Awww, how cute

Awww, how cute,” is the reaction of some people upon being introduced to patty pan squash. Also called scalloped squash, they are part of the summer squash family but the smallest of the lot, measuring as little as an inch across.

Patty pans are a light green when young but shade toward white when mature. Their shape has been compared to that of a flying saucer. You can find them in the stores and farmer markets from summer into early autumn. Choose the smallest ones available if you want the best taste and texture. If you handle them carefully, you can store them in the fridge for up to 6 days.”

I thought that I had seen most varieties of squash before but I do not recall ever seeing a Patty Pan. When I was growing up my grandparents had a huge garden as did my family but somehow this variety of squash is one that we missed out on. One of my sister’s neighbors brought this squash over from her garden.

This patty pan is much larger than the average from the descriptions I found. It must have been 6 or 7 inches across.

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Another visit to the Milwaukie Farmer’s Market

I just love all of the colors of the Farmer’s Market!

Great selection of fresh flower bouquets

Great selection of fresh flower bouquets

I made a quick walk through the Milwaukie Farmer’s  Market on Sunday. I bought some strawberries, olive cream cheese, little cukes and tomatoes. It was a chilly 59 degrees so I did not linger like I usually do.

I observed a couple of things today.

  1. There is a new sign “No Pets Allowed”. I am not an animal hater but I always thought that it was not really the best place to bring dogs. There are food booths and all of the fresh fruits and veggies. I don’t want to be picking up some cukes or tomatoes that were touched prior by a person who just picked up their dog’s poop. Eeww!
  2. Almost all of the shoppers are carrying their recylecled bag, grocery store tote or a basket. Enviromentally respectful people shop at the farmer’s market.






 These strawberries were great for breakfast Monday.


So much  better than a melon from the grocery store. FRESH!


Colorful peppers


I didn’t need any zucchini but wished that I had bought a couple of eggplants. Oh, well there is always next Sunday.


Cute little cheesecakes. Good thing I had just eaten breakfast before going to the market.


Shop local, eat local

Shop local, eat local is my motto whenever I can. Today I had to go to the mall to pickup my glasses at the opticians. I decided Thai food sounded good for lunch. On 2nd thought not only did Thai food sound good I decided to ditch eating at the new Thai chain restaurant at the mall and head to downtown Milwaukie where Mekong Thai is located. I have been wanting to try this place but on the weekend it is only open from 12:00 – 3:00 PM and I have  always managed to miss lunch there. They are open for dinner but I never think about going there for some reason.

BTW Mekong Thai occupies the building where there was a Whiz Burger (home of the 19¢burger) when I was in high school. Yeah, OK that was more than a few years ago.

I pulled into the parking lot and mine was the only car there. I went in and the owner who was a very friendly woman began immediately talking to me and making lunch recommendations. I took her suggestion and ordered the Summer Roll appetizer and Chicken Pad Thai.

When I go out to eat by myself I bring a book along to read. The owner kept interrupting my reading but she also kept apologizing. She told me to tell my friends about their restaurant because they needed more business. I replied that not only would I tell my friends about the restaurant but I would post photos on FaceBook and publish on my blog about the restaurant. It was very good and I will certainly go back again. The servings were very large so I have a leftover Summer Roll for later and Pad Thai for lunch tomorrow or to take to work on Monday.

Once again today I felt that by patronizing a locally owned business I helped the local economy and on top of it got better service than I would have at the mall chain restaurant.


Summer Rolls - fresh greens and large shrimp

Summer Rolls - fresh greens and large shrimp


Chicken Pad Thai

Chicken Pad Thai


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An interesting view of a Dendrobium Orchid

This was my dinner last night. It was a really great ASIAN SEARED AHI Lightly marinated, served with hoisin lime vinaigrette.

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Now take a close look at the Dendrobium Orchid and tell me that I am not the only one who sees a perfect face in the center of it.

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Am I right or what?

Thank goodness I did not shop at Trader Joe’s on an empty stomach…

Or I might have spent $200 instead of merely $110 on a lot of items I could have gone without. But hey it’s only money, right? wink


The good thing  is everything I bought fit in two grocery bags so I did not have to make multiple trips to and from the car. 4_1_3v[1]


 TJ’s does have some very good frozen meals that are great for days when at 5:00 AM I do not want to think about putting together lunch t0 take to work. Good to for those days that I get home from work 12 hours  after I left in the morning and am too tired to do more than throw something in the microwave.

TJ’s carries what is nicknamed as 2 Buck Chuck’s” brand of wine that sells for $1.99 – $3.49 a bottle. The Chardonnay and the Sauvignon Blanc are in what I call the category of “cheap enough to cook with but Ok to drink”.

I read Cancun Canuck’s Blog early Saturday where she wrote about Mexican junk food. I think that is why I bought the pepitas and the lime and chili mixed nuts.


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I liked that the brie is round and will actually fit nicely on cracker along with a slice of salami.


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I rarely buy candy but this looked delish!


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I did buy some real food but I didn’t think you would care to see photos of raw chicken breast, turkey, steaks and pasta.

Another visit to the Farmer’s Market – June 14, 2009

My goal this day was to buy some local Oregon strawberries. Mission accomplished! They were great, juicy and flavorful.

There was once again some absolutely gorgeous flowers whether they were cut, in hanging baskets or potted.

I bought:

  • Fresh local strawberries (Damascus, OR)
  • Smoked salmon cream cheese and a green pimento olive cream cheese from Jacob’s Creamery (Portland) Their website says “coming soon”.
  • Asparagus from the Canby Asparagus Farm (Canby)
  • Quinoa bagels from Gabriel’s Bakery (Portland) Their website is under construction.
  • Oregonzola Cheese (milder and creamier than most Gorgonzola) from Rogue Creamery (Central Point, OR)
  • Rosemary and garlic goat cheese from Black Sheep Creamery (Adna, WA)

Breakfast at Bob’s Red Mill

I had my haircut this morning and decided afterward to go down the road a bit to Bob’s Red Mill for breakfast. They have expanded their menu and now have quite a good variety of breakfast dishes. When they first started serving breakfast it was pretty much pancakes and baked items. They serve lunch too. Lunch is mostly sandwiches but there a several that sound good.

“To celebrate our 25th anniversary and our enduring dedication to being the nation’s leading miller of healthy whole grain foods, we unveiled our beautiful new Whole Grain Store and Visitors Center. The 15,000 square-foot facility is a stunning addition to Portland’s many attractions, featuring an 18-foot high operational water wheel, displays of historic milling equipment, and a working stone mill using French buhr millstones from the 1800’s.”

Bobs Red Mill, Milwaukie, OR

Bob's Red Mill, Milwaukie, OR

Little cup of grits, turkey bacon, eggs, cottage potatoes and really fresh made rye toast

Little cup of grits, turkey bacon, eggs, cottage potatoes and really fresh made rye toast