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Wonderful Things Happen When You Clean Your Freezer

lamb

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 had.

I also added a few things like kalamata olives and also some roasted garlic cloves I saw at the grocery store’s olive bar. I also took away a few things I didn’t have (fennel and mint). The timing of this meal was perfect as we needed a break in the ‘what to do with turkey next?’-fest.

This is easily doubled if you have a full leg of lamb, you’ll just want to increase the cooking time a bit.

Leg of Lamb Stuffed with Greens and Feta
Adapted from the cookbook, The Foods of the Greek Islands: Cooking and Culture at the Crossroads . . . → Read More: Wonderful Things Happen When You Clean Your Freezer

Thanksgiving 2010

Thanksgiving

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. With wine!!
Regular ol’ stuffing with apples, dried cherries, sausage, walnuts and fresh sage.
Giblet gravy.
Roasted root vegetables with a balsamic-lemon vinaigrette using a different mix than the original recipe — fennel, garlic, onions, and sweet dumpling squash, sweet potatoes, red potatoes from Sun Gold Farm.
Broccolini with smoked paprika, almonds & garlic (and Manchego cheese).
Cranberry relish.
Pecan pie.

See? . . . → Read More: Thanksgiving 2010

Seattle!

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 about 30 minutes, which gave us some time to walk around the market a bit. The latte here was wonderful and so was my omelette and rosemary raisin brioche toast.

Hotel Max
620 Stewart Street
Seattle, WA 98101

Right downtown and we got a great rate and 1/2 priced parking ($15/day). The hallways are all gray and the doors have blown-up black and white photographs of musicians/album covers/stuff like that on them. The rooms were a little small, but honestly a little bigger than our bedroom at home (we have an old house) so it really didn’t bother me at all!

Pike Place Market
1501 Pike Pl.
Seattle, WA 98101

Fun to walk around…crowded on . . . → 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:

1. Since there are only two of us, I halved the recipe. This required a little futzing with the egg yolk vs. whole egg combo. I went with two full eggs, instead of 1 1/2 whole eggs and one yolk. So, I think I had a tiny bit more egg white, but this way I didn’t waste any egg.

2. I added 1 minced garlic clove because it is impossible for me to make anything savory without garlic. It can’t be done, I tell you.

3. I also added about a 1/2 teaspoon of dried, rubbed sage.

4. These would be a great addition to Thanksgiving and . . . → Read More: FFwD6: Pumpkin-Feta Flans

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 pretty awesome too!

The idea being small plates, we a few things to share and then each had a po’ boy (well, jwa had two). That was a good strategy and the bill was very reasonable for all the food and drinks we ordered.

While we were one of the few tables when we got there around 5:30, it was completely full and boisterous by the time we left.

Tapalaya
Louisiana Lemonade which I forget all that was in it right now, but it was mighty tasty.

Tapalaya
Beet Salad — roasted beets with Creole-mayo, topped with onion & hard boiled egg.

Tapalaya . . . → Read More: Saturday Night Dinner: Tapalaya