Friday, March 13, 2009

It's Been Awhile~

I have been absent- I know... It was never my intention. I have been active on the blogs even though I have not been active on my own. I think they call that "lurking"? haha! I love my habit of lunch time reads. There is so many ladies that I feel like are my long lost twins regarding food, adventure, life, and growing awareness. It is a pretty awesome community.

While I have been gone my passion for... welll... everything... has not decreased. I have tried countless restaurants, wines, areas of Seattle, and new things. My favorite adventure in the last month has been an excursion to the ID of Seattle to try Dim Sum. I had previously avoided it not knowing the details. I was blown away with the tastes, smells, and whole experience. Through this adventure I found a really cool blog of guys who review their lunches in the ID. Their trek to every place they can find is aspiring. Check them out at If you are interested you can find my review of the wonderful Jade Garden here. Other places highly recommended and tried in Seattle were- Alligator Soul, Lunchbox Laboratory, and Barolo.

To wrap up this self introduction back in to writing I will leave you with my commitments-
I plan to...
* post the recipes that I invent and modify from other- also- the successful one's I make that sourced with links- for others to try as well! :)
* post my restaurant excursions
* post my wine club findings and delights
* post my fitness and health thoughts, attempts, conclusions, and habits
* post ME*

To follow up with my proclamation I will leave you with this fun recipe that I pulled from another great blog called Yummy Bites... I modified it but the idea is the same.

Simple Crab Onion Mushroom Bake

Cook time: 30 minutes

8 oz. mushrooms
1/2 onion
1/2 pound crab
1/2 cup cottage cheese
1/4 cup Greek yogurt
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
2 cloves of garlic minced
1 T. Mixed herbs
1 tsp. sea salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
Olive oil

Preheat Oven to 400 degrees. Grease an 8 x8 pan and set aside. Chop mushrooms and onions to desired size. Sauté the mushrooms on medium high heat until the mushrooms release their juices. Add chopped onions to the mushrooms and sauté until they start to turn clear. Add garlic and sauté for 30 seconds. Transfer mushroom mixture with juices to a bowl. In a separate bowl mix together crab, herbs, salt, & pepper. Once combined mix in the dairy. Combine the crab mixture with the onion mixture and mix. Place the mixture in the greased pan and cover with foil. Cook the crab onion mushroom bake for 20 minutes covered. Uncover and sprinkle the dish with 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese. Cook 10 more minutes or until the liquids have disappeared and the chesses are melted. Let the dish 5 minutes before serving.

Tip- I used fresh parsley, chives, and sage in the dish for my herbs

PS! Be on the lookout for my Crush review- I have a reservation next week and I delighted to finally be making it to Madison to try this touted gem.


GoTime said...

Would love to hear your thoughts on our "GoTime 9 Top Wine Bars" in the city! I'll be back to check out your reviews - always like to hear what people are feelin out there in Seattle!

The Healthy Apple said...

Yum; I love crab and this crab bake looks divine; I can't wait to whip this up in my warm cozy kitchen tonight. I'm looking forward to meeting you in San Fran on Friday for the Foodbuzz Festival!

Loving Life in Southern California! said...

This looks delicious! Thanks for sharing! Have a great weekend.

Sarah said...

Hi Natalie,

I came across your lovely blog and thought you might like to take a peek at mine. I live in the French Alps and write about food and renovating our old watermill. Would you be interested in exchanging links?



Kelsey @ Seattle Smith's said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog!! I love finding other bloggers from Seattle :)