Seattle General Election – November 2011

November 7, 2011
It’s time for the sneaky summer Primary and Special Election. Will Seattle have even recovered from Seafair by the 16th? Below’s the usual collection of endorsement links and my recommendations to Seattle voters. Hope you find it useful.

My Endorsements:

  • City of Seattle Council Position No. 1 – Bobby Forch
  • City of Seattle Council Position No. 3 – Brad Meacham
  • City of Seattle Council Position No. 5 – Dale Pusey. Tom Rasmussen has done a wretched job and scared off every solid candidate with his monstrous fundraising. Vote for Pusey to deny him the affirmative vote in the hope that a few percentage points might inspire him to do better.
  • City of Seattle Council Position No. 7 – Tim Burgess
  • City of Seattle Council Position No. 9 – Dian Ferguson. Sally Clark is another incumbent doing a poor ineffectual job but able to do great fundraising. Another
  • King County Director of Elections – Sherril Huff. The transition to mail-in balloting went well. Hopefully other states can lean on her for help.
  • King County Council, District No. 6 – Richard Mitchell. I can’t vote in this race but Jan Hague really needs to go. Put aside the DUI arrest, subsequent attempted cover up and her campaign finance issues. Richard Mitchell is just a better candidate with progressive stances on transit, urban planning and marriage equality.
  • Metropolitan King County Council District No. 2 – I don’t usually endorse in an uncontested race but I appreciate Larry Gosset’s work and how well he’s been able to communicate with his constituents. Cynically, I’m sure our tax dollars are playing for his communications.
  • Port of Seattle Commissioner Position No. 2 – Gael Tarleton
  • Port of Seattle Commissioner Position No.5 – Dean Willard
  • Seattle School District No. 1 Director District No.1 – Sharon Peaslee. Peter Maier did nothing when he found out about the misuse of over $1M in funds. He shouldn’t get to keep his job.
  • Seattle School District No. 1 Director District No.2 – Kate Martin
  • Seattle School District No. 1 Director District No.3 – Harium Martin-Morris
  • Seattle School District No. 1 Director District No.6 – Marty McLaren
  • Initiative 1125 – No. Hell No to Tim Eyman and his continued attempts to keep folks in their cars. If he’s so enamored of time in the car he should build himself a racetrack and keep his mitts off public transportation.
  • Initiative 1163 – No. If we are going to legislate via initiatives then we should identify where we want the money to pay for our new programs to come from. This initiative doesn’t.
  • Initiative 1183 – No. Another explicit corporate attempt to legislate.
  • SJR 8205 – Yes. A straight forward cleanup of the state constitution.
  • SJR 8206  – No.
  • City of Seattle Prop No. 1 – Family Levy – Yes
  •  Seattle Transportation Benefit District, Proposition No. 1 – YES! The Seattle Times argument against this is that the $60 car tab is regressive. Funny stance from the folks who historically oppose  income tax idea geared to relieve some of the truly regressive sales tax burden.

Seattle 2011 August Primary and Special Election

July 30, 2011
It’s time for the sneaky summer Primary and Special Election. Will Seattle have even recovered from Seafair by the 16th? Below’s the usual collection of endorsement links and my recommendations to Seattle voters. Hope you find it useful.

My Endorsements:

  • Court of Appeals, Division No. 1, District No. 1 – Unopposed
  • City of Seattle Council Position No. 1 – Bobby Forch
  • City of Seattle Council Position No. 9 – I can’t endorse anyone here.  Sally J. Clark is the only qualified one but she does almost nothing but disappoint with her anti-nightlife, pro-tunnel views. Her lack of commitment to insuring our affordable housing stock doesn’t diminish when Yesler Terrace is redeveloped  disappoints as well.
  • King County Proposition No 1. – Approved. We’re creating more and more demand for veterans services nowadays. This just keeps funding the services we have in place.
  • City of Seattle Referendum 1 – Reject – With no better traffic results at a cost of $4B more the tunnel just doesn’t make sense. With the major donors to the “Move Forward Seattle” pro -tunnel campaign turning out to be the contractors awarded contracts and the usual pro-construction business groups it doesn’t seem that the Seattle in general is putting its money behind the tunnel.

My 2010 Albums of the Year

January 1, 2011
  • Sleigh Bells – Treats
  • Kayne West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
  • Yea Sayer – Odd Blood
  • Vampire Weekend – Contra
  • Mumford and Sons – Sigh No More
  • Bruno Mars – Doo-Wops and Hooligans
  • The Dead Weather- Sea of Cowards
  • Robyn – Body Talk
  • Wild Orchid Children – The Wild Orchid Children Are Alexander Supertramp
  • Ke$ha – Animal + Cannibal (Deluxe Edition)
  • Enimem – Recovery

Albums growing on me:

  • The Black Keys – Brothers
  • Florence and the Machine

The Neo-Soul onslaught of Seattle continues

October 22, 2010

There seem to be an unending string of Neo-Soul bands rolling through town. This resurgence has got to make the guys from The Make-Up feel like pioneers.

Seattle General 2010 General Election

October 17, 2010
The General election is looming. Here’s the list of helpful voter’s guides. Don’t forget to mail your ballot in by Nov 2nd.

My Endorsements:

  • US Senator – Patty Murray
  • US Rep. 7th District – Jim McDermott
  • WA State Senator 37th District – Adam Kline
  • WA State rep. 37th District – Eric Pettigrew
  • King County Justice Position 6 – Charlie Wiggins
  • Seattle Municipal Court Position 1 -Ed McKenna
  • Seattle Municipal Court Position 6 – Karen Donohue
  • Initiative 1053 – No
  • Initiative 1082 – No
  • Initiative 1098 – Yes
  • Initiative 1100 – No
  • Initiative 1105 – No
  • Initiative 1107 – No
  • Referendum 52 – Yes
  • State Constitution Amendment 8225 – Yes
  • State Constitution Amendment 4220 – Yes
  • King County Charter Amendment 1 – Yes
  • King County Charter Amendment 2 – Yes
  • King County Charter Amendment 3 – Yes
  • King County Proposition 1 – Yes
  • Seattle School District 1 Operations Levy – Yes

Vegan Shepperd’s Pie Recipe

January 19, 2010

by layer:

the potatoes

* 3 russet potatoes, cubed (leave the skin on!)

* 1 garlic clove, crushed

* 1/4 cup soymilk

* 3 tablespoons vegan margarine

* salt and pepper

the filling:

    * 2 (12 ounce) packages seitan (pulsed in food processor)

* 1 onion, chopped

* 2 carrots, peeled and diced small

* 3 garlic cloves, minced

* 3 tablespoons canola oil

* 2 teaspoons fresh rosemary, chopped

* 1 teaspoon fresh thyme, chopped

* 1 large sage leaf, chopped

* 1/2 teaspoon salt

* 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper

* 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

* 1 cup vegetable broth

* 2 teaspoons tomato paste

* 1 teaspoon

Worcestershire sauce

* 1 (14 ounce) can peas

* 1 (14 ounce) can corn


1.      Start by putting the
cubed potatoes and crushed garlic clove in a pot and fill with enough water to
cover. Sprinkle a bit of salt in, as well. Bring to a boil and cook for about
10-15 minutes until the potatoes are fork-tender. Drain the potatoes (including
the garlic) and mash with the salt, pepper, soy milk and margarine. Taste and add
more seasonings or margarine if needed.

2.      While the potatoes
are cooking, prepare your filling ingredients and preheat the oven to 400°F.

3.      Heat the oil in a
large pan over medium heat. Add the onions and carrots and cook for 3-4
minutes, until they begin to soften and the colors become more vibrant.

4.      Add the garlic and
stir until fragrant, 1-2 minutes.

5.      Add the crumbles and
stir until defrosted and they begin to brown. Sprinkle with flour, salt and
pepper and stir until evenly distributed. Whisk together the tomato paste and
the vegetable broth and add to the pan along with the Worcestershire sauce and
fresh herbs. Stir well, cover, and turn down the heat. Let simmer for 10-12
minutes until the sauce has thickened.

6.      Pour the filling
mixture into an 11×7 glass baking dish. Drain the peas and corn and add to the
pan. Mix well to combine and smooth out.

7.      Using a rubber
spatula, dollop the potatoes over the top of the filling. Carefully spread the
potatoes out over the filling, making sure to form a seal all around the edge
of the baking dish to prevent the filling from bubbling over. Bake on the
middle oven rack for 25 minutes, until the potatoes begin to turn golden brown.
Let the pie cool for about 10-15 minutes before serving.


Great Squash, Corn, Coconut Soup – Chowder like

January 11, 2010

Kylie and Roger’s Visit ideas

December 24, 2009
Places to Visit:
  • Pike Place Market – Seattle’s produce market. You can witness the seafood vendors known for throwing the fish around.
  • Space Needle – In the Seattle Center and if it’s clear the place to get a great view of the area and Mt. Rainier
  • Volunteer Park. Nice city park at the south end of the 15th neighborhood at the crest of Capitol Hill. Good vantage point to see the city and the Asian Art Museum. Also has a nice but modest conservatory.
  • Elliott Bay by taking a ferry trip. Taking a ferry to Bainbridge Island gives you a change to see Seattle and Mt Rainier from a different perspective.
  • I can’t say I highly recommend it but if you are into kitsch you can take the Tillicum Village cruise which takes you out into Elliott Bay and brings you to a island state park where you get a tourist grade salmon meal and see some local Indian dances. It’s interesting in that I don’t think it’s change since it was put into place for the 1964 World’s fair.


  • Art Events Calendar
  • Public Art Map
    • The Seattle Center is a public place with lots of venues for arts and events. I think it has the highest density of public art outside the Outdoor Sculpture garden. It also has the Frank Gehry designed Experience Music Project.
  • Frye Museum – Interesting Museum Free to the Public. Currently has a folk art exhibit.
  • Seattle Galleries list
    • Row La Rue is one of the galleries I find consistently interesting and is in the Bell Town neighborhood which has some interesting public art sprinkled through it.
    • The Pike Place neighborhood has the highest density of galleries.
  • Olympic Outdoor Sculpture Park – At the north end of Belltown and on the waterfront is the Seattle Art Museum’s outdoor sculpture park. Some interesting pieces and connects to Myrtle Edwards park, a nice place for a stroll along Elliott bay.

Design  – Out of my ken but here are some ideas:

Jazz – Jazz Alley is the most prominent Jazz Club in town.

Some other resources:


Some of the more renown cafes:
  • Victrola – Has an instance in the 15th neighborhood. Where folks who graduate from the traditionally gay neighborhood Capitol Hill (just down the hill) live. Very neighborhoody business district but if you are looking to hang out in a cafe it’s a good choice.
  •  Vivace – What I think is the best coffee in town. Has two spots in the a fore mentioned Capitol Hill neighborhood. One of which is OK to hang out in. Their third outlet is better for spending time in and at the bottom of the hill near a large outdoor goods store so if you find you need any additional warm clothes it could be a good choice.

Restaurants – Some of our choices:

  • Ethiopian at Meskel. Located on Cherry St in the Little Ethiopia area. There is one intersection that has an Ethiopian restaurant on each corner.
  • French at Le Pichet (Downtown) or Cafe Presse (South end of the Capitol Hill neighborhood) near Seattle University which has some outdoor art and a Chapel with interesting design.
  • Plum – Vegan comfort food in Capitol Hill. Right up my alley.
  • Serious Pie – The best pizza I’ve ever had. Seriously.
  • Any of the Tom Douglas restaurants

Brazilian Coconut Milk Soup Recipe

December 8, 2009
Brazilian Coconut Milk Soup

2 T vegetable oil
1 onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper (organic if possible), chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
¾ cup brown rice
¼ tsp red-pepper flakes
1 ¾ tsp salt
1 ¾ cups canned crushed tomatoes in thick puree (from one 15 oz can)
5 cups water
1 cup canned unsweetened coconut milk
1 ½ pounds medium shrimp (or we use 16 oz chicken or extra firm tofu, chopped into cubes)
¼ tsp fresh-ground black pepper
1 T lemon juice
½ cup chopped fresh parsley or cilantro

1) In a large pot, heat the oil over moderately low heat. Add the onion, bell
pepper, and garlic, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables start
to soften, about 10 minutes.
2) Add the rice, red-pepper flakes, salt, tomatoes, and water to the pot. Bring
to a boil and cook until the rice is almost tender, about 30 minutes (test rice
to check for doneness along the way).
3) Stir the coconut milk into the soup. Bring back to a simmer and then stir in
the shrimp, chicken or tofu. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until the shrimp,
chicken or tofu is done, about 3-5 minutes. (We sometimes fry up the tofu in a
bit of oil first before adding it to the soup.)
4) Stir in the black pepper, lemon juice and parsley.

Pumpkin Pie

November 24, 2009
  • 1 (8-ounce) package vegan cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups canned pumpkin, mashed
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 egg
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) melted margarine
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger, optional
  • 1 piece pre-made pie dough
  • Whipped cream, for topping


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

1 piece of pre-made pie dough down into a (9-inch) pie pan and press
down along the bottom and all sides. Pinch and crimp the edges together
to make a pretty pattern. Put the pie shell back into the freezer for 1
hour to firm up. Fit a piece of aluminum foil to cover the inside of
the shell completely. Fill the shell up to the edges with pie weights
or dried beans (about 2 pounds) and place it in the oven. Bake for 10
minutes, remove the foil and pie weights and bake for another 10
minutes or until the crust is dried out and beginning to color.

the filling, in a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese with a hand
mixer. Add the pumpkin and beat until combined. Add the sugar and salt,
and beat until combined. Add the eggs, coconut milk and melted butter, and beat until combined. Finally, add
the vanilla, cinnamon, and ginger, if using, and beat until

Pour the filling into
the warm prepared pie crust and bake for 50 minutes, or until the
center is set. Place the pie on a wire rack and cool to room
temperature. Cut into slices and top each piece with a generous amount
of whipped cream.


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