Northwest Noshings…

(Fried Clams from Seattle’s Beloved Chain, Ivars)

I eluded to it before but now with less than one month away it is time to talk about Northwest Noshings.
When I moved to the Pacific Northwest from desert Arizona I had no idea the variety of culinary treats I was in for. My first time at a farmer’s market out here was jaw dropping. The farmers market was not just dried chilies and citrus fruit. The shear variety of mushrooms was insane.(Speaking of mushrooms if you want a chance to win 2 lbs of fresh morel mushrooms you should enter the contest over at Marx Food). The strawberries were red inside…the ones we got in AZ had a ton of white in the middle. I personally don’t eat tomatoes but I can tell by just looking at them that Washington tomatoes kick Arizona tomatoes ass…and they have all the heirloom variety that don’t cost and arm and a leg..and another leg.
Many times I have made something that I wanted to share with my readers but it just really didn’t fit into the genre of my blog. Plus I get A LOT of emails(really, we are talking hundreds here people) asking me if all I do is sit around and eat breads and sweets…they want to know if I eat “real” food. Yes, we eat real food. I tend to eat real food…my husband eats sloppy joes. :P
Add on to that, many a local person asks me where they should eat and I decided to make a food blog dedicated to all things Pacific Northwest. So starting June 1st(2008), I will have another food blog(yes, I am insane) that will be recipes and restaurant reviews…and not just limited to the Seattle area, and get this…no sweets or baking(gasp). Northwest Noshings will not be updated nearly as often as Culinary Concoctions is(my head might explode if it was) but will have a post a week.
In order to celebrate my new food blog I am having a give away to one lucky person(winner will be chosen randomly) out there in blogland. You will be receiving a lovely Pacific Northwest gift pack. So if a cookbook from our local celebrity chef, local chocolate, spice rubs and what not sounds like something you are up for then all you need to do is leave a comment on this post.
Thanks for being a reader of Culinary Concoctions by Peabody and I hope to have you as a reader of Northwest Noshings.



(Bacon Wrapped Scallops in a Blackberry Reduction inspired by Purple Cafe and Wine Bar)


  1. Kristine says:

    Hi Peabody….

    Every morning I log on to your blog hoping for something new to be posted and now I get to check out TWO of your blogs!

    Looking forward to June 1st.

    :) Kristine

  2. hi peabody!

    i’m so excited to read your new blog. we JUST got back from a weekend in seattle–our first time there–and had the best time. it really is a lovely city. we ate at the dahlia lounge, which was delicious.

    anyhoo, looking forward to the new one–good luck!

  3. I’m in awe — two food blogs??! I could never manage it! Looking forward to the new one and learning more about foods of the Northwest.

  4. I love the idea of your new blog even though I am in the mid Atlantic. I think it will be a nice change of pace for you too!

  5. What an exciting new adventure. I was born near Seattle and the blog starts on my bday. It sounds like a must read for me. :)

  6. You’re crazy to start another blog, but we all love you for it anyways!

  7. I’d love to read about food in the Northwest. I lived in Seattle and the surrounding area for 4 years, and I still miss it. I know I didn’t truly appreciate what was there until after I left. =)

  8. These are some very nice teaser pics. :) I’ve already alerted my cousin in Seattle to your new blog, lol.

  9. Maryanne says:

    I recently stumbled upon your blog from who-knows-where? Probably a lazy Saturday afternoon. I love it! And, I have always wanted to visit the Northwest. I am in the Phila. area (home of the Flyers!). I look forward to checking out Northwest Noshings.

  10. Oh how I miss Seattle food (especially Ivars!). Our visits back are planned around what restaurants we’re going to eat at while we’re home. Looking forward to living vicariously through Northwest Noshings!

  11. Sounds fabulous! I’ve never been to the Northwest, but would loooove to test out the food in my own kitchen!
    Kudos for being able to start another blog! :)

  12. We just moved to the Seattle area about a month ago so I can’t wait for this new blog. Its going to be great inspiration of places to check out for us!

  13. I can’t wait to read your other blog.

  14. I love Seattle and all the tasty morsels it offers. Looking forward to another delicious blog by you.

  15. Ditto the first comment about getting to log on and hope for updates at TWO of your blogs now! Can’t wait… though I am already in awe that you can apparently take as good pictures in any ole’ restaurant of their food as your own baked goods at home!

  16. Can’t wait for the new blog! My husband and I moved to the midwest after 3 years in Portland, and miss pacific northwest so much.

  17. Peabody – Can you move to Chicago so your blog can be restaurant recommendations around me? :) I mean, no pressure. lol

    I have a few friends in Seattle who I’ll have to recommend your blog. I’m sure they’ll find it very helpful!!

  18. Did you cook the bacon wrapped scallop dish? I can’t wait to read about it in your new blog! June 1st is still a loooooooong way from now. :p

  19. Jessica says:

    As a fellow seattlite, I can say that my mouth was watering just looking at those fried clams, thinking about summers on the pier :)

  20. Reneé says:

    Yet another one to add to my google reader! Can’t wait!

  21. Carole Resnick says:

    Good luck with the new blog. I am sure I will enjoy it and its associated recipes.

    BTW, te fried clams look yummy.

  22. Peabody – A second blog…girl you so rock! I sometimes can barely keep up with the one I have with all the other things I need to do.

    The food looks simply delicious and I can’t wait to read about all the wonderful locations you discover.

    Natalie @ Gluten a Go Go

  23. Good luck, Peabody! I know it takes a lot of work to keep your blogs updated, so you’ve definitely got a challenge ahead of you.

    If your new blog is nearly as entertaining as this one, I’m sure it will be a success.

  24. I am an avid reader of Culinary Concoctions so I cannot wait for the new blog!

  25. I love your blog and check in everyday. You are an inspiration to this ‘non-baker’! Thank you!

  26. You are ambitious, dear! Can’t wait to see your newest addition.

  27. How fun! I admire you for starting the new blog — I can’t wait to read it; I love this blog, so I’m sure NN will be equally great! (Those bacon-wrapped scallops look DELICIOUS.)

  28. amanda says:

    Wow, what a nice thing to do! I am in love with your blog and have tried a ton of your recipes! In fact, I just made your pumpkin financiers last night for a Mother’s Day gift and they are wonderful.

    Thanks for all the great things you do.

  29. My in-laws live on Bainbridge Island and whenever we visit all we do is eat and visit markets. Seattle food is really awesome.

  30. laimay says:

    I can’t wait to read your new blog! And the prize looks hot!

  31. “I tend to eat real food…my husband eats sloppy joes” – Peabody, as usual, you made me laugh out loud, haha :0D

    Oooh, a Pacific Northwest gift pack?? What a fun prize for a lucky blogger!!

  32. Can’t wait to read your new blog, even though I am just a midwestern girl.

  33. I’m looking forward to seeing your second blog too :)

  34. You’re kidding…you mean you actually eat vegetables:) Good luck with the new blog. It sounds yummy!

  35. You are one of my very favorite foodies! While I am not that interested in restaurant reviews, I really look forward to your recipes for non-sweet/bread foods.

    Oh, and I envy you your farmer’s market. A lot.

  36. I am super excited to hear that you are starting a new food blog.

  37. Ooh, yay! As a Seattlite, I cannot wait to read your new blog.

  38. Oooh, exciting! Can’t wait to see what you have in store for us! I’m only up in Seattle maybe once or twice a year, but I’ll look forward to saving up your restaurant recommendations for my trips.

    And wowsers, those bacon wrapped scallops look absolutely amazing!!

  39. I would love to win a Pacific Northwest surprise. That is the one place I want to visit so badly. My husband works for the pear growers in the NW and he goes out for meetings but alas I have to stay home. One of these days will be the perfect time and I’m there. You are so lucky to live there where the produce is so plentiful and fresh. I’m envious!

  40. Amanda says:

    I am looking forward to your blog since we love to cook a variety of foods. Thanks for putting in all the work on this blog and the new one!

  41. Oh, NW food rocks- I miss the fresh seafood! Good luck with the new blog!

  42. Peabody,
    I love reading your blog, I’ve been addicted to it for a few months now. I can’t wait to add the new blog to my bookmarks as well! Good luck!

  43. courtney says:

    Oh man do those scallops look good, and I bet the blackberry sauce would be good on alot of other things too.

  44. I can’t wait for the new blog. I read this one EVERY day! Thanks for the lovely photography and inspiring ideas!

  45. Congratulations! Looking forward to the new blog.

  46. I’m so excited to see your new blog! And those clams have my mouth watering – my husband played baseball after college in Tacoma, so when we were in the area a couple of years ago, we went to his favorite place – Steamers. I can remember the clams, and now I just really want some more!

  47. I have to admit…I was starting to wonder if you were a baked-goods only family=) My best friend lives in the northwest, but i’ve never been because i’m too poor to make the trip….it would be fun to get a glimpse of it in the mail for sure! I’m excited about your new blog…if it’s anything like this one, it will be outstanding.

  48. The Pacific Northewest is a wonderful place to live! We have so much to be thankful for. I look forward to hearing about your savory adventures in food.

  49. i love culinary concoctions and can’t wait to read northwest noshings!

  50. “spice rubs (…) sounds like something you are up for”… hmmm, interesting… :P


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