Oct 082014
 

Suddenly Last Summer with our Airstream via J5MM.com

Fall is upon us now and the other day, it suddenly dawned on me, that last summer — a lot of cooking had been done in my silver kitchen which never made it onto J5MM.  Pouring over all my photos I took of my culinary creations made me realize also — what a beautiful, gloriously long summer we had here in Washington.  The warm breezes continue to blow, even now in what should be a chilly October.  We have our funny days where temps reach 80!  But today will be a nice mid 60’s October day according to the weather woman.  I’m ready for warm sweaters in the upcoming season and exhilarating early morning hikes where the frost graces the edges of the creek near my home.

We spent a majority of this past summer in Eastern Washington in the little town of Roslyn.  My heart is still there, that is for sure.  I long for my little sliver of property that is home to fruit trees and families of cute little (and large) critters.  Sitting on my bed and sipping coffee one morning while looking through my Airstream window at the coal miners cabin, I spy a family of quail run like crazy to the pasture beyond.  Mamma and papa were running furiously fast while  their little feathery babes tried hard to keep up — some even flying out of desperation.  I wonder what they were running from?  Then I knew —  a family of deer stand up and stretch from a patch of wild fluffy grass that was their bed for the night and make quite a ruckus (at that moment the mystery of flattened and smooshed grass had been solved).

Airstream with a view via J5MM.com

We spend our days here in a leisurely way.  As it should be.  I cook for my boys.  They are always hungry it seems.  I hone my cooking skills and create new recipes and all the while enjoying myself.  I simply love cooking in my little silver kitchen ❤

Lunching In The Country via J5MM.comOliver the Airstreaming Canine via J5MM.comCountry Glamping via J5MM.com

Every Sunday was the day to visit the farmers market in town.  From fresh veggies from local farms to some of the most beautiful craft, it was always a pleasure to take a walk into town and see everything.  Every time I visited, I came back to my silver kitchen with a bag full of goodies that I then prepared for breakfasts, lunches and dinners.  It was a good feeling to cook with ingredients that I knew were local.

Roslyn Washington Farmers Market via J5MM.comRoslyn, WA Vintage Trailer Rally 2014 via J5MM.com (9 of 9)

Over Father’s Day weekend the annual Vintage Trailer Rally was held in Roslyn and I went with my sweet friend Kim who shares an obsession for trailers both old and new.

I found myself admiring all of the happy little kitchens in these trailers. Such attention to detail was found in the decor and set up that I was inspired completely. If I could, I would have an entire fleet of vintage trailers and in my dreams those trailers would live on a pristine piece of property alongside a crystal clear flowing river.  Their campsites would dot the banks of the river.  I would live there in my Airstream and I would host cooking classes and make friends with everyone who comes to visit.  I would have fly fishing rods on the ready and the river would certainly be full of big beautiful trout.  Everyone can fish — catch and release — to their hearts content.  Now THAT’s a dream I tell myself lol.  But what fun is living without dreams like that?

But until then, I tour the trailers and dream on . . .

Roslyn Washington Vintage Trailer Rally 2014 via J5MM.com

Roslyn, WA Vintage Trailer Rally 2014 via J5MM.com (4 of 9)

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I made a Father’s Day feast to remember and breakfasts that B still continues to ask for.

“Mommy, can you make me that raspberry toast breakfast again tomorrow,” he asks me the night before a super busy corporate America morning.

“Of course,” I tell him smiling.

I set my alarm extra early for the next morning and I make him that gloriously sticky and sweet but yet oh so satisfying breakfast of Apricot and Raspberry Ricotta French Toast.  Because I know, this will make my boy happy.

And it will keep him full until lunchtime . . .

Fathers Day Breakfast via J5MM.comInside Our Airstream Trailer via J5MM.comOprah's Favorite Grilled Cheese via J5MM.comYellow Country Roses via J5MM.comSummertime Tartines In The Country via J5MM.comA Golden Country Sunrise via J5MM.comChocolate Icebox Cake via J5MM.com // Glamping DessertYellow Summer Roses via J5MM.com

I will never forget the summer of 2014 — what a beautiful time it was.  Here’s to new seasons and new adventures . . .

From my happy little silver trailer kitchen to yours — Bon Appetit :)

xoxo
Monica

Airstream Country Kitchen via J5MM.comAirstream Kitchen via J5MM.com

Jan 242014
 

Five Or Less Friday via J5MM.com

How much do I love this heavenly green concoction I’ve called Pesto?  Well let me just count the ways :)

I love it gently swirled into a deep bowl of delicate angel hair pasta — B thinks it’s even better with his eggs over easy and I won’t forget hubby’s favorite way —  straight out of the jar (naughty, naughty).

But today I enjoy it this way — on a Tartine :)  which means, “open faced sandwich,” in French :)

This style of eating is one my favorites :) and B’s favorite too.

A slice of toasted French bread smeared with a generous helping of peppered ricotta followed by a nice dollop of the pesto and a thin slice of ‎ proscuiotto followed by a grand finale of perfectly roasted tomatoes.

Perfection.

Pesto is what I first called it — but upon further consideration it could easily merge into the category of Heavenly Deliciousness taking any meal to higher levels :)

You may remember this trip we took when I first created this recipe.  I realized I had forgotten the real Italian pesto at home :(  So, using what I had onboard I introduce you to our new favorite pesto/sauce/heavenly concoction  ♥

Cheddar Almond Chive Pesto via J5MM.com

Five Or Less Friday via J5MM.com

Airstream Kitchen Pesto Recipe via J5MM.com

My next thought for this?  Atop a hot baked potato with a dollop of sour cream ♥

If you do try this, please let me know — I would love to hear what you think xo

Bon Appetit xoxo

~ Monica

Smoky Almond, Cheddar and Chive Pesto

Ingredients

  • 3 cups chives (just take the bunch of chives and roughly break them apart so they will loosely fill three cups)
  • 1/2 cup smoked and salted almonds (roughly chopped)
  • 1/4 cup sharp cheddar cheese (finely shredded)
  • Zest of one small lemon
  • salt and pepper to taste (at the end)
  • 1/2 - 3/4 cup olive oil

Directions

Step 1
In a food processor (I used my trusty little 3-cup capacity food processor I keep on board the Airstream) put the chives, almonds, cheese, lemon zest and give it a whirl. Add your olive oil to it - a little at a time until your desired consistency is met.
Step 2
Add salt and pepper to taste at the end. Hubby said I should bottle this stuff and sell it. I also think next time I may add some garlic . . .
Step 3
In addition to topping eggs with this, I imagine it would be delicious with pasta or on sandwiches :) ♥
Aug 282013
 

Highway 75 between Challis and Ketchum in Idaho

Located right in between Challis, ID and Stanley, ID — along the Salmon River off Hwy 75 is where you will find one of the most picturesque campgrounds ever.  It’s called the “Salmon River Campground,” and we could hardly believe our eyes at the sites here.  They are all big and spacious sites but best of all, they are located along the Salmon River.  Right there!  If you love fishing or just relaxing by a river — this is the place for you. Continue reading »

May 102012
 

“You must go and visit the tulip fields Monica,” a friend of mine told me a very long time ago when I first moved here to Washington.

Now that I am here, I am wondering why I waited for so long to make the trip.  As far as your eyes could see, there were brilliant colors of reds, pinks, purples and yellows rolling over the gentle hills.

It was an early morning actually.  Very early.  That is probably one of the greatest benefits of having your home on wheels with you.  You can go anywhere and get there early before all of the crowds.

It was so beautiful here.  I’m sorry I didn’t make the trip sooner.

Also happening at the same time was the farmers market in Mt. Vernon which is very nearby to the fields.  We needed something for lunch and I was so happy to find fresh English peas, ready to eat edamame and some smoked salmon.  What a perfect way to enjoy our lunch that afternoon.

Fresh and simple with a light spread of savory mascarpone that I seasoned with plenty of salt and pepper.

That’s it :)

Oh and I won’t forget to tell you about those radishes :)  They were very, very spicy and added a nice crunch.

Mt. Vernon Farmers Market, Washington

~ an outdoor market in Mt. Vernon, Washington

What an amazing weekend full of bright colors, delicious food and just being together.  I hope that you can come and visit it here one day.  It is truly something to experience once in your life.

This is where we stayed on our visit — maybe you could to?

http://just5moreminutes.onsugar.com/Beautiful-Peaceful-Fidalgo-Bay-Resort-Breakfast-Stuffed-Pancakes-19312650

 


 

Jan 282012
 

The week before last, the Seattle area was greeted with a record breaking snowfall. This meant no school and no work.

We. Were. Stuck.

Snow in Seattle, 2012

But that was okay. Actually, it was good!

It is times like this when the best memories are made, I think. B and I went through scrapbooks and photos rekindling our memories of the past. We played board games and we baked bread.

Oh the bread. It was delicious.

Today I sit in my Airstream as I type this. The snow is gone and B is back in school. But I still have that bread we baked.  It is a buckwheat loaf with seeds and honey.  If you like a heavy, dense type of bread that is full of natural earthy flavors, this is the recipe for you.  It freezes very well and when you toast it the flavors deepen, the outside becomes crunchy and the inside is nice and soft.  Did I mentioned how delicious it was?  You can find the recipe here if you like.

I’m enjoying my lunch this afternoon in my Airstream. It is our bread with a salty ricotta and pepper spread topped with crunchy radishes, green onions, grape tomatoes and some watercress which is nice and peppery. I have drizzled just a tiny bit of olive oil ontop with some crunchy sea salt. I can eat this every day.

I am also in my Airstream because I am planning. I am planning in my mind about our upcoming ski trip hubby, B and I are going on. I have never been on a “cat” skiing adventure before.  As I go through the pictures of hubby’s last ski trip I begin to get excited.  Our trip will be a rather lengthy one and I am thinking on how to pack everything, deciding on our meals and putting them into my recipe book and generally making sure we have everything we need. I am a little overwhelmed and think that a list is in order. But not just any list, but rather an on-line list of sorts that I can share with you on how I prepare for these trips of ours. Packing, organizing, planning. Things like that.

In the meantime, I would like to share with you two great articles about Airstreaming and skiing as well as advice about towing in the snow.  These articles are not only a joy to read, but are full of invaluable information.    These articles come from the Airstreamer newsletter.  If you have not yet read it, here is the link.

Also in this newsletter is an article about me and my book. It was my very first interview. I was SO nervous. But I was also SO very, very honored.

As the next few weeks evolve I hope that you will join me in my journey as I get the Airstream ready for our big trip.  I am really excited about it.

Ricotta Spread with Crunchy Veggies

And that ricotta spread?  It was so easy to put together.  Simply take some low fat ricotta and put it in a bowl, mix in (to taste) your salt and plenty of pepper along with a dash of olive oil.  Mix well and spread on your bread of choice and top with whatever veggies you have on hand.  Today I had crispy radishes, grape tomatoes, green onions and watercress.  Finish with a dash of olive oil and crunchy sea salt.  Have you ever tasted Maldon’s sea salt? It’s my favorite salt for finishing :)

Sep 132011
 

Sweet Roslyn.  Deep history and some of the friendliest, down-to-earth folks you will ever meet.  But you’ve heard me say that before…

If you are planning a trip to the area next summer, the Roslyn Sunday Market is a must.  Fresh veggies from local farms, homemade goods, beautiful art and best of all, the people.  It is a guaranteed excellent, heart warming good time.

A breakfast of orange ricotta hotcakes and we were out the Airstream door headed here . . .

The Roslyn Sunday Market and Orange Ricotta Hotcakes

That’s Paul looking at me funny (before I introduced myself) – you can find him at the Ellensburg market every Saturday from Parke Creek Farm.  Just about the nicest guy you’ll ever meet.  I say in Ellensburg because, sadly this was the last Sunday Market in Roslyn.

Roslyn Sunday Market and Ricotta Orange Hotcakes

I will miss you Roslyn, so much.  The weather is slowly changing and it’s time to change our Airstream venue — I can almost hear the San Juan Islands calling . . .

Recipe here