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. Suzanne says:

    I can’t wait for your new food blog. I have added many of your recipes to my collection.

  2. Hooray another Peabody site! If I could ever convince my husband to move, I’d live in the Northwest.

  3. Heather says:

    Hey – Really enjoy your website – it’s on my daily routine!

    Heather from Halifax, Nova Scotia

  4. Another blog… can’t wait!

  5. Oh, that picture of the fried clams has my mouth-watering! I adore fried clams, and I know when I moved to NJ I discovered how fresh seafood really tasted!

    I’ld love to be in the running for the Northwest Noshings giveway! I’ve been reading your blog for a bit, and am curious to see what new culinary adventures you will be sharing on the new one!

  6. I love the site! I’m from the northwest, so I just love it.

  7. I’m excited to see the new site

  8. My one time in Seattle was for work- and besides and amazing cioppino (one p?) I wasn’t able to enjoy its bounty – I will be back though!

  9. From the Atlantic Northeast, I’m excited to learn some more about the Pacific Northwest!

  10. Congrats on the new blog idea. I enjoy reading your stuff so another site sounds great. Your site along with a few select others has inspired me to jump on the ‘food blog’ train, which I’ll start up next week.

    Thanks again and good luck :)

  11. Mellisa says:

    Me, me, me. I need some new reading material.

  12. Julaine says:

    This sounds like a great idea. Good luck!

  13. I love Crab Cakes too! :)

  14. I’ve never traveled west of the Mississippi River. Maybe if I won that wonderful prize pack, I’d see how much I was missing out on the other half of the country!

  15. I’ve been reading your blog for a few months now, and I’m totally addicted. I’ll be sure to check out the new blog in June.

  16. While the gift basket sounds incredible, I can’t wait until the NW Noshing site debuts! There should be an unveiling party too!

  17. Congratulations on your new blog and thanks for the opportunity to win a great prize :)

  18. i am much more of a savory than sweet girl, so i can’t wait for your new blog!

  19. Wow! A new site!! YIPPEE!! Everyday when I get on my computer, I always think to myself, “hmm, I wonder what Peabody is up to today?” I love your blog and I can’t wait for the new site!

  20. Chrissie says:

    Good luck with the new blog. I’ve gotten a lot great recipes from this one!

  21. Am I too late? Can I still enter?
    We moved home to the Seattle area a few years ago. It’s so good to be back. And yes, the food here is soooo good. I’m super excited about spring and all the fresh produce coming our way.

  22. I am looking forward to the new blog! As much as I love baking, it will be great to try some new delicious NW inspired dishes!

  23. I’m looking forward to a new blog from you, especially one about the Northwest as I also live in Washington state. Yay!

  24. I’m really excited about your new blog! Hope you have lots of fun doing it.

  25. Mmm, we love the northwest too! I’d love to win as well. Looking forward to hearing all about it.

  26. Tanya L. says:

    You must go up to Bellingham, WA and go to the Bagelry!

  27. Wow, this looks great! I have always loved reading your blog, and now I am looking forward to reading Northwest Noshings!

  28. Ooooo….just maybe there’s a chance for me. Love your blog

  29. I can’t wait to see the new blog! BTW, I saw this the other day and decided that you simply *must* have one:

  30. that food there looks so incredibly good… and i have always wanted to go to seattle! i can’t wait until your new blog!

  31. yay! i can’t wait to see what kind of “real” food you eat, peabody :)

  32. i am so glad i found your blog. it is so lovely, the things you make! makes me wanna just jump up and head to the kitchen right away! :)

  33. Good for you doing another blog. I love the Northwest area. I so want those clams, my number one favorite food. Does this mean we get double of your great photography?

  34. Hi Peabody!

    We went to Seattle for a weekend earlier this month, and just adored the city…and the food, of course.

    Love your blog!

  35. Hi! Can’t wait to see the new blog!

    Sounding My Barbaric Gulp!

  36. Hey Peabody
    I’ve been a stalker for a while now but I wanted to congratulate you on the start of another blog! I’m sure it’ll be just as fabulous as this one which I probably check about twice every day.

    Your baking and sweets are always inspiring but I can’t wait to see the “real food” you eat :)

  37. Yeah, so we were pushing BIG time to get stationed to Seattle. Like I had pie in the sky please oh please hopes. Dashed at the last minute. We found out we are going to Denver instead. I’m of course crushed cause it really was all about the food, heh
    And of course I’ll follow you right on over to the new blog~ can’t wait to have it rubbed in once a week…

  38. This sounds very exciting. Can’t wait to read it all.

  39. Sounds like a great new blog!

  40. oh wow .. i so cant wait to read your new blog! advance congratulatory note from me on the birth of your “new baby, Northwest Noshings” .. :-)

  41. Hi Peabody,
    Congrats on starting a new blog (you’re VERY ambitious – ha! ha!). I look forward to checking it out! I’ve never been anywhere in the Pacific Northwest (I live in Toronto), but I’d love to one day, and to be able to try some local items from there would be awesome. Thanks for the opportunity!
    BTW, your blog is fantastic and always drool worthy!!

  42. Hi Peabody!
    I am a faithful lurker, and the prize package/excitement about northwest noshings drew me out! My Husby and i met, were engaged in, and honeymooned in Seattle, so the city is dear to us. Can’t wait to read about the food I long for (we live in MN – a little far to have Ivar’s shipped out).
    -anna <

  43. Christine says:

    Hi Peabody!

    I just started reading your blog and now I get to read another too! I can’t wait. I’ve always wanted to visit that corner of the world (I’m in NY).

  44. Your blog was one of the major inspirations for me to make my own so I am SO excited that you are starting another one! Two wonderful blogs to check on now!

  45. Lurker checking in here, hope to win as I’m in the northwest…

  46. I would love to win this prize pack! My husband is allergic to shellfish…my two sons and I LOVE it, so everytime he goes out of town for work – we cook shellfish! I’d love some new recipes to try! It looks like this cookbook would do the trick! :o)

  47. Looking forward to the new blog!

  48. Ooh, northwest food =)

  49. Vallarta Tiffany says:

    Oh I am posting on this so very late but I so so so excited!!!!!

  50. My husband and I started our married life together in Purdy and Bremerton, WA. We really miss the northwest because of the creativity and friendliness of its people.


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