I know I said that my Strawberry & Avocado Salad with Salmon was Summer, but so is this one! Ripe peaches, tomatoes and corn off the cob...pretty much Summer if you ask me. I think I'll designate the Strawberry & Salmon salad as my main dish summer salad and this one as my side dish summer salad. Deal? Although technically you could throw some Salmon on this and it would make a darn good main dish salad too.
Last weekend we had our housewarming party, we had perfect weather, a good crowd and I'd say our food and booze spread went over pretty well. Unfortunately on the blogging side, I took about 3 pictures with my cell phone and called it a day.
In lieu of bombarding you with food pictures I didn't take, I wanted to share my 'recipes' for success to hosting a BBQ for 30+ people.
Let's start with the booze.
We got two quarter kegs from Maritime Brewery, a local brewery here in Ballard, and officially tapped our first kegs since college. And a fun fact for all, I recently received a postcard that showed me Ballard has 10 microbreweries...I love my neighborhood!
This Watermelon Sangria was a HUGE hit! I did alter the recipe slightly. And by alter, I mean added an entire extra bottle of wine and extra vodka. Mr. KMW got a little nervous when I oh so casually mentioned that 'sometimes I ask myself, "why not just finish off the bottle of vodka when making cocktails?" The adjustments I made were, blending 1/2 of a large watermelon (i didn't measure out the cups but it looked like more than 4) and I did not strain the watermelon/juice blender combo. I have a good blender and in my opinion (my impatient personality may have been involved), it did not need strained. I used 2 cups of Vodka, used triple sec instead of cointreau and 2 bottles of Rose instead of 1. I would say it is essential to use dry Rose so it is not too sweet. It filled up my Mason Jar Drink Dispenser perfectly.
I also attempted to make a large batch of Blueberry Mojitos, but I reduced the ratio of simple syrup the recipe called for as I was worried it would be too sweet, which resulted in a pretty thick texture. They were good, but I decided these would be made best in small batches.
Next up, appetizers.
I'm loving these Antipasto Skewers lately (recipe is at the bottom).
This salad is summer. Crisp romaine lettuce, strawberries bursting with flavor, ripe avocado, blue cheese and broiled salmon make for one refreshing salad. It was absolutely perfect for a warm summer evening. Plus I felt super healthy eating this for dinner.
Is Summer flying by for everyone else?
We've been busy settling into our new house, hosting visitors and enjoying the beautiful Seattle Summer. Last week we made a trip back to the East Coast for my friend, Samantha's, wedding and had a fantastic weekend. Congratulations to the happy bride and groom!
Samantha was a college friend, so I had a great time catching up with friends.
This week we're hosting my brother, Aaron's familly, they're up visiting from California. An advantage of West Coast living is that we get to see them more often, we're loving having a full house and getting some quality time in with our nephews.
Oh, and these pancakes? They have nothing to do with our trip to the East Coast or my nephews. Well maybe I'll make them for my nephews, but these may be beyond their comfort zone, they're pretty picky. Then again, who couldn't go for some fluffy, peanut buttery pancakes to start the day?
Since we moved to Seattle, we have had a ton of visitors, which we love. When we are pulling together the itinerary for our visitors, snacking our way through Pike Place Market is always on the top of the list. You can't visit Seattle with out visiting the market, and you can't visit the market on a full stomach.
This is the time of year when people are flocking to Seattle, it's absolutely gorgeous here right now, so I thought I'd share this tour so you can take advantage on your next trip to Seattle! Don't worry, this tour is delicious rain or shine.
We usually deprive our visitors of breakfast in preparation for this tour, yet it's still difficult to finish. So go hungry and stay strong! Let's get started.
Once you check out the men throwing fish at the entrance, hang a sharp left and hit up the Daily Dozen Doughnut Company and pick up a half dozen assorted doughnuts,
and then let them melt in your mouth.
Next up, as you walk your way back towards the entrance stop at Mt. Townsend Creamery and try the sampler of cheese.
It's early, but I'm going to give you an eating break to go check out the World Spice Merchants in the corner.
This would be a great place to pick up a souvenir for a foodie friend or just to treat yourself.
Next, up, go back to the guys throwing fish. Buy yourself the Pike Place Fish Guys Cookbook, yes get yourself another souvenir, but you'll love the Seattle inspiration when cooking at home. I hear they sign the copy when you buy it there.
Back to eating. Once