Wednesday, February 10, 2010

FoodTrek: Lunch With a Sprinkle of Salty Seattle

Since it's so close to Valentine's Day, the Prime wanted to continue to share the heart-shaped love for local bloggers. I was truly lucky and fortunate to be able to meet with the fabulous Salty Seattle, aka, Linda Miller Nicholson, who is nothing less than a true Foodie Force of Nature, and her blog is an inspiration to be aware of what we eat and to value the care in what we prepare for our loved ones.

So long, and thanks for all the fish -- it was tasty! - Photo by Wasabi Prime

A few weeks ago, I was blessed with a lunch invite to visit Madame Salty Seattle at her amazing and beautiful home. We chatted for hours over a divine lunch of seared tuna and her hearty, rich pasta e fagioli -- pasta and bean soup with homemade bacon and pasta. Yes, you heard that right -- homemade bacon! And a sprinkle of her own homemade salt, too!! You can read her post here, with all the tasty details. So much incredible talent and smarts -- you'd  be tempted cast the Evil Green-Eyed Monster of Envy, but it's impossible because Linda is so sweet, her blog is written with such self-awareness, and she has a sincere love and appreciation for all the blessings in life.

Lunch, wine, and orchids at Casa de Salty Seattle - Photos by Wasabi Prime

Linda's focused passion in the kitchen is for a good cause -- a happy, healthy family. She takes an involved interest in the preparation of foods so that her husband and wee one can enjoy incredible homecooked meals and sleep soundly in the knowledge that she keeps a vigil over the quality of ingredients that pass through her door. Inspired by living abroad in Italy, she and her husband became very familiar with an artisanal lifestyle that is actively involved with the meals that reach one's table.

True, not everyone has the schedule to bake bread every week or make pasta from scratch, but the power of Salty Seattle compels one to rethink the way one looks at eating. For the price of an extra bit of time, it really is worth it to prepare at least one ingredient for a dish from scratch. Whether it's learning to make homemade cheese, pickling vegetables from one's own garden, or just making stock, it's a wonderful sense of accomplishment and empowering to feel involved on such a granular level with a homecooked meal.

If there's truth in wine, it's to have a second glass! - Photos by Wasabi Prime 

Probably the best lesson was a reminder that it's good to take the blogging lifestyle out of the computer and make it a point to meet a bloggy neighbor in the real world. It was a beautiful chance to get a glimpse of Linda's world and it was easy to understand why she's so inspired to share her passions, as she is surrounded by creativity and wonder every day. As I've had the chance to meet more individuals who are taking the time to invest in their talents, it really feels like there is an overall movement for people to seek out their bliss, and that is a comforting thing. Cheers and thanks to Linda and her blog, Salty Seattle -- a truly memorable and foodie-fabulous afternoon!

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  1. just visited salty seattle's blog. wonderful blog! her pictures are as pretty and crisp as yours!
    thanks for sharing.

  2. What a great time, and your photos look gorgeous. Off to cehck out Salty Seattle's new post now!

  3. Sure sounds lovely! And I agree, it is so nice to meet fellow bloggers in person!

  4. Lovely post! And you pictures are phenomenal. Soudns like a perfect get together...

    I love that port. Mmmm

  5. I'm so jealous that you got to try her homeade bacon.

  6. Ms. Wasabi is so humble she doesn't state that it's actually her amazing photographs and lilting writing that paint this afternoon in such a special light.

    I loved having you and can't wait to do it again molto presto!

  7. Very nice! The photo of the tuna looks perfectly noshable.

  8. What a beautiful meal! I can't wait to read about the homemade bacon.

  9. This is wonderful! I love that you two were able to meet face to face -- I often wish I could meet all the bloggers that I admire so I could hear their stories. Beautiful post and man that Linda is one talented lady!


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