Right before I left Dartmouth for the summer we had our last farm breakfast with Danielle and Emil! We had the classic mix of kale, potatoes, eggs, mushrooms, and Emil's oatmeal pancakes.
Anna and I also made a last gelato trip before finals; kiwi, nutella yogurt, and biscoff.
That night I had dinner at the Canoe Club. From their new menu I had the seafood stew and an arugula and lemon salad. It hit the spot!
A little of a chocolate toffee tart was a perfect ending.
My last lunch with Anna and Veri until the Spring was consumed at Umpleby's. I had a salad and a hummus sandwich on their homemade bread. The bread was the best part; crunchy crust and a soft flavorful interior.
We also shared a lamb pasty.
Before I flew back to CA I spent a couple of days with family in Maine. My first home cooked breakfast featured 2 beautiful eggs from my cousin Jenny's chickens. They were so flavorful and delicious with vibrant yolks.
Gosh that coastline is beautiful. This was the view from a restaurant that we went to in ME, MC Perkins.
We feasted on a seafood tower, crab cakes, mussels with a tamarind and molasses broth, butter lettuce salad with killer candied pecans, arugula salad with a poached egg, sticky toffee pudding, and an apple and blueberry crisp.
For dinner my aunt and I made fish picatta, an avocado and tomato salad, and sautéed zucchini.
A little local ME gelato was a wonderful finish.
I just love this plaque on my aunt and uncle's wall.
My aunt and I went to the Stonewall Kitchen store which is a cook's dream. I'm glad I don't live close to it because I would go way too often. We decided to have lunch there as well. I got a cobb salad and my aunt got the caesar.
Finally, the grand finale of my Maine visit was lobster the Maine way. I drove on my cousin and her husband's boat to the lobster restaurant which is right on the water. We brought a succotash salad with corn, bell peppers, tomatoes, avocado, asparagus, edamame, and chives. Among the dishes we devoured was clam chowder,
buttermilk coleslaw from Jenny, fougasse bread from Beach Pea bakery,
baked beans, steamed clams,
and wonderfully fresh lobster.
And now back to CA and my annual raw and juice cleanse. I'm not being super strict this year but it feels good to be eating super healthy again. Here is a kale salad massaged with lemon juice and aged balsamic, carrots, zucchini, bell pepper, and celery. I also tested out my new juicer! Green juice to the rescue.
Sushi oh how I have missed you and my new best friend, seaweed salad.
Beet and greens juice and a guava. I have been reunited with Whole Foods after 6 long months. What a wonderful salad and juice.
Sunday night I tested my pizza skills again and made pork and lamb sausage pizza for my mom and a beet salad for myself.
And today I brushed off my apron and broke out the rolling pin to make some blueberry, peach, and pumpkin scones for my mom to enjoy on the weekend. Oh so buttery and delicious.