Food update

Eugene Part 2

Saturday we woke pretty early and had breakfast at the house and then got ready to go out for a bit. The first stop was the Eugene Saturday Market.

It was really big, with lots of really interesting booths. So much handmade stuff! Lots of art, jewelry, paintings, you name it. Also, lots of tie dye, 😉 and then a whole section of farm fresh fruits and veggies and locally made cheese and bread.

There was so much to see. We only spent an hour walking around. I bought a few small art pieces and we got some heirloom tomatoes, amazing salsa and a loaf of fresh sourdough.

Logan started getting antsy so we left after that. I could have spent another hour at least, looking at everything.

We dropped the stuff back at the house and then went to Mount Pisgah Arboretum for a “hike”. It was a pretty area with what looked like lots of different hikes.

We took the easy hike along the river and by the ponds, and then through an art exhibition. We did just under a mile a half and Logan was getting tired and cranky so we left.

Next time it would be nice to explore some more and really do some hiking!

Next stop: lunch. We planned on going to one of the gastropubs near the house but then my cousin Di texted me and said we should check out The Cannery. It was one of her favorite restaurants. So we went there and realized it was the one place we’ve stopped at in Eugene! We ate lunch there three years ago, and we both liked it so we decided to stay and go again.

We like The Cannery a lot. The food is fantastic and the service is great. Logan got a grilled cheese sandwich with fries. I got the BLT that also had prosciutto on it, with coleslaw on the side. My lunch was outstanding!

Fantastic lunch! Michael got the roast beef sandwich with fries.

After lunch: back to the house for naps. Logan went to sleep right away (it was a busy morning!) and I laid down and fell asleep too. It was so peaceful and quiet. Michael was out doing something and I had a lovely little nap. 😀

When Logan got up we went to The Adventure Children’s Museum. It was in the mall and a little weird at first but so fun! Logan LOVED it and didn’t want to leave! There was a giant pirate ship with a slide, a Lego station, little kid legos, a giant train set, stuffed animals, cool little rooms about different things (animals, etc), an area for puppet shows and dress-up, a piano and other instruments. Tons of fun kid stuff.

We spent almost two hours there and then it was time to head back to the house for Logan to have dinner, bath and bedtime. After he went down Michael and I got to decompress with some beers, leftover pizza, salad and Michael made bruschetta with the stuff we got from the Saturday market.

ALL CARBS!

Sunday we had breakfast and packed up and then went to Skinner Butte to see the view.

Then down to Riverplay in Skinner Butte for Logan to play for about an hour before the drive home. It was a great park! So much to do and so many cool play toys.

There were some people making giant bubbles and Logan was so fascinated (and we were too). It was cool watching and then watching Logan trying to pop the bubbles. 😀

It was a memorable weekend. We had a great time and will go back next summer to really do some hiking.

Smokin’ Weekend

Over the weekend we got to try out our new Traeger smoker!

Saturday

We had another couple over for dinner to have ribs. Michael started the ribs at about noon and then we ate at 7-ish.

Michael has been really good at BBQing ribs, it’s one of his specialties, but smoking them for several hours first made them out of this world!

He used a combination of a BBQ seasoning rub and a recipe that the Traeger book recommended (honey, mustard, brown sugar) and then for the last hour of the cooking he added the BBQ sauce.

The ribs were absolutely perfect! The meat fell off the bone. The flavors were so rich and smokey. It was like nothing we’d ever had before. Smoking the ribs was sooo good.

Michael said next time he does ribs he’d do the timing a little different. I think he was saying it was a 3-2-1 process where you smoke them for 3 hours then cook them in foil for 2 hours then the last hour is cooking uncovered on the grill and using BBQ sauce. He said he wanted to play with the time a little bit next time.

Our friends brought a delicious Asian-inspired cucumber salad. The cucumbers were from her garden. The salad was really tasty and went so well with the ribs.

Sunday

Michael bought a giant hunk of brisket at Costco and started the Traeger at 7am. He followed the recipe in the Traeger book for the first time. A few years ago I bought him Franklin’s BBQ book so I think he’ll use that in the future, too.

This was definitely an all day process and he said he should have started it a bit earlier in the morning.

I picked the first batch of jalapenos from the garden and Michael pickled a bunch and then saved a few and made poppers as an appetizer. SO TASTY!

Michael’s mom and stepdad, sister and friend Jeremy came over to be guinea pigs for the first ever brisket.

Once the brisket was done, we wrapped it in foil to rest for almost an hour.

More wine:

And the unveiling!

Michael’s mom made potato salad from scratch and Michael’s sister made a delicious salad of cucumbers, tomatoes and onions. It was all really tasty and went perfectly with the meat.

For a first attempt, the brisket was really, really good. There were a few tough pieces but for the most part it was great! The flavor was outstanding. We are all super excited to try again!