In many/most ways I still feel like a kid: strong attachment to my parents, love of candy, perceived grossness of alcohol, and obsession with everything Disney and Hello Kitty, just to name a few. However, one noticeable change in adulthood is my indifference to souvenirs. I cringe when I think back on all those gift-shop tantrums that I put my poor parents through. These days, I’m not one for destination t-shirts or tote bags, and prefer instead to keep and collect recipes to help replay some of the favorite foods from my travels. Without further ado, here are some great ones, thanks to my fellow food bloggers, capturing the flavors of Seattle and my former home of Canada.
1. I love a good clam chowder and was lucky enough to chow down on several great ones full of fresh Pacific Northwest clams. DC’s got an Indian summer thing going on right now, but I know it won’t be long before the weather will call for a great big bowl of New England Clam Chowder like this one from Handle the Heat.
2. Poutine is what I miss most about living in Canada. It’s basically just french fries, gravy and cheese curds, but there’s nothing basic about the taste. It’s incredible. The best. You haven’t experienced true happiness until you’ve tried poutine. If you can’t make your way to Canada in the near future, I recommend making your own using this recipe by Danelle of Let’s Dish.
3. Fried, cinnamony, doughy and topped with whatever toppings you choose! These are just some of the reasons why Beaver Tails are the best. Do give My Square Frying Pan’s recipe a try. I know I will.
4. Tim Horton’s is a Canadian institution, so too are their signature Timbits donut holes. Here’s a simple and easy copycat recipe.
5. And finally, it wouldn’t be Thirsty Thursday without me sharing a drink recipe. While I don’t care for booze, I felt it was my Canadian duty to share a recipe for Bloody Caesars, a close cousin of the Bloody Mary. The one big difference is Clamato, which is a mixture of clam and tomato juice. Sound weird? Yeah, a little, but don’t knock it till you’ve tried it. I’ll be serving up virgin Bloody Caesar’s soon. Cheers!
That’ll do it for this week’s True-North themed Recipe Reciprocity. Many thanks to my fellow food bloggers!