If this blog was still expletive-laden like in the olden days, today’s post would explode in a massive fireworks display of Technicolor language. But since I’ve purged all the bad words on this site (now that Big-O and other wee ones are reading it daily), I’m just going to have to type BLEEP the BLEEPING BLEEP BLEEP. (You can fill in the blanks Mad Libs-style.)

Let’s just say work was draining. Too busy to eat. That is all.

Although I was tired and cranky when I came back to the hotel, I instantly perked up when the Double-Os welcomed me back with hugs and adorable Deadlift Girl portraits.

I look fierce, if I do say so myself. Especially with bug-eyes and a mustache.

After some much needed family bonding time, I dragged myself off the couch to cook my last meal before bedtime. My stomach was growling something fierce so I needed some fat and protein pronto. I ripped open a package of wild king salmon lox…

…fried a Thai omelet…

…and plated everything up with half an avocado and a sprinkle of Aleppo pepper.

When we returned home, I seasoned a couple of steaks and plopped them in the SousVide Supreme before heading to bed.

While I slept the day away, the boys ventured to the park for a birthday party…

…where they bashed a pretty princess to bits with a baseball bat to get at the candy inside. You know what they say: Girls are made with sugar and spice, and other pro-inflammatory, metabolically-deranging chemical substances.

In the evening, I woke up ready to tackle some new recipe development. I baked a batch of pork chips (a.k.a. crispy prosciutto chips)…

…that added a salty crunch to a bright and summery arugula and peach sala.

Next, I charred some shrimp and watermelon skewers on the backyard grill.

I also fried a batch of crispy cheater sous vide duck confit legs for extra protein.

We ate the skewers (with a generous squeeze of tangy lime) as an appetizer…

…and chased it down with our summer salad and duck.

I felt quite productive, and I hadn’t even left for work yet!

Before I bid you all adieu, please check out my guest post over at LucyInDaSkyWithDiamonds about my virgin experience with kohlrabi.

Also, I need your help answering an important question:

Where should the Nombomb clan eat in Seattle this weekend?

I’ll be at the BlogHer Food ‘12 conference most of the weekend, but I definitely want to sneak away to chow on mind-blowing Pacific Northwest cuisine. We have some family faves from previous visits to Seattle, but I’d love to get some new recommendations. Criteria: AWESOME food (even cheat-worthy is fine) and suitable for well-behaved kids with decent table manners. Shoot me your suggestions in the comments, Seattle lovers!

Thanks in advance!

About Michelle Tam

Hello! My name is Michelle Tam, and I love to eat. I think about food all the time. It borders on obsession. I’ve always loved the sights and smells of the kitchen. My mother was (and is) an excellent cook, and as a kid, I was her little shadow as she prepared supper each night. From her, I gained a deep, abiding love for magically transforming pantry items into mouth-watering family meals.

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