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9 Jul
2011

Made it: Warm Quinoa, Arugula and Shiitake Salad

Here’s a quick weeknight meal. I took Martha’s quinoa, spinach and shiitake salad and mixed things up a bit by using arugula from my garden instead of the spinach. I also made it a little healthier and halved the recipe so it’s perfect for two people.

  • 2 tablespoons red-wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and ground pepper
  • 1/2 to 1 pound fresh shiitake mushrooms, stems removed, caps halved
  • 3/4 cup quinoa
  • 1/2 pound or large bunch of arugula
  • 4 ounces feta cheese or chevre, crumbled

Combine vinegar, oil, salt and pepper. Toss half of dressing with the prepared mushrooms. Then broil mushrooms until tender (about 15 minutes. Add quinoa to a pan with 1 1/2 cups of water and some salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Place arugula in bowl or large serving plate. Add mushrooms, quinoa and other half of dressing; toss. Top with feta or chevre.

Quinoa and mushrooms are a really good source of protein and this dish is so yummy! I think the extra spice from the arugula really kicks it up a notch.

10 Things Loved in June

A momentous month – I turned 30! There are at least 10 things that made my milestone month amazing.

  1. Peonies in bloom
  2. Rosemary fries at the Observatory
  3. Birthday camping at Nehalem Bay
  4. My Smith & Hawken umbrella in beautiful aqua
  5. PB&J cupcake from Cupcake Jones
  6. Vintage finds at the Eastmoreland annual garage sale
  7. Macarons from Pix
  8. Going to a baby shower – first one from the “phase 2” baby makers
  9. Taking a birthday bike ride with my five favorite friends
  10. Turning 30!!!

10 Things Loved in May

May was a beautiful, busy month. Here are 10 things that made it great.

  1. Snowshoeing and sledding at Mt. Hood
  2. Bryan’s Bowl at Por Que No
  3. Making art again – I’ll have to share more about it later
  4. Staying at Cavallo Point Lodge
  5. My first trip to San Francisco
  6. Visiting Heath Ceramics
  7. Celebrating nine years of marriage with Comma Mister (the ceramic anniversary)
  8. Biking trip to San Juan Island
  9. Taking my bike on the ferry – cool experience
  10. My new road bike – I’m a bit obsessed
10 May
2011

#13: Host a dinner party – 30 before 30 list

I hosted a dinner party for six with this vegetarian Cinco de Mayo menu. Shamefully, I was too busy cooking to take photos of my food!

We started with a simple wild greens salad with a citrus vinaigrette dressing. Then I served two soups: creamy corn soup and vegetarian tortilla soup, with garnishes of tortilla strips, scallions, lime, avocado, green pepper, cilantro, pepper jack cheese and jalapeno. The corn soup is from Martha Stewart’s Everyday Food cookbook and it was super runny! I’m not sure I’d make it again, but thankfully there was plenty of food to go around and great garnishes so no one seemed to notice. I don’t have a “go to” recipe for vegetarian tortilla soup since I usually use up what I happen to have, but sometimes I combine this one and this one.

I also made a “chicken” taco casserole, a special recipe from Mr. Comma Happy’s mom. It’s bad for you, but a crowd-pleaser. We had several drink choices, but I think Mexican Coke and Jarritos are the only ones worth mentioning. The perfect dessert for this menu is churros with chocolate dipping sauce (including a kick of paprika and red pepper).

Overall, a great dinner party and something I need to plan more often. Who can resist a themed dinner?

2 May
2011

10 Things Loved in April

All 10 things loved in April revolved around my trip to Maui!

So here goes:

  1. Snorkeling every day
  2. Staying at the Westin
  3. Trying standup paddle boarding for the first time
  4. Eating at Star Noodle
  5. Ono Gelato
  6. Sunsets with my mister
  7. Breakfast at the Kihei Caffe
  8. Driving around the entire island – a figure eight
  9. Our first couples vacation – was not weird at all. Besties rock!
  10. Butterfish