Sunday, July 28, 2013

Q is for: Quesadillas with Cowboy Caviar & Steak

Ahhhhhh.... Q week. Not quite as challenging as X, but still quite the quandary.

I've done quinoa (twice), I've done quiches, I've even done an actual restaurant named Q. And yes, I've already done quesadillas.

But quesadillas can be done so many different ways, that I figure it's OK to do a different twist on them. Especially when it means sharing this delicious recipe for Cowboy Caviar.

If you remember from my July 4th post, Cowboy Caviar was on the menu for our celebration at Gig Harbor with my siiiiister and BIL's family. Sis makes this for pretty much any gathering, and sorta like my baked brie, it's a crowd pleaser that's always requested when she attends an event.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

P is for: {grilled} Peach Basil Ice Cream

Recently, I was reunited with one of my best friends, Devon Fox, while MLB held its All Star festivities in New York. It was like the good ol' San Francisco days, enjoying food, music, baseball and laughs until the wee hours of the morning. After the work portion of her trip was complete, she hopped on a train to come see what Connecticut was all about.

Since cooking together was always such a big part of our lives back in SF, we decided we would make dinner at home. (Following a boozy lunch and spa day of course). After scooping her up at the train station, we decided to swing by one of the local farmer's markets that was billed as "one of the biggest in Hartford."

We giggled a little when we walked up. The Ferry building it was not, but it still had a couple of good finds, including some mint mojito Italian ice from Chet's. On a 100-degree day, this was a life saver. We bought individual cups to cool us off as we perused the produce and went back for a pint later on. We also picked up some local peaches, as Devon had suggested grilling them and serving them with vanilla ice cream. Fast forward to our post-massage-induced coma and an 80-dollar shopping trip at Whole Foods in which we hit up the antipasto AND trail mix bars, picked up some fancy cheese, steak for the grill, and about a million other things that sounded good at the time. Well, we somehow forgot to buy ice cream, and we also forgot to grill the peaches.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

P is for: Patriotic Roundup for 4th of July

Happy 4th of July week!

I am currently halfway through my West Coast vacation and enjoying every second of my time here. It's been a bit of a whirlwind... Hartford to Seattle last Friday, with a layover in Minneapolis. Stayed with the siiiiister and BIL (brother in law), then Woodinville for a wedding of one of my college friends. Sunday I jetted down to San Francisco for a (way too) quick trip to catch up with friends and enjoy the unseasonably warm SF weather (kayaking on the bay!) Then it was back to Seattle to celebrate the 4th of July and mom's 60th birthday. I stayed with four different friends in four nights with 3 airplane rides. Phew!

We will be spending our 4th of July with BIL's family in Gig Harbor. I'm looking forward to spending time on the boat, soaking up some rays, and relaxing with friends and family. Along with most American families, we will be BBQ'ing for the 4th. I will be making my Orzo Pasta Salad, the siiiiister will be making her "Cowboy Caviar" (I'm certain this will be making an appearance on the blog in the future), and I might whip up some white peach sangria just because. I hope everyone enjoys the holiday, and if you are looking for some ideas for your own Patriotic Parties, try some of my ideas below, or check out last year's 4th of July roundup.
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