Spent a long weekend in Millinocket ME, had a wonderful time and some great food. I was unable to blog yesterday as there was no WiFi. Thought it was pretty comical I had no problem blogging from Cancun Mexico but Northern Maine not going to happen. I was told the next time I go up there will be. I am sure if I tried a lot harder I could have figured out a way to get it done, but we were so busy with playing and eating. We logged over 120 miles on snowmobiles; which is saying a lot since I have not been on a sled in 10+ years. It is just like riding a bike – well at least I picked it up again pretty quickly. Did you know that new sleds have heated hand, feet and butt warmers – Brilliant!!!!
Mt. Katahdin this morning – view from my friends camp
The sled I borrowed for the weekend
Sunday we had plans to meet my girlfriends’ nephew and friends for lunch out of the trails then later back at her place for Sunday dinner; there were 9 of us in total. We brought the turkey from home as they could not get one locally. There was a very lengthy discussion as to when to put the bird in the oven, at what temp, and when we HAD to be back to take it out. There was a lot of doubt that we would be eating a moist bird. Our back up plan was lots of gravy and plenty of wine. Well our precise planning worked; dinner was excellent, the bird was juicy and everyone was thrilled. Dessert were very yummy soft peanut butter cookies. Try them if you can.
1 Cup peanut butter
¾ Cup butter
¾ Cup Sugar
¾ Cup Brown Sugar
1 tsp Vanilla
2 Cups Flour
1 Tsp Soda
Add a handful or two of Chocolate Chips if you want – we did
Cream butters & sugars, stir in vanilla and eggs; add flour and soda till combined. Either use a cookie scoop or just place about a golf ball size of the dough about 3 inches apart on an ungreased pan or sheet. Cook at 375’ for 10 minutes till slightly brown, do not overcook. Leave on the ungreased pan for a minute or two till set. Makes approx. 36 cookies
There are times when no planning garners some pretty amazing results. On the way home we wanted to stop for a bite to eat. We ended up down in the Old Port area of Portland. We saw a place parked and started walking got to the one we saw originally and it just didn’t look right. My husband said he saw a café a few storefronts back that looked pretty good, at least there were people sitting, eating and smiling; that was his deciding criteria.
What a delightful gem Olive Café turned out to be. It’s a cozy little Mediterranean Restaurant, great atmosphere and wonderful food. We each had a salad which were both wonderful and split a pizza. I was slightly afraid of the ingredients on the pizza but just had to try it.
Chicken Shawarma Pizza – Marinated Grilled Chicken, Garlic Sauce, Chopped Tomatoes, Chopped Parsley, Chopped Pickles, Mozzarella & Feta Cheeses and Sumac garnished with Tahini sauce on a thin crispy crust that was cracker like. First time ever having pickles on a pizza have no idea was sumac is and don’t recall ever having tahini sauce – it was excellent we ate the whole thing!