Blueberry Dutch, Baby

This past weekend was a busy one for me. Friday my husband and I celebrated my dad’s birthday with him at Elliot’s Oyster House. If you like Oysters and are in Seattle; it is hard to beat Elliot’s happy hour prices for the half shell. The downside is the happy hour is only eligible for those seated at the bar, which is very limited.

I love seafood, but my love for shellfish is a lot deeper. I like to pair my oysters with a nice Sauvignon Blanc and fortunately Elliot’s hosts Chateau Ste Michelle’s on their happy hour menu (win-win!)

Oysters at Elliots

Saturday we found ourselves hosting a few friends for dinner. We served home-made sweet potato Gnocci and a Blueberry Dutch Baby for dessert. Dinner was paired with a nice Rose from Maison De Padgett Winery located in eastern Washington. This Rose is called “Lipservice” and is only available at the winery in 1.75 liters. So I tend to only open a bottle when hosting a gathering.


I found the Blueberry Dutch recipe in a new cookbook I bought myself for my birthday. When I laid my eyes on it I knew I had to make this dish right away. It is super easy to make, very savory and can be a perfect dish for brunch as well as a heavy dessert after dinner.

Flour ingredients


Finished product

Sunday is typically my day at home where I meal prep and get things ready for the upcoming work week. However, this Sunday is special. I am headed to Woodinville to celebrate the 60th birthday of someone very dear to me. Woodinville boasts a wide range of wineries and satellite locations for wineries located elsewhere. It is the go-to hotspot for wine tasting in western Washington. This will definitely be a future post!

What did you do/bake/drink this weekend?

In Tune With Dinner

There is something to be said about the feeling you get when you are in the kitchen, cooking, with music on. I’m pretty new to experimenting in the kitchen and my Type-A personality amplifies the anxiety of trying to get the recipe to exactly as it should be. Music helps counter this. I have many playlists to choose from on my personal Spotify account that I can peruse to fit my mood. Most are hours long.

Below are some staples I have from my dinner party playlist that I have playing while I’m cooking and while guests are over. All are easy-listening and don’t take to much away from the conversation and the dinner itself.

Warning Sign by Coldplay
Baby Can I Hold You by Tracy Chapman
Days Like This by Van Morrison
When the Night Comes by Dan Auerbach
The Breach by Dustin Tebbutt
Jolene by Ray LaMontage
This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody) by Talking Heads
Lost In The Light by Bahamas
White Winter Hymnal by Fleet Foxes
Shelter from the Storm by Bob Dylan
Gypsy by Fleetwood Mac
Dreams by Fleetwood Mac
Millie by Wilderado
Redbone by Holocene
Coastline by Hollow Coves
Wicked Games by Widowspeak
Moonlight Kiss by Bap Kennedy
By Your Side by The 1975
Lucky by Jason Mraz
Fade Into You by Mazzy Star
Honey Hold Me by Morningsiders
Hold My Girl by George Ezra
Into the Dark by Ben Lee
Blood by The Middle East
Angela by The Lumineers
Eyes by Rogue Wave
A Real Hero by College and Electric Youth
Crush by Foxgluvv
Linger by the Cranberries
Caramel by Suzanne Vega

What are some of your favorite songs to cook to?