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Dreaming of France | Travel Sketcher

As many of you know, we had plans to move to France in July for a couple of years. Unfortunately, a world pandemic frustrated those plans. Yet we hope, and I sketch images of... — Updated 10/15/2020

 By Chef Dez    A & E

Pumpkins are not just for Jack-O-Lanterns | Chef Dez

Don’t you just love the autumn harvest? The feeling of a crisp breeze in the air, the sound and sight of rustling leaves in a rainbow of colours, and a plentiful array of gourds, squash, and pumpkins available at the produce... — Updated 10/13/2020

 By Beacon Staff    A & E

Cascade Symphony to provide virtual concert Oct. 26

The Cascade Symphony Orchestra will be offering its loyal patrons and the chamber music-loving community a “Virtual Opening Night” concert on Monday, Oct. 26, starting at 7:30 p.m. The online performance replaces the first of... — Updated 10/13/2020

 By Sara Bruestle    A & E

The Fall of Troy rises again | From the Archives

Editor's note: The Beacon is republishing stories we think will be of interest to readers. This feature is on The Fall of Troy, a band that got their start at Kamiak High School.... — Updated 10/2/2020

 By Chef Dez    A & E

Cooking Through a Pandemic | Chef Dez

These are definitely trying times for everyone. The start of this pandemic produced epic shortages of toilet paper and hand sanitizer. Then with the onslaught of people staying at home, the shortages expanded to include staples... — Updated 9/30/2020

 By Beacon Staff    A & E

Cascade Symphony sponsoring 'Rising Star' competition

The Cascade Symphony Orchestra is encouraging talented young musicians to enter its "Rising Star" competition for the upcoming 2020-2021 season. The winning musician, to be... — Updated 9/25/2020


A homestead near Lake Quinalt | Travel Sketcher

This is the barn from the homestead near Lake Quinalt. We are missing getting to travel much these days. Hope you are doing well, send me a photo of a place you have enjoyed... — Updated 9/23/2020

 By Nicholas Johnson    A & E

Weller to bid farewell | From the Archives

Editor's note: The Beacon is republishing stories we think will be of interest to readers. This feature is on Joe Weller and the closing of his restaurant - Weller's Cafe. The... — Updated 9/22/2020

 By Beacon Staff    A & E

James Bay Distillers throwing celebration

James Bay Distillers is celebrating the 1-year anniversary of its 88-proof Galloping Goose Canadian Whisky with a birthday party Friday and Saturday, Sept. 17-18. Free cake pops... — Updated 9/17/2020

 By Chef Dez    A & E

Benefits of citrus zest | Chef Dez

There are obviously many benefits gained from using the freshest of ingredients possible when cooking and using the zest from citrus fruits is no exception. Whether you are using limes, lemons, oranges, or grapefruit, the zest from... — Updated 9/14/2020


A last look at the ferry tollbooths | Travel Sketcher

The ferry tollbooths have been a fixture in Mukilteo for a long time and I wanted to sketch them before they move. Terry – the Travelsketcher is a Mukilteo resident who sketches... — Updated 9/9/2020

 By Beacon Staff    A & E

Mukilteo Lighthouse Quilters host Zoom meeting on Sept. 15

The Mukilteo Lighthouse Quilters’ guest for its monthly meeting is Darlene Girton, the Featherweight Doctor.  Girton will speak on the history of this iconic little machine and why they are still so popular after 86 years.... — Updated 9/9/2020


Mukilteo boy starred as Ralphie | From the Archives

Editor's note: The Beacon is republishing stories we think will be of interest to readers. This feature is on Mukilteo native Andy Walken, who starred in Fox's "A Christmas Story Li... — Updated 9/6/2020

 By Chef Dez    A & E

Umami: The Fifth Taste | Chez Dez

Eating is a celebration of the senses. All five of them in fact: taste, smell, sight, touch, and sound. Keeping this in mind, there could be an argument in deciding as to which is the most important sense when it comes to eating. T... — Updated 8/31/2020

 By Beacon Staff    A & E

Seattle Opera unveils virtual fall season

Like all arts and cultural groups this year, Seattle Opera has dealt with canceled performances and setbacks due to COVID-19. But the company is ramping up efforts to make the arts... — Updated 8/27/2020

 By Sara Bruestle    A & E

Local rock duo releases first album | From the archives/Weekend read

Editor's note: The Beacon is republishing stories we think will be of interest to readers. This feature is on the Grace & DeGroot. The story, written by former editor Sara... — Updated 8/26/2020


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 8/26/2020

 By Chef Dez    A & E

A crash course on sauce making | Chef Dez

Today’s marketplace is saturated with almost every type of bottled, enveloped or canned sauce imaginable. Homemade sauces, in many households, have taken a “back-seat” to the readymade and quick varieties that seem to fit... — Updated 8/17/2020

 By Beacon Staff    A & E

Call for sculpture artists

The Snohomish County Arts Commission is seeking proposals for artwork for a "Hope Symbol" for the plaza in the newly renovated Esperance Park in Edmonds. The competition is open to... — Updated 8/14/2020

 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


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

 By Chef Dez    A & E

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


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