Purple Potatoes; Green Beans; White Chowder and Colorful Fun!

Purple mashed potatoes make me giggle! Last weekend I went to thePoulsbo Farmer’s Market and saw lots of our friends! Paul Gregory, our main farmer, now has a booth at the market, alongside Jared and Sarah Hankins of Hand Sown Home Grown. Across the way are Mike and Dee from Hummingbird Hills Sodas and just a…
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September 18, 2008 0

Market Madness and A Meal of Love

I have been wanting to visit the University District Farmer’s Market for a long while now. It is the oldest and largest farmer only market in the area, and many of our existing and potential suppliers vend there every week. This is a hub for Seattle’s chefs to pick up orders from suppliers, as well as for…
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September 8, 2008 0

Cacciatore, Christmas and Clubs

Saturday was for anniversaries! We catered an anniversary party for 30 and it went well. My feet and legs got tired as I fried the mushrooms and chicken for the Cacciatore, but Mark helped and I rested in between batches. It is SO weird to feel that way after working only a few hours! I…
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September 2, 2008 0

Gramma Would Be Proud

Every once in awhile I get a flash of memory of my grandmother (maternal) and the importance that she put on ‘entertaining’. It did not matter if it was a new friend, a colleague, a family member or a party of many. To her it was so important to have things ‘just so’. The food…
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August 29, 2008 0

Are You Hungry?

Feeding hungry people well is what I love to do. Many of you know that at Monica’s every day that we have left-overs we call the Central Kitsap Food Bank to come and get them. From soup, bread, frittata, etc… to pastries, cookies, bars and desserts we send it all their way just about every…
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August 20, 2008 0

A Great New Find!

I had my blog all planned out for today and Whammo! A fantastic new find that I have to tell you about sidetracked me! This is not really a new idea, but certainly it is the BEST incarnation of the idea that I have ever seen, and a local family, already in the restaurant business,…
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August 14, 2008 0

Agate Pass Cafe, Amy’s Poke, & Blondie’s Beauty

I was lucky enough to be able to get out a bit last week. My friend Dot took me for a long over-due hair cut in Port Orchard. I have been going to Janet Lewis for over 10 years now and she has opened her own salon called ‘It’s My Style’ at 3170 Seiford Av…
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August 11, 2008 0

Great Peninsula Future Festival

Port Gamble is a beautiful area and last weekend was gorgeous! Mark and I were invited to be a part of the ‘Buy Local’ section of this first annual festival focused on local businesses and sustainability. We have never done a festival before so we decided to keep it super easy, especially since Mark would…
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August 4, 2008 0

Happy Birthday Special

Happy Birthday Lori! Today is August 1 and that means it is Lori day all day at the Cafe. Lori loves her birthday as much as we do and that makes it extra fun for all of us. Whenever one of our crew has a birthday he or she gets to pick out the specials…
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August 1, 2008 0

Cave B Inn and Tendrils at Sagecliffe

It’s always nice to come home! We had a fantastic weekend at the Cave B Inn at Sagecliffe, which is adjacent to the concert area of the gorge in George, WA. We dined a few times at their restaurant called Tendrils, toured the grounds, visited the tasting room and I got a facial at the spa.…
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July 28, 2008 0