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Astoria Pictures (and Some Breakfast Food Items…and Some Seals!)

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Images of our most recent trip to Astoria, with captions and everything!

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Latte at the Astoria Coffeehouse.

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Breakfast sandwich at the Astoria Coffeehouse.

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jwa makes a bagel sandwich…guess where?

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More bagel sandwich!

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Hey! The Hotel Elliott has Stash Tea…neat.

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Me by the bridge.

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The dock and a big ship. There were a bunch of them (about 5) lined up. We thought maybe it was to be lead out across the bar? Or maybe they were all just sleepy?

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jwa and I on the Elliott roof…

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Chicken Pot Pie with a Feta-Parmesan-Herb Biscuit Crust

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Now this is one of the ultimate comfort foods, ever. I actually tried to make a chicken pot pie before — maybe 5 years ago — and it was a complete disaster. Flavorless, too much work and just kind of meh. It’s taken me 5 years to want to attempt another one. Wow, am I glad I did! This chicken pot pie is anything but meh…it is awesome!

It’s also a great project for a Saturday or Sunday, it seems like there are a lot of steps, but it goes very quickly. Plus, you can use up lots of vegetables, pretty much add any combination that you have. I subbed frozen lima beans for the peas and added about 4 stalks of cut up (about 1 inch pieces) of asparagus right before I added the flour.

Oh, diced butternut squash would probably be wonderful in this, or maybe even some sweet potato chunks! This is based on a recipe in Gourmet magazine, but that was for a turkey pot pie with a cheddar-biscuit crust, so, really this is much different!

Chicken Pot Pie with a Feta Herb Biscuit Crust
For filling:
1 lb chicken breasts, cut into bit-sized pieces
1 tbsp olive oil
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Two Months and Counting…

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Look…it’s a wedding post

So, it looks like this wedding thing is actually happening. Eek! About 2 1/2 months to go. Let’s see, I have a dress (first fitting scheduled for the beginning of March), I have shoes, and jwa has assured me he has a plan that will result in him having an outfit to wear. Oh! And we got our rings the other day too. Hooray!

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We’re going to Astoria tomorrow to meet with the Hotel and the caterer to finalize all the little details. Invitations will go out 2/29 (ha! Leap Year!) and I have finally decided on what to put in the favor boxes I bought over six months ago.

Do we really need favors? Probably not, but the boxes were just so damn cute. Oh and it’s funny, it seems as I read wedding message boards, that the indie kids* are all, “oh, we’re not doing favors”…. but you know what? Too bad. We’re having favors because I like the boxes. And I love what I’ve decided to put in them. Oh, and we’re also having fun, bonus, place setting favors too. Yeah. Two favors, people.

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What’s for Lunch? Orange-Rosemary Grilled Mahi Mahi over Toasty Orzo

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We try to bring lunch during the week to save money and to eat healthier. I have also been trying to enforce a fish 2x a week for lunch rule. Eh, most times it’s more like once a week, but we’re trying! Sometimes this means tuna, not the ( good awesome kind) and sometimes that means other things.

This is my new favorite other thing and I think jwa like it a lot too. That is no small feat. He is very skeptical of fish (especially fish tagged with Cheap Fish Project, which this is — $5/lb, frozen, at Trader Joe’s).

I’ve also discovered a new, fun thing to do with orzo — toast it in the pan with olive oil before cooking it with the boiling water. It gives it a nutty taste that is quite delicious!

This is also easy to whip up the night before specifically to bring to work the next day.

Orange-Rosemary Grilled Mahi Mahi
Marinade:
1 tbsp orange zest
2 tsp chopped fresh rosemary
2 garlic cloves, minced
Juice of half an orange
3 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp white wine vinegar

Fish:
1 lb mahi mahi, cut into bite-sized cubes
salt & pepper
juice from the other half of the orange
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I Love You, Flank Steak Pinwheels — Be My Valentine

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Hmmm…we used to (every so often) get these pre-made at Trader Joe’s. They don’t seem to have them anymore which is just fine — they are very easy to make yourself! Give it a try! Plus, nothing says “I love you” like red meat and a bottle of wine! Grrrr!!!

Besides, this was jwa’s request for Valentine’s dinner!

Flank Steak Pinwheels with Boursin, Spinach and Sun-Dried Tomatoes
Based on a recipe from Eating Well magazine
2/3 cup sun-dried tomatoes (not packed in oil)
2 cups boiling water
1 pound flank steak, trimmed of fat
1 clove garlic, minced
3 oz herbed cheese spread, such as Boursin
1 cup baby spinach leaves
2 tbsp olive oil
kosher salt & freshly ground pepper
15 or so button mushrooms, sliced
1/4 cup Cabernet Sauvignon wine (plus the rest of the bottle for drinkin’!)

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Place sun-dried tomatoes in a bowl; pour boiling water over them and let steep until softened, about 10 minutes. Drain and chop. Meanwhile, place steak between 2 large pieces of plastic wrap. Pound each side of the steak thoroughly with the pointed side of a meat mallet until the steak is an even 1/4-inch thickness. Salt and pepper it good.

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