Our West Coast Journey, Part I

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Hey Guys! Checking in to say hi and share some fun adventures from our trip to the West Coast.  We are currently in Portland and heading on to San Francisco soon so I’ll update you on that later.  We started the trip last Thursday by flying from Boston to Seattle, then taking a shuttle bus and a ferry which landed us on San Juan Island in Washington.  The picture above is the massive Mt. Baker in the distance.

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We stayed in the cutest little harbor on the island called Roche Harbor.  It basically feels like you’re in some sort of fairytale land or movie set.  There are hundreds of multi-million dollar yachts docked in the harbor with cute little shops along the pier along and a fantastic restaurant that was able to keep us coming back for more after 3 meals there.  We spent 2 days here and I think it was the perfect amount of time.  We were able to relax and walk around and enjoy the beautiful scenery.

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The weather was a little chilly (anywhere from 55-65) but the sun was warm and it didn’t stopping us from eating our meals outside on the deck.  I didn’t take pictures of it but I enjoyed a delicious Lamb Burger for lunch one day and a beet salad and pizza for dinner.

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We took a nice walk on Friday morning through the woods and a local sculpture garden trail.  The trees and landscape were beautiful to look at.

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We had some fun with some of the sculptures like this mirror on an easel.

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The real reason for us to make the trip out here was to join in on the wedding celebrations for my beautiful cousin and her new husband.  The wedding was gorgeous, the weather was perfect, the setting was beautiful and every detail was perfectly thought out.  You can see a pic above of the beautiful reception space.  I feel lucky to have such a great family that I’m close with, I wish that we all lived closer to each other but its great to have events like this to bring everyone together.

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After heading back from San Juan island we spent the night on Bainbridge Island off of Seattle and then took the ferry in on Sunday morning to rent a car and spend some time walking around the city.  Of course we had to make a stop at Pike Place to check out the produce and fun fish throwing.  I’m always so annoyed that I can’t go shopping at these markets and buy stuff to go cook at home, its like torture.  I settled for a honeydew bubble tea :)

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After Seattle we drove down the coast to Cannon Beach Oregon where I got to show Tom the famous “Goonies” rocks.  The beach was beautiful and we spent a lot of time walking around the cute little town and hanging out on the beach.

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For dinner the first night I had a delicious seafood stew with salmon, haddock, shrimp, clams, and crab. It hit the spot after a lot of heavy meals leading up to it.

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We found a fantastic spot to eat on the water and I ordered up the famous Crab Louie salad I was seeing on all of the local menus.  The crab was really fresh and it was great to get some fresh vegetables.

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We ended up at a fantastic restaurant the second night called The Irish Table.  Its this cute little place that takes over the space of a coffee shop at night and serves up some delicious food.  We started off with some mussels in a curry white wine garlic broth (holy yum).  I could dip their homemade whole wheat soda bread in that stuff ALL DAY LONG!

For a main dish I ordered the fresh fish over arugula & fingerling potatoes.  I have to admit that the fish was a little under seasoned but the amazing mussels totally made up for it.

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We finished up the day by grabbing some beach towels and watching the sun set on the beach.  This has been a fantastic trip, I can’t wait to share our adventures in Portland & San Francisco when we get back.  Hope all is well with you guys!

Ta ta for now!

 

 

 

 

WIAW #84

Breakfast

Ugh, why is it so freaking impossible to take a vacation in the U.S.?  Why can’t we be like Italy where everyone just takes the whole month of August off?  Wouldn’t that be nice? It often seems like prepping for a vacation is more work than the actual joy you get from having time off.  I say this because we’re getting ready to leave for vacation and the past week has been stress-o-mania.  I guess that’s one of the joys of working for yourself! I’m also telling you this as an apology for the lack of posts that have been/will be over the next week or two.  My paid work always takes priority so unfortunately the blog has had to take sort of a back seat the past week.  We’re going to be adventuring our way through Washington, Oregon & California so I’ll have lots of fun stuff to share with you when we get back!  If I have time while I’m there, I’ll try to check in and say hi :)

ANYWHO, I WAS able to take some pictures of my eats today so I could share them for What I Ate Wednesday, so let’s take a look at those.  For breakfast I had a piece of toast with cheddar, a slice of bacon and an egg along with a peacotum. A what?  Yup, a peacotum.  If you haven’t tried them before, they are freaking delicious. Its a hybrid between a peach, apricot and plum, its all sorts of juicy goodness squeezed into one little fruit.  I found them at Trader Joe’s the other day.

Lunch

For lunch I had some leftovers from dinner the night before.  I made meatloaf for the first time in my life.  Tom really loves it so I decided to make some for him using a starter sauce I found at Williams Sonoma, I’m going to try to post a review soon if I have time.  It was REALLY good! I had never even tried meatloaf until a few years ago but if its as moist and flavorful as this, I’ll take it!  I topped it with some BBQ sauce and ate alongside some steamed broccoli and a pesto summer squash sauté.

Snack

For an afternoon snack I had a scoop of peanut butter and a popsicle because I was melting and I needed to eat something cold. It totally hit the spot!

Dinner

I had to grab a quick dinner before a meeting so i picked up a chicken kabob salad at a local pizza place.  I wasn’t able to finish it because it was so huge but it was delicious!

Happy Wednesday!  I’m hoping I can stop in to say hi soon, but please forgive me if I can’t!

 

WHAT MAKES ME HAPPY:

Beach days!

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We finally got a nice beach day in on Saturday.  The tide was pretty high so people were squeezing in cozy next to each other but it was literally the perfect day.  75 degrees and sunny with a nice ocean breeze. Can’t wait for more of these this summer!

Garlic Peanut Soba Noodles

Garlic Peanut Soba Noodles

If you’ve ever been to the Yard House and had their garlic noodles, you know that they are amazing but also probably filled with 1/2 lb of butter and enough sodium to last you a week.  These garlic noodles were inspired by them but they have a slightly different flavor profile.  It was 90 degrees out a  few nights ago so I decided something cold for dinner would be best so I whipped up some soba noodles, sautéed vegetables and peanut sauce and then cooled it in the fridge briefly before serving.

Garlic Peanut Soba Noodles

The great thing about this is that you can use whatever you have on hand and the whole meal comes together in about 20-30 minutes.  I had some leftover cole slaw mix so I sautéed up some onions, cabbage and carrots, tossed with the noodles and then topped with a peanut sauce.

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You could serve these warm as well but they were EXTRA good cold as leftovers.

Garlic Peanut Soba Noodles

IF you have any on hand, some sliced scallions would be great in this recipe, I just didn’t have any so I did without.

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You can also add more sriracha if you like things a little spicier.

Happy FRIDAY!!  Hope you all have another fantastic weekend!

 

WHAT MAKES ME HAPPY:

Summer thunderstorms.

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There is something kind of exciting about a summer thunderstorm.  From our house we can see the clouds forming and the storms moving across the water, its fun to see them approach and then hearing the thunder and watching the lightening.  We got hit with a doozy on Monday.  It passed in about 5 minutes but it hit us hard!

Garlic Peanut Soba Noodles

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil (or cooking oil)
  • 1/2 Medium onion (diced)
  • 2 cups shredded vegetables*
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sweet chili sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 3 tablespoons peanut butter
  • squeeze sriracha
  • 1/2lb soba noodles

Directions

1. Cook soba noodles according to package instructions. Drain and rinse with cold water.
2. In a sauté pan heat coconut oil over medium heat. Add onions and shredded vegetables and cook until soft (5-10 minutes). Add minced garlic and cook for another 1-2 minutes.
3. In a blender combine lime juice, water, soy sauce, sweet chili sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil, sriracha and peanut butter until just combined.
4. Add soba noodles to the vegetables along with peanut sauce and toss to coat well.
5. Serve topped with sesame seeds or chopped peanuts.

Note

* I used shredded carrots and cabbage, you could use peppers, zucchini, squash or whatever you have on hand

WIAW #83

Breakfast

Holy moly, is it really Wednesday already?  In one way I love that the weeks fly by because it gets us to the weekends that much faster, but in another way it makes me sad that my precious summer is going to be gone in an instant.  While its still here I’m going to soak up as much as I can! I’m not even complaining about the 90 degree weather with no A/C, anything is better than that winter we had!

Well, since it’s Wednesday I guess it’s time to share some eats for What I Ate Wednesday.  For breakfast I had a piece of toast along with the usual egg & salsa scramble.  I also had a little fruit salad with coconut whipped cream like this healthy ambrosia salad I’ve made in the past.  Last night we were going to a Crossfit beach workout/community BBQ so I made this salad for dessert.  We were halfway there when I got an alert on my phone saying there were severe thunderstorms on the way with possible wind gusts of up to 60 mph.  We realized we had left all our windows open at the house so ended up turning around and heading home.  Thus an entire fruit salad to eat ourselves, oh well, its pretty delicious!

Lunch

I was running out the door for an appointment so I threw together a super quick lunch of some cold leftover pizza (isn’t that the best?), some carrots and a little more fruit salad.

Dinner

For dinner we grilled up some chicken breast and green beans and served it alongside some garlic peanut soba noodles.  Recipe coming soon on these! They were finger-lickin’ good, and you don’t even use your fingers to eat them.

Happy Wednesday!  Head on over to Peas & Crayons for more summer food love.

 

WHAT MAKES ME HAPPY:

Curling up on the beach under a blanket in the evening.

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On Sunday we decided to walk down to the beach with Oto and set up camp to watch the fireworks across the water.  It was a beautiful evening but got a little chilly with the cool ocean breeze so we all cuddled up in a big fuzzy blanket and enjoyed the last moments of the 4th of July weekend.

 

The Ultimate Loaded Potato Salad

The Ultimate Loaded Potato Salad

Hope you all had a fantastic 4th of July weekend!  I was really hoping to share this one with you before the holiday so you could whip some up for your weekend bbq’s but life got in the way and I had to hog this potato salad all to myself for a few days longer.  I made this for a BBQ last weekend and it was so good that I made up another batch this weekend when we had a party on Saturday.  I decided to do an ultimate classic summer bbq, we served pulled pork, cole slaw, potato salad, caprese salad, watermelon & feta salad and corn on the cob.  Everyone gobbled it up!

The Ultimate Loaded Potato Salad

I’ve made my fair share of potato salads in the past and I make a pretty good one but THIS ONE. I can’t even. It’s seriously the best one I’ve ever made, I may never make another potato salad again.  It’s not healthy, its not even trying to be healthy, its just potato salad in all its glory goodness.

The Ultimate Loaded Potato Salad

When Tom lived in the city, we used to walk to this little bagel shop called Bagel Rising every weekend morning to get our breakfast/lunch (back when we used to do something called sleep-in).  The bagels were good and the sandwiches were awesome but the potato salad! Holy yum.  After tasting that the first time, I decided to give it a try and see if I could replicate it.  I wasn’t ever able to make it taste exactly like their magic recipe but after this one, I’ll never try again, I think it might be better.  This potato salad is the potato salad of all potato salads, if you make it, you may have people bowing down to you hailing you a god sent from the heavens.

The Ultimate Loaded Potato Salad

Ok, I’ll stop gushing now, I guess you get it. Its good. Make it. Now.

 

WHAT MAKES ME HAPPY:

Happy babies.

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Some of our best friends had their baby boy last week and he’s SO friggin cute.  It never gets old watching a baby sleep, they always look so peaceful and happy!

(Hope you guys don’t mind me exploiting your baby on here but he better get used it, this kid is gonna be famous some day).

The Ultimate Loaded Potato Salad

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Meal type Side Dish
Misc Serve Cold

Ingredients

  • 2.5lb yukon gold potatoes (washed & finely diced)
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Medium carrots (peeled & roughly cut)
  • 4 scallions (trimmed)
  • 1 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons pickle juice
  • 1/4 cup diced pickles
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 4-6 slices uncooked bacon

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 425 F. Place bacon slices on a baking pan and bake until crispy (about 10-15 minutes).
2. Remove to a paper towel lined plate and set aside (reserve a tablespoon of drippings for the dressing).
3. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add potatoes and cook until tender (about 10-15 minutes). When potatoes can be pierced easily with fork, drain into a colander in the sink and toss with apple cider vinegar. Let steam for about 10 minutes.
4. Meanwhile, in a food processor combine carrots, 2 scallions, mayonnaise, pickle juice, pickles, sugar, salt, mustard & a tablespoon of bacon drippings.
5. When potatoes have cooled, transfer to a large bowl. Dice remaining 2 scallions and the bacon and toss with the potatoes. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to coat well (you may have extra dressing, just use what you need).
6. Cool in the refrigerator before serving.

 

WIAW #82

Breakfast

Hello! Happy Wednesday (almost Friday because Thursday is Friday this week).  Bummed that we’re going to get rained out on the 4th of July but at least we have a nice weekend to look forward to.  What fun are fireworks without the double risk of getting caught in a storm?

Time to look at some eats for What I Ate Wednesday!  This picture is recycled because I forgot to take a photo but this is exactly what I had for breakfast, a piece of toast with eggs scrambled with cheddar and salsa.  I also had a few blueberries on the side.

Lunch

For lunch I had a piece of sausage along with some sautéed chard and tomatoes with mozzarella, avocado & basil. YUM! The heirloom tomatoes from the farmer’s market right now are totally kick ass!

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For an afternoon snack I had some carrots dipped in hummus and a Yasso coconut greek yogurt bar.  I’ve been really craving cold sweets like popsicles after these days in the 90′s.  I think its time to freeze some grapes!

Dinner

Some of our best friends delivered their baby boy on Monday so we went over to their house last night to meet the little guy and cook up a big dinner.  I had grilled chicken, corn, roasted potatoes, salad, orzo salad & an asian vegetable slaw.  It was pretty freaking delicious! Congrats guys! He’s gorgeous!

Happy Wednesday! Hope you’re all surviving the heat & storms out there!

WHAT MAKES ME HAPPY:

Taking evening walks and watching Oto frolic on doggy beach.

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You will never see Oto looking happier than when he is bouncing in the waves at doggy beach.  He develops trampoline paws and bounces through the water like he’s scaling hurtles, its so fun to watch and impossible not to smile.

 

 

 

 

Strawberry Cornbread

Strawberry Cornbread

Hope you all had a fantastic weekend!  Here we are, the 2nd day into a 4 day week, can’t wait for some 4th of July festivities!  Speaking of 4th of July, this strawberry cornbread would be the PERFECT thing to whip up for that bbq you’ll be attending this weekend.  Throw some slices on a nice festive platter or a patriotic napkin and you’ve got yourself the perfect side dish.

Strawberry Cornbread

Some friends invited us over for some bbq brisket and pulled pork the other night so I decided we would definitely need some cornbread to have an official bbq feast.  I’ve made cornbread so many times and its often crumbly and doesn’t have that great sweet flavor.  Not to toot my own horn or anything but this time I nailed it!  I did a little online research and found that the key to a moist cornbread is adding some melted butter and honey so I did just that.  Plus I added a ridiculous amount of fresh strawberries from our strawberry picking extravaganza last week.  I honestly don’t know what it was that made this all come together because I’m not baking expert but I can guarantee you, next time I’ll be making it exactly the same way.

Strawberry Cornbread

The 4th of July is the perfect time to make this because the Farmer’s Markets and stores are overflowing with ripe juicy strawberries, begging for you to buy them and make your cornbread moist.  I’ve got some left in the fridge from last weekend that are screaming a countdown at me every time I open the fridge.  I think I’m going to just make a quick skillet jam with them and call it a day because I don’t have much time to bake these days.

Strawberry Cornbread

Do you still need convincing?  Well..I made a 9″ square pan of cornbread which ended up making about 16 squares of cornbread.  there were 6 of us eating dinner and the cornbread was ALL gone by the time dinner was through.  You can do the math.

Strawberry Cornbread

It was so moist and flavorful that it was good to eat on its own but if you want to kick it up a notch, serve with a little flavored butter.  I mashed some butter with maple syrup and cinnamon and put a dish of that in the center of the platter.  If you have the time, it’s definitely worth it.

Hope you love this as much as we did!!

Enjoy!

WHAT MAKES ME HAPPY:

Dining al fresco.

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There’s something so relaxing about eating outside.  You can just lean back, enjoy the sun and watch all the weird people walk by.  On Sunday after I finished working the Farmer’s Market, we decided to go find a nice place to eat lunch outside.  We settled on the Lobster Shanty in Salem and it fit the bill perfectly.  I enjoyed a grilled romaine salad topped with fresh lobster meat and we watched all the people walk by and the belly dancers that decided to start dancing in the alley next to the restaurant.  Salem really is a special place :)

Strawberry Cornbread

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup butter (melted & room temperature)
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup half & half
  • 2 Large eggs (beaten)
  • 1 1/2 cup fresh strawberries (sliced thin)

Directions

1. Preheat oven 400 F.
2. In a medium bowl, stir together flour, cornmeal, sugar, salt & baking powder and set aside.
3. In a mixing bowl add eggs, milk, half & half, butter & honey and mix to combine well. Slowly add dry mixture and beat until just combined. Add strawberries and stir until evenly distributed.
4. Pour into a 8 or 9 inch square buttered baking pan. If desired, garnish the top with more sliced strawberries.
5. Bake for 18-25 minutes until top is golden brown & toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 5-10 minutes before slicing.

Note

recipe adapted from Land O'Lakes Honey Moist Cornbread

 

Search Engine Laughs

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So you know how you often type something really stupid into google and hope that no one out there is reading your dumb ass questions?  Oh but we are! All those people who own those sites that you end up on after searching your dumb ass questions get to see what search engine terms landed you on their site.  I’ve read the hilarious ones that Jenn has posted  on her blog so I started keeping track of the funny ones that I get.  So today, I will share some of them with you… Get ready people!

Here we go!

“Can you eat shrimp salad every day of the week?”
Ummm, yes, I do believe you can. Is it a balanced diet? Well I would have to say probably not. Plus, that’s kind of gross. Anyways, moving on…

“Rosemary Slow Parrot”
Stop it, you are seriously going to make me think about this one? Rosemary? Parrot, umm, well maybe she has a parrot named rosemary and she’s rather slow, or maybe her parrot ate rosemary and now she’s talking slow….wait, how did this bring you to my site!?!

“All of the mexican food”
Everywhere. All. Of. It. 

BabyChef

“Baby Chef Recipes, Carrot Salat”
That baby chef, he sure can whip up a MEAN carrot salad! Sorry, I mean Carrot Salat. 

“Sun Shit Day Blog”
I do see a lot of shit sitting in the sun on my walks but I won’t be blogging about it here, sorry!!

“Tired Old Lady on a couch eating chips”
Oh wow, I’m so glad you found my site with these search terms, I’m sure you found exactly what you were looking for here!

TalkingPizza

“To talk talking pizza cheese and pepperoni”
Say what?? Oh yah! Those crazy talk talking pizzas, those guys…. they’re so silly.

“Orange Juice Criminal Case”
Again, you’re going to make me ponder this now?  That stupid guy that robbed a bank so he could just buy himself a damn jug of orange juice… or maybe it was the couple in the feud about who drank the last bit of orange juice and left the bottle in the fridge?? Anyone???

“Orange vegetables could be included in salad”
Yes, yes they can.  I love that you word your searches with such conviction.

SoupThing

“That soup thing was too hysterical”
HA! I know, that was SOOO funny… wait what?  Please tell me I want to know!  I love that this person is like best friends with google, they’re next search was probably “last night was sooo much fun, can you BELIEVE what Carlos did? That was Crazy!”

“It’s funny how someone can break your heart and you still love them with all the little pieces”
Aww, I’m so sorry…it sounds like you need to talk, maybe you should go call a friend (by the way, which one of my posts did this link you to??, now I’m curious…)

“Beef Brisket, Hey!”
Oh yah! Sing it boy!! “Beef Brisket, Hey! Pulled Pork. Ho! Yo Yo Yo, getting my smoker on…”

DadSalad

“My dad just made vegetable salad for us”
Holy crap, are you SERIOUS?? Like, he made a salad, from VEGETABLES and then just GAVE it to you?  Wow, that’s definitely worth writing about… (sorry about the creepy salad guy above, there is a lack of “dads serving salads” in google images, obviously because this is a rare occurence).

“Hurricane Slaw”
Is that when you happen to be cutting a bunch of vegetables and a hurricane comes through and mixes them up with all of the other vegetables in the neighborhood and you end up with a pot-luck sort of slaw??

“Schweddy Balls Recipe”
Aww man, sorry I couldn’t help you out, I have plenty of ball recipes, just not those delicious schweddy balls…maybe you should call National Public Radio, they might have it in their archives…

Keep it coming people, I’m loving it!!

 

Image sources:
http://www.babyaspen.com/big-dreamzzz-baby-chef-three-piece-layette_C8.html
http://www.lolpix.com/pictures/10/Funny_Pictures_788.htm
http://livingwellatuhn.com/author/kpsand/

 

 

WIAW #81

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Oh good lord, I just ate WAYY too much for dinner.  My mom asked me the other day if “What I Ate Wednesday” was really everything I ate in a day or if it was a collection of my healthier meals throughout the week.  Well, you’re about to see the answer when I share my fatty van fatso dinner with you today.  Its true, I’m probably a little more conscious about what I’m putting on my plate on Tuesdays since its all getting photographed but it is honestly all my eats for one entire day.  I think that’s what’s so great about it, you get a realistic view into what people are eating on an everyday basis, not just the fancy camera shots with styled food but honest, simple meals that people eat every day.

Anyways, here are my honest What I Ate Wednesday meals for today!

For breakfast I had a piece of toast with egg and tomato along with some watermelon, strawberries & blueberries.  Now that summer tomatoes are back, I’ve been having them with almost every meal lately, this is my new go-to breakfast.

lunch

For lunch I had some vegan Olé Mole chili (the same as last week) along with open-faced cheddar toast with some bacon and guacamole.

snack

For an afternoon snack I had some watermelon pieces and pretzels dipped in hummus.  I’ve found that I absolutely love watermelon but I get really lazy about cutting slices and then standing over the sink or a bowl while I eat it (because that’s just WAY too much work). SO, I’ve started using a melon baller on the entire watermelon so I have easy ready-to-eat pieces in the fridge at ALL TIMES, because this is very important when its hot out and all you can think about is juicy bite of watermelon.  I always think about that first person in the wild who discovered watermelon.  Taking a bite into that sweet watery flesh, they seriously thought they must have died and gone to heaven. SCORE!

Ok, are you ready for this…

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Yup, that’s what I ate for dinner. Whoops.  Still think I’m hiding things from you?  I went out to dinner with a friend and we shared some bbq pork nachos and then a flatbread pizza.  I was only able to eat one piece of the flatbread because I was too stuffed.  Why would I be stuffed?  There’s only like two chips there right?  Appetizers are always so good but always so bad, I never learn my lesson.  Oh well, when there’s cheese & pulled pork involved, I’m not sure I’ll ever want to learn that lesson.

Anyways, if you need to find me I’ll be jogging in place for the next week to try and work that off.

 

WHAT MAKES ME HAPPY:

The sound of clinking dishes.

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Ok, this one may be a little strange and hard to explain.  The other evening I was walking through the neighborhood with Oto at sunset and I walked by a house where I could hear the sound of clinking silverware and dishes drifting out the window.  Something about that sound just made me happy and reminded me of family dinners and everyone eating together.  Food is such a great thing that brings everyone together and I think the sound of clinking dishes on a summer evening is just a representation of that feeling.

P.S.  I have a super funny post scheduled for tomorrow, I’m still laughing about it, so make sure you stop by to check it out :)

The Only Crab Cake Recipe You’ll Ever Need

Crab Cakes

When people hear that I like to cook, they always ask “what’s you’re specialty?”  I never really know how to answer because I rarely make something more than once, my favorite thing is to experiment in the kitchen and try new things.  BUT, these crab cakes are one of the few exceptions.  My dad used to make these when we were growing up and they are SO good I guarantee they will rival any crab cake you will have in a restaurant.

The BEST Crab Cake Recipe

Crab meat often seems a little expensive at the store but if you think about what you would pay at a restaurant, its actually a great deal.  I used a pound of lump crab meat in this recipe and it made 11 crab cakes.  $10 for enough crab cakes to serve 4-5? Not a bad deal!

The BEST Crab Cake Recipe

The crab meat you want to use is usually in a cold fridge near the seafood section, try to stay away from the canned stuff near the tuna, it won’t have the same flavor and the thick tender pieces the lump crabmeat has.  I used whole wheat bread crumbs for these so they may look a little darker than yours will if you use regular bread crumbs.

The BEST Crab Cake Recipe

The crab cakes have great flavor by themselves but I usually like to serve them with a little sauce.  When I made them last week I served them with a parmesan dressing I picked up from the farmer’s market but I often make a spicy avocado sauce, kind of like this avocado crema (just add some hot sauce into this recipe).

Don’t be deterred by the long ingredient list, most of the items are things you’ll find in your fridge or pantry.  They make a great dinner to serve for company, you can form the cakes in advance and then cook them up quickly before serving.

Enjoy!

 

WHAT MAKES ME HAPPY:

This weekend!

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Weekend5

My mom came down to visit this weekend and we had the perfect summer weekend.  We started out with some strawberry picking in Ipswich where we picked a crap ton of fresh juicy strawberries.  I’m going to have to get baking soon, I have a fridge FULL of strawberries (not a bad problem to have :).  Afterwords we had a nice lunch at a restaurant overlooking the river and then walked around to some antique shops.  Saturday evening we had a great dinner at Legal Harborside and then went to see Cirque Du Soleil Amaluna.  The show was AH-mazing! If you haven’t seen it yet, try to get out and see it, you won’t be disappointed!  On Sunday we took a nice long walk around the island, enjoyed some fresh BLT’s for lunch and then I caught up with a friend and spent the night relaxing and reading.  Overall, it was the PERFECT summer weekend! Can’t wait for many more!!

The BEST Crab Cakes

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup finely diced red bell pepper
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon tabasco
  • 1 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Large egg
  • 1 teaspoon whole grain mustard
  • 1 tablespoon fresh minced parsley
  • 1 tablespoon old bay seasoning
  • pinch cayenne pepper
  • salt & pepper (to taste)
  • 1 1/2 cup bread crumbs or ground oyster crackers
  • 1lb lump crab meat

Optional

  • 1 tablespoon capers

Directions

1. Mix all of the ingredients (except bread crumbs and crab meat) in a medium bowl until combined well.
2. Add the crab meat and stir to combine then add the bread crumbs and stir to combine. If the mixture seems too wet you can add a little more bread crumbs.
3. Form into patties using your hands and store refrigerated for a few hours before cooking (you can cook right away but they won't stay together as well).
4. Preheat oven to 300 F. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat and spray with a little oil. Cook the crab cakes in batches and transfer to the oven to finish.

Note

Makes 10-15 crab cakes