Thursday, December 3, 2015

Tacos & Beer

Located in north Ballard Crown Hill neighborhood

We decided to stop in for happy hour and check out this small eatery in the north Ballard Crown Hill area of Seattle off Holman road NW.  We were delightfully surprised to find out how good it was and so reasonably priced.  We have now found a jewel of a place for awesome Mexican food not far from where we live and have been back several times. 


Taquitos

They serve a good selection of Mexican beer on draft as well as a popular IPA along with other bottle beer and wine on the menu.  The happy hour menu is just right or you can mix and match off the main menu.  Happy hour is from 2pm -6pm and again after 9pm. 

Don't take our word for it.  Try it out today!  They are directly across the street from Dick's on Holman.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Sweet Bread

My Sweet Bread
The smell of sweet bread or any bread for that matter is pleasing to most people!  Bread is an ancient art and can be made so many ways that a person in one lifetime could never get bored with it.  Bread seems to be in some ways a part of all cultures at some point in time, just different names and different way of making it.

INGREDIENTS:


1/2 cup milk
1/3 cup water
2 large egg
1/3 cup butter or margarine, melted
2 Tbs of honey 
3 Tbs of Nutiva coconut sugar
1 tsp salt
2 cups Namaste gluten free organic perfect flour blend
2 cups of Whole wheat bread
3 Tbs of Nutiva superseed blend (contains ground flax, chia and hempseed with coconut)
1 Tbs of dried sweet basil  
2 Tbs of bread machine maker yeast  (I ended up kneading it myself and baking it in the oven instead of using my bread maker).  I also added an extra egg - two instead of one.
Add all the dry ingredients and stir it together a few times.  Warm the liquid except for the egg in the microwave to just room temp warm so the yeast will work better.  I added the egg and then the liquid. 

I kneaded the bread until it was mixed and set aside for about an hour to rise.
I baked at 3:50 degrees for about 30 - 40 minutes or till done.

I liked this bread ok toasted and lathered with lingonberry jam.  I really didn't like it as a sandwich bread.  It appeared too bland for me. 
I plan on experimenting with other bread recipes to add a healthy flair.  


Saturday, October 10, 2015

Caprese Appetizers



What better appetizer to start off a gourmet feast of healthy delicious Greek food.paired with your sweet red wine! 

Ingredients:

20 oz
Grape tomatoes
10 oz
4 Tbs
1 pinch
1 Tbs
20
Mozzarella cheese cubed
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Salt and pepper each
Italian seasoning 
toothpicks

Directions:

Simple enough – take the toothpicks and put one grape and one cube of mozzarella cheese on each.  I like putting them all in a glass container with a lid along with the olive oil, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper to taste.  Shake it around to fully coat and then leave in the fridge for a few hours to marinate or overnight.  Pull the container out and serve.  Just about the easiest appetizer to make!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Blueberry Flaugnarde

Blueberries
I saw this French recipe on Facebook made with cherries.  I tried it and loved the custard taste and cherry flavor.  I decided to try it with blueberries and take both the cherry and blueberry to a community party.  The blueberry pie didn't last long but I still had a little left over from the cherry one.  I highly recommend this pie made with either cherry or blueberries.  I can't wait to try different variations!

Ingredients:

18 oz fresh blueberries, washed and set aside to dry*
2 Tbs. of butter, melted and set aside to cool
4 eggs
1 cup of milk
3/4 cups of flour
1/4 tsp of salt
1/2 cup of sugar
1 tsp of vanilla extract
1 tsp of almond extract
Dust with powdered sugar


 

* substitute blueberries with 20 oz of clean and pitted cherries for the Cherry Clafoutis




Take a 9 inch pie pan and grease the bottom with the butter on bottom and all sides.
Sprinkle and coat the pan with the sugar.  Add the blueberries and make sure they are even within the pan.

In the meantime preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Mix the eggs and milk together followed by the flour, salt and sugar.  I like to add extra vanilla and almond extract but if you don't just use 1/2 tsp.  Mix into the batter the melted butter.  The batter will appear to be runny but cooks to a custard texture.

Pour the batter into the pie pan.  Cook in the oven for approx. 40 minutes.  It will puff up and then subside.  You will know it is done when it is a golden brown.  Optional - dust with the powdered sugar or leave off. 

I liked this warm and cold.  It was a hit with everyone that tried it.  You can't go wrong serving this for dinner and at parties.  It is great at every meal even at breakfast!

Très bien!




Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Patxi's Ballard


While walking in the Balłard area of Seattle we stumbled on this quaint restaurant pub that offered a selection of spirits, beer, wine and unique menu items.  


We were feeling adventurous so my Husband Kurt and I decided to try a thin crust all natural garlic fennel sausage pizza with ricotta and mozzarella cheese.  


I have to admit I had never tried pizza with ricotta cheese but since I love lasagne how bad could it be?  Well, it wasn't bad at all, quite the contrary!  It was absolutely delicious!  The service was friendly and attentative...meaning they didn't make us wait from the time we walked in the door to taking care of the bill.  

We will go back again so that says something in itself.  The atmosphere, food, drinks and service got an A+++++. The only problem was walking the 2 miles home but that's another story.....

Visit their website at www.patxispizza.com for a local one near you or for your next travel adventure!






Wednesday, May 20, 2015

McMenamins in Mill Creek Washington

I had the opportunity to go to lunch at McMenamin's Brew Pub awhile back and they had this delicious cheeseburger on the special menu.  It looked so good when they brought it to the table that  I had to take a picture!  It not only looked good, it was perhaps the best cheeseburger I have ever had! 

The beer that I paired it with was their most popular Hammerhead brew which is a pale ale.  Usually I can't decide which beer to order since I happen to like them all.  They are all handcrafted brews that pair with their excellent choice of food offered on their main and weekly specialty menus.   The selection is great and so is the service. 

McMenamins has a lot to offer if you are traveling in Washington and Oregon.  They have many locations that also offer hotel accommodations along with their restaurants.

I highly recommend them so check out their website for more information:  McMenamins


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Making Homemade Pasta Noodles!


Homemade Pasta


I bought a pasta making machine with the drying rack but let it sit in my closet close to a year before actually using it.  I had been so eager to buy but so reluctant to use!  I finally overcame my fear of failure when I pulled it out of the box and made the decision to try it.

Add the eggs in the center and beat them with a fork
Ok, there is really only two ingredients that are listed on the instructions that came with the machine.  How bad can it be?  Well, for starters instead of talking while measuring it may be better to stay quiet and pay attention!  I actually doubled the flour and didn't have enough eggs to compensate so my Husband being the hungry man he is obliged and went to the store to get the eggs.


Adding the seasoning
Now, I was ready to knead and knead until I got the dough the way I wanted it.  I used 4 cups of flour, 10 eggs (room temp) and even though the recipe didn't call for it I added lots of dried basil and dried Italian seasoning.




Dough is ready!


After the dough was the consistency that I wanted, all smooth and no lumps, I mashed it together sorta like a meatloaf and wrapped it in cooking paper.  I then cut it into slices to get ready to put in the pasta machine.
wrap in paper for easy cutting and no marks on your table!
There is a dial for thickness.  I started on 1 and worked up to 3
Dry for at least an hour before cooking!
Select a good red wine for your meal

My Pasta loaded with sauce and ready for dinner paired with a glass of red wine!!

  What I would do differently?  Well, for starters I would measure right and not make the noodles quite so thick!  The dial on the machine goes from 0 to 9 so I need to practice with making thinner type noodles even though I have to admit I LOVED the meal.

I  used my favorite brand of flour:



 I also picked a wine from my selection bought from www.nakedwines.com:  Arbor Crest - Cabernet Sauvignon!