Monthly Archives: September 2011

Friday Treats

My friend went to Washington DC last week and brought me back the best gift anyone could ask for – cookies from Dean & Deluca.

Beautiful

There was chocolate chip with fleur de sel, key lime pine, shortbread with jam, crunchy chocolate chip, shortbread with chocolate and ones I don’t even know. Dean & Deluca, please move to Seattle. I’m begging you.

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Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese

Last week I saw recipes popping up all over regarding tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches. Now that it’s not 70+ degrees and sunny here, I took our first cold and stormy night and made a quick and easy tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwich.

Please focus on the delicious soup and sandwich and ignore the mess on the table

Tomato Soup Ingredients:

  • 2 cans stewed tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon pre-crushed garlic (or one fresh clove)
  • Small handful of basil leaves
  • Pepper to taste

In a pot, heat up stewed tomatoes, olive oil and pre-crushed garlic. Stir in basil leaves and let cool. Once cool, put the soup in a food processor and blend it until smooth. Put the soup back into the pot and heat up when ready to eat. Add pepper if you would like.

I tried to put chicken stock in the soup, and I found it made it oily, so I tried to take most of it out. I would also like to try and add some cream to it next time.

Grilled Cheese Ingredients:

  • 2 slices of thick bread (I used Trader Joe’s Whole Wheat Tuscan Pane)
  • Slices of Trader Joe’s Cheddar and Gruyer melange cheese

We cheated and did it the easy way. Place cheese in between bread slices, stick on George Foreman, close lid and wait for cheese to melt. I wasn’t feeling so well and I wanted to eat quickly then lay on the couch. It was perfect on a cold, fall night and I’m hoping it combats the illness!

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Do the Puyallup

Fall has officially arrived in Seattle. It actually began this past weekend, but the sun was out in full force on Saturday and most of Sunday (there may have been a sudden rain storm out of nowhere and hurricane style winds downtown for about 15 minutes). This morning though, the skies were grey and the rain was falling. Here comes 6 months of grey and wet in the good ol’ PNW! I am currently cuddled up with a brand new yarn blanket (thank you, Martha Stewart) and Dan is attempting to get the fire going.

Last week my friend and I took advantage of the sunny weather (and a Groupon) and went down to Puyallup to Washington’s most famous fair. Actually, the Puyallup fair is one of the top ten in the nation. I find this shocking, but growing up in a small town and having watched enough movies, I know that local fairs can draw a big crowd.

Like any good fair goer, the first place we headed for was Fisher’s Scone Stand. I was first introduced to them last year and was wondering where they’d been all my life. The Seattle Times ran a great article on the history of the scones and the fair. We decided to forgo the scone and get strawberry shortcake.

*Please note, all the food below was split in half… Though I won’t lie, I probably would’ve tried to eat it all myself

Fisher's Strawberry Shortcake

We walked around eating the strawberry shortcake, pondering what to eat next. We split a brat, but there is no evidence of that because I was so hungry, I forgot to take a picture of it. No picture means no calories, right? I hope so, because after the brat, we moved onto a hand-dipped ice cream cone with nuts.

Deliciousness

We walked around looking at the booths, horse draft races, dogs, rabbits and of course, Mutton Bustin’. If you’ve never heard of this, Mutton Bustin’ is an event where kids under the age of 7 and under 60lbs ride on a sheep for as long as they can without falling off. The winner of the whole fair gets to go compete at nationals.

Kid hanging on for dear life

After a three hour food break, we went to go find onion rings.

Tasty

There was more walking around, agriculture designs, looking at collections (there was a My Little Pony one, it brought me back to my childhood) and sows.

So cute! Who doesn't love bears made out of fruits and veggies?

Papa pig and baby pig

And for our final food fare of the night? We went to the fried booth. So many options! Fried peanut butter cups? Snickers? Bacon covered poppers? Butter?!?! We ended up with fried pickles.

Fried pickle

It was interesting. It tasted like a pickle, covered in fried dough. They made the batter a bit too thick and not all of it fried, but that’s probably for the best since I didn’t eat all thedoughy parts. We also dipped it in ranch dressing.

Fried pickle and ranch

It was a good way to end the night, and now I have a year to recover before I do it all again.

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Chicken Kebabs

A couple weeks ago Dan got a BBQ (I realize, summer is practically over, we were late to the game). He’s been grilling some chicken and flat bread on it, but I’d been craving veggies. I talked him into letting me make kebabs one night with chicken, lots of veggies and olive oil. Granted, I have never made kebabs before, but it can’t be that hard, right? Right.

Ready for the BBQ

 Ingredients:

  • Chicken
  • Mushrooms
  • Red bell peppers
  • Zucchini
  • Onions
  • Whatever else you would like
Soak skewers in water so you don’t burn them on the BBQ for about 20 minutes. Cube up the veggies and chicken (making sure they are on different cutting boards of course). Put the veggies and chicken on the skewers (I liked to go in order) then coat with olive oil and pepper. Place on the BBQ and let cook for about 10-15 minutes over low heat. Make sure the chicken is cooked, please do this. Ours was not, luckily, we noticed and no one got sick. I realize this is stuff you should just know, sometimes you think you know or are just oblivious….

Grillin'

I love kebabs because they’re so easy and you can do whatever you want with them. Maybe next time I’ll soak them in a marinade and cook them up. I’m sure we’ll be using the BBQ well into winter.

Delish

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Weekend Review

The sun has come back out! After a weekend filled with grey clouds and rain, this is very refreshing. The weekend was filled with dancing, food trucks, Sounders win, a goodbye party for my old roomie, and the laziest Sunday I’ve had in awhile.

Pitbull performed a free concert which aired on Jimmy Kimmel

The famous Maximus Minimus truck at the Mobile Food Rodeo

Chilling in a suite for the Sounders domination over DC United (3-0)

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Restaurant Week!

Put it on your calendars! One of the best weeks of the year is coming up! Seattle’s Restaurant Week is going on October 16-20, 23-27.

Granted, I have not done restaurant week in a couple years, something always comes up (10 days goes by so quickly!), but this year, I’m determined to have dinner at least once. I think I’m going to drag Dan to “How to Cook a Wolf.” I may be tempted to go to “Joule” as well, I’d love to try some high-end Korean food! So many delicious choices there!

Any restaurants on there that you want to try? Recommend?

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Weekend Review

The weekend flew by quickly but was again filled with friends and great food, as well as some dancing adventures.

Dinner at Wallingford Pizza House

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Perfect way to end the week

Friday evening was dinner with Dan and his mom at the Wallingford Pizza House, the closest thing Seattle will ever come to Chicago-style pizza.

Pizza was followed by dessert at Feinting Goat Gelato

We stopped by a birthday party after (Happy belated birthday Stacey!!)  Then it was home early to finish some last minute things before the wedding.

The wedding was a great success and a lot of fun. It being my first wedding I was in, I had no idea what to expect or do, so I showed up with a bottle of champagne and my Ipod filled with music.

The groom requested my hair be half up half down, half straight half curly. Don't worry, it didn't stay that way.

The reception was held at Georgetown Stables which was a fabulously fun location located right next to the Georgetown Trailer Park (Don’t worry, not a REAL trailer park, more like a bunch of food trucks and shops based out of trailers) There was a taco truck and Georgetown beer, lots of music and bouquet catching. I have no pictures from the night as I was too busy gettin’ down and gettin’ my grub/drink on.

Sunday was Seahawks football and recuperating from Saturday night. The weather continued to be gorgeous and warm all weekend, but now fall has started to show up and the days are dark, grey and a bit chilly. The evenings have been beautiful though with the sun starting to peak through around 5 o’clock. I love autumn, but the nights getting darker is starting to throw me off, especially since we are just now starting to have a summer! I hope the rest of September is sunny and warm, and mid-October it starts to get chilly but still sunny.

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