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Ted’s Tip No. 143

Offering to bring dessert when a friend is hosting a large dinner or gathering helps take one extra task off their plate. Be it homemade, bakery or grocery store bought, the gesture ends the event on a sweet note.



 

 

One on One

Spending one on one time with a friend can be incredibly special. Spending that time sharing a meal deepens the experience even further. Whether that be in your home or a favorite restaurant, breaking bread with those you love and hold near & dear is truly a gift. In this past week I got to catch up with friends new and old in Seattle and San Francisco, spending quality one on one time with them. Be it a breakfast, lunch or dinner, just getting alone time to spend catching up or getting to know one another better, laughing, sharing stories, and laughing some more is so good for the soul.



 

 

The Gift of Hydrangea 

Flower Friday is about the gift of flowers. I have written about this before, and I for sure will many more times too. If your garden is plentiful, giving some of that bounty away to friends who are gardenless will be HUGELY appreciated. Our friend Peg grows a variety of hydrangea and keeps us well-stocked throughout the season and every time she brings me a new bundle I am happy beyond measure. The gift of flowers you grow yourself is like giving a part of yourself. Much like giving food you have cooked, which is I think is a majorly winning gift, as well. You will be thought of each time the recipient glances at the flowers, and in the case of hydrangea, that can be quite awhile, as they often dry beautifully once they are beyond their peak.



 

 

Friendship

However you define it, hold tight the ones you love, for it adds so much joy & meaning to our life. And laughter!



 

 

Laughter

To me laughter equals happiness.  My grandmother told me when I was little that she thought it was the best medicine.  My Tuesday thought is to surround yourself with those that make you laugh!  No prescription required.  



 

 

The Gift of Greens

My friend Margo and her son came to WestWard on Sunday for a visit.  She brought a huge bag of greens from the garden.  What a truly awesome gift!  Sharing the bounty of Summer is such a gracious act.  It was all whipped up into a big salad the next eve.  The giving of what we have is so personal, and always makes a very special gift.



 

 

Cooking with Kids

20160628-053824.jpg Encouraging youngsters to enjoy cooking has always been big in our household. Our nieces over the years have cooked up some pretty amazing meals with and for us, and it has been so fun to watch them get better and better at it as the years progressed. They are now grown and are all impressive cooks, with one of them a well-regarded chef in New York (I know, I am a very proud Uncle), the below photo taken last Summer with paella on the menu. When our 8 year old godson Magnus recently said to TPS that he wanted to cook a meal with him, they started planning the menu on the spot. This Sunday was the day.
Steamed clams with pesto bruschetta
Grilled shrimp
Orzo pasta with grilled cauliflower & broccoli + tomatoes
Grilled portobellos with parmesan
Flourless chocolate cake with raspberries
Blueberry & peach crisp
It was cool to watch him in the kitchen cutting, mixing and cooking away. I think when I was that age I was making peanut butter & jelly sandwiches. The rest of us chatted the afternoon away out on the deck in the sun as they cooked away and then were treated to all the above. What a special meal, what a special day.

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The Gift of a Dogwood Branch

20160427-044722.jpg This post is about giving of what we have. It also about this divine Dogwood branch that was a gift to me yesterday by our friends Peg & Brian. The branch broke off in their yard, and they thought of me. So incredibly sweet I get teary just typing this. They knew how much I would appreciate the beauty. They know me well. Sometimes the best gifts come at unexpected times, out of the blue. Often these can be some of the very best gifts. A sign of friendship & love. It could be a book just read passed on to someone you know would enjoy it. Or a beloved sweater outgrown that you know a friend would adore. Or a loaf of just baked banana bread given unexpectedly for no reason. Gifts can come in all shapes and sizes, at all times. It means you are giving a part of yourself–truly the best gift you can give.



 

 

A Simple Week-Night Dinner

Having guests over during the week for dinner requires a little extra planning & prep, but the reward can be so great. I had my old college friend Jackie over for dinner last eve. Her husband is away on business and Mister Sive is on a ski trip with his siblings. It would be a fun time to chat and catch up, share a meal, and laugh like crazy as we always do. Setting the table in advance and grocery shopping days before make having a mid-week dinner guest over a joy instead of a stressor. For this table a grocery store orchid would take center stage. I am always amazed at how well priced they are and how long they last. This one I picked up a few weeks before we left for New York and it is still going strong. Sparkling water and wine at the table so we could just talk and not have to get up during the meal. A William Yeoward decanter our latest acquisition, I picked up at Gump’s when in San Francisco awhile back for the Fancy Food Show. Lit a few scattered votives, served a super easy salmon dish, and it was a delightful evening shared with an old friend.

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A Classic: Dinner at Canlis

Last week I had a divine dinner at Canlis in Seattle with my friend Marianne Simon, interior designer extraordinaire. Canlis is a Seattle institution and a true classic. I always like sharing a stellar meal with all of you, and this truly was. This was a treat from Marianne. We take turns taking each other to dinner. She chose Canlis–I said, you bet! Out came a jacket & tie and we were off. TPS & I ate there many, many years ago. Lots has happened at Canlis since then. The reins of the establishment have been taken over by the third generation, and I had heard a little refresh had taken place. The space is just refreshing and beautifully appointed. Surrounded by glass, you feel like you are sitting amongst Seattle and all the beauty it offers. I had also been hearing about a new chef and was excited to eat/see what all the buzz was about. The buzz is truly warranted. Amid the constant chatter of stories among friends and the flow of rosé, we were presented with course after course of sublime culinary creations. One of the best salmon dishes I have ever had. We both started with the classic Canlis salad, which is a must. I want to recreate it and will write a post about it in the future. The Canlis family have been customers of Watson Kennedy since we first opened. It was a real treat to reciprocate and to be in their fine establishment which continues to delight as this next generation puts their spin on things.

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