Buttery, yellow cake soaked in a sweet, sugary dark rum glaze with delicate minced walnuts crusting the top. That is Polish Rum Cake and our family Christmas tradition. As long as I can remember my mother has made rum cake for Christmas. I used to feel so very grown up eating this cake, a special privilege to be eating something soaked in rum. Kinda like I was breaking the rules. Yes, it's that good! One bite into this rich buttery cake and you'll be in heaven. It's unlike anything you've ever tasted. Are you ready? Polish Rum Cake
Persimmons in the winter time make me so happy. You see, I'm a salad person and come winter in the PNW we are in a lack of tomatoes phase. So, what a better replacement than sweet persimmons? They have a beautiful orange color, are sweet, but fairly mild and have a similar texture to tomato. In this salad we use chopped walnut because right about this time, the walnuts have dried from the Washington State walnut trees. Drizzle on my house dressing, a shallot vinaigrette, and it's that simple. Shaved Persimmon & Walnut Salad #persimmons #wintersalads #dinnerparty #recipes #pnweats
Look how beautiful this roast is! The aroma of sage, leeks and thyme has taken over my kitchen as they cover this Eye of Round roast creating a flavorful crust. If your entertaining this holiday season and are on a budget or just want a simple roast, this Herb Roasted Eye of Round Roast is the perfect recipe for you. It's so easy to make and the best thing is that it's a fairly inexpensive cut of meat. I would say it's right in between a prime rib and a pot roast. It comes out juicy, pink in the middle with a nice golden herb crust. Slice it thinly, letting it soak up all those juices and make this your go-to roast! Recipe: Herb Crusted Eye of Round Roast
and then grab yourself a bite of this Chanterelle and Potato Pizza with Thyme. The PNW forests are full of chanterelles this time of the year and we're all about rustic living and foraging the earth's bounty. Crispy Naan flatbread, creamy alfredo sauce, Seattle's own Beecher's cheese, garlic thyme chanterelles topped with a spicy arugula salad. Recipe: Chanterelle and Potato Pizza with Thyme #vegetarian #pizza #pnw #beecherscheese
Fall in the PNW is all about crisp apples, juicy pork chops and, for most of us, bourbon. Hey, we gotta stay warm somehow! These Ginger Ale Brined Pork Chops are the juiciest. Yep, I’ve found the secret ingredient to making pork chops everyone’s favorite! The carbonation from the ginger ale breaks down the protein and imparts a nice ginger flavor at the same time. Serve them on top of creamy parmesan grits with a side of sautéed swiss chard and you have perfect fall plate PNW style! Recipe: Ginger Ale Brined Pork Chops
People wait all year for the fall flavors of pumpkin spice and it's so easy to turn your favorite cinnamon rolls into pumpkin cinnamon rolls! All it takes is a can of @libbyspumpkin and your favorite cinnamon roll recipe (don't worry, you can use mine). There's pumpkin in the filling and pumpkin spice cream cheese frosting on top. Fall has definitely arrived!
Anything having to do with tacos is always my favorite. Maybe because they are usually accompanied by margaritas and tequila shots! Or maybe because they are just fun to eat. One of my favorite local taquerias is La Catrina Tacos and Tequila in Mount Vernon, WA. They have really good margaritas, a super fun atmosphere and lots of different tacos to try. Check them out https://www.facebook.com/lacatrinatacostequilamv/ I dare you to try the Chapulines (Yes! Grasshopper Tacos! I bet they are crunchy!!) If you're staying home try one of my recipes - Just click on the link and away you go to taco paradise. Chipotle Shrimp and Pineapple Tacos Beef Short Rib and Pineapple Tacos Grilled Pork Belly Tacos Tinga De Camerones Hoisin Plum Beef Tacos Crunchy Blue Corn Beef Tacos
If you've been following on Instagram @theherbalistandthecarnivore you know that we bought an early 1900's farmhouse on acreage that we will be fixing up. Right now it's three or four different colors, I guess we could call it the rainbow house, which would fit perfectly because my husband calls me rainbow. Apparently, I'm part dreamer, walking around with my 'rainbow' glasses on most of the time seeing the glass as half full, not empty. Here are some of our first photos. As you can see we have multiple project going on from replacing the old cedar shakes with new siding, clearing trails throughout the land, building our dirt bike track (we have to have some fun, right?) to clearing out the noxious weeds that have taken over the creek. As we get more into these projects, I'll be posting new photos, so follow along with us on our journey restoring this vintage home and making some great food along the way! #farmhouse #renovation #recipes #construction #landscaping #pnwlife
Thinking about what you're going to BBQ this Labor Day? These Chipotle Baby Back Ribs with Peach Salsa are a perfect way to celebrate. They can even be made ahead of time and popped under the broiler when you are ready to serve. And the peach salsa is fresh way to cut through the spicy ribs. Check out the recipe under the Recipe tab on my site.
Imagine traversing through a hillside of the most beautiful wildflowers, butterflies floating from flower to flower, sweeping views of the Skagit river valley below and that's all before you reach the top of Sauk Mountain where you will find breathtaking 360 degree views of Mount Baker, The Pickets, Whitehorse and even the Olympics to the west. It is truly majestic and a feeling of being on top of the world. You may even meet a furry marmot scurrying around. Follow the trail around to the north side where you will find a much appreciated patch of packed snow (you saw all those switchbacks, right?) Stop here or head on down to Sauk Lake for some lunch. Directions: From I-5 take Hwy 20 exit (Cook Road) and drive for 35 miles, then turn left on Sauk Mountain Road (FS 1030) until you make your way up the logging road to the trail head and a cute little A frame trail marker.