September in the Skagit Valley

My friend Carol and I made a day trip north to the Skagit Valley to visit a flower farm, and afterwards we stopped for a late breakfast at the Rexville Grocery Store between Conway and LaConner.  We learned, too late, that they serve breakfast only on Saturdays and Sundays, but we pulled up two stools to the deli counter and ordered sandwiches and coffee instead.  After all, a BLT has bacon, so we considered the sandwich a hybrid breakfast entrée.

The Rexville Grocery is a real find.  This little country store is far, far from a chain store.  It’s shelves are stocked with an eclectic collection of local and international items — a wide assortment of preserves, sauces, crackers, cookies, candy, etc.  I now know where to buy treacle!  The deli sandwiches and coffee were outstanding, and we learned that Sunset Magazine had just named the Rexville Grocery one of 41 Top Road Spots in the West.

I’ve now put the Rexville Grocery Store on my list for a future destination breakfast.  I want to try the smoked salmon frittata!

Stuart Welch, the personable proprietor of the Rexville Grocery Store

Interior, Rexville Grocery Store

BLT sandwich and coffee from the deli counter



Maximus/Minimus Food Truck on 2nd & Pike Streets, Seattle

Guerrilla chefs are creating unique dining experiences, serving from food trucks.  I read about one of Seattle’s food trucks in a book called Food Trucks: Dispatches & Recipes from the Best Kitchens on Wheels by Heather Shouse.  Maximus-Minimus offers pork, chicken, and veggie sandwiches Mondays through Fridays at 2nd and Pike Streets in Seattle.  After reading about it, I made a trip downtown on my day off to sample its wares.

Food Trucks by Heather Shouse

You can’t miss this portable restaurant — it looks like a giant metal pig!  I ordered a pulled pork sandwich, slaw and ginger lemonade.  Delicious!

Restaurant on wheels -- Maximus-Minimus

My lunch order: pulled pork sandwich, slaw and drink

The food tasted as good as it looked!

One last photo before I cleaned my plate.

You can link to the Maximus-Minimus website here:

Rotisserie Chicken

November 7, 2009


Rotisserie chicken from Costco

I find the rotisserie chickens from Costco a great convenience on days when I don’t want to cook a big dinner.  It feels like a pricey indulgence compared to cooking a chicken from scratch, but stretching the leftovers into another meal or two turns the purchase into a good buy.

Here are the meals we enjoyed from our most recent rotisserie chicken:

  • We ate everything but the breasts for our first chicken dinner, served with homemade corn bread, green beans, cranberry salad, and apple pie for dessert (dinner for 3). 
  • I set aside a few slices of white meat for sandwiches for my lunches (3 lunches) 
  • I used the rest of the leftover breast meat in a stew made with garbanzo beans, cauliflower, and a bit of diced pepper, all cooked together in Trader Joe’s masala simmering sauce. I served the stew over quinoa (dinner for 3). 
  •  And finally, I poured hot water over the jellied juices at the bottom of chicken platter from the store , and then I froze this broth for soups at some later date. 

The first big meal of chicken


Sandwiches with leftover sliced chicken


Chicken stew in masala simmering sauce