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Maple Leafer seeks recipes from '40s-'70s

September 3rd, 2013 by master

To Maple Leaf resident Karen Kurt Teal, there’s more than just antiques and hidden gems at the neighborhood estate sales she attends. There is also knowledge specific to Seattle and even Maple Leaf that she is hoping to help preserve.

Recently, Teal emailed us to let us know that she’s hoping to collect recipes and more from the ’40s, ’50s, ’60s and ’70s from local residents with the goal of someday compiling them into a blog or perhaps even a book. She tells us:

“What I am trying to save are the memories, tips, and classic go-to recipes that people in Seattle might want to share. I just had an electrifying moment over the weekend when I visited yet another Maple Leaf estate sale on 103rd and saw the kitchen of another deceased Maple Leaf cook–and I realized that we are losing knowledge with each obit. The decedent was 96 at her passing, clearly a dedicated baker, continued on with all her marbles until the day she died, and I missed talking with her. I don’t want to let another minute slip by.”

Teal adds that this project has been “on the back burner” for about three years, but she’s ready to put it at the front before these memories are lost for good:

“I want to speak to men and women 50 years or better, who can talk to me about the local popular recipes of the 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s. What I am trying to save are the memories, tips, and classic go-to recipes that people in Seattle might want to share. Who was the great cook in YOUR family? All you have to do is talk and together we can preserve our local wisdom in a cookbook.”

If you have a story for Teal or know somebody else who might, please get in touch with her at 206-522-9858 or

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Locally organized Spoke and Food returns July 30

July 23rd, 2013 by master

The fourth annual Spoke and Food, an event created and organized by Maple Leaf residents Garett and Heather Slettebak, returns from 5:30-9:30 p.m. July 30 and again includes a stop at Judy Fu’s Snappy Dragon, 8917 Roosevelt Way N.E.

Participants are asked to bike to one (or more!) of the 20 host restaurants participating in the event, which also includes nearby Duke’s Chowder House in Green Lake, Vios in Ravenna, Peaks Frozen Custard in Roosevelt, and plenty more if you’re willing to ride a little farther.

From the website:

Participation is easy. All you need to do is to bike to and from one of our participating host restaurants on the evening of our event. Invite your friends or family to meet you, bring your neighbors, pack up your kids or go at it alone.

Each of our participating host restaurants have agreed to donate 20% of ALL of their patron revenues from the evening of the event directly to the local non-profit that we select each year. This means 100% of the funds raised via the restaurants go to helping a local Seattle area non-profit. The 2013 Spoke & Food event will benefit the Bike Works non-profit.

Last year, participants helped raised more than $4,450 for FamilyWorks Resource Center & Food Bank.

Do you plan to participate in this year’s Spoke and Food? How far do you plan to ride?

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Maple Leaf's Seattle Seedling blog offers tips to make your garden grow

August 1st, 2011 by master

If you’re looking for expert gardening tips but have no idea where to start, look no further than the Seattle Seedling blog from Maple Leaf neighbor Stacy Brewer.

Photo of Maple Leaf resident Stacy Brewer in her 4,000-square-foot garden courtesy Jenn Ireland Photography.

Brewer, who has lived in her Maple Leaf home for nine years, is an organic gardener who not only grows berries and myriad vegetables on her 4,000-square-foot lot, but also has a chicken coop that starred in this year’s Chicken Coop & Urban Farm Tour, landing her a writeup in The Seattle Weekly’s “6 Coolest Chicken Coops” article.

“I’m trying to use whatever space I can to add more every year,” Brewer tells us.

She considers her blog similar to a journal where she shares her successes as well as her lessons, with much of it culminating in the recent post “Ask a Gardener: Sure-fire Vegetables for Beginners,” which offers tips to help the Western Washington vegetable gardener plant a plot that actually will thrive in our environment. She writes:

I want you to be successful because I know from experience, the more things grow and the more fresh vegetables you taste from your own garden, the more excited you will be about growing your own food.

Brewer recommends greens such as lettuce and kale, peas, radishes and zucchini, as opposed to the tomatoes that are so popular among Northwest gardeners despite the fact they’re “one of the most challenging vegetables you can grow this side of the Cascades,” she says. And she knows all of this because she’s actually a relative newbie to gardening herself.

Brewer started the blog just two-and-a-half years ago after reading the book “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle,” by Barbara Kingsolver, to share her own own journey from just dabbling in gardening into learning how to live sustainably in Maple Leaf. “That book changed my life,” Brewer says. [Read more →]

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Maple Leaf's Bob Ferguson running for attorney general

February 14th, 2011 by master

Maple Leaf could be getting a lot more press in the coming months.

The president of the Maple Leaf Community Council executive board, Joshua Newman, just informed us that our neighborhood’s own King County Councilman Bob Ferguson is running for state attorney general.

Read more about his campaign on the Elect Bob Ferguson website.

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