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Tom Douglas

Chef Tom Douglas and his wife and business partner, Jackie Cross, have more than a dozen restaurants up and running in the Seattle area—from the long-thriving Dahlia Lounge (opened in 1989) and Etta’s (named for their daughter) to pizza joint Serious Pie and L.A./Japanese dumpling house Tanakasan.

Digging in to Seattle’s Pike Place Market and establishing relationships with Pacific Northwest farmers, Douglas has brought the best of the region’s produce to the table: Copper River salmon and Pacific squid, morel mushrooms, and Washington goat’s milk cheese. A 1994 James Beard Award winner for Best Chef: Northwest and 2012 winner for Outstanding Restaurateur, Douglas became a farmer in 2006, when he and Cross (the “Farmer-in-Chief”) bought land in the Yakima Valley and now (after what they describe as a major learning curve) harvest 50,000 pounds of produce a year for their restaurants.

A 2005 winner of Food Network’s Iron Chef, Douglas has also shared his recipes with fans, in four cookbooks: Tom Douglas’ Seattle Kitchen (2001), Tom’s Big Dinners (2003), I Love Crab Cakes! (2006), and The Dahlia Bakery Cookbook (2012). With friend and chef Thierry Rautureau (restaurant Luc), he’s given listeners the low-down on the Pacific Northwest food scene in a long-running weekly radio show on KIRO, In the Kitchen with Tom and Thierry, and most recently, The Seattle Kitchen. And he’s even opened a cooking school, The Hot Stove Society.

Douglas has served on the board for nonprofit Food Lifeline, which provides food banks, hot meal programs, and shelters in western Washington, and has helped the Seattle school system design a more nutritious lunch program. He’s even combined seafood and civic spirit, recently participating in an event to raise money for city parks, called, in very Douglas fashion, Salmon Chanted Evening.

  • Recipe

    Gingered Soy Sauce

    This dipping sauce is the perfect complement for Shrimp & Scallop Cakes, or for homemade or store-bought Asian dumplings. Sambal badjak and sambal oelek are Indonesian hot chile pastes. You…

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    Shrimp & Scallop Cakes

    The trick to making great fish cakes is to buy fresh ingredients, handle them gently, season with restraint, and pan-fry until you’ve got a crisp, brown crust and a succulent…

  • How-To

    Crab, Shrimp & Salmon: Make the Best Fish and Seafood Cakes with Recipes from Seattle’s Favorite Chef

    Make the best fish and seafood cakes with recipes from Seattle’s favorite chef

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    Etta’s New Crab Cakes

    In 1980, I was hired as the chef for a brand-new restaurant called Café Sport, and from the first draft of the menu, Dungeness crab cakes were a centerpiece. I…

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    Giardiniera Relish

    Giardiniera is an Italian-style mixed pickle that typically contains pearl onions, cauliflower, hot peppers, cucum­bers, carrots, and celery. You can find it in glass jars in the supermarket.

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    Creole Salmon Cakes

    The relish that accompanies these slightly spicy cakes reminds me of the pickley olive salad you get in a New Orleans muffuletta sandwich; in fact, as a variation, I like…

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    Mini Creole Salmon Cakes


  • Moveable Feast

    Warm Green Bean, Pancetta & Tomato Salad with Parmesan

    This salad tastes best if the green beans are freshly cooked and still warm when you toss them with the pancetta dressing.

  • Moveable Feast

    Mustard-Crusted Roast Chickens

    Toast the end of a beautiful summer with a Sunday dinner worthy of friends and family. Roasting a pair of chickens keeps your hands relatively free. The mustard rub, which…

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    Peperonata on Baguette Toasts

    If you make the peperonata ahead of time, bring it to room temperature and adjust the salt, pepper, and vinegar before serving.