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We can't think of a better job than to travel around Washington state, sampling food and choosing the best recipes for a new cookbook. Food writer Jess Thomson did just that. The result is a very tasty book: Dishing Up Washington. Jess joined Margaret to dish up three recipes from the book: Kale Salad from picnic in Phinney Ridge, Creamy Dreamy Mac & Cheese from Calf and Kid on Capitol Hill and her own Dark Chocolate Cake with Figs, Fennel and Pistachios.

For more information about Jess and her cookbooks (she's written several), please click here to visit her website.

Find her on Facebook. Follow her on Twitter: @OnFoodandLife

To find recipes for the dishes Jess shared today, please visit the New Day Recipes section of our website.

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