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Ricklie

I don’t cook. I never got the skills or had the interest in learning them. In eighth grade girls were required to take Home Economics. It was the only course I ever flunked.

The kitchen remains an alien space for me. It’s another room to decorate, where I boil water for my morning coffee and feed the cat.

Seventeen years ago, inspired by a friend who was an excellent chef, I took a six-week course on the basics of how to cook at “Cooks World: Seattle’s Best Place for Cooking Classes” (www.cooksworld.net/). What I got out of it was a great shopping spree! I bought pots, pans, expensive knives — even a sharpening steel! I made each recipe that I learned in class once and then went back to eating out and bringing food in. My comfort zone is clearly not in the kitchen.

Great restaurants are everywhere in Puget Sound (www.zagat.com/seattle), but if you don’t cook, don’t want to eat out and don’t consume fast food, then finding healthy options can be a challenge. Here’s my three favorite places to get quality food to go.

Serving Seattle since 1953, now with ten locations from West Seattle to Fremont, Kirkland to Issaquah, PCC Natural Markets (www.pccnaturalmarkets.com) has an amazing deli section with fresh cooked fish, meat, salads, grains, vegetables, pastas…you name it, all prepared on the premises!

PCC also has a hot bar with homemade soups and freshly cooked brown rice to go (I know, I know…but I don’t cook ANYTHING, including rice). In addition to a full market of organic, local and sustainably grown foods, PCC feeds me with freshly prepared entrees, packaged and ready to reheat and eat.

Pasta & Co. (www.pastaco.com) has two locations: University Village and Bellevue. Their fresh foods include everything from appetizers to salads, entrees to desserts. The fresh baked chocolate truffle cookies are REMARKABLE! Pasta & Co. varies the menu seasonally with delicious pastas, poultry and meat dishes, green salad offerings, fresh vegetables and antipasto.

Whole Foods (www.wholefoodsmarket.com), with six stores in Puget Sound, is another natural and organic food market with an expansive deli featuring a wide selection of entrees and side dishes. Among my favorites is the Greek orzo salad, cranberry tuna and the smoked mozzarella penne pasta salad. In addition to the deli, there’s everything to go in the way of prepared foods from their various food bars — including sushi, salads, hot foods and desserts.

I would love to cook my own meals, but I don’t seem to have it in me. I am grateful to have fresh foods available that are made on the premises and delicious. Bon Appetit! – Ricklie

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