Chunky Chicken and mushroom soup

Chunky chicken and mushroom soup…

chicken soupWe are working, I hope, through the last of the days on end rain storms where even the worms drown in unforgiving driveway puddles…

IMG_7389 and unplanned driveway streams…

IMG_7390Goats are hanging near the doorway..

IMG_7398As well as the dynamic duo…


We tried basic ditching to get a little immediate relief. They have a little bridge to cross.

IMG_7396So for days like this, chicken soup is still in order. But I wanted a soup with big chunky vegetables, mushrooms and meat. I started by cooking the chicken whole (and frozen) on a low simmer for about an hour. Next I pulled out the crock pot. I pulled the cooked chicken and strain the bits. Once cooled, I  pulled the meat off and put it in the fridge till day 2. Here comes the crock pot.

Chunky chicken and mushroom soup@ wendyellenthomas.comBones go in along with a couple carrots, celery tops, onion (or scallions if like me that’s all you have in the fridge), @ 4 bay leaves,  a wedge of lemon, peppercorns, and a couple cloves of garlic. Potato bits and mushroom stems are also a nice addition. I use all the liquid from cooking chicken and top off to about 10-12 cups liquid. It will sit on low for about 24 hours and fill your house with a savory, homey scent. It’s gold baby.

Chunky chicken and mushroom soup@ dicing or cubing here. I want to know if it is a slice of carrot or piece of celery in my mouth. 1 large onion, 4-5 carrots, 4 stalks of celery.

Chunky chicken and mushroom soup@ goes for the mushrooms- 6-8 larger brown caps (small portobellos) and 8-10 larger shiitakes. Don’t forget how much they shrink.

Chunky chicken and mushroom soup@ if you want to give your soup a little more flavor, I strongly encourage sautéing your veggies in olive oil first and seasoning them on their own.

Chunky chicken and mushroom soup@ then add the liquid gold to the big pot of veggies and lift up the “suc”- the yummy brown bits on the bottom  (that you hopefully didn’t burn black:) with a spatula or spoon.

I have to admit after nibbling on the chicken for a day, I bought another split breast that I gently simmered in the 24 hour stock for only 30 minutes. So I essentially had 3 big breasts… keep it down folks.

Chunky chicken and mushroom soup@ 4 cups largely shredded chicken in the end- mostly white meat. And of course these pieces still fit in your mouth. I don’t want to have to cut my soup into smaller pieces for god’s sake. Not that big!… Throw the meat in the pot.

And lastly, I added about ½ cup chopped parsley and seasoned the soup with salt, pepper and lemon. I wanted a simple, clean flavor and skipped any other herbs (rosemary, marjoram and thyme would be on another batch)

Chunky chicken and mushroom soup@

We are all ready for a break of sunshine.

IMG_7392And dry soils…

IMG_7393But until then how about another bowl of chunky chicken and mushroom soup!

RECAP: Portions – About 8-10. One dinner and lunch for 2. Then dinner for 4 at the neighbors…. and still a little left for the freezer.

  • Simmer one  3-4# chicken (skin on for me) in water till cooked- about 1 hour. Fill water to about ½  up way around chicken.
  • Pull chicken and let cool. Strain liquid and place in crockpot. Add enough water to make approx 10-12 cups liquid.
  • Remove meat from the bones and place all bones in the crockpot.  Put meat in the fridge till day 2.
  • Add to crockpot- 2 medium carrots, 2 celery middle stalks w/ leaves, ½ onion, peppercorns (8-12 if you must count), 4 bay leaves (less if you want-  won’t make or break your stock), couple cloves of garlic. Anything else you feel moved to add to create flavor- mushroom and potato bits, parsley stems.
  • Cook on low for up to 24 hours for a dark, rich, healthy chicken stock. Pull a little cup out and add a pinch of salt to just enjoy on its own. Strain liquid. (Cook up another breast for more meat if you ate a bunch waiting for your stock! and for a heartier soup)
  • Cut up 3-4 carrots, 4 stalks of celery, 1 onion
  • Slice 6-8 large cap mushrooms, 8-10 large shiitake mushrooms
  • Sauté veggies in your big soup pot with a little olive oil and season to taste. Add 24 hour stock. 
  • Take your chicken meat and pull apart/shred into larger but mouth fitting pieces. Add to soup pot.
  • Chop ½ cup parsley and add to soup pot.
  • Season to taste with salt, white pepper and lemon 

Chunky chicken and mushroom soup@,




Cuban Ceviche

You know the feeling when you haven’t talked to an old friend or relative for ages? Maybe even one you are pretty close to and that you really like and care about? And you keep waiting for that perfect afternoon when you are carefree and ready to cozy up in your favorite chair or kick back on the couch and just dive into a conversation for hours with your 100% undivided attention? But then days go by and months and you have fleeting glimpses of perfect moments that slip through your fingers.  And you’re like hell- just pick up the damn phone and call- RIGHT NOW.

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And really whether it’s been months or over a year- you can just start right where you left off with this person- some smiles, some laughs, maybe a little sorrow- but you are just fully present. Can you see my point here?  I don’t have to spell it out in anymore detail right? I’m picking up the damn phone and don’t have anything glorious to share here or really even the time to share it if it were. But we just got back from Florida and we had some killer ceviche in Miami and I was like BAM- get some pics of this stuff and let people know you haven’t let go of this blog thing!

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The last 8 months were very full and this sharing space made itself comfortable on a back burner with no flame- We had a wonderful year at the store and at the end of it I decided to take another break from retail. I’m on about a 3-4 year cycle. I’m rolling one thing out as I simultaneously roll something in. My latest venture is Real Estate. It’s a far cry from creative but I like people, I like property and I like selling. And a slow 2015 Winter gave me ample time to study and get my license. And being on this island for over 20 years doesn’t hurt in that job.

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And then there’s those silly goats. They are keeping us plenty busy- especially since we never found new homes for our 2 kids, Jane and Rocky. We are still open to seeing them relocate but only for pets and milk- not the freezer thank you very much. ALTHOUGH having said that- we have our 3 does knocked up and I’m already mentally preparing myself for the fact these offspring may not reside here long term. We just don’t have the capacity. Ok- I may keep our Lagerian kids from Dinah- but they (LaMancha/Nigerian cross) will be small and hardly count.

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We also built a studio for O man (my husband for those of you who forgot because it’s been EIGHT MONTHS of not hearing a peep from me). And did I mention the real estate thing- last year I was basically working 2 jobs and it was tricky. Then there’s the garden and yada yada yada… I still cook practically everyday from scratch. That’s just a given.

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We spent only a week off the farm. And we got that time because we were so fortunate to have folks move into our cabin who love to farm sit. A little shout out to Coffelt Farm because that’s where one of them works:) We visited family near Vero Beach and we hiked down to Miami for just one night to visit our dear friends Teri and Jochen who moved there from Hamburg. One laughter filled, food filled evening spent with them on Ocean Drive at Lario’s on the Beach followed by chatting as we walked the boardwalk and ended with a stroll down Lincoln Road Mall. Loveliness.

Here’s a shot of the fresh snapper we had that night.Cuban Ceviche@

Avocado salad

Cuban Ceviche@

And the ceviche and plantain chips that have been making me want to eat ceviche non-stop!

Cuban Ceviche@

Ceviche and steak might be the two things I’d eat all day everyday. A Cuban ceviche is often shrimp or scallops but it got a northwest spin because I have a fair amount of halibut in the freezer. Of course I’d recommend fresh but we do what we have to. I also saw a little note here….. that Cuban ceviche will have a dash of allspice. I didn’t see much other differentiation (except um for fish they tend to use scallops and shrimp). Sometimes a little tomato. But they are God awful right now in the Pacific Northwest so I skipped that. This link gave a little breakdown of ceviches and allspice seemed to be the little somethin’ somethin’ here. I pulverized whole allspice berries due to lack of ground allspice- but the whole berries actually proved more aromatic. So maybe this post should just say Ceviche with nutmeg…

Cuban Ceviche@

What I am missing from my very large repertoire of  dish/glass ware and general accessories is martini glasses- which is a lovely way to feature ceviche. Now of course I might have to pick up a few just for my raw fish cravings. And my mom likes a very dirty martini- so there you have it. I should get some martini glasses.

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~”Cuban” ceviche recipe~  now anybody who is actually from Cuba who might want to set me straight – I’m all ears!

  • 1# fish – I’m fairly flexible here. Halibut, ling cod, snapper of course,scallops, parboiled shrimp. But I like it to be a white fish
  • 1 sweet red pepper – or go for rainbow with yellow and orange if  available- I like that too
  • ½ bunch of cilantro- approx. ½-¾ cup
  • ½ cup red onion
  • 1 small jalapeño pepper (seeds removed)
  • 1 cup citrus juice- 3 limes, 1-2 lemons, 1 orange
  • zest from 1 organic lime
  • ½ tsp salt
  • good pinch of ground nutmeg (then taste it and see if you want more!)
  • garnish with green onion

When eating it for a light meal I didn’t mind serving it up on shredded romaine tossed with olive oil and lemon. You’ll find a little jalapeño,red pepper, red onion, lime, lemon and orange. And a little side of mango and avocado.

I even tried frying up some plantains. They weren’t deep fried so not as crispy as what we ate in Florida but yummy none the less.

So having prepped you in the first paragraph you’ll see this post come to an end- it’s not going to be a novel and I’d like to think you’ll hear from me again sooner than later.



zucchini pasta, kalamatas, sun dried tomatoes,basil and more

Here’s another summer dish that’s fitting for dinner and a great one to take to a potluck… How many of you go to potlucks? It’s a regular thing here on Orcas Island. We don’t have a lot of entertainment.I think this zucchini pasta loaded with kalamatas, sun dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts, and red onion should peak the interest of the paleo and plant based eaters alike! And anyone in-between for that matter.

wendyellenthomas.comI got this handy dandy spiralizer that I’m sure I mentioned last summer. or did I?

zucchini pasta, kalamatas, sundried tomato and basilThis thing rocks. I’m watching my zucchini plants blossom and literally can’t wait to harvest the first few baby zuchs. I cherish this anticipation and basically block out what happens after about the 100th green or yellow fruit. That’s when the livestock start doing the squash dance. Here are summer squash plants-

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See those little yellow guys?

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I turned about 5 medium green and yellow fruits into ringlets.  It’s a good idea to salt your zucchini (about ½ tsp) and give it 20 minutes to sweat then strain it. Worst case you don’t, and you end up with some liquid to make dressing with. Chop up one can of drained artichoke hearts…

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and about a half a jar of sun dried tomatoes packed in olive oil. Slice onions…

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And chop/slice roughly ¾ of a cup of pitted kalamata olives. I try to get artichoke hearts, tomatoes and olives by the case as it almost makes them affordable when you buy in bulk. Any one of these ingredients crank up just about anything a couple notches.

Lastly, a handful of fresh basil leaves…

wendyellenthomas.comSimply toss it all together and dress with a ⅓ cup of olive oil, half a fresh lemon and a splash of white wine vinegar. Salt and pepper to taste-


  • 5 medium zuchinni spiralized, cut on a mandolin or try using a julienne peeler
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 drained can artichoke hearts chopped
  • ½ packed cup of sun dried tomatoes chopped
  • ½-¾ cup kalamata olives chopped
  • ¼-½ sliced medium red onion
  • ⅓ cup olive oil
  • juice of ½ lemon (throw a little zest in there too if you’d like)
  • splash of white wine vinegar
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • optional- 1 clove pressed garlic

This really doesn’t need a printed recipe, trust me- save the paper. Just have a go at it and plus or minus the ingredients you like. Make it your own.

Simple,fresh, healthy and full of flavor.

zucchini pasta, kalamatas, sundried tomato and basil-5And here is the farm in early June- the garlic is outrageous. I’m hoping the soil wasn’t too fertile. We’ve got some hefty stalks.

garden 6-4-15Ollie wanted potatoes this year… and potatoes he shall have. We gave up a lot of real estate for 4 ROWS! Usually I plant 2 sides of 1 row but this year decided to give them lots of room. German butterball, Yukon gold, Pontiac red, and 2 varieties of fingerlings

garden 6-4-15-6Greens are doing great, weeded and mulched…

garden 6-4-15-8But wanted to throw this in so you see all parts of the garden… kind of like me. You think you are looking at a bed of weeds and that’s partly true. But there are soon to be sweet strawberries in there. My theory was the birds won’t find the berries in all those weeds. Really this bed will be turned over this fall. It’s just too full of buttercup but due to lack of time I thought I’d try out my rationalized theory:)

garden 6-4-15-9See what’s hiding in there- don’t tell the birds

garden 6-4-15-10Here’s a couple favorite roses in the landscape. A little thorny tea rose…

garden 6-4-15-16I focus up on them to avoid looking down at the weeds that need attention… This massive wild rose is breathtaking every year.
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And the kids are growing…

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oh this sweet face…

garden 6-4-15-13Have a lovely beginning of summer

Grilled veggies, millet, greens, cocoa chili dressing

Grilled red peppers, yellow squash, zucchini and pork shoulder chops on a bed of greens and millet is topped with a dressing concocted of olive oil, grilled red pepper, cocoa powder,worcester sauce, honey and a dash of lemon. You can add as much heat as desired. This recipe is based on the one I found in the June issue of Yoga Journal (a favorite of mine) and I think it’s a great one for this holiday weekend.

summer veggies, cocoa chili dressing-6I think it would be just as lovely as it was written in Yoga Journal with grilled corn, black beans and a mesclun mix. But I opted for pork (just bought a LOT of local pork) and our garden greens which at the moment are tender young kale and spinach. I made the millet the night before and warmed it up with some broth- a little water and salt would do just fine.

summer veggies, cocoa chili dressing-3These shoulder chops are big and meaty so I only grilled two and cut them in strips to cut down on the meat portion (sorry Ollie). I used this very flavorful Mesquite smoked salt, from Saltworks in Seattle, that I love and yes do sell at Chez Chloe. It’s not online at my store yet so call if you want some and I’ll hook you up!


I drizzled a little olive oil onto the chops and sprinkled with the El Dorado, the mesquite smoked salt, on both sides. I grilled the chops at about 400° on our gas grill. The veggies were tossed as well with a little olive oil and Saltworks fine Himalayan pink salt.
summer veggies, cocoa chili dressing I work hard at temp control and ideally go for marks without scorching. Who doesn’t right?summer veggies, cocoa chili dressing-2The dressing (check out link to Yoga Journal) is a blend of a little water,  ½ cup of skinned, just roasted red pepper, honey, worcester sauce, unsweetened cocoa powder, mild pepper and cayenne if desired… I used ½ dried chili pepper from last year’s garden. What I felt the dressing needed was a little pick me up. A squeeze of fresh lemon juice brightened it up with a dash of salt. My dried pepper was also one spicy little bitch. Enough that when I took the top off it in the afternoon and proceeded to touch my lips, they burned for a good while. It took me about a half hour to put two and two together. Like the after burn of stinging nettles.
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I piled on the greens and dressed them with a drizzle of olive oil and lemon. Topped it with seasoned millet, added the veggies and pork, topped with the chili dressing and garnished with a little cilantro that happened to be in the fridge. Avocado would be a nice addition as well.
So while I do think it is a wee bit early in this neck of the woods here in Western WA to be pulling summer vegetables from your own garden, they are pretty readily available and I think it would be a great dish for this holiday weekend. Hence, my haste in actually writing two posts in one week:)
 Have a lovely long weekend and be sure to share time and good food with great friends!

got GOATS!

Hi campers! How was your spring? We are busy little monkeys around here. I took an unspoken blogging “break”… lots of real time action for us has meant putting my photos and writing on the back burner.

We had a couple of kids last month! Basically from November 20th when our Nubian doe, Shirley had her “encounter” with Jimmy Mac until about 2 weeks before Shirley gave birth- I wasn’t 100% sure the deed was done. After all, the moment consisted of little foreplay and lasted about as long as the time it took Ollie to unscrew his coffee cup to check how hot it was. We had anticipated a little kickback time and literally it was done as he screwed the cap back on. But then Rocky and Jane happened April 22nd…

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goats 5-15-4Earth Day presents and Ollie’s birthday… so birthday lunch was postponed and we pretty much stayed close to home all day.

goatsI of course have spent loads of time reading and watching videos on goat births. We even spent a couple days with our friends at Mountain Lodge Farm near Tacoma. They birthed about 200 kids this year. We witnessed 5:)

goats 5-15-5I had the birthing kit ready. Only thing I didn’t get was the rubber gloves and K-Y Jelly. And in our little town I missed hearing the nervous chuckle that would have likely ensued at the checkout of our one and only pharmacy.

goats 5-15-12I looked out that morning from our porch like always and saw everyone but Shirley hanging out like they  do… waiting for the gate to open and us to appear. The difference was, I swear, they were all staring into the shed.. The sheep, Helen and Irene, and the other goats, Dinah and Nena looked in there like some kind of cruel and unusual punishment had just happened. I threw on some boots and yelled out to Ollie- IT HAPPENED!

goats 5-15-3And sure enough after 5 months and looking like this at the end-

shirley April 17

There were 2 little goat babies in the shed surrounded by a lot of goo…. Not in the nice, sanitary, freshly hayed “birthing suite” I had prepared in our barn that is really more of a shop- so I had moved work benches around to to create. With the buckling almost dry and the doeling still damp, we did get them into the barn and I started reading my printed materials on newborn kids.

They were slow to walk- was this normal? Now I think I could say yes. Jane seemed to be born second and was a little weaker. We actually milked a little colostrum, the liquid gold, and pumped it in her mouth to get her going. Then I held them up to her to start. After just a few days of me not interfering, or of wondering if they were getting enough milk, or if they were nursing out of both sides… once I let nature actually do its thing… there was a lot of this going on-

We decided to have these kids be “dam raised” meaning they will stick with their mom to nurse and learn the way of the goat. We spend a lot of time handling them and playing and they are not shy to come to us- especially for morning and evening snuggles. Yes- I know what you are thinking but you would so do the same. And trust me- if you had one in your arms you would be swaying it like a baby stomach down… You don’ t even realize it.

goats 5-15-11Janegoats 5-15-7Rocky

goats 5-15-6They have already learned the joys of rough cut siding.

goats 5-15-9And who has been the most patient with these little creatures? Dinah. She’s getting her rub on too- It’s a thing with goats. Well hell- we all like it. Right?

goats 5-15-10Ollie did get his annual ultimate strawberry shortcake  birthday cake that night.

wendyellenthomas.comBut it had a little less fussing around than this one- This pic has been like a blog hit royalty check on Pinterest!

Strawberry cake-12So we’ll say good bye now and try to check in at least a few times this summer! Enjoy:)


roasted beet soup

Spring is here and I’ve got little baby beet seedlings in the greenhouse but I can’t wait 65 days for them to make beets.

Roasted beet soup-7So until then I’m getting organic beets at the store. They are a vegetable, in my opinion, that spans all seasons. We ate this roasted beet soup hot and cold and both were delicious. So if you’re still freezing your tush off- heat it up. If you are in CA and it’s gone straight from winter to summer- keep it cool.


  • 1½ lbs roasted, trimmed beets (about 4-6 medium-lg beets)
  • 2 ½ qts chicken stock- or veggie if you prefer
  • 3 T olive oil
  • 5-6 cloves garlic
  • 1 T honey
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp white pepper
  • 2-3 T sour cream or crème fraîche

It is super simple. The beets are roasted with skin on. I like to cook a couple extra while I’m at it. I’ll cube them and have them to add to salads during the week.

Roasted beets

I use my current everyday organic olive oil Olivar de la Luna

Olivar de la Luna olive oilAnd I’m working through our garlic harvested last July. It’s starting to recognize that spring is here and beginning to germinate but it’s still very usable. I do “degerm” it by removing the green germ you see there. It just starts shooting up the middle where if in the ground it would continue to push through the soil. I’ve heard if you remove the germ it makes you less “gassy” but don’t hold me accountable to that one! And remember you don’t have to even peel for this recipe:)

olive oil and garlic-2After roasting I’ll let the beets cool and then skin them.

Roasted beet soup-2The garlic is actually just thrown in whole and I squeezed a little of the soft garlic into the puree but your oil and beets are strongly garlic scented.

Everything is pureed into a lovely smooth soup- it’s not rocket science here.

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I love garnishing with a little creme fraiche or sour cream using a little piece of plastic with a whole at the tip. Don’t worry about a pastry bag- You make little dots like this on your soup

Roasted beet soup-4Then swipe through them with a toothpick for a sweet little design

Roasted beet soup-5And then after about 10 seconds of everyone going awwww that’s so sweet. They dig their spoons…But if you noticed this one had swirls… no hearts.

Roasted beet soup-8And I’ll leave you with a fun shot Ollie snapped while following up the rear on our woods walk with the gang…cheers xx

goat walk

chobani chicken salad, pomegranate, tarragon,walnuts

I love this salad. I’ve been working on some new lunch recipes to cover us through the week. Roasted chicken breast, Chobani plain greek yogurt, pomegranate, walnuts and fresh tarragon. Um hell yes.

I’ve been sitting on this post for a few weeks so if you can’t find the pomegranate I have substituted grapes split in half or even quartered if you have the patience. Just a pop of sweet is what I like.

Print recipe: {Chobani chicken salad, pomegranate & tarragon}

Chobani chicken

I’ve been making yogurt lately from raw milk we get locally, but if I don’t have it on hand I’m happy to turn to Chobani yogurt. Really. Yes, contact from the company did motivate this post but I was happy to do it. And though I think healthy fats are totally good for us, I wanted to go with the plain yogurt to dress this salad and went with the  0% fat. I used one small container for the recipe.

Chobani chicken salad@wendyellenthomas.comIdeally you can start with some leftover roasted chicken breast from the night before. I’ll sometimes even roast two birds at a time if I really want to stock up for the week.




  • 2 cups/12 oz chicken breast, cubed
  • 1 cup celery including leaves, chopped
  • ¼ cup onion chopped fine
  • ½ cup walnuts chopped
  • ½ cup pomegranate seeds
  • 2T fresh tarragon chopped
  • ½ cup Chobani 0% natural greek yogurt
  • 2T olive oil
  • 1tsp apple cider vinegar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp white pepper

I cube about 2 cups or 12oz chicken breast.Personally, I generally prefer cubing to shredding. And to be honest, I would never put chicken in a food processor unless you WANT something resembling tuna from a can.

Chop celery, onion, walnuts and a couple tablespoons of fresh tarragon

Chobani chicken have some fun looking at videos on THE BEST way to cut a pomegranate and decide you’re just going to quarter the damn thing with a knife.

Chobani chicken take extra pics because they are just a gift from heaven and so photogenic

Chobani chicken pull it all together with your yogurt, a little olive oil, maple syrup, cider vinegar and salt and pepper- it’s a one bowl mixer. And do your thing to make it your own- little more salt? pepper? vinegar or lemon juice? sweet?

Chobani chicken voila… Looks like my Grandma’s bowl? Because it is:)

Chobani chicken

I like to think Chobani has earned their leadership in the market for Greek yogurt through quality in their product – hormone free milk, non-GMO ingredients and by keeping with the tradition of production. As a matter of fact, I’m inspired to try making my own Greek yogurt.

Chobani chicken’s a nutritional breakdown of the chicken salad with Chobani Greek Yogurt including calories and all that good obsessive stuff.

Chobani chicken salad,pomegranate & tarragon

Chobani chicken

I happily wrote this post on behalf of Chobani Greek Yogurt in response to a request for new recipes. The opinions are all mine and I only would ever share products I’d use myself. You can find loads more great recipes here.

NYC Feb 2015 Walk about and more…

The larger part of our week was spent roaming NYC and hanging with my awesome son who is living a totally grown up life. I’m so proud and I still can’t believe he’s been on this earth almost 27 years… WHHHAAAT?!#$%%

We often meandered from the apartment in Tribeca through Soho… Look water leaks in the big apple


and north on Broadway stopping at Dean and Deluca’s – here’s a pic of one of our vendors- Big Picture Farm- great folks with lots of goats in Vermont-  These caramels are back on the shelves now at Chez Chloe in seasonal boxes and cello bags- chai, mocha latte, raspberry rhubarb… yum


and always a little stop at ABC Home. They have a cool foodie market downstairs now. It was just getting going last year. I don’t know how much actual traffic it gets but I find so many interesting lines there-


then on up to Union Square


I rarely see a winter farmers market and love it when I do


So is this pooch a little winter warrior with his orange booties, red vest and purple leash!



Loads of hardy, grounding winter veggies like sunchokes.

IMG_6237and celeriac- a little of this pureed into your potatoes adds just a little sweetnessIMG_6234Always a stop at Eataly – around 2.30 on a weekday is great. Less bodies to navigate and room to absorb the sights and smells of cured meats, cheeses, pastas and the highs and lows of voices, tablewares and general noise. Wed was brisket day at the sandwich stall. Extra green pesto sauce please. Thank you. IMG_6248We walked west towards the river and into the village- One block in and it’s like entering a church. Quiet with a lack of chaos.

IMG_6251We passed by Murray’s cheese


And I thought this poster was a pretty good description of me… or cheese.IMG_6253

and quaint little shops with clever signs

IMG_6252This day ended back in Soho at Vosges

IMG_2155With a couple of gorgeous hot chocolates and ever so lightly sweetened, piped whipped cream

IMG_2157And a couple randoms must adds …

Gotham West Market in Hell’s kitchen- GO there.

IMG_2147Eat Tokyo Shoyu noodles at Ivan Ramen and slaw:

GothamwestGo to Tiny’s in Tribeca for brunchIMG_6294

and eat these killer potatoes… like mini square hash browns and

IMG_6301and check out their adorable bathroom – that’s me in the mirror – not a painting. I didn’t realize that myself at first. Going all Mona Lisa there

IMG_6303And if you aren’t suffering from scroll down trigger finger… I’ll leave you with some shots of our day up the Hudson- We took the train from Grand Central


to Tarrytown on the metro North to rent a car


We wanted time to enjoy the close proximity of the river together without either of us having to drive. Nor did we feel like driving in and out of the city. We saw lots of lovely white snow.


 Made our way to charming Rhinebeck- here’s their cute little chamber of commerce

IMG_6278Then we drove north and admired farmlands and white vistas- then west and stayed a night in MA and woke to minus 11 degrees, crystal blue skies and even more dreamy white snow. THEN we headed back to NYC on the highway to little Tarrytown to drop our rental and train back to the city at sunset. It was a sweet 36 hour retreat mid trip.

IMG_6286Ok- we’re finished here. More food coming next post:)


New York Gift Fair Feb 2015

Another fantastic week in New York City has come and gone. The first half of the week was consumed with NY Now, the international gift fair at the Javit’s Center. On to a little Chez Chloe bricks and mortar business…

IMG_6214It was a lot of fun having my guy along- I have to remember next year to get Orcas Island on our badges. You’d think I had some kind of rack the way people stared at my chest trying to read “Olga”

IMG_6290We stayed with my son in Tribeca and frequented La Colombe Torrefaction on his corner.


THE best mocha with hemp milk and pain au chocolats! I’d love to carry this dishware at Chez Chloe but it is made special for them

IMG_6291We walked miles, chatted, smiled, and learned at times more detail than we needed. Ollie and I discussed the ideal way to represent and sell your product. It’s not easy in those little cloth walled booths.

Here’s a new line for Chez Chloe- Vintage Girl Designs. Studio art, graphics and illustration combined with positive sayings and thoughts. I like it a lot.

IMG_6210Here’s a little R/X rated humor. This gal just watched people react as they come into her booth and saw this:) She’s got great flour sack towels printed with the funniest quotes. It took a few minutes to grasp the scene – the obvious and the subtle!

IMG_6206I can’t wait to make my order for new Tatine Candles along with their new liquid soaps in beautiful green recycled glass

IMG_6213Couleur Nature had some fun spring patterns out. I’ll be putting in an order in the next month as soon as we start getting just a little more traffic on the island

IMG_6197And from Deming WA, just a little north of us on the mainland is Moon Valley Organics. Can’t wait to get their organic herbal rubs in. I’ll be taking a little of this home straight away.

IMG_6202And another chuckle…

IMG_6205I went a little outside of the general store guidelines I originally set- merchandise that pertained to food in a direct or at least indirect way and picked up this classic wool blanket line- Faribault.

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They were just too soft and beautiful to pass up. Here’s three of five different styles of throws we now have in the shop-

photo 2I will also be bringing in a couple more body care product lines. Well, just because I can. And I want.Rue de Marli from Canada. 100% organic ingredients and plant based essential oils

rdm1 And Bayberry Naturals- also organic with botanical extracts… We are even going to try a few facial and hair care products! CAN”T WAIT.bayberrynaturalsNext up will be the latter half of the week- a night spent traveling up the Hudson and the NYC eat and walk about…

cheers… xx wendy


Golden turmeric ginger milk

I had a friend recently ask me about turmeric milk.Not being in my repertoire, I thought it sounded interesting and only imagined how it would stain my nut bag. Well, for starters I learned you don’t strain it. Although my champion juicer has a permanent yellow hue. This one is for you Becky!

Golden turmeric ginger

A lot of recipes call for powdered turmeric and/or ginger or often will have you grate it/chop it and simmer it and then strain it. But I have been juicing fresh turmeric over the past year and decided to juice it and fresh ginger. These amounts are what I used and honestly I think it’s to your personal taste. I like it heavier on the turmeric.

Golden turmeric ginger

 And because this is sort of a wee post, I decided to put some time and fun into fonts and such. I’ve dabbled in the past but haven’t used them it a while.

I juiced the roots and put about 1/2 cup water slowly through the juicer and made enough for about four 8oz cups. It didn’t feel like a horrible thing to do to my champion and god knows I wanted to get every last drop out of there.  It’s not the easy route but damn it’s good. And this stuff is concentrated.

Golden turmeric ginger milk

I used my house made vanilla almond milk for the base. But you can use your preferred milk as a base. I even topped it with a little raw cream. I’m a born-again raw milk lover. Note on my almond milk- I’ve been switching out a few dates for the coconut sugar

Vanilla almond milk homemadeThe reason we are adding a teaspoon of coconut oil is the fat will help with the absorption of the curcumin in the turmeric. My go to coconut oil is Nutiva organic virgin coconut oil.


This is the substance giving us the anti-inflammatory properties. From the ginger, more anti-inflammatory benefits as well as gastro-intestinal benefits. Please see here for details on ginger and here for details on turmeric.

And last but not least the honey. I’m on for raw- no surprise there. And I wasn’t shy with it. I made two cups at a time for Ollie and I and used a ginormous tablespoon. Start with 1-2 tsp and take it to your liking.

I think we all know ginger is good for us but I’ll also add this handy chart from Organicfacts.netgingerAnd you probably want a visual for turmeric if you don’t feel like clicking to read details. I like charts myself. This one from


 And very very last thing- if you have one of those little frothers- use it. Just gives it that light airy texture:)

Golden turmeric ginger

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