Local Flavor: Chemistry in the kitchen; couple shares soup recipe

It was just an e-mail, sent out to the Tukwila Police Department, wishing everyone a happy Thanksgiving.

Trish and Dave Lawrence met thanks to a cheery

It was just an e-mail, sent out to the Tukwila Police Department, wishing everyone a happy Thanksgiving.

Dave Lawrence, a radio dispatcher at Valley Communications, just wanted to share a positive holiday vibe in 1993.

Fate had other plans for him.

Dave received just one response back to his cheerful note: an equally cheery note from a records clerk named Trish, at Tukwila P.D.

The two started corresponding, and a month later, they met for their first date. They went to watch Christmas lights, drinking coffee to ward off the chill. Trish’s cup started to leak, soaking her mittens. Dave, in gallant fashion, gulped his coffee down, so he could give her his cup.

“I drank my coffee down real fast – and burned my throat,” said Dave.

But it didn’t take Trish and Dave long to realize they had something special.

“We talked about everything,” Dave said of that fateful night. “It was then that I could see myself living the rest of my life with her.”

That summer in 1994, they did just that, tying the knot – although as Trish explains, Dave had to really work to convince her about getting married again. They blended their family of his three girls and her boy.

Today, many years later, Dave and Trish Lawrence are still happily together, their children grown up and out of the house.

Their chemistry extends even to the kitchen. Both of them like to cook, and they break down the labor pretty easily: Dave likes to cook the main entrees, and Trish enjoys making the gravies and the dessert.

Their knack for cooking isn’t a secret among their friends.

Trish calls their breakfasts “legendary,” with all kinds of entrees whipped up from scratch.

“Our friends are paying us,” she said, grinning about the money they sometimes find stuffed under plates, after the meal is over.

The couple also likes to whip up soups to ward off the chill of the rainy Puget Sound weather. They’ve selected one of their favorites to share, which appears here.

Just as the beans and the seasoning bring this delicious soup together, so too do the ingredients of the Lawrences’ life: jobs they love; a beautiful home in Sumner that they share; and the loving attention of their five devoted dogs, all of them rescues.

“It’s a lot of fun and we try to work together,” Dave said of their cooking and their lives.


Italian-Style Turkey Sausage

1 pound lean ground turkey

1 tsp whole fennel seed

1 tsp crushed fennel seed

1 tsp crushed red pepper

1 tsp salt

1 tsp dried oregano

1 tsp pepper

1/2 tsp garlic

Mix all ingredients together and set aside. Could be made ahead and left in refrigerator to blend ingredients.

Sausage Pizza Soup

1 pound turkey sausage

2 medium zucchinis, sliced

2 cups sliced mushrooms

1 chopped onion

2 14.5 oz cans diced tomatoes (we used Italian stewed tomatoes)

2 cups water

2 cups chicken broth

2 tsp basil

1/4 tsp pepper

1 each green, red and yellow peppers, chopped

2 cans black beans, drained

Minced fresh basil and crushed red pepper flakes

In large saucepan, cook the sausage and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add zucchini, mushrooms and peppers, mix with turkey sausage mixture; cook for 5 minutes. Add diced tomatoes, water, broth, dried basil and pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, simmer uncovered for 15 minutes. Sprinkle with fresh basil and pepper flakes to taste.


More in News

Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon and Page Carson Foster. Photo credit Washington State Legislative Support Services
Carson Foster serves as page in Washington State House

The following was submitted to the Reporter: Carson Foster, a student at… Continue reading

Jim Pitts stands on walkway overlooking filtration chambers at the King County South Treatment Plant in Renton. Aaron Kunkler/staff photo
Human waste: Unlikely climate change hero?

King County treatment plant joins effort to counteract effects of carbon dioxide.

Washington State Capitol Building. Photo by Emma Epperly/WNPA Olympia News Bureau
Legislation targets rape kit backlog

WA has about 10,000 untested kits; new law would reduce testing time to 45 days

File photo
Law enforcement oversight office seeks subpoena power

Organization has been unable to investigate King County Sheriff’s Office.

The 2015 Wolverine Fire in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest near Lake Chelan. Photo courtesy of Washington Department of Natural Resources/Kari Greer
Western Washington faces elevated wildfire risk in 2019

Humans cause majority of fires in state

Courtesy of kingcounty.gov
King County approves bargaining agreement with 60 unions

Employees will receive wage increases and $500 bonus.

Call for peace, unity, understanding

City, county and state leaders show support of Islam community in wake of massacre at New Zealand mosques

King County bail reform hinges on pretrial decision making

Data on inmates has shown that being held pretrial affects the likelihood of conviction.

State smoking age rising to 21 in 2020

Legislature approves change

A man addresses the King County Council during a public hearing March 20 at New Life Church in Renton. He presented bags filled with what he said was hazardous materials dropped on his property by bald eagles. Another speaker made similar claims. Haley Ausbun/staff photo
Locals show support for King County waste to energy plant

Public hearing on landfill’s future was held March 20 in Renton.

Defense Distributed’s 3D printed gun, The Liberator. Photo by Vvzvlad/Wikimedia Commons
‘Ghost gun’ bill moves to Senate committees

Legislation would make 3-D printed guns illegal.

King County Council with Sarah Reyneveld, chair of the King County Women’s Advisory Board. Photo courtesy of King County
King County proclaims March as Women’s History Month

This year’s theme is Womxn Who Lead: Stories from the past and how they influence the future.