October 29, 2014

Black Bean and Avocado Loaded Baked Potatoes

One of the perks to living in Seattle is our mild winter climate and lack of snow - delicious coffee, proximity to the mountains, clean crisp air, etc etc. I'll shut up now. This means that if you want to BBQ in your underwear in January, then you do it. You'll be cold, probably get a little wet from the 4 months of drizzle that starts at the end of November and continues into February, but you can be rest assured that your personal bits wont be suffering from any below the belt frostbite. Because it doesn't snow or freeze here, there is no need to store the BBQ for the winter. We don't have to worry about our pipes freezing, plugging in our cars, snow tires, ice scrapers, shoveling the driveway, and most importantly we have no need to spend 5 months talking about the weather, the snow and the storms. This free ups lots of small-talk-time that can be dedicated to interesting topics like food and world events. Canadians love to talk about the weather. It's how we small talk. It's safe and it's easy, and a guaranteed conversation starter. It drives me insane.
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October 22, 2014

Gingersnap Pumpkin Tarts

The benefits to celebrating Canadian Thanksgiving the second weekend in October while living in Seattle are 1) most likely, all of your friends will be available to spend it with you, which they will enjoy immensely because who doesn't want two Thanksgiving dinners in one year? 2) there is no chance that the grocery store will sell out of Tofurkey, and you can avoid the embarrassment of experiencing a complete meltdown in aisle three 3) the likelihood of getting into a confrontation over the last lb of brussel sprouts is pretty slim 4) if you're well liked, someone will hopefully invite you over to spend American Thanksgiving with them, so you can also enjoy two Thanksgiving dinners 5) and while the rest of the country is getting ready for their Thanksgiving weekend, you can get a head start on decorating your new house Griswold style and hope to heck you don't offend your neighbors. But if your neighbors happen to get offended by the slightly obnoxious amount of lights you have decided to hang and that funny santa reindeer display you impulse bought at Target, you can try to bribe them with boozy fruit cake.
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October 8, 2014

The Grilled Cheese Bloody Caesar


My life is now complete. Two of my favorite things combined. Grilled cheese and the bloody caesar. This wasn't even my idea. How could it have not been. I was out for dinner last weekend with a friend, and while we were discussing the merits of the bloody caesar versus the bloody mary, he ever so casually slipped it into the conversation that a few weeks back he ordered a Bloody mMary and it was served with a garnish of grilled cheese. On the glass. I immediately freaked out, so mad that I had not thought of this idea years earlier.
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October 2, 2014

Apple Cinnamon Rolls + A few Apple Picking Photos


It all started with a trip to the Christmas tree farm, November 25 2012. I was feeling sentimental that year. I was missing my grandmother, feeling as though her/our holiday traditions were slipping away. So I decided to start my own holiday traditions one of which included making a double batch of boozy Christmas cake, and the other involved hiking through rows of pine trees, looking for the perfect Charlie brown replica to fit in our apartment, paying the man dressed as Santa to carry it back to our car while we drank apple cider from styrofoam cups. Only, the story went more like: Heather was jacked up on hormones and raging, got so mad at Brent because he was just not that into 'making traditions' and not committed enough to finding the perfect tree. I spent the next hour crying it out in the car. I mean, in the end it worked out, we got a tree, we drank cider, even though I am pretty sure it was the packaged variety evident by its sickly sweet and somewhat fake apple taste. We can now sit back and laugh about how crazy I was that Nov 25th afternoon. I've now started a new autumn tradition where I like to begin the season with a trip to an apple farm. I find it helps me get mentally prepared for autumn/fall/decorative gourd season (insert swear), and besides, it's a very Seattley thing to do, and now that we own a craftsman in Cap Hill, it's time to start fitting in with the locals. I should also mention that if you're looking for ways to fit in, or not fit in in Seattle, I highly suggest this read.
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