Hello my friend ~ Thank you for coming to
The weather today in Oregon isn't quite conducive for a party at the beach, so we'll have this party at my house instead. Please make yourself at home and let the party begin. My party is all about the food, so I hope you brought your appetite.
Please come on in to the dining room ~ we've been looking forward to seeing you!
Here's your place at the table~
Go ahead and take a look at the menu while I get the soup.
I understand you like seafood as much as I do. That's great, because that's what I'm serving today.
I try to prepare food grown or produced in Oregon whenever possible. The salmon and crab are from the beautiful Pacific Ocean, right off of the Oregon coast. The dairy products and wine are from Oregon, too.
Although we couldn't get to the beach, I pulled some things together to help us imagine we're at the coast.
I knew you'd like to sit across from my great-grandmother, Angelique.
Please make yourself at home and take a look around, I'll be right back with the food for our party.
Some pretty sea shells, a few from French beaches (Merci pour les petits trésors Grand-Mère!), but most were gathered in Mexico.
I set this Fish platter from Portugal on the old cement pediment shelf for today, I always switch accessories around throughout the year, do you do that in your home, too?
The platter was a steal, from either TJ Maxx or Ross if I remember correctly ~ under $10. I love finding bargains like that. I'll share more about the pediment shelf in an upcoming blog entry.
Oh, you like the crab napkin rings? Thank you!
Yes, they are Arthur Court Designs, as are the little Salt and Pepper Shakers ~
I have a small collection of them, perhaps I can share them with you at another time, if you'd like.
I'm always up for a bargain, and was able to find a gift ware company online which offers them for a few dollars less than anyplace else I've found. I'll try to remember the name, in case you're interested. :)
Well, silly me ~ doing all of this talking! The soup is on!
Here you go~
I make it just like you would a tomato-based Manhattan-style clam chowder, except I use diced smoked salmon (the firm kind, sold in the form of small filets) in place of the clams and I add more vegetables.
Oh, thank you! I'm so happy you liked the chowder.
Let me go get the next course, I'll be right back...
You know, artichokes have been one of my favorite vegetables since I was a little girl. I just love them, and wanted to make sure I included them on the menu today.
The sauce? Oh, it's a simple one ~ maybe you've made something similar? It's just Best Foods/Hellmans mayo, a little tomato ketchup, Worchestershire sauce (and optional a little fresh lemon juice, and garlic powder.)
If I'm having a small party, like today ~ I like to serve it in this little crabby-condiment dish. Yes, it's Fitz & Floyd, it was a gift from a dear friend who has a home on the coast. Seems to me that was about 10 years ago, the company may still make them ~ I'm not sure. If you like it, you might check ebay.
Okay ~ the Crab sandwiches are piping hot and ready!
This is an old and simple recipe, one of my favorites.
In crab season, a favorite restaurant of ours would serve hot crab sandwiches like these ~ we would make it a point to have them once or twice while they were available.
And when you make them at home you can pile the crab on as high as you like! I always sprinkle a little cayenne on to finish, or in this case a bit of Basque or as arrière-grand-mère would say:
I usually don't garnish them with a shrimp on top, but hey ~ This is a PARTY! :)
I love how food can evoke special memories of special people, places and times.
Are you ready for some salad? I know it seems unusual to some to serve the salad at the end of the meal but that is the French influence, from that side of the family and that is how we always served it while I was growing up, and most of the time I still do.
I thought a light Oregano and whole mustard seed vinaigrette would be nice with the marinated Greek olives, and Pink Peppercorn Feta cheese cubes.
Normally in winter I skip the fresh tomatoes, but I am so pleased with the smallish tomatoes "on-the-vine" available in the grocery stores these days.
And Great Grandmother agrees, so that makes me happy!
Ahhh... are you feeling a little full? Would you like to take a little stroll through the back garden while I whip the cream for dessert?
Just follow any of the pathways and you won't get lost.
You might just like wandering under the canopy of those huge fir and pine trees ~ but you won't want to wander too far, the forest is thick and untamed at the back of the property.
But please don't wait until then ~