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 By Chef Dez    A & E 

Brine for the best barbecued meats | Chez Dez

Although men have been assigned the stereotype of working the backyard BBQ, it is a joy that is shared by most home culinary enthusiasts. It’s a summertime passion. The smoky essence of smoldering charcoal starts my mouth... — Updated 8/5/2020

 
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Nutrition and flavour from blueberries | Chef Dez

Summertime always offers a bountiful harvest of fresh fruit and berries; and blueberries, are by far, one of my favorite. They are not only packed full of nutrition and flavour but are also a very versatile cooking ingredient.... — Updated 8/5/2020

 

Sailing on South Lake Union | Travel Sketcher

Nice morning at Wooden Boat Center on South Lake Union. Feels good to get out a bit more these days. Sailing away on this schooner sounds pretty good in these days of staying-in.... — Updated 8/3/2020

 
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Creating Flavour When Cooking Meat | Chef Dez

For many of us, meat is an important part of our daily diet. Whether it be beef, lamb, pork or chicken, it is important to know the basics of creating the most flavour possible. Marinades seem to be first and foremost in... — Updated 8/3/2020

 

The Beacon's new home | Travel Sketcher

A free press is something we must always respect. I am so grateful for local papers like The Beacon. They bring us the news that we would struggle to find without them. Thank you... — Updated 7/22/2020

 

Peaceful times in a small French village | Travel Sketcher

Hope you all had a great 4th. Summer is upon us yet, as is often the case, my mind is in France. If not for the virus we would be moving to Normandy right now. How things change.... — Updated 7/12/2020

 

Thoughts of a tiny village in France | Travelsketcher

Being the Travelsketcher my mind is often off to other places. This Eze, France. A tiny village perched in the mountains above the Mediterranean, well worth a visit. Hope you are... — Updated 7/3/2020

 

Even Harbour Pointe 'industrial area' appealing to the eye

In Mukilteo, especially in Harbour Pointe, even the industry buildings add to the beauty. Dillon Works is one of many, thanks. It is good to be getting out to enjoy this city in... — Updated 6/16/2020

 
 By Beacon Staff    A & E

Mukilteo Way Club seeking gardeners

The Mukilteo Way Garden Club is seeking gardeners who would like to participate in the July 17-18 2021 Mukilteo Garden & Quilt Tour. The club will be previewing gardens this summer for this popular biennial event held with the... — Updated 6/11/2020

 
 By Beacon Staff    A & E

Master Gardeners offer free vegetable gardening online classes

Growing a Vegetable Garden in a Pot is one of six informative and concise vegetable gardening classes being offered online free by WSU-Snohomish County Extension Master Gardeners this June. “Interest in vegetable gardening has... — Updated 6/10/2020

 

The beach is open! | Travel Sketcher

It was so nice to get out and do a sketch on location. Kids playing. Kites in the air. Folks just sitting on logs. Just a bit of normal feels so right. Stay safe as things open up.... — Updated 5/29/2020

 
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Rosemary Maple Bacon Jam ... Yes, I said Bacon Jam | Chef Dez

Many people sing the praises of bacon, and I am no different. What happens however, when you take that wonderfully complex flavour and turn it into jam? True bliss. Recently I... — Updated 5/27/2020

 
 By Miranda Milton    A & E

Battling boredom: Basics of bird watching

Studies show that hobbies improve mental health, but COVID-19 has made some hobbies and activities impossible, or at least put them on hold. Puget Sound bird experts agree that one... — Updated 5/18/2020

 
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Cooking Pasta for the Best Results | Chef Dez

A staple in almost every home’s pantry is spaghetti or some form of pasta that makes its way to the dinner table on a regular basis. Many of us take the time to focus on building the flavour and complexity of the accompanying... — Updated 5/18/2020

 
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Use fresh garlic, lemon juice when cooking Greek food | Chef Dez

Of my cooking classes, Greek are the most popular by far and this stems from my own passion for the flavours of Greece. Almost everyone I talk to loves Greek food and has frequented their local Greek restaurants in the past many... — Updated 5/14/2020

 

Montana ghost town | Travel Sketcher

A sketch from a ghost town in Montana a few years ago, timely considering our towns are a bit deserted these days, and it reminds me of how much I miss getting out into the open... — Updated 5/13/2020

 
 By Emily Gilbert    A & E

Tips for container gardening during the quarantine

The governor's stay-at-home order and social distancing guidelines have kept many people confined to their homes. After binge-watching your favorite show on Netflix for the second... — Updated 5/3/2020

 
 By Susie Schaefer    A & E

Encouraging birds in your backyard and neighborhood

During this time of staying home and social isolation and distancing, many of us we can see it is now spring. Flowers are starting to bloom and birds are flying around. Many are sin... — Updated 4/23/2020

 
 By Beacon Staff    A & E

Museum closed? No worries – videos take you there

Cascadia Art Museum, temporarily closed during the coronavirus pandemic, is providing "Virtual Visits" for those wanting their dose of fine art from famous Pacific Northwest... — Updated 4/23/2020

 

Virtual travel continues | Travel Sketcher

Like all of you I am staying in, yet reliving some past trips. I did this sketch last week from a photo as part of a 30-day challenge to revisit past trips – a virtual break from... — Updated 4/22/2020

 

'Stay At Home' style travel | Travel Sketcher

Like the rest of you, the Travelsketcher is not doing any traveling, but I can revisit places to which I have traveled by sketching from photos. This is Moustiers-Sainte-Marie in... — Updated 4/22/2020

 
 By Chef Dez    A & E

Perfecting Gravy for Easter Dinner | Chef Dez on Cooking

Have you ever had the misfortune of tasting gravy that was bland, watery, or as starchy as dragging your tongue across a pile of raw flour? To say the least, it is not pleasant, and a far cry from serving its purpose: to enhance... — Updated 4/15/2020

 

Gallery North announces Small Works Show winners

Gallery North held its reception and awards ceremony for it annual Small Works Show on March 7. The show features 160 paintings submitted by 59 artists from around the country. The... — Updated 3/18/2020

 

Puget Sound Bird Fest 2020 Poster Art Contest

Puget Sound area artists are invited to submit original artwork representative of Puget Sound bird life to be used on the 2020 Puget Sound Bird Fest poster for promotion of the event taking place Sept. 11-13 in Edmonds. This... — Updated 3/18/2020

 

Flat-bottomed boats on the Loire River

These 30 foot long flat-bottomed boats have masts that fold down to go under the bridges on Loire River in France. Once used for freight they carry mostly tourists these days. We... — Updated 3/18/2020

 

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