Mikaela Cowles


About Mikaela Cowles

I’m a food-gobbling, book-reading, aspiring photog. Born and raised in Seattle, I love dancing in the rain, bouquets of fresh basil and green grass between my toes. I like how kneading butter into flour makes my fingers soft. I’m passionate about all things sweet potato. I prefer my coffee black, my scotch on the rocks and my steak bloody. I hunt, when I have time; play basketball; and hike. I’ve been known to laugh so hard I hyperventilate. And, I’m the owner of Making Language Count, a boutique freelance writing business.


Smoked Salmon Crostini

Happy Friday! It feels weird to actually be blogging again, but my family just had our annual trip to the Sisters Rodeo and Garrett’s been working like crazy and MY VERY FIRST ISSUE OF EXPLORE:NW just came out!!! 

Smoked Salmon Crostini

Catalina Foothills

Tucson, Arizona

We’re back from Tucson, slightly tanner and rounder than when we left. Both of which are signs of a good getaway spent cuddling, singing and driving with the top down. What follows is not meant to be an authoritative guide. It’s simply a rundown of what we ate and did. […]


Egg Cups Piquant

These eggs baked in a mayonnaise and cheese sauce are an ultra-luscious breakfast best served on a day when you have time for a nap. If you want to jump to the yolk-filled goodness, just click here. Hello from Tucson friends!! We’re here, tucked in the Catalina Foothills, eating all […]

Egg Cups Piquant

Chocolate Buttermilk Donuts

Baked Buttermilk Chocolate Donuts

Buttermilk gives these ultra-chocolatey donuts a little bit of tang. Baking saves the mess (and calories) of frying, which obviously means you can have two. And while the chocolate ganache topping is optional, it’s certainly worth the extra step because it gives these cake-like babies a smooth lushesness. Jump to […]


Tacos Chukis in Seattle

Truly affordable tacos are the ultimate in South Lake Union lunch fare. But really, all I needed to say was tacos. Because in my book, if you need a reason to check out any restaurant, there’s no better one than tacos. Tacos are like the Hellen Keller card in Cards […]

Pork tacos at Tacos Chuckis in Seattle

Oven-Braised-Roast-garlic-tomatoes

Braised Roast in Tomatoes and Garlic

A long, low braise turns a well-marbled piece of meat into a succulent roast swaddled in tomatoes and garlic cloves. It’s a small ingredient list, but it packs one heck of a flavor punch for a dinner that’s sure to wow guests and comfort loved ones. Jump to the recipe. […]