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Summer Corn, Bean and Tomato Salad

My husband has been making this Summmmaaaa time salad for as long as I can remember and I adore it as it works really well with so many things. The flavors speak of the season. Take it away Mister Sive on this Wine & Dine Wednesday post shot at WestWard and written at Hawthorne where he is making this again tomorrow eve for visiting family.

This is a stalwart on the Watson Sive household menu: a fine accompaniment to barbeque chicken, a hearty and easy-to-travel picnic, and a happy leftover. This dish couldn’t be simpler. Review the components in the first picture. Prepare each separately. Mix! I’ve noted the portions I use, but always do to your liking.

A few hours beforehand, mince a ½ cup of red onion, cover with your favorite vinegar, and pickle to mellow the onion.

Lightly cook 5 cobs of corn and cut off the kernels.

Remove the seeds and juice and medium chop about 2 cups of tomatoes.

Remove the seeds and medium chop 1 large cucumber.

Julienne ½ cup of Italian parsley (or cilantro if you want a bit more zip!)

Drain 2 cans of black beans.

Add together in a bowl, pour over some EVOO, and mix lightly. This is great both cold or room temperature.



 

 

NY NOW & Shoppe Object

This was the view looking out of the oversized windows at Pier 36 on the Lower East Side yesterday morning at Shoppe Object, the first show I walked on the beginning of this buying trip in New York. It is a spin-off of the big show at Javitz. Found some fun things then hopped in a cab with my friend CoCo (who is here buying for her store in Portland too) and headed to the convention center for the beginning of a long, busy, eyes & head super full of visuals for the day. I did not click away much as I was pretty in the zone. A bit of the zen of buying. Found so much goodness. For me it is all like a puzzle. How will what I buy new fit with what we already have? How will I display it? Does it tell a story? Does it make my heart sing? All of this is swirling around my head as my eyes are landing on product. Is this something we will buy just once or will it become a perennial WK classic? What ship date should it arrive? Do I buy lots of it right out of the gate or try a little to see how it does? Is this seasonal or will we stock it year round? All shopkeepers have their own method. I certainly have mine. I love the process. It is the thrill of the hunt, looking for special needles in the vast haystacks, putting it all together to create a story–both emotional and visual. Tremendous thought, love and care goes into each and every decision, each and every purchase. By the end of the day I am pretty whupped, but invigorated at the same time. Another full day awaits at the show today. As always, merci for following along!



 

 

My Favorite Things Today

I keep clicking away. The list grows for new things going to be added to the updated website. You all are getting a sneak peek all along the way…



 

 

Dahlias and Tomatoes

August days. They really are the Sunday of Summer. The profusion of dahlias at the Market. Time seems to linger a bit.

Flower Friday honors not only the grand dahlia but the gorgeous tomatoes that are presenting themselves at the much anticipated time of year.



 

 

Just In, Maldon Salt & Pepper Grinders

Just In, Maldon salt & pepper grinders. Maldon is certainly some of the most famous, most beloved sea salt in the world. Since 1882, this salt from England has been gracing tasteful tables. We have carried the box since we first opened the doors of our First & Spring shop. So you can imagine my glee when I laid eyes on these beauties. Grand for a picnic basket, swell on the dining table and always welcome next to the stove or on the kitchen counter at the ready. They added a whole black peppercorn to saddle up next to the sea salt flakes, making it the perfect duo. The pair has been our go-to host/hostess gift this sunny season.



 

 

Sunday Supper Friendships

Friendship was a salve this past Sunday. We were all in a bit of a fog but breaking bread with longtime dearest friends was on the menu. The Market dahlias always adding happiness. The sound of the waves the music for the day. A big pan of paella by Mister Sive on the grill the meal. With 3 dogs each sleeping on their pillows as we chatted the day away. Giving thanks for our cherished friendship.



 

 

Nick’s on Madison

Wine & Dine Wednesday brings us a new Seattle restaurant, Nick’s on Madison. The above pan seared Alaskan halibut, black rice, bunapi mushrooms, radish and green curry sauce was my dinner last Friday eve. It was heavenly! We got together with our good friends Jackie & Mark. We have had a bunch of meals out of late, but I have not felt compelled to write about them. Sticking with my ‘if you don’t have something nice to say’ policy when it comes most things, but always applies to restaurants, and I have not felt moved. The food biz is one tough business, so I prefer to only feature those places we loved. This would be one such place. The moment we entered the space, it just felt good. It has a great open layout, and you instantly feel happy when you arrive. It hits the mark of being casual but you could also be dressed up and feel equally comfortable. It has a neighborhood vibe, which we always enjoy. Situated in Madison Valley, it pulls from lots of swell neighborhoods. We ran into several folks we know, which always makes the experience neighborly. Fun, creative artwork fills the walls. The service is lovely and the bar sits front and center which creates a fab energy. The menu is varied which we always like, so you can have a yummy burger right on up to a dish like the halibut I so thoroughly enjoyed. Nick Yockey, the owner, is the husband to Jackie’s niece, Ryan. She just so happens to have a women’s clothing & gift shop right next door. They are keeping it all in the family! Coming from managing restaurants, this is his first solo venture. What I love about independently owned places, be it a retail shop or restaurant, is the owner often is there. You feel cared for. The establishment becomes an extension of who they are. Nick is one heck of a nice guy, and that is reflected in his restaurant. We will go back again and again. If you see us, please say hi! Click here for the website with the address and hours. Tell Nick ‘The Teds’ sent you.



 

 

A Super Easy App Board

We are of the mindset that entertaining does not, actually in our case ‘should not’ be stressful or complicated. I think that is what stops folks from creating a gathering or hosting a dinner. Our Sunday suppers out on the island are case in point. They come at the end of a busy, long week. Yet, we love, no make that capital LOVE, having friends and family out. So we try super hard not to overdue and stress ourselves out. Hence, a super easy appetizer board for when guest first arrive. They have had a ferry ride as well as it being in the middle of the day, so we know they are hungry. Start time is always 2. It is not really a lunch, but it is plenty before supper. We like to sit and chat with a cocktail when everyone first arrives. The app board makes it easy to nosh as stories are told. The above what I whipped up on Sunday. Radishes cut to lots of sizes along with Irish butter and French sea salt. A triple-creme cheese next to crackers and sliced seeded baguette. Then a personal favorite I learned from the chef at Prune in NYC, Gabrielle Hamilton. I have enjoyed this there so many times. Crack open a tin of sardines, nestle a mound of Triscuits next to it, as well as a jar of Dijon and a dish of cornichons. The combo is incredibly satisfying. This board was enjoyed and pretty darn near empty by the time a little beach walk was on the agenda. Bowls of cherries or small tomatoes or olives is also easy to add. As well as a piece of smoked salmon or slices of salami. It really is much more about “composing” rather than cooking. I guarantee, no one will care. Cheers to relaxing entertaining!



 

 

My Favorite Things Today

The next few months as I shoot goods for the new WK website will be pretty product steady on the blog as I like to keep you all in the loop. With other social media channels like Instagram or our Edition e-mailed newsletters, I know folks get to see merchandise posts on a fairly consistent basis. It is a bit of a juggle but my goal is to keep everything and everyone who is interested up to date. While the blog posts have always meant to be much more than just what is going on at the shops, I do know there are those that follow along as they like to see ‘what’s new’ on the shelves. Which brings me to My Favorite Things Today.



 

 

Summer Sunday Supper

Summer out on the island can be pretty heavenly, and we love to share the experience with our friends. Sunday is when we entertain primarily at WestWard. Folks arrive by ferry at 2. Drinks when they arrive along with an assortment of nibbles. It is a lovely way to catch up and relax all at the same time. If the tide is out, a beach walk might happen too. A toast to Bastille Day was in order. The red, white and blue that is the color story at the house right on the mark in honor of the day.

Then Mister Sive heads to the grill to begin preparing the meal. This past Sunday he made fresh pesto before guests arrived. Then he grilled shrimp, salmon and sausages to have atop pesto pasta. I sliced up a big platter of tomatoes, salted them to bring out their juices, then they received a generous amount of aged balsamic. Then right before we sat for the meal I crumbled tons of fresh made on the island goat feta atop the whole thing. The bowls of Rainier cherries on the table could be enjoyed throughout the meal. Dessert was a browned butter olive oil cake our friend Erika had made.