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Wonderful Things Happen When You Clean Your Freezer


The other day, I did a quick check through my freezer, cleaning things out in preparation for any Thanksgiving leftovers it may soon be asked to store. While searching, I came across a two pound piece of boneless leg of lamb (I had used the other two pound half of to make a lamb tagine a few weeks ago). Hmmmmm…I thought, what could I do with this? I quickly consulted the Internet and found this tasty-looking recipe. Although the original recipe was for a full leg of lamb, I adapted it to work with what I . . . → Read More: Wonderful Things Happen When You Clean Your Freezer

Thanksgiving 2010


This year, I am trying to not overdo it. No, really! I’m not. I’m seriously restraining myself here. When there are two people for a Thanksgiving feast, you do not need a creamy baked dish. Or a third vegetable side. Or a ton of appetizers…Or two pies.

This is what you need:

Gougeres for an appetizer. I have some leftover from FFwD#1 in the freezer!

Then: An 8.7 pound Mary’s Organic Turkey for roasting. I seriously would not be against just roasting a turkey breast but I want more practice at roasting whole turkeys… Spice brine. . . . → Read More: Thanksgiving 2010


Seattle Latte at Cafe Campagne

We recently went to Seattle for a long weekend and to see the Picasso Exhibit at the Art Museum. We were also going to try and hit the Battlestar Galactica exhibit at the SciFi Museum but we didn’t make it this trip. Perhaps that’s an excuse to go back before it ends in March?

Anyway, we did go to:

Cafe Campagne 1600 Post Alley at Pine Seattle, WA 98101

We ate breakfast here on a Sunday morning. Luckily, it was kind of early (10:00 am), so the wait was only . . . → Read More: Seattle!

FFwD6: Pumpkin-Feta Flans

Pumpkin and Feta Flan

Hey! It’s post number six of French Fridays with Dorie. This is actually more than the sixth week, but I missed a couple. For November, there’s not a definite schedule, just four recipes to do on the Friday of your choosing. This Friday Thursday PM, I chose to post about Pumpkin-Gorgonzola Flans, but since I am not a huge blue cheese fan, I substituted feta cheese.

Again, the cookbook is Around My French Table by Dorie Greenspan and you should go buy it!

Here are a few notes from my flan-making experience:

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Saturday Night Dinner: Tapalaya

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Tapalaya 28 NE 28th Avenue Portland, OR 97232

Not too long ago, we caught another showing of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World at Laurelhurst Theater. The original plan was to hit Tabla afterward for dinner but, sadly they had no table for us. That’s how we ended up at Tapalaya and had a very nice meal! Please enjoy the following pictures as much as we enjoyed the dinner. I don’t normally crave Louisiana/Southern food but I was delighted by the Fried Chicken, Fritters and Po’ Boy small plates. Oh and the flaming crème brûlée was . . . → Read More: Saturday Night Dinner: Tapalaya