Monday Night at Artusi

You all know I like sharing with you favorite places we enjoy dining. I love hearing shared stories from customers & readers who travel from far and wide who get to Seattle and try out one of our recommendations. I have written often of our major fondness of the Italian eatery, Spinasse. Artusi is the sibling, living right next door. They share the same kitchen, so you just know it is going to be sublime. Dining there anytime for dinner or for nibbles with drinks is grand, but Mondays they offer something quite special. I got to have a date night with my husband the other eve, enjoying their 2 pasta special + a bottle of wine for $35. Yes, you read that right, 35 bucks. I like a good deal as much as the next guy, but it has to be good. This is crazy good! I am still dreaming of the housemade, handmade pastas we enjoyed. If you are in Seattle on a Monday eve looking for a place to dine and be incredibly happy, Artusi is the ticket.



Happy First Day of Spring!

On this first day of Spring my wish for all of us is sunshine & tulips! 



Ted’s Tip No. 141

Painting your front door a vivid, eye-catching color is one of the easiest ways to spiff up your home–with low cost and high impact.



A Sunday Thought 



Sea Salt Caramel Eggs

Just In, my very favorite Easter basket treats, handmade sea salt caramel eggs. I smiled from ear to ear when these arrived at the shop the other day. 6 pieces in a box, which are terribly tough to share…



When Just One Will Do

Flower Friday is just one spectacular bloom that seemed to last forever. Placed in front of a mirror in one of the bookcases, it did double duty in the beautiful department. Each day the color seemed to change just a tad, opening up just a bit more, loving all the individual attention it was getting. Lighting the candle each eve when we returned, it seemed to greet us and welcome us home.



Inspiration in Green

Spring right around the corner, St. Patrick’s Day coming up, green is front and center on my mind. The above image sent to me by a customer/blog reader and it just made my day. So many glorious shades of green! 



Parmigiano-Reggiano & Roasted Cauliflower Frittata

A frittata is one of those dishes you can make with just about anything you have in your fridge. I also love them for supper in a pinch. Last eve TPS was away and I whipped this up for a solo meal. We had part of a seeded baguette that was in need of eating before it went stale. A piece of Parm and a head of cauliflower spoke to me as I stood at the refrigerator door. We always have eggs so I knew a meal was soon at hand.

Cut up the cauliflower so you are left with small florets. Spread out onto a baking pan, douse with EVOO and a dusting of salt. Into a hot 400 degree oven, shaking the pan every 5 minutes until the cauliflower starts to brown in spots. Take out of oven, set aside. Turn your oven broiler on to heat up while you get the eggs ready.

Whisk 2 to 3 eggs in a bowl with a splash of milk. Add salt and pepper. Grate the piece of Parmigiano-Reggiano as well as cube some of it. I like the variety. Then heat up a skillet that can also go into the oven, with a knob of butter. Add the egg mixture. You want the heat on the stovetop to be medium low so the bottom of the eggs cook slowly. When it starts to set, add the cubes of Parm and the cauliflower sprinkling all around the frittata. Then add the grated Parm to the top. Now put whole thing into the oven under the broiler, making sure to watch it the whole time. It is so cool to watch it rise and bubble and cook right in front of you. When it starts to take on a slight brown, it is all done. 

This can easily be made in a larger pan with more eggs for a larger group. Add a salad if you want to make it a bigger meal. Tasty really any time of the day. 



Two New Windows

The big windows at the First & Spring shop got a quick re-do. A little change up before they get a Mother’s Day switcharoo in a few weeks. Birds and favorite French things became the focus. 

The above fab photos shot by our lovely WK customer, Marsi Buckmelter, by way of Instagram. Merci Marsi! 



Ted’s Tip No. 140

For a super simple and quick table setting, chose one color, and set the table with varying shades of that hue.