Thursday, January 29, 2015

Recipe of the Week: Super Bowl Snacks!

So the BIG GAME is Sunday and our Seahawks are in the Super Bowl for the second year in a row!

What are you serving for the big game?

Football and food go hand in hand on Sundays and no day is bigger than Super Bowl Sunday.  Here are the items that we will be serving up to root on the HAWKS!


Pigs in a blanket

Smoked Salmon Spread

Taco Soup

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

3/52: Discovering Volunteer Park/The Canterbury Ale House

Last Saturday, Brian and I headed into the downtown area of Seattle to explore Volunteer Park, a 48.4 acres park in the Capital Hill neighborhood.

The park was acquired by the city of Seattle in 1876 for $2,000.  In 1885 it was designed a cemetery, but two years later it was named "Lake View Park" and the cemetery was developed on an adjacent plot.  In 1901 it was officially renamed "Volunteer Park" to honor the volunteers who served in the Spanish-American War.

The park includes a conservatory which was completed in 1912, a water tower with an observation deck, built in 1906 and the dramatic Art Deco building of the Seattle Asian Art Museum.  

A statue of William Henry Seward, and a sculpture, Black Sun by Isamu Noguchi are found in the park. There are incredible views of the Seattle skyline that prominently include the space needle.

The Water Tower, built by the water department in 1906, has 107 steps to the top of the observation deck.  The site honors, L.B. Youngs, the first superintendent of the water department from 1895-1923.

We paid the $4 admission per person into the Volunteer Park Conservatory, which houses a botanical garden.  It's made up of 3,426 glass panes.  

The Victorian-style greenhouse is modeled on London's Crystal Palace. Inside, the conservatory is divided into five display houses: bromeliads, ferns, palms, seasonal and cacti and succulents.

After a brief stroll through the rest of the park, we headed off down the street to the Canterbury Ale House, a cute neighborhood pub with 30 beers on tap, pools tables, shuffle board and darts.

I ordered a variation of a Moscow Mule made with spiced rum and we took a French Dip with Gruyere cheese home for dinner.


Sunday, January 25, 2015

Menu Plan Monday: January 26-28th, 2015

Welcome Monday!

We were both so impressed with last week's "Fed Up" inspired menu, that I've come up with another three wonderful meals.  This is a short week for me as I will be heading up to Seattle early this week to prepare for the Super Bowl on Sunday!

Here is our menu for the week ahead.

Remember to head on over to Laura's site for more menu planning ideas.


Monday: Baked Cod with Tomato and Feta Cheese and a Garden Salad
Tuesday: Burrito Bowls
Wednesday: Chicken with Italian Sweet-Sour Fennel and Grilled Asparagus

Friday, January 23, 2015

Old Photo Friday: Hanging Out with Family

WHO: Andrew Kerry Lee
WHAT: Hanging out and playing cards
WHERE: Newark, DE
WHEN: June 1972

Looking forward to seeing this guy in Seattle next Friday. Super Bowl Weekend has become a wonderful tradition for our family!


Thursday, January 22, 2015

Recipe of the Week: Burns Night with Clapshot

Do you know that this Sunday is known as Burns night?  In Scotland, on January 25th they celebrate the birthday of the great romantic poet, Robert Burns (1759).  On Burns Night, family and friends gather for an evening of good food and company (kinda like Thanksgiving) and a traditional Burns' supper is served.

What is a Burns' supper?

Of course everything traditionally Scottish is on the menu including Scottish smoked salmon, haggis and colcannon.  I also came across a popular dish called clapshot that looked quite good (since I am a big fan of mixing potatoes with parsnips).

So come on....celebrate Burns night!  I know you want to!


Scottish Clapshot


1 pound boiled potatoes
1 pound boiled turnips
2 tablespoons chopped chives
2 tablespoon butter
Salt and Pepper


Beat the two vegetables together while still hot and mix in the chives and butter.  Season with salt and pepper.

P.S. Yes, I know this is a complete stretch of a recipe.  I am in a creative food funk and eating super clean for a few weeks.  Please let me indulge with the obscure holiday!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Menu Plan Monday: January 19-22, 2015

Happy Monday!

I watched this incredible documentary a few weeks ago called, "Fed Up".  I would encourage you to upload, download, rent off I-Tunes.....just watch this and see if you don't want to change your entire approach to eating.

Based on this movie, for the next 4 weeks I am designing a menu plan with basically little or not processed foods, which we don't eat much of anyway...but you would be surprised how many times bits and pieces fall into your menu plans.  I had no real idea how much sugar is added to items that we cook with everyday...thinking that we are eating healthy.

Here is our menu for the week ahead and remember to check out Laura's site for more menu ideas.


Monday: Grilled Sirloin Steak with Roasted Butternut Squash and a Kale Salad
Tuesday: Grilled Chicken Breasts with Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Wednesday: Pork Tenderloin with Roasted Parsnips, Onions and Apples
Thursday: Salisbury Steak with Mushroom Gravy over Red Potatoes and Green Beans

Saturday, January 17, 2015

2/52: Broadway Across Portland - Dirty Dancing

I am fairly certain that Chick and I saw Dirty Dancing in the movie theater more than once.  After it was released on DVD, it became a go-to "chick flick" for many years.  When Patrick Swayze died, it was heartbreaking...what a wonderful dancer (who knew he could sing too)....another star lost to cancer.

Chick and I have seen several of the Broadway Across America shows, including Wicked, Mamma Mia and Flashdance.

Last Thursday night, we went to see Dirty Dancing at the Keller Auditorium and it was fabulous!

Just in case you don't know the story......

It's the summer of 1963, and 17 year-old Frances "baby" Houseman is about the learn some major lessons in life as well as a thing or two about dancing.  On vacation in New York's Catskill Mountains with her older sister and parents, Baby shows little interest in the resort activities after she discovers an all-night dance party in the staff quarters.  Baby can't wait to be part of their scene, especially when she catches sight of Johnny Castle, the resort dance instructor.

The musical is directed by James Powell with choreography by Michele Lynch.  Dirty Dancing featured a slew of unforgettable songs like "Do You Love Me?", "Hungry Eyes" and "(I've Had) The Time of my Life."

We had drinks and appetizers at Morton's Steakhouse before the show and had a fabulous evening!


Friday, January 16, 2015

Old Photo Friday: Former Cheesehead

Who: Stacy
What: Super Bowl Sunday
Where: E Street in Springfield, OR
When: January 1996

It's hard to believe that I was once a cheesehead.  The Packers are in town this weekend, playing my much loved Seattle Seahawks and it dawned on me that one day.....a long time ago, that I not only rooted for Brett Favre, but I also wore plaid!  What was I thinking?!

Go Hawks!


Thursday, January 15, 2015

Recipe of the Week: Roasted Sunchokes

Earlier this week I was at home sick in bed with a nasty chest cold.  Aside from being sick, I loved it...because it gave me the whole day to lay in bed and flip between the Cooking Channel and The Food Network.

Once of the best recipes that I saw was on an episode of Extra Virgin for Sunchokes or Jerusalem Artichokes, an item I have seen for many years, but had no clue how to prepare. 

The Jerusalem artichoke, also called a sunchoke is a species of sunflower, native to North America. Despite its name, the Jerusalem artichoke has no relation to Jerusalem and it is not a type of artichoke.  The artichoke part of the name comes from the taste of its edible tuber, as noted by the French Explorer Samuel de Champlain who sent the first samples back from Canada.  They are slightly sweet and have a fairly nutty sent.

This recipe is quite simple and can easily replace roasted potatoes.


Roasted Sunchokes


2 pounds sunchokes, cleaned and cut into cubes
3 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper


Preheat oven to 400F.  Toss the chopped sunchokes with the olive oil, salt and pepper. Arrange the seasoned sunchokes on a baking sheet.

Roast for 40 minutes or until golden brown.  

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Menu Plan Monday: January 12-15, 2015

Welcome Monday!

Monday night is a huge night for Oregon Ducks fans around the world as we are playing in the National Championship game!  We've just come off an amazing first half of January and it's hard to believe that this week marks the half way point of January. 

We will celebrate Monday night, and Thursday night is our first Broadway Across American show of they year, Dirty Dancing.  We are slow to make our way back to a light and healthy eating plan.

Remember to check out Laura's site for more menu planning ideas!


Monday:  PIZZA!  Ducks kick off at 5:30 PM (PST)
Tuesday: Weight Watchers Spaghetti and Meatballs with a Garden Salad
Wednesday: Thai-Style Red Turkey Curry (leftover turkey in freezer)
Thursday:  Happy Hour at Morton's Steakhouse and then off to see Dirty Dancing!!

Friday, January 9, 2015

Old Photo Friday: Happy Anniversary Mom and Kenny

WHO: Kenny, Beth Taub, Mom and Stacy
WHAT: Wedding Reception
WHERE: Seattle
WHEN: January 3, 1986

Happy (29th) Anniversary to my Mom and Kenny who celebrated both the anniversary of when they met (1980) but also when they married (1986) on January 3rd.


Thursday, January 8, 2015

Recipe of the Week: The Dagwood Sandwich

A few weeks ago, I bought this stupid small diet bread.  Okay, I take that back!  The bread is actually quite good, but the pieces are super super small (which is why it's 60 calories a slice)!!

The problem is that sliced meat and cheese would not fit on the bread!  I actually had to cut my sliced ham in 4 pieces just to get it on my sandwich.

It reminded me of the comic strip, Dagwood and guess what....apparently there is a recipe and/or style for the Dagwood sandwich (and you know me and my food history)!

The Dagwood is a tall, multi-layered sandwich containing a variety of cheese, meats and condiments.  It was named after Dagwood Bumstead, a central character in the comic strip Blondie, who is always making enormous sandwiches.  The original illustrator, Chic Young began drawing the huge sandwich in the comic strip in 1936.

Though the exact contents remain obscure, it obviously contains large quantities of cold cuts, cheese, vegetables all separated by additional slices of bread.  An olive pierced through a toothpick usually crowns the edible structure.

The Dagwood sandwich has been included in the Webster's New World Dictionary.



The Dagwood

Serves 1


2 tbsp spicy brown mustard (you could also use plain yellow or a combo of both)
5 slices whole wheat bread (or sandwich bread of your choice)
2 tbsp mayonnaise
4 slices deli ham or roast beef (or a combo of the two)
2 slices cheddar cheese
2 leaves iceberg lettuce
4 slices bologna
4 slices salami
6 dill pickle chips
3 slices tomato
4 slices deli turkey
2 slices pre-cooked bacon (optional)
2 slices Swiss cheese
2 pimento-stuffed green olives


Spread the mustard on 2 slice of bread, the dressing on the third and the mayonnaise on the final two slices.  Divide the ham or roast beef on the mustard slices and top with one slice of cheddar cheese, lettuce and bologna.  On the dressing covered slice add the salami, pickle chips and tomato.  On the last bread slices add the turkey, bacon and Swiss cheese.  

Cut the sandwich in half, and skewer an olive on top of each half with a toothpick. 

Recipe found through this cool article on Saveur
Image found on Google Images

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

1/52 - Happy New Year!

Happy New Year 2015!

Quite a bit of champagne to ring in the New Year!

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Menu Plan Monday: Welcome 2015!


Let's hope 2015 is the best year yet!  Wishing you all health, prosperity and love!

Here is our menu for the week ahead!  Remember that Laura has a great site with lots of organizing tips!


Monday: Chick's Birthday!  PF Chang's for Happy Hour then off to go see "Wild"
Tuesday: Salmon and Herbed Bean Salad
Wednesday: Weight Watchers Chicken Stir-Fry with Brown Rice
Thursday: Garden Burgers with French Fries
Friday: Girls Weekend!!!  We just might kick off girls weekend with a BLT and Chips
Saturday: Italian Beef Short Ribs over Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Roasted Asparagus
Sunday: Fall-Apart Pork Roast, Roasted Fingerling Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts 

Friday, January 2, 2015

Old Photo Friday: Happy Birthday, Sandra!

WHO: Sandra K. Suter
WHERE: Probably Beaverton, OR
WHEN: Early 1962

Happy Birthday to my Aunt, Sandra who celebrates a birthday on Monday!


Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year from Brian and Stacy

Happy New Year, 2015!

As I look back at 2014, I am amazed at all the beauty in our lives.  The moments of pure wonder, the abundance of gratitude and the amazing richness of our lives.

2014 was an amazing year and here are a few of our highlights....


The intoxication of the Seattle Seahawks swept through the entire northwest in January as our beloved Seahawks won their first (of hopefully many) Super Bowls.

We hosted Brian's brother, Kerry from Honolulu Super Bowl weekend and had a blast sharing the beauty of our city all decked out in Seahawks blue!

Brian (along with 500,000 other Seahawk's fans) braved temperatures in the low 20's for the Super Bowl parade through downtown just days after winning the Lombardi trophy.  It was a memorable February for the Emerald City.


Chick and I hosted my Pop, Steve and Brian in Portland for the first week of the NCAA "March Madness" Basketball Tournament.  4 days of 12+ hours of non-stop basketball!  Is there anything left to say?

In April, Brian and I celebrated my #45 with a flight up to the San Juan Islands (Friday Harbor).  A trip I had won in a contest sponsored by Seattle Magazine.

It was a beautiful weekend exploring one of the most beautiful places in the United States. 


Our travels continued through the late Spring.  My Cousin, Taryn and her new Husband, Jesse came out to Portland from Kentucky for the first leg of their honeymoon.

We shared with them a few brewpubs and the historic Columbia River Gorge Highway (including Multnomah Falls) during their visit to Portland. 

The middle of May, Brian and I took a train adventure to Denver, CO aboard the Coast Starlight (to Davis, CA) and then on the California Zephyr into Denver.

One of our highlights was a visited with friends, Russ and Sue and some of Brian's college buddies. 

Our month was complete with a bucket list trip to Boston, MA and a game at historic Fenway Park!

We were so grateful to spend one whole day exploring Boston, walking the historic Freedom Trail and meeting Ben Franklin!

Fenway Park selfie


Summer in the northwest really is fabulous...and we were busy!  We rode bikes, took a historic tour of covered bridges over Father's Day weekend, celebrated 4th of July with my Mom, rooted on our Seattle Mariners with my Parents, and attended our first MLS soccer match.

We spent Father's Day in Eugene on a historic covered bridge tour of the Willamette Valley.

 The Museum of Flight tour with my Parents in September was one of the highlights of our amazing summer!

Our first MLS soccer game with friends, Bryan and Maddie was hopefully not our last. 


Aloha from Hawaii!

How grateful to be able to spend time in such a beautiful place and an extra special treat to see Kerry and his wife, Julie.

We split our 8 days between Oahu and Maui.

Brian spent his birthday snorkeling with the turtles!


Another train adventure, this time with Chick to Chicago!  

We had a blast exploring the city!  Who knew that it would be near 65 in Chicago the third week of October.
 Summer stretched into the first week in October!


Late October brought the rains back to Seattle, but we didn't let it dampen our spirits as we hunted for pumpkins in Snohomish!

Wrapping up the holiday season in style with friends and family!

Brian, Stacy, Kelly, Rob and Picard

Thanks for being a part of our lives this year!


Stacy and Brian