05 December 2018

Fiore Featured on MSN.com Travel Show on Seattle!


Fiore and brother Mario are featured on the MSN.com travel program “Re:Discover”, which gives an insider’s view of the great cities of America!  Check out some of my favorite spots in the Emerald City and beyond in the short video entitled “Family Ties” at:


From the Chef ~ 3 Ways with Plums!


For those who subscribe to the old-school snail mail version of Casa Fiore, here is the link to the Plum Tart referenced in edition #99 (Nov-Dec 2018)


For those who do not subscribe to the old-school snail mail version of Casa Fiore, here is the rest of the tasty recipes for plums below.
  
For those of you suffering from FOMO because you are not receiving your very own copy of the old-school snail mail version of Casa Fiore:

It's all good!  

Just send along your address and I will put on the list!

My best, Fiore
pignataro@windermere.com
206.355.1919

From the Gardener and the Chef
 Plums 3 Ways!

While I wish I had my own Italian plum tree, thankfully everyone else seems to have one.  Thus, a windfall of Italian plums is always a possibility come September. My sister Carmela has one that I plunder from time to time. Of course, fresh plums ripened properly and enjoyed “as is”, as we say in real estate, are tough to beat. For the ones I can’t manage to eat fresh and fully ripened, here are three other ways I have come to enjoy this rite of the fall harvest. No fresh plums on hand? Find some good ones at your local grocer and get busy!

1. Plum Sauce.  Or stewed plums if you prefer… however you want to say it, this is a simple preparation:  cut plums in half—4-5 cups or so if you can get your hands on them—and dispose of pits.  Add 1/4 cup of water and some sugar—roughly 1/4 cup.  Sample them as you simmer them down to a chunky sauce over med-low heat.  Add more sugar as suits your taste.  Awesome alone or over toast, yogurt, or vanilla ice cream.
2. Brandy Soaked.  Preserve the summer with… booze!  Same as above:  halve and pit some plums and fill a quart jar (if available, wide-mouthed).  Add 1/8 cup or so of sugar.  Add brandy to the top, seal, and shake.  Let sit for month—or round up to 40 days and 40 nights if want to go all Old Testament on ‘em—and enjoy all winter long.  Got cherries or apricots?  Try them as an option.
3. Plum Tart.  This one is tasty on Day 1, and even better on Day 2 as the flavors meld a bit.  (See link above!)

19 June 2018

From the Grillmaster


Get Your Grill All Fired Up for 
These Hot Summer Grilling Ideas!

From the New York Times:  101 Fast Grilling Recipes
Endless inspiration for even the most seasoned Grillmaster!


From Food52:  Grilled Red Cabbage with Mustard Sauce
Surprisingly Awesome Preparation!

From Me:  Grilled Carrots with a Curry-Honey Drizzle
Check out my creation! Buddies-up well with the Grilled Red Cabbage above!

1.  Slice 1 lb. of carrots into 1/4 - 3/8 inch slices.  Set aside.
2.  Whisk together the following rough measurements:  1 tbsp. curry powder, juice of 1 lemon + zest of 1 lemon, 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, and 2 tbsp. honey.  Set aside.
3.  Grill on high heat until charred on each side.
4.  Drizzle carrots with curry-honey mixture, sprinkle with kosher or Maldon salt, and serve warm or let marinate and serve at room temperature.

28 February 2018

An Iconic Listing in Historic Downtown Roslyn!

Own a Piece of History in Roslyn!
Own a Piece of History with ENDLESS POSSIBILITIES at Harper Lumber!  9 lots - 31,500 sq ft and almost an entire city block - that comprise the heart & soul of Historic Downtown Roslyn!  Included with sale of lumber store:  large 2005 warehouse, 14,500+ building sq ft, 2 retail spaces, a 7,000 sq ft vacant corner lot, 224' street frontage, and more spaces to develop.  Opportunity for growth abounds in Roslyn, Washington's favorite Cascade town with Suncadia, Snoqualmie Pass, and 4-season outdoor recreation at your fingertips!
Offered for $2,500,000

Harper Lumber has been an anchor in Downtown Roslyn for over 70 years. 
 I bet there's a good chance you have bought a hammer and some nails 
or have had your saw sharpened there at some point!

There's a 7,000 sq ft vacant lot to the left of Harper Lumber and 
a small park with a garden to the right.

Much cooler and supremely more important than any game of Monopoly, 
this legacy property comprises nearly an entire city block and
offers the chance to invest in both the past and the future of Roslyn.

A modern, working warehouse complete with equipment and inventory 
adds a big bump to the commercial upside of this property.


Classic store fronts from 1925 currently leased to a bike shop and market/cafe.  The second story of these buildings offer more spaces to develop.


Back in 1895…

Harper Lumber has been a fixture for over 70 years in the historic mining town of Roslyn, a Northwest jewel nestled in the eastern foothills of the Cascades.  This one-of-a-kind legacy property is comprised of an original 1895 building, two classic 1925 retail spaces, and a modern warehouse facility.  Oh, if these walls could talk!  Right across the street is The Brick Saloon, the 128-year-old tavern famous for its running water spittoon, and other hot spots like Heritage Distillery and Roslyn Cafe help make Downtown Roslyn a happening destination.  Suncadia Resort brings evermore visitors to this charming town, and with Snoqualmie Pass nearby for skiing and with endless outdoor recreation opportunities, a vibrant mountain lifestyle is at your disposal.  Harper Lumber offers a unique opportunity to tap into the past and future all in one investment.  

Please contact me for more details 

about this very special property!

Who doesn't LOVE Roslyn?  There's the oldest tavern in the state, an original craft brewery that brews some of the most luscious ambrosia around, the set of a popular 1990s sitcom, a new distillery, a great old theater, booming Suncadia Resort, access to the great outdoors (my Uncle Mike Rossetti from Cle Elum loved to hunt, fish, and forage boletus mushrooms in these parts - I loved a nice float down the Yakima River), and a historic cemetery.  Don't forget your stop in Cle Elum for the best torchetti cookies and apple fritters you will ever eat
and for a frolic at Owen's Meat, "The Candy Store for the Carnivore".  
Here's my standing order:  
1-2 lbs. of bacon sliced the way they like it 
smoked pork shank for homemade soups
smoked pork chops
jalapeno-cheese frankfurters
a whole smoked chicken
a couple of thick ribeyes - just because why not

01 December 2017

From the Chef ~ Buster Solomon's "Super Seward" Sloppy Joes


As many of you know, I was a teacher for 12 years prior to becoming a Realtor.  My first official day as a broker was set to be Windermere Community Service Day, a day spent spiffing up a local organization.  Oh, the irony!  As I split from my many years of teaching, my first day in real estate was spent at a...school??  And irony of all ironies:  it was Seward School (now known as TOPS), MY very own elementary school from the ‘70s!  As I launched my new life at Windermere, weirdly I’d come full circle!  Setting foot on campus, good memories flooded over me, the best of which were  the belly laugh of Mr. Buster Solomon, as kind a human being as you’ll ever find, and the heavenly perfume of Sloppy Joe day.  For a kid who happily brown-bagged-it with salami sandwiches and apple sauce, a “Super Seward” sloppy joe was a welcome deviation from Mamma’s loving-packed sack.  And if you were Super Seward lucky that day, Mr. Solomon would invite you to help clean up the cafeteria, which meant more belly laughs and then an ice cream social with potato chips and blow pops down at his shop after school.

1. Over medium-high heat, brown 1 ¼ lb. lean ground beef (turkey works well too!) in 1 tsp. olive oil.  Use a wooden spoon to break up the meat into small pieces.  Pour off any excess fat. 
2. Reduce the heat to medium-low and add 2 tbsp. brown sugar, 2 tbsp. dried minced onion, 1 tsp. paprika, ½ tsp. garlic powder, and 1 tsp. chili powder.  Cook, stirring to blend, for about 2 minutes.  Season with salt and pepper.
3. Stir in 1 can (15 oz.) tomato sauce, 2 tbsp. tomato paste, 2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce, and 2 tsp. red wine vinegar.  Bring to a gentle simmer over high heat.  Reduce heat to medium-low and cook, stirring often, for 5 more minutes. 
4. Spoon over the buns of your choice:  we like fluffy brioche buns or King’s Hawaiian buns.  Served with a side of potato chips and blow pops and you, too, will enjoy a Buster Solomon belly laugh! (Source:  The Cookbook for Kids, Atwood)