Quarantine Life recipe of the day: whole grain breakfast muffins

About ten years ago, I went on a quest for the perfect breakfast muffin. You know the one I’m talking about, that you buy at the coffee shop: dark brown, rich with just enough sweetness to balance out all the oats and wheat. I sampled a lot of muffins (and put in a lot of hours on the bike machine afterwards), tried a number of recipes, found the one closest to what I wanted, then proceeded to make substitutions for all the unhealthiest ingredients. While this muffin is never going to make a list of “things that are good for …

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Quarantine Life recipe of the day: your daily bread

A lot of people are intimidated by bread; it has a certain mystique, and it’s easy to stress about it — especially if you watch the Great British Baking Show.  But making a basic loaf of bread, one that is perfect for breakfast toast, lunch sandwiches, or served fresh from the oven with dinner, is very easy and straightforward. There are things you need to know, but none of it is a mystery. Here’s a recipe for a basic, healthy, loaf of bread, that you can make in as little as two hours — and most of that is just …

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Quarantine Life recipe of the day: pesto

Pesto is awesome stuff: a great pasta sauce that doesn’t require cooking. It’s also a fantastic spread for bread and toast, and a tasty substitute for mayo or mustard in sandwiches. I make large batches of this stuff in the fall, while basil is in season, then keep it in jars in my freezer to sustain me through the long winter (though it’s better when freshly made). Master the basic pesto recipe, and then you can experiment with it in all sorts of interesting directions until you find the combination that suits you best. This recipe has its origins in …

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Thursday news roundup

The Seattle Times (here and here), Crosscut, GeekWire (here and here), Erica Barnett, The Stranger, MSRC, Bisnow, Capitol Hill Seattle Blog, South Seattle Emerald, and West Seattle Blog continue coverage of the local impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak. The Seattle Times and West Seattle Blog continue their reporting on the closure of the West Seattle Bridge.  

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Governor rewrites Open Public Meetings Act and Public Records Act for duration of COVID emergency

Yesterday Governor Jay Inslee issued a proclamation that temporarily suspends several of the requirements of the Open Public Meetings Act and the Public Records Act until April 23 — though practically speaking, until the end of the COVID-19 crisis. The changes are allowances for the fact that most government employees are telecommuting, and many legislative bodies (including the Seattle City Council) are holding their public meetings by conference call.

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