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A Tomato Sandwich and a Glass of Rosé

That time of year again, and oh what a grand time of year it is. Tomato season! I can eat them daily and many times we do in so many ways. But the simplest is a tomato sandwich, on toasted bread, slathered in mayo with a heavy hand when salting the tomato. Heaven. Add a glass of rosé and a good book, and it might be one of my favorite August activities without breaking a sweat.



 

 

Breakfast, Farmers Market, Vintaging

Saturday mornings in the Hudson Valley for us almost always includes a stroll through the Hudson Farmers Market to pick up produce and other gems for the week. But before we start the shopping for the day, breakfast at Le Gamin. Always. They seat us at our favorite table in the corner where Bailey in her bag fits perfectly right next to me on the banquette. TPS has his usual café au lait and we watch the world walk by as we enjoy our meal.

Then a walk down famed Warren Street for a little vintage shopping. Sometimes that can be for us but most often we are looking for treasures for the shops. Top of our list this trip is vintage frames. We have close to 50 Hugo Guinness pieces arriving soon that we will need to house in vintage frames, so we are majorly on the hunt. Success! We found so many awesome really old and really beautiful ones. But not before I snapped this grand home on the street. Mister Sive calls parts of Hudson the Charleston of the North. He is so right. The photo of this home could easily have been taken there. So stunningly pretty. Every detail. You can see why we love strolling this street. Historic houses mixed in with shops and restaurants, oh my. It all is truly a visual treat for the senses.



 

 

Dining Al Fresco

If you are a regular blog post reader of mine, you know dining outside is a big deal to us. Just something about breaking bread under the sun or moon that tugs at my heart strings. Sharing a meal with those you love rates pretty high on my list, indoors or out, but feeling the wind or hearing the waves bumps up the specialness. Whether it be a simple or grand table, or a blanket, or a park bench, enjoy a lunch or drinks or supper in the great outdoors on one of these beautiful days. It does the soul good.



 

 

A Plum Still Life

The plums at the first farm stand we stopped at kind of blew me away they were so beautiful. I knew they would be grand sitting in a glass bowl on the counter for all to enjoy before becoming part of a chicken dish where they will get baked alongside green olives. Funny story about the bowl. I bought it during our May stay a few months ago at my beloved Red Chair on Warren in Hudson. I had eyed it before and that was the time to make it ours. Home it came and I was so excited. Quickly upon arriving at the house it got unpacked and went right into the sink to wash. It was actually a pedestal bowl, and within seconds I accidentally hit the bottom of the pedestal against the wall of the sink and snap! Off it went. Hugely lucky it was a clean break and the bowl portion was unscathed. Our ‘use it and love it and if it breaks so be it’ policy went into play within moments.



 

 

My Favorite Things Today

Lots of goodies arriving daily. The Summer months are such a busy time at the shops. Fun to meet folks from all over the world who are coming to Seattle for a visit. Above and below some new favorites.



 

 

Like a Puzzle

I liken doing the shop displays to working on a puzzle. In this case a very layered, product heavy visual puzzle. You try a piece, it does not fit, you try another. Last week was a string of non-stop display work days, moving lots of product from the front of the store to the back area display, to condense and have the ‘bar food’ be mixed in with all the glassware and cookbooks. Abundance is a big part of my design philosophy for WK, as I think options for customers is key. But it is easy to have all those options become overwhelming. That is where a nice, pleasing to the eye display comes in. The cohesiveness allows the eye to rest on a certain area and not be overwhelmed. I am sure there are many schools of thought on this subject, but I have always approached it personally. It is what pleases me visually so in turn I hope it resonates with our customers. Here is what got a little re-do.



 

 

2017 Domaine Tempier Bandol Rosé

Always a happy day when I get the call from Pike & Western Wine that the latest Domaine Tempier Bandol rosé has arrived. A Summer Wine Wednesday would not be complete without a mention of my all-time favorite rosé. It the benchmark which I hold all other rosé. A Kermit Lynch import, this wine is so sought after that it gets snatched up quite quickly. It is distributed quite widely, so it is available in most regions. Double the price of most bottles of rosé I typically write about, it is always a huge treat when we enjoy a bottle, so worth every penny. My tip for special bottles you savor–buy 6 bottles or a case. Almost always the price drops as most wine merchants give you a volume discount when you buy 6 or more bottles. If you see this on a wine list menu or on your wine shop shelves, I promise you are in for a treat.



 

 

A Big Bowl of Cherries

As cherry season begins to wind down, enjoy them every chance you can. Simple can be best, as a big bowl presented as dessert with small bowls alongside for stems & pits, can be the perfect finish to a meal. I am often reminded of the simplicity and sublimeness of the bowl of tangerines and dates served at Chez Panisse with my friend Mimi. Beautiful perfectly ripe in season fruit served just as it is can be one of the very best desserts.



 

 

A French Rosé Tasting

A shout-out to our friend Jeanne for snapping the above photo as I had put my phone away and did not take a single image last Sunday supper. Wine Wednesday is about doing a little tasting at your next dinner party. In this case, I chose some of our very favorite French rosé. We are super casual about it and just have guests taste which ones they would like. You can certainly be more regimented and taste one at a time and chat about each as you go. You could also choose wines from a certain region, or all from one vineyard. 3 is fine, 5 is what we prefer. Tons of possibilities. My number one rule is it must be fun!



 

 

Dungeness Crab, Corn & White Cheddar Frittata

We are spending an extra day out on the island this week as yesterday was filled with filming a segment for an upcoming King 5 Evening show. More on that later… The weather has just been exceptional this past week, so a lazy day with all the French doors open is in the cards. Mister Sive has been battling a nasty Summer cold he is getting over, so I see a day filled with reading, naps, and eating! We had guests on Sunday for supper and I made Dungeness crab and corn risotto. We had leftover crab and corn so I thought a frittata would be a fun, filling way to start the day. Frittatas can really be made with a million different combinations of things. I find some sort of cheese always is a welcome addition, and we had some white cheddar on hand.

Use a good sized pan/skillet that can go into the oven and in a perfect world is non-stick. Whisk 6 eggs in a bowl after you have added a splash of milk, and a good amount of salt & pepper. On low heat add the egg mixture to a well buttered pan/skillet. Let it cook away until the edges look like they are beginning to set. The middle will still be super uncooked. Add your fillings. Scatter about evenly so each bite you get a bit of everything. Then transfer pan/skillet to the oven under the broiler on high. You want to make sure you have oven mitts or potholders as the handle will get crazy hot. Stay with this the entire time as you will want to turn the pan/skillet as you go as some spots will cook faster than others so just turn as needed. It will puff up and get nice and golden brown. All done! This works great as breakfast with toasted baguette or for lunch or dinner with a green salad and a glass of rosé.