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Been so long…

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How has everyone been? Did you think I fell off the face of the earth? Well, I didn’t, just off the bloggershpere. I took the summer off and enjoyed every day with my family and friends. And I baked. A lot. I just didn’t write about it. My daughter and I went to New York for 7 weeks to see my mom, aunt/uncle, cousins… It was great.  My better half came for 3 weeks to join in on the fun. Great food, great times, great weather (only one 2 week heat wave!).

I forgot to put away my sourdough starter so unfortunately it died, but I did start another,with great success, in New York and was able to dry some, bring it back home, and revive it. In fact, we had pizza last night that was made with it.  I seem to be having better luck with it now, making sourdough pancakes, breads, crumb cakes, and pie crust! The “secret” seems to be the fact that I am only using spring water now, instead of tap water. The chlorine in tap water seems to kill off the bacteria that is needed to make the starter. Lessen learned.

To my delight, we came home to an abundance of vegetables and herbs. A deep thank you to our friends who watered our garden every day while my husband was with me in NY. He gets the rest of the credit. I only plant it and harvest it! I now have 4 quarts (!!) of pesto in my freezer, as well as oven dried cherry tomatoes, gorgeous Russian red garlic, around 3 pounds of broccoli and lots of red potatoes (with many still in the ground), The majority of the carrots are still waiting to be picked as well as the Brussel sprouts. Isn’t summer fun?

Here are some pictures…

New York 2013 Slideshow

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A note on oven dried cherry tomatoes:

To make them I simply place them on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake them at 250 F for about 3 hours, until they are dried up but still have a little  moisture left in them.

There are a few things I do with my oven dried tomatoes. I like them in salads (mixed with fresh tomatoes for contrast), on pizza, or simply tossed with hot pasta and parmesan. It also makes an excellent spread when whirled up in a processor with cream cheese and a touch of sour cream. For a longer shelf life, I pack a mason jar with the dried tomatoes and then fill it up with olive oil. This will last in the fridge for quite a while. The oil that is left over in the jar gets flavored with the tomatoes and is fantastic for dipping bread into or used in salad dressing.

 

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Pike Place Market

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My mom has been visiting us from New York for the past 2 weeks and we went on a driving holiday for 10 days. One of the places that we visited was Seattle, WA, home of the infamous Pike Place Market. I had always wanted to go there and my husband was kind enough to include this on our destination list and were we ever happy!! What a place to spend the day (or two in our case). We just could not get over the flowers-absolutely stunning bouquets filled with lilies, sunflowers,dalias, etc.. for $5!!! The most expensive bunch we saw was $15. It was a flower paradise…
Anyway, on to the important stuff… food. If you love seafood this is a “must visit” on your to do list.
Here are a few pictures to wet your appetite

Jumbo shrimp

Jumbo shrimp

These were mouthwatering….

 

 

 

 

 

 
and the biggest lobster tails I have EVER seen!
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We bought a piece of alderwood smoked salmon but ate it before I had a chance to take a photo of it! sorry

IMG_3344 This is when you wish you had a bbq in your hotel room

 

IMG_3343 I just had to share a few pictures, now back to baking!

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Hello world!

IMG_0784WELCOME! I have decided to enter the modern world and start (yet another) a blog dedicated to the  love of food. Hopefully some other people might stumble across it and enjoy the baking ride with me.iI really enjoy food blogs and hope that someone out there might like mine…This is my first attempt at a blog and really have no idea what I am doing so please be patient- I promise to post some really good recipes! Wish me luck!!!!!!
P.S.-The picture here is a wedding cake I did last summer- coconut cake with a coconut buttercream, covered in marzipan and then fondant. All of the flowers are made out of gumpaste. It was truly delicious….

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