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Heirloom Tomato, Zucchini, Caramelized Onion and Feta Galette Recipe

It took me a while to get into Pinterest. Years. I liked Tumblr a lot, and Pinterest seemed redundant. Well, it's finally won me over. I find almost all of my recipes on Pinterest, including this Heirloom Tomato, Zucchini, Caramelized Onion and Feta Galette.

The recipe is great, but the one problem I ran into was that the pie crust stuck to the parchment paper. And stuck well enough that I mostly just ate the filling the first time I ate this. 

So the second time I made this, I placed the (homemade!) pie crust in a large rectangular glass pan. It meant that there were no individual galettes, but less work for me, and since I was the only one eating it, it worked out perfectly!

I also used two different kinds of thyme growing in our garden. And finally, the second time I made this, I made the mistake of going to the expensive grocery store to get heirloom tomatoes which were $4 more a pound than at the other store. So I supplemented my heirlooms with some normal tomatoes so I didn't have to go to two stores. I didn't see a major difference, but the heirlooms are quite a bit prettier!

Do you have any similar recipes to share?

Favorite Banana Bread

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Northwest Pearls: Banana Bread
Northwest Pearls: Banana Bread
Northwest Pearls: Banana Bread
Northwest Pearls: Banana Bread

My mom has been making amazing banana bread for as long as I can remember. I wanted to share her recipe, but alas, that's not allowed. So here's a picture of my banana bread made from my mother's secret recipe, with a link to a banana bread recipe from Crazy for Crust that looks good, and another from Betty Crocker.

Do you have a treat you like to make?

Homemade Chicken Pot Pie

Northwest Pearls: Homemade Chicken Pot Pie I was recently craving comfort food, in particular Chicken Pot Pie, so I decided to make one!

In the past, okay, it was one time, I haven't had much luck with pie crusts. But I decided to try again and make my own pie crust. So I found this recipe from the New York Times and followed it for the crust.

And for the pie filling, I followed this recipe from All Recipes.

Northwest Pearls: Homemade Chicken Pot Pie

Both recipes were fairly easy, well, I had some trouble with the pie crust, but it turned out this time. (Last time I ended up going to the store to buy a crust.)

I could have cut the slits in the top a bit more symmetrical, and I could use some practice in rolling out the pie crust, but oh well. It tasted good anyways!

The one thing I would change is to not add so much salt to the dish. I think most of the salt was in the pie crust because when I ate the filling and bottom crust, I enjoyed the dish more than with the top crust. But that's a pretty easy fix!

What's a pie you like to make?

Thai Chicken Soup

Northwest Pearls: Thai Chicken SoupI love Thai food, but I can't go out to eat all the time. When I found this Thai Chicken Soup recipe-that's made in a slow cooker!- I decided to try it. I went out and bought the ingredients I was lacking and made it in our slow cooker.

Northwest Pearls: Thai Chicken Soup

Northwest Pearls: Thai Chicken Soup

It was an okay soup, but I wouldn't make it again. I'm not sure if I did something wrong or not, but it was really lacking in flavor. I love slow cookers usually, but I just didn't love this recipe.

What are some slow cooker recipes you like to make?

Baked Kale Chips

Northwest Pearls: Baked Kale Chips
Northwest Pearls: Baked Kale Chips

I had some leftover kale from a recipe and I didn't want it to go to waste so I decided to bake some kale chips.

There are tons of recipes online, but I just washed and cut the leaves, tossed them with some olive oil, spread them out onto a greased cookie sheet, and sprinkled them with some coarse sea salt.

Then I put them into the oven at about 350 degrees until the edges were brown but not burnt. About 10-15 minutes but I'd closely watch them to make sure they don't burn.

Also, as you'd expect, the kale gets way smaller once it's been baked so if you're wanting a lot of chips, you'll need a lot of kale. I filled up one large cookie sheet with the kale and ended up with about 2-3 servings of chips.

I probably wouldn't make this again; kale is fine, I just don't love it.

What's a healthy snack you'd recommend?

Northwest Pearls: Baked Kale Chips
Northwest Pearls: Baked Kale Chips

Surprised

Northwest Pearls: Caramel Apple Possibly my favorite treat is a Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory caramel apple. Their Apple Pie Caramel Apple is amazing. I always get it whenever I go.

I've been craving one for a while, but it's out of my way to go and get one. I'd mentioned to one of my closest friends that I had been debating ordering one online. Two days later he suggested I check my mail after work. I had no idea what to expect, but I was excited to get home and see what it was.

It was my favorite flavor of caramel apple! He'd ordered it and surprised me with it.

It was a great after-work treat; I only wish I could have shared it with him.

Are there any yummy treats you like that you can order online?

Anaheim Packing House

Northwest Pearls: Anaheim Packing House While in Anaheim, California, I got to go to the Anaheim Packing House. It's a little hard to explain, but essentially it's a gourmet food court inside an old fruit packing house.

It was so amazing. They asked that no pictures be taken inside, so here's a picture of the lava cake I took home with me! :)

Northwest Pearls: Anaheim Packing House

Besides the lava cake from one vendor whose name I forget, I also ate gourmet grilled cheese from The Black Sheep, a gourmet food vendor. It was so delicious. It had goat cheese, grilled onions, and more on it. I was in heaven.

But the best part of the Packing House was the speakeasy. The Blind Rabbit is located on the bottom floor. It's behind a secret door. It was probably one of the highlights of my whole trip to California because how often do you get to go to a hidden speakeasy restaurant?

The drinks there were good and the atmosphere was pretty cool. It was small so they recommend reservations for some days and times. If you go to the packing house, I'd highly recommend finding The Blind Rabbit.

Have you ever been to The Packing House? What have you thought?

Lunch at the Fisherman's Restaurant and Bar

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image While in San Clemente, California earlier this week, we went to the Fisherman's Restaurant and Bar. It sits on the pier over the water. There's outdoor and indoor seating, and of course we chose outdoor.

I ordered the salmon tacos. The view was incredible. I mean, look at it. You're right above the ocean. I could spend hours looking and that view.

They also have a location in Seattle. Have you been to either location? Is there something you recommend ordering?