Ceviche class

For BK’s birthday we booked a Ceviche class over at the Pantry with M & JJ and it did not disappoint.   The class was well-organized and every recipe seems like one we could easily recreate at home – perfect timing for summer in Seattle!

First, we mixed up the Ceviche Verde so it could sit and “cook” while we worked on everything else – this one was made with Yellowtail and is traditionally served with saltine crackers.


Then we started pulling together pieces for all the others –

Aguachile de Callo de Hacha (aka scallops)


Tostadas de Atun


and Hearts of Palm Ceviche (vegetarian)


I really liked all them fairly equally – the hearts of Palm version makes a nice appetizer/summer side dish.  The scallop one was light, the Ceviche Verde was so fresh, and the tostadas were yummy with the avocado, chipotle mayo and fried leeks.  Can’t wait to try all these at home!


Staycation Day 8

New Years Eve!  Spent most of the day downtown with the in-laws , watching football from a waiting room


Eventually escaped to home for a yummy dinner – crab cakes & fancy champagne, a repeat splurge from last year – plus BK poached some pears with his new sous vide machine…

Then headed east to LCW to take on KC2 in a mostly friendly match of Mexican Train dominoes – girls rule!


Staycation Day 7

worked in the home office for the morning a bit, then headed over to Greenwood to stay with my cutest neighbor Izzy for a few hours so SS could get some work done – D is 4 delicious!

Then in the evening went north to Edmonds for Trivia night celebrating TA’s birthday – so fun to catch up with them and others, plus we won!  It helped that we had the birthday girl on our team 🙂


Staycation Day 1

Christmas Eve – lazy day at home then dinner at the Jones’.  Typically the Jones’ have celebrated Christmas morning, but we decided to move it dinner instead so we wouldn’t be so rushed tomorrow.  However, we did not want to miss out on Janet’s beer waffles, so it was Breakfast for Dinner!



As a thank you for helping with our friend ECC’s wedding in August, his parents gave a set of tix to the Seahawks game of our choice – knowing that they don’t really enjoy heading to evening games, we picked Monday Night football versus Detroit, woo hoo!



We met up with friends in Pioneer Square to kick things off, even made a donation to Northwest Harvest to score some snazzy sunglasses.


It was beautiful night for a game, and I forgot how loud it can get in the stadium – go Hawks!


The game got a little to close for comfort towards the end, but luckily the Hawks pulled out a win (thanks refs!)


Cookin’ with Walnuts

Tom has been busy on the Eastside shelling all the walnuts, so I’ve been busy trying new recipes out with them.

First experiment was Thanksgiving, Honey Walnut Pie – tasted liked Baklava, didn’t need the double crust:


Next at my birthday party I made two appetizers with walnuts:  Roasted Red Pepper Walnut Dip & Pear, Walnut & Ricotta Crostini – both were delish:



and finally for snack break at work I made Flu Fighter Cookies – I feel healthier already!