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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?

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?

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?

Blue Apron Meatballs

We got Blue Apron for a week, and this was the second meal we made from them. It was Pork and Ricotta Meatballs with Creamy Polenta and Broccolini. Northwest Pearls: Blue Apron Meatballs

I'd never cooked, or had polenta before. The red sauce was good, and the meatballs were fine, but my favorite part of the recipe was the broccolini. I wouldn't make this again, but if I did, I'd substitute the polenta for spaghetti. I really enjoyed the other meal we received from them, and this one was okay, just not something I would have picked.

Northwest Pearls: Blue Apron Meatballs

Northwest Pearls: Blue Apron Meatballs

Northwest Pearls: Blue Apron Meatballs

Northwest Pearls: Blue Apron Meatballs

Blue Apron isn't for the novice cook. They're assuming you have decent equipment and some cooking knowledge. So I wouldn't recommend it if you've never really cooked before. It is a fun thing to do with family or friends though.

To see our first Blue Apron meal, check out my blog post on it.

Have you ordered meals to be prepared at home? What have you thought?

Roasted Broccoli

Northwest Pearls: Roasted Broccoli I love vegetables, but they can get a little repetitive so I like to come up with new ways to cook them. One of those is roasting.

We never really roasted vegetables in my family. We'd steam, saute, or boil. But I've been roasting broccoli and cauliflower lately and really loving it.

You take as much broccoli as you want, toss it in a pan with olive oil, salt, pepper, and lemon juice, then spread it one layer deep on a baking dish and place it in the oven at 400 degrees. Once the broccoli is soft enough to be pierced by a fork and the edges are browning, about 15 minutes, you take it out and enjoy!

What are some ways you like to cook broccoli?

Roasted Green Beans

Northwest Pearls: Roasted Green Beans I'm not always good at eating healthy, or at cooking. Usually I'm too lazy/tired/hungry to bother.

But one easy side to a meal is roasted green beans. They're yummy and a great side to something else like chicken and rice!

  • First turn on the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Wash the green beans and drain/dry them.
  • Then place them into the dish/pan you're planning on roasting them in. Be careful to not layer them too deep, I try to keep it to 1-3 beans deep.

Northwest Pearls: Roasted Green Beans

  • Brush them all with olive oil then add garlic all around. (I use already chopped up garlic and sprinkle it around them spread the pieces more evenly with a brush.)

Northwest Pearls: Roasted Green Beans

  • Sprinkle with salt.
  • Cover with aluminum foil. Covering them will prevent them from getting crispy. If you don't do that, they'll get crispy before they've gotten soft.

Northwest Pearls: Roasted Green Beans

  • Place in oven until they've reached their desired softness level. About 20-35 minutes.
  • Take out and enjoy!

Northwest Pearls: Roasted Green Beans

What's a simple recipe you like to cook?

Lentil-Barley Soup

Northwest Pearls: Lentil-Barley Soup My mother has been making this lentil-barley soup for our family for years. I love it so much. It tastes amazing.

It requires:

  • 1 cup of chopped onion
  • 1 cup of chopped celery
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup of butter (I know this isn't dairy-free, I cheated a little bit on the diet.)
  • 8 cups of water
  • 28 ounces of canned, cut up tomatoes
  • 3/4 cup of dry lentils (Remember to rinse and drain them so you don't add anything weird, like a rock, to your soup.)
  • 3/4 cup of pearl barley (Wash these too, see above.)
  • 6 chicken bouillon cubes
  • 1 teaspoon of dried rosemary needles/leaves (If you can crush or cut these or get them smaller, then good for you. I always end up picking the long pieces out of my soup.)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of dried, crushed oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed pepper
  • Salt to taste
  • 1.5 cups of carrots, sliced thinly
  • Parmesan or Swiss cheese to top if you so like

Northwest Pearls: Lentil-Barley Soup Ingredients

In a large pot, melt butter and cook onion, celery and garlic until tender. Add water, the undrained cans of tomatoes, the washed lentils and pearl barley, bouillon cubes, rosemary, oregano, pepper, and salt. Bring it to boiling then reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 30-45 minutes. Add carrots and cook until tender. Ladle into bowls and sprinkle cheese on top.

This soup is so yummy, I made a big batch and heated it up a few times over the course of a week or so. The soup does absorb a lot of water though so you may need to add more water to it over the days as you serve yourself the leftovers.

Let me know what you think of the soup!

The Crumpet Shop

For lunch a friend and I went to The Crumpet Shop near Pike's Place Market in Seattle. Neither of us had been before but we both like tea so it seemed like a good idea. Crumpets are somewhat like English muffins, but not exactly the same. You can look up the difference yourself but that gives you a general idea.

I ordered an English cheese, pesto, and tomato crumpet with Jasmine Pearl tea.

Northwest Pearls: The Crumpet Shop

It was so nice to go out to lunch and to see a friend. I'd recommend going to The Crumpet Shop if you're ever in that area. They've got a few teas to choose from, organic scones, and a few kinds of organic crumpets to order. It was a really yummy lunch and I'll probably go back sometime.

Have you been anywhere new lately?