Northwest summer Sunday dinner

On our yearly summer visit to the Northwest, I look forward to dinners at my in-laws house.  My father-in-law is the chef of the house and loves to cook for a crowd.  He and I join forces and we reserve one sunday night for a big family dinner, where the extended family is invited. 

The meal focuses on seasonal foods, and summertime in the NW is host to a bounty of delicious food choices.  I look forward to the wild Alaskan salmon, available fresh, straight off the fishing boats in the Ballard Marina, or at most of the local grocers.  Brock, my father-in-law, grilled the fish whole, stuffing it with fennel, garlic, lemon, and olive oil.  To serve along with the salmon, we take a walk through the neighborhood farmers market to see what inspires us.  I like to grill zuchinni, tossed with a garlic and olive oil, and roast some herbed baby potatoes.  Add a green salad and maybe some crusty bread, and you have yourself a wonderful summertime dinner, perfect for guests.

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I thought to make a fresh blackberry cobbler, as the neighborhood was bursting with wild blackberries, but my sister-in-law offered to bring dessert.  The cobbler would have to wait.  She brought a homemade fresh peach pie, with cute little star cut-outs on top, and vanilla ice cream to serve ala mode.  Yum!  It was a perfect ending to a delicious summer dinner. 

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One Comment on “Northwest summer Sunday dinner”

  1. Angela
    September 14, 2009 at 8:12 pm #

    Yummy!

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