Sunday, July 24, 2011

Bon Appetite

In Nelson, we picked up a copy of Bon Appetite, just like we did last summer! We had fun cooking up some of the recipes for the Friday night home meeting. We decided to "test" at least 3 recipes and if they were as tasty as they looked in the photos to try a subscription for a year. Its finally nice enough to eat outside, so we pulled out the folding table! The top photo is mixed berry cobbler (recipe here).

Joe made some shishkabobs with a chimichurri sauce and marinade from the magazine (recipe here).

Joe also mixed up this Lemon Balm Honeysuckle drink from the website without the alcohol (recipe here). It was really refreshing, and a nice way to use up some of the mint we have running rampant out back.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Greek Pasta Salad

This pasta salad is really easy to make, all you need to know is how to cook noodles and chop veggies! I pulled out the recipe today thinking of Amy's post on what to do with radishes.

- 1 bag pasta, cook according to directions on package
- 1 bottle Girard's Greek Feta Vinaigrette Dressing
- 1 package Crumbled Feta Cheese
- 1 jar pitted Kalamata Olives
- 2 small jars Artichoke Hearts, chopped
- 1 Yellow Pepper, chopped
- 3 Tomatoes, chopped
- 1 Cucumber, chopped
- Bunch of Radishes, sliced into thin pieces

The binder above is how I organize all my recipes. I decided to get rid of the journal, type everything in Google Docs and then print and put it in plastic sleeves. It works better because 1) the pages are easy to wipe down if you spill, 2) if friends want the recipe you can just print it or email it to them, 3) I can access the recipes from anywhere with internet service (that has come in handy many times) and 4) if I find a recipe I like in a magazine, just tear it out and added it, no copying involved :)

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Local Spots

Looking for a good coffee shop or cool place to hang out around Spokane? Here are some of my favs...

The Scoop (on the South Hill). They serve amazing ice cream and coffee as well, the outdoor seating with the string lights is fun in the evening.

Rockwood Bakery (also on the South Hill). Coffee is delicious, neat atmosphere and yummy treats!

Little Garden Cafe (Downriver area) - Eclectic little place with coffee, lots of loose leaf tea, some treats and now serving ice cream!
Little Garden Cafe, Food Specialty Food and Drink, Coffee Shop, 2901 W Northwest Blvd Spokane WA 99205  
Atticus (located downtown) - Coffee, very cool interior and attached shop - vintage items meets giftshop sorta place. 

Saturday, July 09, 2011

Passion Tea Lemonade

Sorry its been so long! This is my all time favorite summer
time drink. It's so easy to make too. Just brew up some Tazo 
Passion tea, then add lemonade mix and ice. So delicious and
refreshing on a hot summer day. Bonus - you skip the S*Bucks
price tag! I'm so glad summer is finally here!