30 June 2008
I am not the hugest of baseball fans (I know...shocker...) BUT, I LOVE the idea of it all. Hopefully you understand what I mean by "idea". Erin and I just discussed this earlier so I know she gets it, but sometimes the "idea" of something is so wonderful...better than the actual "thing". I am quite tired, so am not in the mood to explain, but I'm thinking all of you who read this (all baker's dozen of you), get where I'm going with that. Either way, I loved seeing their logo everwhere and seeing all of the "excited" people (who were obviously Canadians...since our poor Mariners have been struggling this season.)
And...yes! We had a hotdog. Well, I had a couple of bites at least! And, for being a hotdog (which I RARELY have...as I believe all of you know) it was perfect....because, the IDEA of it was perfect.
This will probably be one of the ONLY times I post something like this...but, it's appropriate as my husband and I just went to our first pro-baseball game together.
Living in Seattle has been so much fun! We definitely have decided to take advantage of all of the various activities this city has to offer...and therefore, we went to a Mariners game tonight. Hey, they may not be doing the best, but gotta support the team!
So...what do you have to have when venturing to the ball park? Hotdogs!
Now, I'm not a huge fan of hotdogs...but they are a "must" in my opinion when portraying the "perfect ball-park image". So... I took a couple of bites and went with it.
Next time you're at a game (be it a pro-game, or a friendly competition at the park) enjoy your favorite food and drink...and most of all HAVE FUN!
(for a variety of hotdog recipes, click here! not that just slapping it on the grill and adding your fave condiments isn't perfect enough for a hot summer's day!)
28 June 2008
When the heat of summer is intense, the only thing I truly crave are light salads and fresh veggies. This Japanese Cucumber Salad does just the trick!
I serve cucumbers for dinner, about 3 times a week. And sometimes more. We love them. But, sometimes, it's nice to break of the flavor a bit. As my husband loves most any and all Japanese food, this is the perfect summer treat.
* 2 medium Cucumbers...or 1 large English Cucumber (Which I prefer) *1/4 C rice vinegar *1 t sugar *1/4 t salt *2 Tbl Sesame seeds toasted (see below)
*Peel cucumbers in half lengthwise; scrape seeds out with a spoon. Cut into thin-thin slices (with sharp knife or food processor). Place in a double layer of paper towels and squeeze out any excess moisture.
*Combine vinegar, sugar, and salt. Stir till dissolved. Add cucumbers and sesame seeds. Toss well to combine!
To toast Sesame Seeds:
Put them in a dry skillet on low. Stir seeds constantly till golden. (About 2 minutes.)
MOST OF ALL ENJOY!
(**recipe and photo courtesy Foodnetwork.com)
Enjoy this beautiful weekend!
27 June 2008
Anthony and I finally got moved from Alaska and are now happily figuring out our new city, Seattle. What a change! We are still surrounded by some boxes but have managed to pretend we're on our way to organization by filling up our guest room with these daunting, never ending square annoyances. I'm going to post pictures (tomorrow I hope!!) so that you all can see our new place. You can at least see our home in progress! Since one of my favorite places of a home is the kitchen (as I believe most of you know by now) I at least wanted to get you started with a couple of pictures of our new space. The others will have to wait, as I still am searching frantically for my camera. These were taken with my less than perfect phone. Hmm.
Though I'm sick of the un-packing, I have managed to procrastinate (yes...I'm brilliant at it) by starting a little herb garden and coming up with new recipes! Hey - I have a new kitchen...gotta break it in with my favorite activity!
The quiche is half eaten, yes. So the picture isn't perfect...or is it? I always tend to think that something is better if people want to eat it, not just look at it. For those who like to make food, this is what I did:
3C flour 1C butter 1 Egg 1T vinager 5-6T cold water
Mix cold butter and flour till crumbles (with pastry blender or by hand), Mix egg, water and vinager and then add to flour and butter. (I like to add just 5 TBL of water, but then once mixed add a last TBL if I feel it needs it. Cut in half. This crust recipe is great becuase you can re-roll, freeze, whatever and it's still perfect. I just used one half, and froze the other. Roll out and use fingers to "ruffle" the edges of the crust. FILLING:
4 eggs** 2 C half & half** 1 1/2 C Swiss Cheese 1/2 - 3/4 Cup parmasan cheese 1/2 C white onion 1/2 C green onion 6 bacon slices (crispy) 6-8 asparagus stalks (based on preference) Tbl fresh rosemary (chopped) Tbl Pepper Dash of Salt
*Crisp bacon as desired (pan or oven) *Cut the asparagus into bite-size pieces, leaving the tips in tack. Blanche. Set aside. *Chop onions. *Combine eggs (beat), half & half, Pepper, Salt and Rosemary (or other favorite herb). *In bottom of crust put in swiss cheese, chopped onions, crispy bacon and blanched asparagus (NOT the tips though). Pour the mixture over the items in the crust. Sprinkle parmasan cheese over top of mixture, covering well. In the center, make a circle with some of the asparagus tips. *Cook for about 65 minutes on 350 degrees (let rest 10 minutes) and enjoy! ** The original recipe called for 3 eggs and 1 1/2 C of half & half, and NO asparagus or Rosemary. When I added the new ingrediants, I had to adjust the filling. The original could work, but I wanted to fill up my pie. And...I added Rosemary cause I love the smell of it. **Some recipes call for a quiche to be cooked at 375 degrees, but I personally like the lower temperature for longer...as it's more moist. Either one will be successful!