Bread Salad

About two years ago my husband took me to Dahlia Lounge ( for the first time. Dahlia Lounge is one of many restaurants owned by Seattle area celebrity chef Tom Douglas. The first time we saw the place was actually when we were attempting to go to another one of TD’s restaurants, Serious Pie. John loves pizza, so I tried taking him there as a surprise. Unfortunately they don’t take reservations and when we got there, there was a three hour wait. So when trying to figure out a plan B, we passed Dahlia Lounge. Now, the wait there was even longer, but it made its way to our list of places to try.

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Pesto Chicken Sandwiches

Growing up I had a best friend, Ashleigh.  She and I knew each other from the time we were babies.  Our parents were friends before we were born.  In fact, our dads were in ­­each others weddings.  When her parents got divorced and her mom moved Ashleigh and her sister to Eastern Washington, my younger sister and I spent a couple weeks visiting them each summer.  Those were some of the best weeks of my childhood.  We got to go all over town, see the illustrious boys of Yakima, stay up late, and just do what young girls do (including but not limited to: dressing up in ridiculous outfits and pretending to be movie stars, making up dances to to N’Sync and Britney Spears songs- which by the way, were pretty cool then, dreaming about the boys that we would meet who would sweep us off our feet, and eating popcorn and candy among other not-so-great for you foods all hours of the night).

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