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September is the month where harvest festivals, hay rides and state fairs abound. As temperatures relax and cool evenings sneak up on us, you throw an extra blanket on your bed and are finally able to wear all your cute coats into work again. Thank goodness. I love the crispness of fall - the apples, the weather, the crunchy orange leaves - all of these things make it my very favorite season. Growing up, the September event I looked forward to more than anything was the Puyallup Fair, now the Washington State Fair. (Everyone stop and try to pronounce "Puyallup"....very good!) My grandparents lived about two blocks from the fairgrounds, and every year we were there like freckles on a red-head (I'm allowed to say that cuz I'm a ginger). Three things were required every year: a thorough perusal of Hobby Hall, at least an hour in the stables staring longingly at all the horses, and Fisher's Scones. Ahhhh....the scones.
09 September 2013
For the last three years, my college cohorts and I have gotten together once annually for a weekend of reminiscent debauchery. In the past, weddings in the Pacific Northwest we our justification for the cost of bi-costal plane tickets. This year, we changed things up by going East for a fabulous Labor Day weekend in NYC. Think of the video from "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" over the Napoleon Dynamite soundtrack. Heck yeah! Since there were no weddings this year, we decided to gather for the first of our group's big three-oh's. The unexpected fun of a pregnancy announcement and surprise engagement was cause for even more celebration. It was all fabulous - the ladies, the weekend, the city. The only part of the Big Apple that I missed was a slice of pie. Which for some reason, I took a little too close to heart. After all, it's just pie, right? Wrong. So when my bossy pregnant friend demanded a post inspired by our weekend together, it was pretty obvious what I'd have to make. Bust our your pairing knife, because it's time for some apple pie.
05 September 2013
Call me Doug, because I'm in love with patties. It's cool, because the hubs shares the mad Patty love. I mean, delicious flavors squished together, then pan fried to toasty perfection...what foodie could possibly resist? We pride ourselves on being equal opportunity eaters and will sample any patty that comes out way, but there is a special little corner of our hearts devoted to quinoa patties. That delightful little grain has a way of turning out extra delicious and toasty. So when I had a mad craving for caramelized onions a few weeks ago, I thought I'd give them a go in patty form. Little did I know I was happening upon the ultimate steak side. Beef or tofu, this is a winner dinner with paired with your favorite grilled protein.