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Thanksgiving Recipes Inspired by the Pacific Northwest

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The Pacific Northwest is known for many things, and unique, local dishes is certainly high up on the list. And with the plethora of fresh, zesty ingredients right in our backyard, it’s no wonder that chefs across the PNW are whipping up incredible, imaginative recipes. 

When it comes to food, there is no holiday more anticipated than Thanksgiving. If you’re looking to give your Thanksgiving dinner a PNW flare, try these three inspired recipes!

 

Whipped Cranberry Goat Cheese Spread 

by Jessica @ How Sweet Eats

 

Cranberries are a classic Thanksgiving food, whether you’re making a compote, a fresh cranberry sauce, or dumping the cranberry jelly straight from the can onto your plate. And it’s hard to imagine anything more PNW than goat cheese – okay, okay, aside from coffee and microbrews, obviously!

 

When you combine these two powerhouse flavors in a creamy spread, you come out with a sensuous winter treat you’ll be making for months to come. We recommend pairing this spread with a rosemary cracker for the ultimate one-two punch.

 

Whipped Cranberry Goat Cheese Spread

  • 1/2 cup fresh cranberries
  • 2 tablespoons pomegranate juice
  • 1 tablespoon sugar honey or maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon zest
  • 1 11 ounce goat cheese log, softened
  • a pinch of salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons pomegranate arils for garnish
  • fresh rosemary for garnish
  • bread crackers and/or chips for serving

 

Instructions

  1. Place the cranberries, pom juice, sugar and lemon zest in a saucepan and heat over medium heat. Cook until the cranberries are simmering and breaking down. You want them to be completely broken down and sort of thick and saucy, about 10 or so minutes. Transfer it to a bowl. Let the mixture cool completely.
  2. In the bowl of your food processor, pulse the goat cheese until it starts to come together. Turn the processor on and let it blend and whip the goat cheese until smooth. Add a pinch of salt and pepper and pulse. Scrape in about 1/4 cup of the cranberry sauce mixture to start and pulse a few more times so everything gets combined. You can blend it completely so it’s smooth or you can leave it a little chunky. You can also add more cranberries if you want, but I like to serve it on the side separately too!
  3. Transfer the spread to a jar or bowl. At this point, you could cover/seal it and keep it in the fridge overnight before serving. Otherwise, serve it garnished with pomegranate arils, fresh rosemary and with crackers and bread for spreading.

 

Kale Gratin

By Brian Thomas Gallagher @ The Seattle Times

 

Kale is one of the most nutrient dense greens you can eat, and when prepared properly, it is utterly delicious – no bitter dirt taste, we promise! Because kale is so sturdy, it goes well in the Pacific Northwest, and keeps on keepin’ on well into the fall. 

 

Kale Gratin is the perfect autumnal food – warm veggies paired with cream and cheese! As an added bonus, this dish uses common ingredients and is simple to make, and that’s a Thanksgiving miracle in our book!

Kale and Cream

  • 3 bunches of lacinato kale, ribs removed
  • 3 shallots, thinly sliced
  • 1 ½ tablespoons butter
  • 1 ½ cups cream
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese

 

Instructions

  1. In a saucepan, sweat the shallots in the butter until soft.
  2. Add the kale leaves to the pan, stir to coat and cook for five minutes until soft.
  3. Add the cream and ¼ cup Parmesan over the top.
  4. Transfer to a 375-degree oven for 35-40 minutes, or until the cream thickens and starts to caramelize around the edges.
  5. Sprinkle with remaining Parmesan and serve.

 

Rachel Coyle’s Pumpkin & Marmalade Cake

Brian Thomas Gallagher @ The Seattle Times

No Thanksgiving meal would be complete without a pumpkin dessert! But if you’re tired of pumpkin pie, or just want to add something different to your menu, we recommend trying this pumpkin and marmalade cake!

 

Designed by Rachel Coyle at Coyle’s Bakeshop in Seattle, this desert is bound to be a hit. For an extra local flare, pick your own pumpkin at Green Bluff and cook it down to get fresh, local pumpkin puree!

 

Rachel Coyle’s Pumpkin & Marmalade Cake

  • 6 tablespoons (3 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup (7 ounces) granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup (3½ ounces) thick-cut orange marmalade
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) pumpkin puree
  • 1¾ cup (8 ounces) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • Pumpkin seeds for garnish (optional)

 

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour a standard loaf tin.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and ginger.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or by hand, cream together the butter, sugar and salt until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time and beat well after each addition until fully incorporated. Add the vanilla and the marmalade, beat until incorporated, then add the pumpkin puree. (At this point, it’s normal for the mixture to look somewhat curdled.)
  4. Add approximately half of the dry ingredients and fold until they are almost completely blended, follow with the milk, and finish with the remainder of the dry ingredients. Fold the mixture one last time with a rubber spatula to make sure everything is well blended, but do not mix any more than necessary.
  5. Transfer batter to the prepared loaf tin, smooth the top, and top with pumpkin seeds (if using).
  6. Bake for about 1 hour, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with moist crumbs. Let cool for 30 minutes in the tin, then unmold and let cool completely on a wire rack.

 

Get Cookin’ with the Real Estate Agent Spokane Team!

It’s a great time to buy a home in Spokane! Whether you’re looking for the perfect kitchen, a walkable neighborhood, great restaurant choices, or the best schools, we can help you find just the spot! Contact the Real Estate Agent Spokane Team today to set up a custom search and learn more about Spokane’s diverse land and housing offerings.

Carrie Meyer, leader of the Real Estate Agent Spokane team, is passionate about Spokane, its history, and your future. She specializes in relocation transactions, and helps locals find their perfect home. Carrie has over 30 years’ experience as a Certified Legal Assistant (paralegal) and is an expert at contracts and negotiations. 

Start your home search now, or contact us at (509) 774-4060 to learn more about the area and our team! You can also visit us at RealEstateAgentSpokane.com

 

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5 Surprising Reasons to Buy a House In Spokane Right Now

Forget the Holidays, It’s Time to Buy

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It’s that time of year again – the holidays. For many, the holidays can be a big turn off from the idea of buying or selling a house. But the surprising reality is that the holidays are actually the perfect time to buy a house.

Here’s five surprising reasons why right now is the right time to buy real estate in Spokane:

1. “Days on Market” is increasing. As many people are waiting for January to buy, homes are sitting on the market longer. The factors that cause people to sell their homes don’t change much over the course of the year, such as moving out of town, needing a bigger space to accommodate a growing family, needing to downsize, or relocating for a job transfer. 

This means that people continue to list their homes year-round, and typically need to sell in a timely  manner. But buyers have a spokane buyers marketbig benefit here – there aren’t as many competing buyers in the market! This lack of competition tends to drive the number of days that a home has been listed (known as the Days on Market), upwards. This has a cascading beneficial effect for buyers, as you’ll see in the next few points.

2. List-price offers are more attractive. The increase in the Days on Market and the decrease in buyer competition has a direct effect on the offer that you, as a buyer, will submit. Prices are currently holding stable in Spokane, but you could get a better price out the door now, than you might get in January. In a buyer-competitive market (which usually begins in January and is known as a sellers’ market), buyers may be forced to over-bid (to bid over the asking price) just to have their offer considered. 

In a market with little-to-no buyer competition like we have from now until early January, buyers can offer at list price with a higher likelihood of having their offer accepted. For buyers this means that even if prices remain stable or slightly increase, you may end up paying less now than during a high competition season. 

3. Sellers are more receptive to negotiations. The holiday season is the perfect time to ask for what you want. As Days on Market go up and motivation to sell increases, your leverage as a buyer typically increases, too. 

It is a common part of every transaction to ask for what you want as a buyer, especially for things like repairs, upgrades, and concessions. The advantage you have during the holiday season is that sellers are more likely to agree to your requests. You’re also less likely to have another buyer competing against you with a more favorable (higher price, more down payment, easier financing options, or fewer requests/concessions) offer.

Take advantage of a negotiations-friendly market. Work with a real estate agent that is experienced in contracts and negotiations, who can get you the best home, for the best price, with the most favorable concessions. Carrie Meyer, leader of the Real Estate Agent Spokane team, is a Certified Legal Assistant (CLA, also known as a Paralegal) with over 30 years experience in the legal field. This experience makes her an expert in real estate contracts and negotiations. 

4. Inventory in Spokane is up. The September stats released by the Spokane Association of Realtors (SAR) shows that inventory is up in Spokane. “Inventory” refers to the number of homes listed for sale at any given time, and can (and does) fluctuate over the course of the year. 

As a buyer, this is great news! Not only do you have favorable buying conditions, you’ve also got a wide selection of homes on the market to choose from. The SAR also notes that the number of “distressed homes” for sale is down. “Distressed homes” are homes that are for sale as the result of a foreclosure or similar event. A low number of distressed homes on the market can be viewed as a positive indicator of the area and the overall market health.

5. Avoid the feeding frenzy. In January, the real estate market generally experiences a dramatic increase in activity. As a buyer, increased activity means more competition from other buyers, more offers on the house you’re interested in, and less incentive for sellers to grant concessions.

In short, when competition goes up, your leverage goes down. If you’re looking to negotiate repairs, upgrades, and price, you’ll want to act now rather than in January. 

Real Estate Agents in Spokane

It’s a great time to buy a home in Spokane! If it’s time to go from renter to owner – or just time for something new, we’d love to help you find the perfect space. Whether you’re looking for walkability, great food choices, or the best schools, we can help you find the perfect spot! Contact the Real Estate Agent Spokane Team today to set up a custom search and learn more about Spokane’s diverse land and housing offerings.

Carrie Meyer, leader of the Real Estate Agent Spokane team, is passionate about Spokane, its history, and your future. She specializes in relocation transactions, and helps locals find their perfect home. Carrie has over 30 years’ experience as a Certified Legal Assistant (paralegal) and is an expert at contracts and negotiations. 

Start your home search now, or contact us at (509) 774-4060 to learn more about the area and our team! You can also visit us at RealEstateAgentSpokane.com.

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Eat Your Heart Out

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The Perry District Dominates the Spokane Food Scene

For years, when you talked about the Washington food scene, the conversation was invariably about Seattle. But times have changed, and in the last 5-10 years, Spokane has bloomed like an onion, making headlines nationwide for its coveted status as a haven for foodies. The Los Angeles Times declared Spokane a city to “eat your heart out” in, and even the revered Wall Street Journal named Spokane as one of the top 6 small cities for foodies. 

But if you already live in Spokane, this likely comes as no surprise. The local food scene is fresher than the produce at the farmers markets, with the beer, wine, and whiskey to match. But if you’re looking for the best neighborhood for foodies to live, breathe, and eat, the Perry District will leave you covered, smothered, and ready for more. 

The Perry District is Fresh & Local

The Perry District is a must-try for hipsters and Boomers alike. Josi H.’s review on Yelp describes the Perry District as “such a quaint little slice of perfect in Spokane. It’s a getaway spot right below the South Hill.” One of the best farmers markets in the city calls the Perry District home, which sets the tone for a strong focus on local and fresh ingredients. The Thursday Market can be found at 924 S. Perry from 3:00 to 7:00 every Thursday from the start of May to the end of October. In addition to being one of the longest running markets in the city, it has also been voted Best Market 5 years in a row (wow)! Something else cool about the Thursday Market – they accept debit, credit, cash, and EBT/SNAP cards.

If you’re too exhausted after shopping at the farmers markets to actually cook any of that food, you’ll want to grab a beer and bite at one of the many local restaurants and tap houses. 

Breweries and Tap Houses in the Perry District

The Lantern Tap House is a neighborhood establishment offering craft beer, wine, and scratch-made food. Reviewers on Yelp often comment on the The Lantern’s warm, “old-world” environment, complete with 150 year old barnwood decor, a fireplace, and church pews from the 1890s.

Perry Street Brewing prides itself on being a true local brewery and taphouse, serving up Northwest-style favorites and Belgian beers, as well as local wine and cider. This brewery supports local causes and boasts a locally-focused menu. And while you’re there, be sure to try their 2016 Great American Beer Festival gold-medal winning India Pale Lager!

Manito Tap House is the perfect place to experience organic, fresh, and local food paired with your choice from over 50 local and regional beers on tap. In fact, this combination is so beloved by Spokanites and visitors alike that Manito Tap House was voted Best Tap House in Washington State!

The Grain Shed deals in everything grain related, doubling as both a bakery and a brewery. Like many restaurants in the Perry District, The Grain Shed gets all of their grains from farmers in and around Spokane, and mills them themselves, in house. The beer is great and the bread products are world class.

Meat & Seafood in the Perry District

Spencer’s for Steaks and Chops is known for using the highest quality USDA Prime, locally sourced, aged 21 to 28 days, beef. Spencer’s also offers fresh seafood and pork chops, with innovative side dishes. If you’re looking for a high-end, craft-quality meal, or want to sip  handcrafted martinis in a full service lounge, Spencer’s is the place to be.  

Wisconsinburger has one of the more unique ambiances you’ll find in Spokane, with furnishing rescued from a bowling alley. Here you’ll find all real Wisconsin cheese, whipped cheese curds, and WA aged beef, along with turkey and vegan burgers. Enjoy beer, wine, cocktails, and soda with your burger to complete the experience.

Casper Fry specializes in real Southern food, with a heavy focus on craftsmanship and quality. Harkening back to a simpler time in American food history, Casper Fry works to ensure their food is locally sourced, supporting the farmers and artisans in and around Spokane in a manner that is environmentally friendly. Great food, great ethics – that’s a win/win in our book!

The Perry District’s Got the Sauce

South Perry Pizza can’t be missed if you’re looking for handmade pizza in a comfy, fun environment. In the summer, enjoy the patio. In the winter, grab another slice to go with your bottle of wine. Either way, you’re bound to enjoy!

Allie’s Vegan Pizzeria and Cafe should be your go-to spot for vegan and vegetarian pizza that actually tastes amazing. Reviewers regularly comment on the quality of the vegan cheese, and non-vegans enjoy that Allie’s is family-owned with locally sourced ingredients whenever possible. Their menu also marks common food sensitivities, and offers gluten and nut free options. It’s a place where truly everyone can enjoy a quality meal.

Live (and Eat!) in the Perry District

If you’re looking at buying or selling a home in Spokane, we’d love to learn a little more about your move and help you find the perfect space. Whether you’re looking for walkability, great food choices, or the best schools, we can help you find it. Contact the Real Estate Agent Spokane Team today to set up a custom search and learn more about Spokane’s diverse land and housing offerings.

The Carrie Meyer, leader of the Real Estate Agent Spokane team, is passionate about Spokane, its history, and your future. She specializes in relocation transactions, and helps locals find their perfect home. Spokane has the house you’re looking for! 

Start your home search now, or contact us at (509) 774-4060 to learn more about the area and our team!

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5 Benefits to Getting Outdoors

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There are so many benefits to getting outdoors, connecting with nature, and leaving the computer behind. Here are 5 benefits to getting outside, and where to do it in Spokane. Follow us at facebook.com/realestateagentspokane for more awesome things to do in the Lilac City.