I've been bad about keeping up but I have cooked this week....really I have! I know it doesn't look like it! I made this soup when the weather started getting chilly. It was a great soup. I'm definitely adding it to my fall and winter dinner menus. I love the color of the soup after you've pureed it.
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
After breakfast we were on our way to Port Ludlow. We took the ferry from Seattle to Bainbridge across the bay.
It took about 1 1/2 hours to take the ferry and drive to Port Ludlow. We were staying the night at a friend's cabin right on the water. Here's the view from her porch. It was a little overcast and drizzly over the weekend but still beautiful.
Here's the marina in Port Ludlow.
For dinner we drove into Poulsbo. We had dinner at Mor Mor Bistro and Bar. Mor Mor features local farm raised produce, wild seafood, fresh pastas, naturally raised poultry, game and beef. I had the MorMor's Pork Osso Buco $25 (pork shanks slow braised in wine and herbs served on creamy parmesan laced polenta with braising jus). The pork shank was huge and absolutely delicious! For dessert I had the mango sorbet. It totally hit the spot! YUM!
Mor Mor Bistro and Bar
18820 Front Street
Poulsbo WA 98370
I'm back......didja miss me? I had a great trip. I stopped in Seattle for the night. I stayed at the Seattle Marriott Waterfront. Isn't it a gorgeous hotel? It's right across the street from the bay. We had a great room with an amazing view.
Seattle Marriott Waterfront
2100 Alaskan Way
Seattle, Washington 98121 USA
After checking into the hotel, we went for a walk along the pier. We stopped at The Fishermans Restaurant and Bar for a drink and a quick appetizer. It's located on Pier 57. We sampled the Crab Dip (Dungeness crab, spinach, Bay shrimp, cream cheese & Parmesan cheese served with tortilla chips). I also had this yummy concoction. It's a pomegranate margarita. YUMMY!!
The Fishermans Restaurant and Bar
1301 Alaskan Way
Seattle, WA 98101
For dinner we went to a very neat French inspired restaurant, Boat Street Cafe. It's a little hard to find but it's at the foot of Queen Anne hill. We shared a few appetizers before dinner. We tried the Garden Lettuce Salad $9 (with a Dijon vinaigrette and roasted walnuts) and the Fromage $12 (Brillat Savarin, Blue d' Auvergne, Bucherondin de Chevre with plum & onion confiture). The lettuce was very fresh and delicious. The cheese plate was amazing. Yummy!! Oh and by the way, the complementary bread they bring to the table is amazing!! Ask for more and each it with the cheese!
For dinner, I had the British Columbia Scallops $24 (with white corn puree, chanterelle mushrooms & house cured prosciutto). It was amazing. A friend had the Boat Street Crab Cakes and I stole a taste. I highly recommend the crab cakes. AMAZING! Next time I am sooo having the crab cakes!
For dessert we shared the Amaretto Bread Pudding (with a rum butter cream). It has to be one of the best bread puddings I have ever had. It was to die for!
I was told that the Boat Street Cafe also serves a killer brunch! I will be back to Seattle just to eat here again!
Boat Street Cafe
3131 Western Ave #301
Seattle, WA 98121
The next morning we had breakfast at the Edgewater Hotel's restaurant, Six Seven. It has an absolutely amazing view. The hotel itself is located on Pier 67 on Elliott Bay. I had the Crab Cakes Florentine Benedicts $16. It was so good! The crab cakes were perfect! The view was spectacular.
Six Seven at The Edgewater Hotel
2411 Alaskan Way, Pier 67
Seattle, WA 98121
1 (800) 624-0670
Here's some famous Seattle landmarks! The Space Needle and Pike's Market.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Sorry to say that I'll be gone this weekend. I'm headed for Seattle, then up to Port Ludlow. Both areas are absolutely gorgeous but I think the weather may not cooperate. Can you believe it went from a high of 90 a few days ago, to 74 today. Brrr!! This weekend is supposed to be in the 60's in Seattle. Wish me luck. I may not be quite used to the cold just yet. Have a great weekend!! I'll be back with lots of pictures! I believe a French restaurant is in the works for Friday night. Ooohhh lala!!
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Friday, September 12, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
At lot of the online photo services sites allow you to make books of your favorite snapshots. I just made a 12x12 leather cover photo book at Shutterfly. It was of the pictures from my trip to Italy last year. It was delivered the other day and I have to say I'm very impressed with the work they did!! The larger books can be a little spendy, but heck I'd say they're worth it! Now I have some of my most memorable pics of Italy in a hardcover book. It makes the perfect coffee table book.
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Monday, September 8, 2008
I tried this dessert with some of the raspberry freezer jam I made earlier this summer. Mmmm...they're yummy!
Raspberry Oatmeal Bars
1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1 c. (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1 c. brown sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. almond extract
2 c. old fashioned rolled oats, divided
1 c. raspberry jam
1) Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Coat 9x9 square pan with cooking spray.
2) Sift flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt in a small bowl.
3) Cream sugar and butter in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Beat in egg, vanilla extract and almond extract until smooth. Add flour mix to butter and mix well. Stir in 1 3/4 c. oats. Spread about 2/3 of the batter on the bottom of the pan. Spread jam on top of crust.
4) Add remaining 1/4 c. oats to the remaining batter. Crumble mixture over the top of the jam. Bake for about 25-30 minutes or until golder. Cool pan then cut up into squares.