Monday, September 7, 2009

So Close!

We continued the celebration Friday evening by going out to eat at Sanford. People, this was by far my favorite restaurant of all time, and Nate said it was in his top five easily. I had mussel timbale with green olives and romesco sauce, gazpacho with pickled red onion and parsley cream, seared wild coho salmon with cucumber confit,saffron dill emulsion and an apricot tart with lemon ice cream. Nate had the tandoori spiced beef with grilled eggplant, chickpea puree and spiced yogurt. It was so much fun!

Saturday morning Nate made these yummy breakfast plates with fresh avocado and tomatoes from our garden:

Then we cleaned and organized the basement and took a trip/load to Goodwill. Our basement looks 3 times bigger now! We ended the day with some homemade pizza dough (recipe below) topped with olive oil, fresh mozzarella, tomatoes and basil from our garden which we grilled. Yum!

The remainder of the weekend was spent enjoying the sun lakeside.

Pizza Dough
Source Cooking Light via my aunt Jackie

2 tsp honey
1 package active dry yeast
3/4 cup warm water
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
Cooking spray
2 TB stone-ground yellow cornmeal

Dissolve honey & yeast in 3/4 cup warm water in a large bowl. Let stand 5 minutes or until bubbly. Add 2 cups flour and salt to yeast mixture; stire until a soft dough forms. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead until smooth and elastic; add enough of the remaining flour, 1 TB at a time to prevent dough from sticking to hands. Place dough in a large bowl coated with cooking spray, turning to coat top. Cover and let rise in a warm place, free from drafts, 30 minutes or until double in size. Roll dough into a 12 in circle (about 1/4 in thick) on a lighlty floured surface. Place dough ona rimless baking sheet sprinkled with cornmeal. Lightly spray surface of dough with cooking spray, cover with plastic wrap. Place dough in refrigerator for up to 30 minutes. Top with ingredients and bake!

And are wedding photos leading up to the actual marriage:
Nate waiting at one end...

...Me (with my Dad) coming from the other end of the aisle

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