Monthly Archives: March 2010

Sun Valley dinners

We have been in Sun Valley skiing for the last few days of the season and catching up with friends. Dinner at this time of year brings great artichokes and asparagus to the table.
Last night we cooked dinner with friends and roasted artichokes in their pizza oven.
Steam chokes first but leave them crisp, cut in half and scoop out the choke. Rub half artichokes with olive oil and a bit of salt. Than we placed them in a roasting pan and slid into the pizza oven to crisp for about 15 minutes. The edges of the leaves should be crisp and brown but not burned. You can do this in your oven at about 425 for 15 to 20 minutes. We served them along side roasted chicken and a dipping sauce of mayo and lots of lemon.
For the first course we did the roasted stuffed tomatoes from my book, page 141.
Strawberries, dipped in brown sugar and sour cream was a great finish with a few chocolate bunnies.

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Garden is coming to life

Sat. 3/6
I worked on the herb garden this week-end. We had a mild day and since I had lost several of my rosemary plants and wanted to replace them. It is time to sow the seeds for my parsley hedge, I did half flat leaf and half curley leaf.
It is strange that I also lost 3 of my large sage plants that were 3 years old. I guess the hard frost we had in Dec. took them out.
Carl planted bush peas and I planted red cabbage starts and lettuce starts. We put in Chard seeds and hope they will come up.
The garlic that we planted in October is about 8 inches high. We still have some left from last year so I am trying to work my way through before it starts to sprout.
Now is a great time to clean out your herb pots and get planting.

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New Restaurant Bin in Kirkland

We had a great dinner this past Sat. night at The Bin on the Lake at Carillon Point in Kirkland. The wine list is great for tasting or by the bottle. The flights of white were perfect to start the meal then we ordered a great bottle of Corliss wine.
We shared several appetizers and then had salads a couple of us ordered small plates while the others had a main course.
You must try the fried sweet potatoes served in a little wire basket, A+.
The crab fritters we served with a good dipping sauce and were light as a feather.
Add this place to your list of must try. Especially since it is right on Lake Washington and the view was great.
Enjoy

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