrying the cuisines of the Mediterranean with West Coast sensibilities, her recipe repertoire is universally healthy (mostly, that is, save the Gingerbread Trifle with Pumpkin Cream and Pears) and leans pleasantly in a direction we're sure Alice Waters would approve of.

You could serve a summer lunch (preferably under a mulberry tree by the side of the road somewhere) planned entirely from the BlueKaleRoad menu: We're thinking Radish Toasts with Lemon Basil Butter, accompanied by Kale and Herb Salad and Carrot and Zucchini Salad with Seeds on the side. Finish up (linger, of course) with a slice of Raspberry Chevre Tart with Poppyseed Shortcrust and a swig of Snappy Raspberry Lime Rickey. Just as she loves breakfast anytime of day and fish and vegetables on the grill with a big ol' glass of champagne, well, anytime period, this cook has a casual comfortability with ingredients and how to let them sing that will keep you eating al fresco this summer -- until you can't take the heat.

Read our profile Q&A with BlueKaleRoad and check out her blog here.

  • What is the strangest food you have ever eaten?
    Caiman (a small crocodile) while on a high school adventure in Suriname.

 

  • What do you cook when home alone?
    Oatmeal or eggs ... I love breakfast food anytime of day.

 

  • Your most treasured kitchen possession:
    My journal of meals created and the guests who joined us ... lovely memories.

 

  • Your ideal meal:
    Fish and vegetables grilled in my backyard while drinking champagne.

 

  • Something you'd like a chance to eat or cook:
    I'd like to learn more about lacto fermentation.

 

  • The number of bottles of wine you own:
    2-3 (We tend to drink them as we get them.)

 

  • The ideal number of guests for a dinner party is:
    10-12 (including my husband and 2 sons)

 

  • Kitchen pet peeve:
    Crumbs on the counter.

 

  • Your favorite cookbook:
    The Book of Jewish Food (Claudia Roden) and Home Cooking (Laurie Colwin)

 

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over 2 years ago BlueKaleRoad

Wow, what an unexpected surprise! I have a big smile on my face. :) I am delighted to be part of such an inspiring, supportive community of chefs. Thank you for your kind words! And thank you to the food52 crew. Cheers to food52!

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over 2 years ago Kitchen Butterfly

Thanks Blue Kakre Road for showing me the light with radishes...on toast!

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over 2 years ago BlueKaleRoad

Oh, my pleasure, Kitchen Butterfly! Happy to know you enjoyed them. I'm going to Australia later this year and am having Foodies of the World sent to our friends' house to see your recipes.

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over 2 years ago Midge

Love your recipes BKR!

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over 2 years ago BlueKaleRoad

Thank you, Midge! Love yours, too...the first food52 recipe I made was your Creme Vermont. I was hooked, both on your recipe and food52!

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over 2 years ago jkleinmom36

BKR is THE best food blog ever! I know all her food is made with lots of love and amazing care!

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over 2 years ago BlueKaleRoad

Aww, thank you, Julie! Love cooking for you. :)

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over 2 years ago Fairmount_market

Congratulations. I love all your creative salads!

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over 2 years ago BlueKaleRoad

Thank you, Fairmount market! I hope you enjoy them. :)

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over 2 years ago mcs3000

Congrats! Blue Kale Road is a new-to-me blog. Great blog and name.

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over 2 years ago BlueKaleRoad

Thank you so much, mcs3000!

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over 2 years ago EmilyC

So nice to learn more about you!

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over 2 years ago BlueKaleRoad

Thanks, EmilyC! Just made your espresso chocolate buckwheat scones. Yum!

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over 2 years ago healthierkitchen

Great reading about you, bluekaleroad!

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over 2 years ago BlueKaleRoad

Thank you, healthierkitchen! :)

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over 2 years ago jwiz

Congrats BlueKaleRoad! Great, great spotlight!!

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over 2 years ago BlueKaleRoad

Thank you, jwiz!

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over 2 years ago hardlikearmour

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Congrats, BKR! You have gorgeous recipes.

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over 2 years ago BlueKaleRoad

Thank you, HLA. Right back at you!

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over 2 years ago Panfusine

Congratulations BKR.. love the exotic moniker & the idea of a guest journal with meals created!

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over 2 years ago BlueKaleRoad

Thank you, Panfusine! The journal evokes such special memories...lovely to flip back and enjoy (and a terrific way to remind you of favorite dishes).

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over 2 years ago SKK

Wonderful to get to know you! We are really going to have to have a Seattle meet-up soon.
And I love your recipes.

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over 2 years ago BlueKaleRoad

Oh yes, I've love a meet-up! Thank you, SKK!

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over 2 years ago sdebrango

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Congratulations on the spotlight, I love your recipes and it"s so nice to learn more about you!

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over 2 years ago BlueKaleRoad

Thank you, sdebrango! I've enjoyed a number of your marvelous recipes.

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over 2 years ago lovesitc

Loving your blog. Just signed up for email updates! Can't wait to see more :)

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over 2 years ago BlueKaleRoad

Yay, thank you, lovesitc! I look forward to sharing with you.

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over 2 years ago Kristen Miglore

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Congrats BlueKaleRoad! I want to know what the name's all about.

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over 2 years ago BlueKaleRoad

Thank you, Kristen! The name is a combo of my love for blueberries, kale and being on the road of life...it's a journey and BKR is part of my journey (plus I love to travel!).

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over 2 years ago lapadia

Yay, BKR, so great to see you shining in the spotlight!!! Oh, and I am with you on the bottles of wine. :)

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over 2 years ago BlueKaleRoad

Thank you, lapadia! Hope to meet you in Seattle sometime. :)

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over 2 years ago Sadassa_Ulna

Congratulations!

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over 2 years ago BlueKaleRoad

Thank you, Sadassa!

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over 2 years ago Sagegreen

Congrats on the spotlight! So nice to learn more about you. Love your style.

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over 2 years ago BlueKaleRoad

Thank you so much, Sagegreen! :)

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over 2 years ago BlueKaleRoad

btw, Sagegreen, I'm making your Ceviche Dressed in Green again this week...you have fans here!