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New changes

Hello! Is anyone still here? I promise I’m still alive and doing well. I’ve had some major life changes happen though in the past year, and all this is cause for a new blog. I promise I will continue posting delicious recipes and photos of all my travels. Please follow my new blog as I adjust from a Seattle girl to a Montana lady!

Gina’s Adventures

Thank you for following me all these years!!!

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Life Lately

Well, four weeks into 2013 and I’ve already failed on my blog resolution! My budgeting resolution is failing (being a car owner is not always awesome), but I’ve kept to strong to meatless Monday! I had a great veggie burger at Blue Moon burger with a friend the other week, and had a dinner of yakisoba noodles the other Monday.

I was in Portland last week and over the weekend for work, and I got to partake in some delicious food carts and local beer. While traveling and visiting with friends is great, I’m so happy to be home. King County lifted the fire ban, so I already enjoyed a fire on a particularly chilly evening. The weather has warmed up a bit, which means the rain is back in Seattle. This calls for some delicious risotto tonight and tea. I’ll share the recipe with you as long as it turns out to be a success! Stay warm and enjoy your Wednesday!

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Chicken Noodle Stew

Whenever the weather turns cold I have huge aspirations of making lots of soup and slow cooker dinners. Obviously that never happens. We went to Costco the other night and bought a roasted chicken for dinner. I decided to use the leftover chicken meat and carcass to make a chicken soup for dinner the next day. Dan hates watery soup, so I tried to make it filled with lots of yummy things. I used less water than normal and used a whole bag of egg noodles. I only seasoned with salt and pepper because the chicken was already seasoned when we got it and I used the juices from the chicken to add to the taste. Also, I love to add some siracha to my soup. I love the little kick.

Chicken Noodle Stew

Ingredients:

  • Whole Roasted Chicken
  • 1 Bunch of Celery
  • 2 Carrots (more if you would like, I hate cooked carrots)
  • 1 Onion
  • 2 Cloves Garlic
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • Water
  • 1lb Egg Noodles
  • Salt and Pepper

Chicken Mirepoix

Take the meat off the chicken carcass and set it aside, put the carcass in a pot. Slice the celery and carrots, then dice the onion and put them in the pot. Add the garlic cloves and bay leaves to the pot. Add enough water to the pot so it is barely covering the top of the ingredients. Bring to a boil, then let it simmer for 45 minutes.  Add back in the chicken meat and the bag of egg noodles. Salt and pepper to taste. Keep cooking until the noodles are cooked. Dish up and enjoy!

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Pinterest

Shameless plug. I, along with 23049782394871234 people (not an exact number), have Pinterest. I am also trying to connect to more people, so what better way to do that, than sharing my Pinterest link with all my lovely readers? You can get a feel for my love of travel, food I would love to make, and slight obsession with everything Christmas. You can follow me here.

Thanks, friends!

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Split Pea Soup

The snow is dumping down in Seattle today and it makes me want a big bowl of soup. I love soup, but I have never had split pea soup. Something about mushy green peas as a soup never appealed to me, but trying to budget my way into 2012, I couldn’t ignore the bin of dried split peas at PCC. Last week I had to stop by the wine store on the top of Queen Anne to pick up some wine for work, and decided to meet Dan at the meat shop adjacent to it to see if we could figure out dinner plans. We asked if they had any ham bones and they chopped us some hamcock (I believe she called it hamcock…).

Hamcock split open, for the juices to soak into the soup

Dried split peas

Split Pea Soup *recipe from here

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/4 Cups dried split peas
  • 2 Quarts cold water
  • 1 1/2 Pounds ham bone
  • 2 Onions, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 Tsp salt
  • 1/4 Tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 Pinch dried marjoram
  • 3 Stalks celery, chopped
  • 3 Carrots, chopped
  • 1 Potato, diced

Mire poir for the soup

Directions:

Put the split peas in the 2 quarts of water, simmer for 2 minutes, then cover and let it sit for an hour (or you can soak them over night in the water). Add ham bone, onions, marjoram, salt and pepper to the split peas. Cover and bring it to a boil, then let it simmer for an hour and a half, stirring occasionally. Add celery, carrots and potatoes to the soup, uncover and let it cook for about 40 more minutes, or until vegetables are tender. I left the bone in the soup, took the skin off and tore the meat off of it with forks to distribute into the soup.

Split Pea Soup

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Homemade Horseradish

As I mentioned yesterday, grocery shopping on Christmas Eve and Christmas is not a good idea. I was running around Safeway trying to find horseradish and all they had were squeeze bottle spreads. Gross. The woman working there recommended buying a horseradish root, grating it and mixing it with equal parts sour cream. Genius.

Horseradish root

Ingredients:

  • Horseradish Root
  • Equal part sour cream

Directions:

Peel the outside of the horseradish root. Grate it into a small bowl. Mix in sour cream. Voila, do-it-yourself horseradish!

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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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