22 February 2013

From the Chef ~ Menu for Mangia Italia 101

Mangia Italia 101 is a very special cooking class and wine pairing dinner to benefit Assumption-St. Bridget School.  Five lucky couples are in for an unforgetable evening of food, wine and laughter!  Here is the menu:

13 February 2013

Exciting New Modern Capitol Hill Homes!

Ground was just broken for the construction of a pair of fantastic 5-star Built Green contemporary homes on a gorgeous tree-lined street in the shadow of a noble bell tower just blocks from Pine and Pike and booming 12th Avenue!  Under the thoughtful construction of Benjamin Custom Homes, these homes will offer 2100+ square feet, 3 bedrooms including stellar master bedrooms, very large and cool roof top decks, nice views, open and flexible living spaces, garage or off-street parking, in-floor radiant heat and triple pane windows.  Architect Julian Weber's deft design guarantees a style that will make an impression.  Completion is May 2013.  Please let me know if I can answer any questions or provide you with floor plans for this very special site!

Seattle Real Estate Update ~ A Sellers' Market

Here are the latest statistic from Windermere.  Bottom-line:  it is a great time to be a Seller!  Think you are underwater?  Think again, you may not be any longer.  As always, let me know how I can help you.  Give me a call and we can discuss a custom strategy for you as a Seller or as a Buyer.

From the Chef and Il Pescatore ~ Calamari Ripieni

It’s tough to beat the tenderness of fresh, line-caught calamari.  I make it sounds so romantic, but really it entails a late, cold night on the piers of Downtown Seattle.  It’s quite an adventure, especially when you have to get up for work in just a couple of hours , but it’s well worth the effort.  I have shared with you my marinated squid recipe (Casa Fiore #58—March, ’11)  Calamari fritti and squid sautéed in a nice tomato sauce and served over pasta are other great ways to enjoy these abundant cephalopods.  Today, however, I share with you the best recipe I know for squid.  It’s fairly common—check out the recipes on the web— and thoroughly irresistible.  Below is my recipe.  I’ll see you down at the piers! 
  • Start with 1 lb. cleaned calamari.  Finely chop tentacles and set aside.  Sauté the following in 1/4 cup olive oil until translucent:  1/2 cup minced onion, 1/4 cup minced celery, and 2 cloves minced garlic.  Add tentacles and sauté briefly. 
  •  Add the following:  1 cup minced finely chopped arugula, 1/4 cup mince parsely, 2 tbsp. each minced celery greens and fresh thyme and a splash of white wine.  Add 4 filets chopped anchovies, 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes, 1 tsp. lemon zest, and salt and pepper to taste and sauté a bit more.  Let cool slightly. 
  • Add one beaten egg, 2 tsp. grated parmigiano, 1 cup chopped stale bread, and juice of 1/2 lemon.  Add filling to zip lock bag, cut end, and pipe in filling.  Seal top with toothpick.  Salt and drizzle with olive oil.  Grill on high heat for roughly 7-8 min., turning once.
  • Dust with good salt and drizzle with quality olive oil and serve with lemon wedges.  Enjoy with white wine or crisp lager or ale.  I like them best when they are hot.