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Cait Walsh

Caitlyn Walsh is a regular lifestyles contributor for MyNorthwest. She enjoys reading and hiking, as well as perusing all the cat videos the Internet has to offer.
  • Ingredient of the Week: Grilling

    What do world famous chefs like to throw on the grill? Seattle chefs Tom Douglas and Thierry Rautureau have their favorites.
  • Ingredient of the Week: Peas

    "This is the time of the year when everyone should be getting their peas in the ground," says chef Tom Douglas, and if you have gotten them in early enough you can harvest pea vines.
  • How It’s Made: Latex Mattresses

    SPONSORED -- "Within the last year and a half," Blake Garfield from Bedrooms and More says, "Sterns and Foster, Sealy and Tempurpedic became owned by the same private equity firm, so it's one company that owns all of them." He says this makes a difference for their warranties. A mattress warranty, he says, is typically an indicator of comfort lifespan. Many of Sealy, Tempurpedic and Sterns and Foster mattresses had 25-year warranties, he says, but people were back in the market for a mattress within 5 years.
  • Ingredient of the Week: Balsamic Vinegar

    "There's only two consortia who produce balsamic vinegar," says chef Tom Douglas. "One in Mordova and in neighboring Reggio Emilia. True balsamic vinegar is made from a reduction of pressed Trebbiano and Lambrusco grapes."
  • Home Lighting

    "Come out of the cave days of winter and into the bright light of spring," says Pete, and Gayle Kassen of Crescent Lighting helps you figure out the best lighting for your home.
  • Ingredient of the Week: Mangos

    Mangos are the ultimate summer fruit, so prep for the sunshine with some of chefs Tom Douglas and Thierry Rautureau's favorite ways to eat these delicious fruits.
  • Contracting and Remodels

    If you're looking to do a whole home remodel, Pete recommends checking out a remodeling company like Keever and Associates. "We act as a go-between between the owner's budget and the design," he says, and can help you achieve your dream home within your means.
  • Leather furniture trends

    If you're committed to buying American-made, quality furniture, the past several years have probably been frustrating for you. Mitch Setlow from Leathers Home Furnishings says the recession has driven the furniture manufacturing process overseas.
  • Ingredient of the Week: Leg of Lamb

    When picking out a leg of lamb for Easter dinner, chef Tom Douglas suggests making a Greek-style leg of lamb. "You cook it more well-done, so it's nice and crispy on the outside," he says.
  • Tile and stone installation

    If you've walked into a flooring store recently, your head is probably reeling with all of the stone and tile flooring choices. Ceramic tile, porcelain tile, stone, what'st the difference? Pete talks to Lyle Morris of Interior Floor Designs to help tell the difference.
  • Home Loans and Mortgages

    Buying a home can be a confusing process. Interest rates change, there can sometimes be hidden costs to the buying process, and, how exactly do you get a mortgage anyway? Heather Hendrix from Directors Mortgage helps Pete understand the homebuying process.
  • Ingredient of the Week: Ginger

    When you're shopping for ginger, chef Tom Douglas says he's usually looking for shallots and lemongrass for that Asian flavor. But if you're looking for an American take on ginger, he and chef Thierry Rautureau have a few tips.
  • In-home elderly care

    As parents age, it's important to know what you're getting into when helping your parents age at home, Pete says. Vanessa Carr from Care at Home of Washington, talks to Pete about what you should know when taking on the challenge.
  • Ingredient of the Week: Scallops

    "I love scallops," says chef Thierry Rautureau. These little morsels are one of the best treats the ocean has to offer, and Thierry and chef Tom Douglas have a few tips for preparing them.
  • Resurgence of lumberyards

    "The role of a lumberyard today is a source for people to be able to come down and get some real good expert direction and advice," says Steve Compton of Compton Lumber. "We spend the majority of our time with a lot of our customers, just educating them on what it takes to do the project they're wanting to do."