Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Vashon Island Adventure

Stacy on board the Vashon Island Ferry - June 27, 2009

A few weeks ago when Brian and I were on the Kingston Ferry I picked up a brochure on Vashon Island.
We've explored the island before, but this brochure had hiking trails, directions to the lighthouse (which we couldn't find the last time we toured the island) and other points of interest.
We had an amazing Saturday and the weather was glorious! We caught an early ferry from just out our back door at Fauntleroy (it's only a 15 minute crossing).

We walked along the main part of town and checked out the Saturday Farmer's Market. Then we picked up some lunch and had a picnic down at Point Robinson Park.
Point Robinson began as a fog signal station on July 1, 1885. The original boiler and 12-inch steam whistle came from Oregon's Point Adams Lighthouse. The current lighthouse was built in 1915, with a 38-foot tower and fifth-order Fresnel lens. With these specifications, the light could be seen 12 miles. The tower is a twin of Alki Point Lighthouse.

After our picnic we headed back towards the ferry to Vashon Winery. We were the first guests to arrive so Brian helped take out the "open" sign (I think he's got a new part time job). We really liked their wines and picked up a bottle for the wine cellar.We had a wonderful Saturday and I can't wait to explore Vashon even more later this summer.Enjoy!

Monday, June 29, 2009

Technical Difficulties!

Happy Monday!

Blogger has lost its mind! Things are all jumbled up. Sorry! As soon as I get to the bottom of it - posts will resume!


Sunday, June 28, 2009

Menu Plan Monday: Welcome July

Summer is in full swing.....long days, evenings sipping Chardonnay on the back deck and the aroma of a charcoal barbecue (okay.....ours is gas, but you get the picture).

The 4th of July is Saturday this year (Friday is a holiday) so I'll be heading up to Seattle on Thursday night.

Here is this week's short menu for Rebecca Lane - including an all grilling menu.


Monday: Yummy Honey Chicken Kabobs with Grilled Veggies and Brown Rice
Tuesday: BBQ'd Salmon and Cauliflower with Tomato-Curry Sauce
Wednesday: Flank Steak with Triple Grilled Onions and Texas Toast

Saturday, June 27, 2009

The King of Pop

I grew up watching Michael Jackson and his music and videos will live on in my life. His passing has brought back a flood of memories.

When I heard of his passing, the first thing that came to mind was the Motown 25th anniversary special. On March 25, 1983, Jackson performed live - with The Jackson 5 and on his own singing "Billie Jean". This is where he debuted his signature dance move "the moonwalk".

His performances during the event were seen by 47 million viewers during its initial airing, and drew comparisons to Elvis Presley's and the The Beatles' appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show.

The New York Times said, "The moonwalk that he made famous is an apt metaphor for his dance style. How does he do it? As a technician, he is a great illusionist, a genuine mime. His ability to keep one leg straight as he glides while the other bends and seems to walk requires perfect timing.

With white socks, I practiced this move on my kitchen floor thousands of times.

Rest in peace, Micheal....may your music live on forever!


Friday, June 26, 2009

Old Photo Friday: Laundry Day

Who: Grandma Marie
What: Laundry day
Where: I believe this is my Great-Grandma Cavey's kitchen (Grandma Marie's Mother)
When: Early 1960's (probably just after Steve and Sandra were born)

I will never....never....ever.....again complain about doing laundry. How difficult does this look? I think the expression on Grandma's face says it all.

UPDATE: Pop says that this picture may have been taken over in Wallowa County, OR in the mid to late 1950's and not at Grandma's house.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Recipe of the Week: History of BBQ and Grilled Thai Chicken

Welcome Summer! The next few weeks I'll be showing off some great grilling favorites for ROTW.

Do you know the history of barbecue? The etymology of the term is vague, but the most plausible theory states that the word "barbecue" is a derivative of the West Indian term "barbacoa," which denotes a method of slow-cooking meat over hot coals.

Bon Appetit
magazine states that the word comes from an extinct tribe in Guyana who enjoyed "cheerfully spit-roasting captured enemies." The Oxford English Dictionary traces the word back to Haiti, and others claim (somewhat implausibly) that "barbecue" actually comes from the French phrase "barbe a queue", meaning "from head to tail."

The most convincing explanation is that the method of roasting meat over powdery coals was picked up from indigenous peoples in the colonial period, and that "barbacoa" became "barbecue" in the lexicon of early settlers (it's the pronunciation, y'all).

At any rate.....it's summer and it's BBQ season....let the grilling begin! This recipe is so quick and easy. We love the boneless skinless chicken thighs at Rebecca Lane, but you could use chicken breasts, legs or even wings. Call it a "chicken-a-rama". Be careful....this sauce will flare up. Watch your grill closely or flame-out city.


Grilled Thai Chicken


1/3 cup chopped basil
1/3 cup chopped cilantro
1 tablespoon grated ginger
1 tablespoon minced garlic
2 chopped green onions (white and green parts)
1 teaspoon Sambal Oelek chili paste
1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce (I prefer reduced sodium)
1 tablespoon fish sauce
1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 tablespoon brown sugar
12 boneless skinless chicken thighs


1. Combine all ingredients (except chicken) in a large plastic bowl (I use a Ziploc bag). Throw in the chicken and marinate at least 3 hours - I prefer over-night.

2. Preheat grill (or fire up the coals). Cook the thighs low and slow (away from direct heat) about 12-15 minutes - turning once.

Image courtesy of Google Images
BBQ Research - Google and Wikipedia

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

The Rabbit Bistro and Bar - Restaurant Review

For Father's Day, Pop requested a meal at one of his favorite new bistros in Eugene.
A small, intimate French bistro situated in an old strip mall on Willamette Street? You betcha!?

The Rabbit Bistro and Bar offers a well-balanced menu that won’t sting your wallet (the most expensive main course at $17, appetizers/small plates around $10)! The menu is divided into two sections with a large array of starting points.....French onion soup, salads, cheese plates and unusual small plates such as chicken livers, pheasant and pig trotters.

I was thrilled that their special small plate of the day was Foie Gras - which was beautifully presented and very tasty.The rest of the menu runs the gamut but is heavily influenced by local ingredients cooked in the classic French style highlighting seasonal fare.

From Brian's simply prepared Free-Range Chicken to Pop's Trout with English Peas - each dish was thoughtfully seasoned and elegantly presented. One could easily say that each dish probably didn't have more than 5 to 6 ingredients, yet each ingredient was used to its absolute cooking potential.
I must say....desserts don't seem to be their strong point (there was no menu - the waiter just gave us 3-4 options). I've had a better creme brulee elsewhere and the chocolate cake (more like an English pudding) was bitter and bland and I didn't quite understand the hunks of cherries inside (were they cherries or grapes)? The fact that they served individual French Press coffee made up the uninteresting desserts.

The service was wonderful (I've read other reviews to the contrary) and our waiter was attentive, knowledgeable and friendly - as was the rest of the front of the house staff.

The front dining room was small, quaint with three or four tables and a line of several booths. A larger dining room in the back of the restaurant also hosts a bar area. For a Saturday night - the restaurant was packed, but not crowded and the noise level was intimate and comfortable.

It was a wonderful meal and I'll be returning the next time I am in Eugene.

*** 1/2 (Three and a half out of 4 stars)
The Rabbit Bistro and Bar
2864 Willamette Street #300
(541) 343-8226
Mon-Sat 11:30-10:00
Sunday 11:30-9


Monday, June 22, 2009

Father's Day Weekend - Mt. Pisgah

Located within Lane County's Howard Buford Recreation Area, the Mt. Pisgah Arboretum lies between the Coast Fork of the Willamette River and the slopes of Mt. Pisgah.

Last Saturday, my parents, Brian and I did some exploring! Not three steps down the first trail - I spotted a very small doe. She didn't take to my "stalking" her like a National Geographic photographer, but I just had to get a picture.
This Arboretum is a 209-acre living tree museum. The riverside trails, quiet paths through evergreen forests, water garden teeming with life, bright wildflower meadows, and open views across oak savannas delight all ages.Enjoy!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Menu Plan Monday: Welcome Summer and Happy Father's Day

Not only is it the longest day of the year today, but it is also Father's Day!

Happy Father's Day to my Pop - who taught me how to cook and gave me the love of creativity in the kitchen. I wonder if this week's menu makes my Pop proud (no liver and onions, but good stuff).


Sunday: Blue Cheese Chicken Burgers with Zucchini Fries
Monday: Taco Del Mar (Chick has dinner out with a friend)
Tuesday: Grilled T-Bone Steaks with Easy BBQ Sauce and a Big Garden Salad
Wednesday: Shrimp, Broccoli and Sun-Dried Tomatoes with Bow Tie Pasta (leftover salad)
Thursday: Chicken Saute with Pine Nuts and Asparagus with a side of Jasmine Rice

Friday, June 19, 2009

Old Photo Friday: Allen Lee Memorial Impatient Garden

A few weeks ago - Brian and I decided to plant an impatient garden beneath the pear tree in the W. Seattle back yard. The grass doesn't grow well there and I thought if we placed a border around the tree that it would make a nice area for flowers.

On the West Seattle fridge is this picture of Brian and his Dad, Al. They planted an impatient garden at the Lee home in Delaware many years ago.
In honor of Al, Seattle now has the "Allen Lee Memorial Impatient Garden" (admission is free).

Who: Brian and Allen Lee
What: Doing yard work and admiring the impatient garden
Where: Newark, DE
When: Spring/Summer 2000


Thursday, June 18, 2009

Recipe of the Week: Grilled Stuffed Mushrooms

We love grilling veggies at Rebecca Lane, but portobello mushrooms can be a meal all themselves. Serve this recipe as an appetizer, side dish, or a main dish.


Grilled Stuffed Mushrooms

  • 10-12 ounces baby spinach, washed
  • olive oil
  • 1/2 cup onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/4 cup black olives, diced
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • 4 large portobello mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup sun dried tomatoes, finely chopped

1. Place spinach in a large saucepan and cook for 2 minutes until wilted; stir constantly. Remove from heat and drain out excess liquid. Add olive oil and add onion and garlic to pan. Cook until tender. Add tomatoes, olives, salt, and pepper to mixture. Cook for 2-3 minutes.

2. Preheat grill. Remove mushroom stems and spoon out. Brush olive oil on mushroom caps. Season with additional salt and black pepper. Place on grill and cook over medium heat for 5-6 minutes, turning once. Remove from grill.

3. Spoon spinach mixture into mushrooms. In small mixing bowl, combine bread crumbs with sun-dried tomatoes and salt and pepper. Top spinach with bread crumb mixture. Place stuffed mushroom caps on grill for an additional 5-10 minutes. Remove from heat and serve.

Image courtesy of Google Images

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

West Seattle Water Taxi

Brian surprised me with another great adventure last Sunday. We hopped on board the West Seattle water taxi and explored the Seattle waterfront like a couple of tourists! Brian even bought a Seattle pullover (it was cooler and cloudier than we expected).

The King County Water Taxi crosses Elliott Bay from Pier 55 in downtown Seattle to West Seattle's Seacrest Park dock seven days a week from April 5th to October 30th. It takes approximately 12 minutes to cross. The taxi has seating inside and outside.
We spent about 2 hours downtown before heading back home. We can't wait to do this later in the summer when the weather is warmer. Thanks to West Seattle Blog - you can see it is quite popular! Check it out this summer!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

West Seattle Saturday

Brian planned our adventure last weekend and did an amazing job. We had a "walking" tour of West Seattle....5 miles on Saturday that culminated in the Morgan Junction Community Festival. We started off with a walk from our place to Lincoln Park through the community P-Patch Garden. This place is amazing and we are hopeful that next year our names will be on the list for a patch.

We made our way down to the waterfront and walked the entire length of Lincoln Park and into some amazing neighborhoods. We even managed to get lost (almost NEVER happens with Marco Polo) while on our walk.In the late afternoon we headed towards Morgan Junction and had an afternoon libation at the new Feedback Lounge and next door at the Beveridge Place.

It was an amazing Saturday! Thanks, babe.


Monday, June 15, 2009

Zeek's Pizza/Feedback Lounge Review

Brian and I were excited to see the dingy corner of California Avenue and Fauntleroy (otherwise known as the Morgan Junction) renovated to include two new businesses (who says the economy is bad) within the past few months. Welcome to West Seattle Zeek's Pizza and the Feedback Lounge. No better time than the Morgan Junction Community Festival this past weekend to check both places out.

Let's start with the Feedback Lounge. Way too cool! Dark......urban.......slick. Brian and I stopped in for an afternoon cocktail on Saturday. The place has got a cool rock n' roll vibe and features plasma TVs playing legendary music artists in concert - everything from The Who to Johnny Cash (huge collection of rock memorabilia on the walls) and just about every kid of music blasting from their in-house sound system. Check out their calendar of events.

Brian and I were a little surprised that they didn't have a stage for live music (perhaps something they will re-think down the road).

The lounge is broken into two sections with The Whammy Bar towards the rear featuring a unique collection of vintage guitars and a huge front of the house bar and seating area. Outside you can relax on the SUNNDECK, a 40-foot long outdoor lounge area (named in tribute to Sunn Amplifiers). I think this place will thrive in the winter and after-hours...it just has this dark mood to it - you know, someplace to get "lost" on a rainy Seattle day!?

They have an inviting drinks and food menu - with Happy Hour and After Hour treats.

If you are a connoisseur of music and rock n' roll history - then check this place out - I think it is quite unique to the W. Seattle area and especially the up and coming West end of California Avenue.
Zeek's Pizza sits right on the corner and they have made this pizza joint more than just a place to grab a slice. It's got the feel of a neighborhood hangout as much as a pizza place (with a nice sundeck of their own). Large, unique pies with out of the norm sauces and toppings under thick slices of gooey cheese. Beer on tap (even a little bar where you can wait for your pizza to be prepared) and large screen TVs with the latest sporting events. Huge area that I believe can be reserved for private parties.

With Pizza's like....

Wood butcher
Fresh tomato sauce. mozzarella, pepperoni, mushroom, green pepper, red onion & Italian sausage ($20.95/$23.95)

Kitchen sink
Fresh tomato sauce, mozzarella, Canadian bacon, pepperoni, sausage, chicken, bacon, mushroom, olive, green pepper, fresh garlic, roma tomatoes ($23.95/$29.95)

Tree hugger
Fresh tomato sauce, mozzarella, sun-dried tomato, spinach, mushroom, artichoke hearts, broccoli, roma tomato, garlic & olives ($20.95/$23.95)

This place is pretty pricey - but our pizza was amazing.

Welcome to our two cool new neighbors.



Sunday, June 14, 2009

Menu Plan Monday: Mid June

Mid-June in the Pacific NW and it doesn't get any better.....and summer doesn't officially start for another week.

In celebration of summer and all things summer-like wonderful....all of this week's recipes are light, low fat and very easy to make. Can you believe that you can eat, meatloaf....pasta and salmon and not feel guilty? I am here to tell you....Yes You Can!!


Monday: Pasta Carbonara (W/ Turkey Bacon) and a Big Garden Salad
Tuesday: Asian Grilled Salmon with Asparagus and Harvest Grains (grains can be found at Trader Joe's)
Wednesday: Mediterranean Chicken with Brown Rice
Thursday: Parmesan-Turkey Meatloaf with Garlic Green Beans

Friday, June 12, 2009

Old Photo Friday: Safeco Field Opener

WHO: Stacy and Mom (with commemorative tickets in hand)
WHAT: Safeco Field Opener
WHERE: Front porch of Mom's house in Tukwila
WHEN: July 1999

I can't quite believe that the 10 year anniversary of the opening of Safeco Field is this summer.

What's even more unbelievable is that we were there.....Kenny, Mom, Sandra and I.
I won tickets in a lottery drawing and even though they were up in the nose bleed section - I can brag that I was at the opening of Safeco Field.


Thursday, June 11, 2009

Recipe of the Week: Quick Salad with Rotisserie Chicken and Blackberry Dressing

Some nights – especially when the weather is warm - I just want to make something quick and easy. Those rotisserie chickens that you see in the grocery store can be turned into a million quick and easy recipes. Sweet and tart summer blackberries also make the most delicious dressing (you can substitute raspberries too). If you can’t find fresh berries - thawed, frozen berries can also be used.

This salad would also make a wonderful starter...appetizer (leaving out the chicken) and adding hunks of gooey goat cheese.



Quick Salad with Rotisserie Chicken and Blackberry Dressing

Serves 4


1 cup blackberries or raspberries, fresh or frozen - thawed
1/4 cup champagne vinegar or white wine vinegar
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

4 cups mixed salad greens
4 cups chopped romaine lettuce
1 cucumber, thinly sliced

1 cup cherry tomatoes - sliced in half

1/4 red onion, sliced fine

2 cups shredded rotisserie chicken

Chopped walnuts - garnish


1. Put half the blackberries/raspberries into a large bowl and mash with a whisk or wooden spoon until they lose their shape and release their juice; stir in vinegar. Drizzle oil into blackberry mixture in a thin stream while whisking constantly to make a dressing; season with salt and pepper.

2. Prepare salad: Mix salad greens, romaine, cucumbers, tomatoes and onion in a bowl. Drizzle in the dressing and toss gently to coat.

3. Arrange salad on plates and top with chicken and remaining whole blackberries. Drizzle with any dressing left in the bowl and garnish with chopped walnuts then serve.

Images courtesy of Google Images

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Secret Garden

With the patio complete, we wanted to concentrate on the little corner patch behind the patio.

I've named it the "Secret Garden".

Brian cleaned it out a few months ago and then two weeks ago he did a second clean out.
We went on the hunt for perennial plants/flowers to create a sorta....English country garden (West Seattle style).

We hung some garden art on the fence - that we already had but were never quite sure what to do with.

It's a work in progress - but so far, we love it!


Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Saturday Mornings.......

Brian and Sammy
Saturday, June 6, 2009