The Reluctant Blogger


Dark Days Week 5: Oysters, bread, and cider
December 31, 2011, 11:37 am
Filed under: Bread, Dairy-free, Dark Days, Holidays

[I fully intended to post this earlier in the week, but a trip to Portland proved to be far more entertaining than blogging. Who would have guessed?]

Happy dogs at the beach on a sunny (!) Christmas Eve

We’re on a two-year run of spending Christmas Eve at home, just the two of us and the pup, and I think we’re starting a new tradition. Saturday morning we loaded up the car, picked up my in-laws and their two dogs, and headed out for a mini road-trip, stopping at some of my favorite places on the Peninsula: Beaver Valley and Chimacum – where I always say I want to move – lunch at the Geoduck in Brinnon (if you ever find yourself in the area, it’s totally worth stopping for some incredible people/bird watching – this trip’s sightings included an Elvis impersonator, regulars who travel with their own can cozies, and a flock (?) of eagles just outside – and the oyster sandwich), retrieving and exploring the shoreline with the dogs, and finally to Hama Hama Oyster Company for crab and oysters, except the people in front of me got the last of the crab. More oysters is not a bad consolation prize, especially when it’s Hama Hama oysters. Continue reading



Dark Days Week 4: Christmas Waffles
December 19, 2011, 5:38 pm
Filed under: Breakfast, Dark Days, Holidays

It’s beginning to appear that I’m mailing it in for Dark Days this year, just repeating all of last year’s meals. This time, waffles (previously seen here), and I didn’t get quite as local as last time. Perhaps next week will be both a bit more creative and entirely local… Continue reading



Turkey the Zuni way (and the best dressing ever)
November 29, 2009, 4:03 am
Filed under: Holidays

Although I’ve frequently professed a strong dislike of turkey, I decided this would be the year I’d roast my own turkey and decide, once and for all, whether I actually liked it or not (dramatic, much?).  Past Thanksgivings at my house have been non-traditional in an concerted effort to avoid turkey.  (Last year, with only my husband and my brother to cook for I decided on lobster, since I’d recently landed a new job and was feeling flush.)  When it looked like both my family and my in-laws would come to our house for Thanksgiving, I ordered a free-range bird from my favorite butcher and then promptly forgot about Thanksgiving until about a week before the big day, despite my best intentions to do an all-Gourmet Thanksgiving, and despite the fact that Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday (work has been crazy busy lately and I guess I just got distracted).

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