Author Archives: lgaylord

About lgaylord

Louisa believes in expanding horizons and learning - anything that broadens our minds beyond the here and now, allowing us to learn from the past and innovate for the future. She is particularly interested new and inventive methods of sustainability: city planning and green buildings, creating new objects from old trash, and ways that nature can provide examples for new materials and construction. She is also curious about new scientific breakthroughs, technology and discoveries, and how they will shape the future of consumerism and marketing. While science is important to advancing society, Louisa believes that music, education, art and culture are equally necessary, especially on a local community level.

The Epic Saga: the Beginning of the End

As early as 2001, after the 6.8-magnitude Nisqually earthquake hit the Puget Sound area, officials have been discussing what to do with the Alaskan Way Viaduct. The double-decker roadway, which separates downtown Seattle from the waterfront of Elliott Bay, has … Continue reading

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December Bonus Recipe: Pralines

“There’s no other treat that’s more Southern, definitely none that’s more New Orleans than pralines.” At this very moment, I am sitting on a plane heading New Orleans, getting ready to eat all the flavors that the city can offer. … Continue reading

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December: Shrimp and Grits

“Grits are hot, they are abundant, and they will by-gosh stick to your ribs.” – Janis Owens I wanted to explore Southern cooking, but I’ve never actually spent time in the region. With the help of my sister-in-law who was … Continue reading

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November Bonus Recipe: Pan de Muerto

“Quien con la esperanza vive, alegre muere.“ Translation: “He who lives with hope dies happy.” Pan de muerto, or bread of the dead, is traditionally made during the Dia de Muertos holiday celebrated in Spanish-speaking communities. Families make offerings of … Continue reading

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November: Mushroom and Spinach Lasagna (America’s Test Kitchen)

“There’s a million fine looking women in the world, dude. But they don’t all bring you lasagna at work.” – Silent Bob, Clerks I don’t have a love affair with cheese. I use it in cooking sometimes and I love … Continue reading

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October Bonus Recipe: Choco-Cherry Bliss Bombs (Cookies)

“If sad, eat cookie. If still sad, talk to doctor. Sounds serious.” – Cookie Monster Cookies are easy to make, versatile, portable and bite-sized. Plus, who doesn’t like cookies? This cookbook features tons of recipes that go “above and beyond” … Continue reading

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October: Cioppino (Sunset Cookbook Classics)

“In the hands of an able cook, fish can become an inexhaustible source of perpetual delight.” – Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin Cioppiono is a familiar stew if you live on the Pacific Ocean, so I’ve definitely eaten my fair share. It’s a … Continue reading

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