With Thanksgiving just around the corner, it’s time to start planning the fate of your leftovers.  Personally, I love a great turkey sandwich after a busy morning of shopping (online, of course) for Black Friday deals.  But what’s a turkey sandwich without mayo?  In this recipe, we use a very olive-y oil to give our mayo a wonderful, rich flavor – something our day-old turkey would appreciate.

Makes: about 2.5 cups
Total kitchen time: 10 minutes

Shopping list:

  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 tbsp. of water
  • 2 tbsp. of fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. of plain white vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon of salt
  • 2/3 of a cup of extra virgin olive oil
  1. Combine all ingredients except the olive oil in a food processor or blender.  Pulse a few times until combined.
  2. Using the “drizzle holes” on the top of your food processor, or by pouring slowly into your blender, incorporate the olive oil while mixing on low speed.  Depending on the size of your egg yolks, you may not need to use all of the olive oil.  If the mayo is too thin, add more oil.  If it is too thick, add a little water. 

That’s it!  Now you’ve got a delicious spread for your Thanksgiving leftovers, or a dip for your crudités!  

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3729442195_d15b399080_b It always seems to be the case: it takes an out-of-town guest to reveal the greatest things about your own city.  I don’t know if we’re held back by false pride or true lethargy, but very few of us ever choose to don our walking shoes, carry a camera, and be local tourists.  Well, not anymore!

A few weeks ago, I decided to accept an invitation to the Seattle Food Tours walking tour of Belltown restaurants, and I loved it.  As a foodie and someone who goes out of his way to stay in touch with the Seattle restaurant scene, I make a concerted effort to eat at as many local spots as possible.  Even so, there are so many great restaurants in Seattle that it’s impossible to keep up.  On this tour, four out of the seven stops were completely new to me. 

This particular tour began at Lola, one of Tom Douglas’ mini-empire of restaurants downtown.  My tourmates, a group of business colleagues from Alaska, made themselves at home by ordering shots of Ouzo, presumably to keep warm for the long walk to the Queen City Grill.  Along the way, our guide provided some colorful commentary on the city’s history and development.  If you’re looking for a rich, vivid and hilarious historical tour… this isn’t it (try the Underground Tour).  But I did learn a thing or two, and our stops between restaurants made the journey feel like less of a relay race for binge eaters.  Plus, the drunk Alaskans had the patience to learn about our history, I suppose I did too.

We stopped in each restaurant just long enough to scarf down the small plate they had prepared for our arrival.  At times I felt a little rushed, but the restaurants down the line were expecting us, and the disembodied voice of my mother echoing “Your letting your food get cold” justified our haste.  The tour continued to Txori, Shiro’s, Branzino, Macrina Bakery, and culminated at The Local Vine.  All told, this was a great selection of stops both geographically and for their variety.  Though I  would offer two ways the tour could be improved: Segways (hell, why not?) and the option to ditch out at any of the stops and stay for dinner.  By the time we got to Branzino, for instance, I was ready to make myself comfortable with a bottle of wine and a braised rabbit.

In just two and a half hours, the Belltown tour introduced me to a handful of restaurants that might have taken me months to discover otherwise.  Although I was left wanting more at each stop, at the end of the tour I felt satiated, and even a little tipsy.  All in all, a great use of an afternoon.

As Seattleites, we are lucky enough to have several different food tours available.  I’d highly recommend picking out the tour that interests you most and committing to two or three hours of getting to know your own city a little better.  You get a lot of food (and sometimes wine!) for your dollar, and you never know how you might discover your next favorite eatery!


Food Tours in Seattle

Seattle Food Tours Pike Place Market
Belltown Restaurants
$39 – $49
Savor Seattle Food Tours Pike Place Market
Gourmet Food Tour
Chocolate Indulgence
$37.44 – $63.01
Seattle Bites Food Tours Pike Place Market $39.99


Image care of Seattle Food Tours

Full disclosure: My ticket to the Seattle Food Tours Belltown tour was complimentary, but that doesn’t pay for my opinion.

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Making your own butter is simple and rewarding – nothing tastes quite as good as homemade.  Just put heavy cream in your blender or food processor for about 10 minutes, or until the butterfat separates from the buttermilk (mine took a little less than 10 minutes).  Once you’re there, you’ve got fresh unsalted butter.  But why on earth would you stop now?  Jazz it up with thyme, sage, honey, cayenne pepper, or, as the video shows, add some chopped porcini mushrooms and black truffle salt. 

Oh, and whenever you’re working with small appliances, be sure to wear your geek glasses for protection 🙂

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