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 By Chef Dez    A & E

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

 By Beacon Staff    A & E

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

 By Chef Dez    A & E

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


Courtesy listing of open restaurants in Mukilteo

A note to our readers: As a service to the community and an effort to assist our fellow business owners during this unprecedented time, the Beacon is publishing a list at no charge of restaurants that remain open for takeout... — Updated 3/31/2020 Full story


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


Snow White vs. Drusilla in adult production

Outcast Productions is presenting a new take on a familiar story: “Snow White and the Magnificent Seven,” by Damien Trasler, David Lovesy and Steve Clark, March 13 – 28. Outcast Productions, in partnership with Never Too... — Updated 3/11/2020


Wildflowers highlighted at Swamp Lantern Festival

Celebrate the coming of spring outdoors at the Adopt A Stream Foundation's Swamp Lantern Festival, Thursdays through Sundays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. now through April. It's happening at... — Updated 3/11/2020


Whidbey Island stages 'The Photographer' opera

Whidbey Island Center for the Arts (WICA) presents Philip Glass’ experimental opera, "The Photographer," March 20-22. The 1982 opera, featuring a live orchestra, modern dance, and multi-media focuses on the story of photographer... — Updated 3/11/2020


Women composers to star in free Mukilteo concert

ALERT: This concert has been canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak. In keeping with health officials' recommendations, concert organizers decided not to sponsor an event that would attract large numbers of people in one place. I... — Updated 3/5/2020


School of Rock joins Lee Oskar's benefit concert

School of Rock Lynnwood announced they will open up for Lee Oskar and friends on March 6 at the Historic Everett Theater. The night will feature the School of Rock Lynnwood’s select House Band students performing rock songs with... — Updated 3/4/2020


Snow White vs. Drusilla in adult production

Outcast Productions is presenting a new take on a familiar story: “Snow White and the Magnificent Seven,” by Damien Trasler, David Lovesy and Steve Clark, March 13 – 28. Outcast Productions, in partnership with Never Too... — Updated 3/4/2020


Cascade Symphony to perform Dvorak's Symphony No. 9 'From the New World'

The musical works of three renowned Eastern European composers will be featured when the Cascade Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of conductor Michael Miropolsky, performs... — Updated 2/26/2020


Country music legend Lorrie Morgan comes to ECA

Lorrie Morgan, Grand Ole Opry lifetime member and one of the most eloquently emotive country vocalists of modern times will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 13, at the Edmonds... — Updated 2/26/2020


Edmonds Driftwood Players Celebrates 11 Years of the Festival of Shorts

As part of the TIPs program, Edmonds Driftwood Players (EDP) will present the 11th Annual Festival of Shorts, March 13-15. Eight 10-minute plays have been selected from over 200 submissions from around the world, and will be perfor... — Updated 2/26/2020


Travel Sketcher

The views in this area are always sketch-worthy. This is from Duke's on Lake Union. Sailboat, Queen Anne, and the lake - even on a rainy day it is a delight.... — Updated 2/26/2020


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