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About tashierags

I love food. I love eating it, I love playing with it, I love growing it, I love having it served to me, I love traveling to discover it and I love all the things that go with it, like wine and conversation, ambiance and entertainment, relaxation, divine inspiration and laughter. I will never be a professional chef. I like to like the act of cooking too much to be angry about having to make it for people I don't know, on a schedule, with the pressure to succeed. I am much happier learning, taking risks, exploring and taking my time in the process. So instead I make it for the people I love. I share it with the people of my choosing and give it as a gift. Lately, it seemed that I was having so many requests and conversations about the food I make and the restaurants I visit that I thought that a blog might be a cool way to discuss the art, luxury, necessity, irreverence, beauty, rebelliousness and spirituality of the thing that keeps us alive and

Waking Grammie

I have always wondered about wakes and funerals, death in general, and how so many people seem to eat and drink so much during these affairs. At least they do in tv and film. Who can forget the great scene … Continue reading

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Specialty of the House

There’s an old joke that always makes me giggle: “They say you are what you eat. If that is true, is Hannibal Lecter more human than any of us?” It aways gets me, especially in that twisted, funny spot in … Continue reading

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A Fish Story

It’s 5am. In the darkness of the remote dock the lapping of the ocean seems to whisper to me. Something about adventure, excitement….but I was honestly too tired to listen closely. My feet, full of the chronic cement that seems … Continue reading

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Grown Ass Woman!

I recently just finished my first article for the magazine “2 Raw For TV.” I’m their new Food and Beverage Writer, which I think deserves a little bit of fanfare! My article about “Healthy Comfort Food” will premiere in June. … Continue reading


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Ryan’s Romantic Rescue

I recently was asked to be a guest writer on a lovely, sexy blog, “Lovin’ With Lola” ( ) and of course I have been a lazy little cook who has yet to do the shopping for the blog I … Continue reading

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Sitting in the Sidelines

I love a good sports bar. I spent several years of my life spending two football (soccer) matches a week at the late Nevada’s Smith’s, aptly subtitled “Where football is Religion!” I went on a bit about this in my … Continue reading

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I was wondering when it was gonna happen. The day I finally got called out by my local cafe about my culinary meanderings here on “Forage.” It wasn’t four months ago that my husband just “happened to mention,” during a … Continue reading

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Hearth: A Cafe for the Cool Cats

Okinawa winters are generally rainy and grey, almost resembling the “soft days” of English autumns. You know, the sort of day that makes you want to curl up like a cat in a warm duvet and watch Hitchcock films and … Continue reading

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A Solstice Feast; or, Don’t Worry, Yule Survive 2012!

Yule is upon us and the other night I had the pleasure of hosting my First Annual Solstice Celebration with some great friends and some very scrumptious seasonal foods! This time of year, as we move into the longest night, … Continue reading

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We PAID for that Laxm-ative!?

The Hindu Goddess Lakshmi (aka Laxmi) has long since been one of my favorite deities. The embodiment of beauty and prosperity, she is said to bring good luck and protect her devotees from misery and sorrow. You can imagine my … Continue reading

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