In search of the perfect tomatillo salsa with Chef Tom

Famed Chef Tom Douglas, at left, poses with Carolyn Ossorio and her daughters Amelia and Sophie.— Image Credit: Carolyn Ossorio
Famed Chef Tom Douglas, at left, poses with Carolyn Ossorio and her daughters Amelia and Sophie.— Image Credit: Carolyn Ossorio

 

“Good job,” I say, helping to chop the last bits of cilantro.

I stand beside my daughter Sophie in our Mad Men-era kitchen. The double oven is yellow, the countertops are a rusty orange Formica.

This afternoon I’m Sophie and Amelia’s sous chef.  I lean into the mini island and watch as Sophie slips my cilantro into the beginnings of our Roasted Tomatillo Salsa with Chicken Skewers.

The kitchen island overlooks our open living room where my mom is watching over Baby Ty cruising the furniture.

“The smell is amazing,” Mom says referring to the potent, freshly chopped onion and garlic we picked up at the Renton Farmer’s Market last Tuesday.

There is definitely a difference between mass produced and local produce –like wild from tame.  The cilantro was jalapeno green, wet and damply alive like flora in a rainforest.

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A few tense moments and a life saved at McLendon in Renton

Kim Blake, right, a service manager at McLendon Hardware, helps customer Gordon Iwata of Mercer Island find a part. Blake recently used an in-store defibrilator to save the life of a man who had a heart attack in the store's parking lot.— Image Credit: Matt Brashears/Renton Reporter
Kim Blake, right, a service manager at McLendon Hardware, helps customer Gordon Iwata of Mercer Island find a part. Blake recently used an in-store defibrilator to save the life of a man who had a heart attack in the store’s parking lot.— Image Credit: Matt Brashears/Renton Reporter

 

Dec. 27 was a dark and stormy night. Kim Blake remembers that detail because that was the night — technically afternoon — on which the service manager at McLendon Hardware in Renton saved a life.

A customer came into the store a little after 4 p.m. that day and told workers that another customer, a 52-year-old Renton man, had fallen to the ground of the parking lot.

Sharina Brock, another McLendon’s manager, rushed out to the parking lot and returned inside, where she announced that the man wasn’t breathing.

Blake, trained in CPR, grabbed the store’s Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and attached it to the fallen man. The laptop-sized machine jolted the man’s heart back to life, and Blake then performed CPR on him until Renton Fire and Emergency Services Department arrived.

“It felt like an hour and a half, but I bet you it was maybe five minutes,” Blake says of how long she performed CPR on the man.

She says it took another 45 minutes to get the man’s heart beating on its own.

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