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Labor Day Weekend

Holy crap. Look who’s actually blogging. It’s been so long I nearly forgot my WordPress password. Anywho, I have pictures of food I made, and cute dogs, so I thought I’d share a bit.

Brent and I started our gloriously long holiday weekend with day passes to Bumbershoot. I have been excited about it since I first saw The Presidents on the lineup! My inner 12 year old was really, very excited about seeing them live.

Brent and I had a ridiculous amount of fun at this show. And then I realized I was old and tired so we went home and took a quick nap before heading back out to see Ray LaMontagne and the Paraiah Dogs later that night.

Even though we stayed out late until 11am, way past our bedtime, we still woke up nice and early Sunday morning to meet up with our friends Beth and Ernie to head out on the Sound to do some fishing. Let’s keep things real here though. Brent and I were there to drink beer and soak up some sunshine. I wouldn’t really call us fishermen, although I totally netted a fish. (And then proceeded to brag about said fish all day long).

He makes a nice grimace, huh?

Mid-day drinking in the sun really takes a lot out of you, so we spent Sunday evening laying low. Having three consecutive days off work felt downright luxurious, so we took advantage by making a nice brunch Monday morning. Brent made some breakfast sausage and I made some buttermilk biscuits. Brent combined our efforts into a biscuit sandwich for me.

Totally awesome. Brent went in another direction for his breakfast though, and made himself some sausage gravy to smother his biscuits. We’d already had a busy weekend, so I was rather inclined to veg on the couch, but the beautiful weather combined with Larry’s overabundance of energy had me feeling guilty for staying inside.

So around noon we ended up at Magnuson Park to take the dogs to the beach! Magnuson is Seattle’s only off-leash area with water access, so we’ve been meaning to go for months. I’m glad we finally made it. Lucy is in heaven in the water.

Yeah, the dogs were crazy messy and totally stunk up the car, but it was worth it. They had so much fun, and they were totally exhausted afterward.

For dinner, we did something that seemed Labor Day appropriate and grilled out. Well, Brent grilled and I chopped some tomatoes in the kitchen. We had grilled Ribeye steaks and corn grilled in the husks. For color and nutrient purposes, I made a quick marinated tomato salad. I sliced a pint of super sweet strawberry tomatoes, a couple of scallions, and a few tablespoons of parsley. Then I added a tablespoon of Garlic Gold olive oil, a tablespoon of balsamic vinegar, and a pinch of salt and black pepper. Instant salad. I let that hang out for almost an hour while Brent prepped everything else.

A pretty fantastic dinner I think.

And I can’t believe it’s already September! Life is just getting busier and busier. My cousin Liz is coming in for a few days starting Thursday. Brent and I are going to Denver at the end of the month, and then it’s already October. And  I love fall! Boots! Pumpkin Spice Lattes! Chili! Yeah, I’m letting my fall freak flag fly. I’m OK with that.

Maybe I’ll be back in less than a month this time. I can’t be sure about that though.

Stephanie Izard’s Mixed Mushroom Ragout

I saw this recipe in the latest issue of Food & Wine, and I have been meaning to make it for the better part of two weeks. Of course, I was far too busy freaking out to do any cooking last week, so we ate out way too much. Now that the pressure is off and I’ve realized I don’t have to study again for quite some time, I was free to cook this evening.

I had leftover organic chicken breasts in the freezer, so that’s what I paired the ragout with, but the serving suggestions include fish, scallops, and pasta, so I think this is one of those recipes that can be reinvented depending on what you serve it with. The real reason I felt drawn to this recipe (other than my love of mushrooms) is how many different flavors it had! Coconut milk, with mushrooms, capers, miso, and raisins? I had to try it. The ragout was easy to make and didn’t require a ton of prep work, which is always nice.

Oh, and made with veg stock like I did, this ragout is vegan too! I kept telling Brent how interesting it tasted while we were eating, which I know does not sound like a ringing endorsement, but I really did like it. I’ve just never quite tasted anything like that with all those flavors. I definitely recommend trying it if you’re a mushroom fan. I halved the recipe and we got 3-4 servings of the ragout, so I’m planning on having some over pasta for lunch tomorrow.

Does anyone else’s dog do this?

Lucy does this several times a day and just stares at me with her goofy upside down face.

The job hunt begins tomorrow!