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Jackie Donnelly

Beethoven once said, "Only the pure in heart can make a good soup."

One presumably also needs a good recipe. Enter: local chef Lisa K. Nakamura to the rescue with her recipe for a creamy butternut squash soup.

The Herbfarm Restaurant

Oh, Christmas tree, oh, Christmas tree! Thy leaves belong in this cocktail, according to Woodinville's Herbfarm Restaurant

The restaurant's Christmas Tree Champagne Cocktail calls for the edible needles of evergreen trees, which, the recipe says, "give it a forst-fresh, citrusy flavor."

"The branch tips of Douglas Fir, Grand Fir, and Noble Fir have the best flavor. During the holidays you can use trimmings from your Christmas tree," the recipe said.

Associated Press

What do you want to ask Seattle’s mayoral candidates?

As part of our coverage leading up to the November elections, we are focusing on three issues: street safety, housing prices, and transportation challenges. 

Share with us your questions about these topics—or another issue that means a great deal to you—by commenting below.

Among countless acres of berry vines and apple trees in Skagit Valley, you'll find Richard Sakuma tending to his tea plants. 

Read the story on our second website, Quirksee.org

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During the business day, the city of Redmond, Wash. sees the nation’s biggest spike in population, according U.S. Census data.

The Seattle Times revealed that commuters increase Redmond’s population by 111.4 percent—the biggest increase seen in cities with a population of 50,000 or greater. The city has a population of 55,150.

Acrow Bridges via WSDOT

The state Department of Transportation has shared an animation of the temporary bridge span that will be installed in place of the collapsed Interstate 5 bridge in Mount Vernon. 

The animation was put together by Acrow Bridges, the New Jersey-based company building the 160-foot span.

WSDOT

From the Washington State Department of Transportation: 

Associated Press

NBA star Dennis Rodman, who recently made waves with his visit to North Korea, has called on the country’s leader to free the American man being held captive.

“I'm calling on the Supreme Leader of North Korea or as I call him 'Kim', to do me a solid and cut Kenneth Bae loose,” Rodman tweeted Tuesday.

The uncle of a Boston Marathon bombing suspect is urging his nephew to turn himself in.

Ruslan Tsarni of Montgomery Village, Md., said Friday that 19-year-old Dzhozkar Tsarnaev should turn himself in to police and ask for forgiveness. Officials say Tamerlan Tsarnaev, a 26-year-old who had been known to the FBI as Suspect No. 1, was killed overnight.

KPLU

With spring comes spring cleaning. And Seattle is no exception. The city is asking residents to tidy up their neighborhoods - helping out with everything from picking up litter to painting over graffiti. Another thing the city could use help with is stenciling storm drains as a way to protect Puget Sound.

Report: Seattle considering entering bid for 2024 Olympics

Mar 20, 2013

The Seattle Sports Commission has begun informally exploring the possibility of hosting the 2024 Summer Olympic Games, Sportspress Northwest reported.

“It’s not a bid; it’s just an opportunity for us to consider whether we want to be considered,” Ralph Morton, executive director of the commission told Sportspress Northwest. 

Kelly Gibbs

Billboards depicting the outline of a young girl and a short story about abuse have sprung up across western Washington. Seattle Police Captain Dave Emerick is in charge of the high risk victims unit. He says at any given time, between 300 and 500 young people are being sexually exploited in King County alone. He says the police want to hear from anyone who sees suspicious behavior.

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Since shopping on the internet is easier now than ever, you may have gotten comfortable buying gifts in your pajamas. An experiment conducted by Washington State University and Switzerland's University of St. Gallen found that scents in stores can make people more likely to take their Christmas shopping off-line. Eric Spangenberg, Dean of WSU’s College of Business, says the study will help retailers make in-store shopping more enjoyable.

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