U-Pick at Biringer Farm

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Seattle has had unusually good stint of sunny weather.  To take advantage of the sun, my family and I wanted to get outdoors and do a fun activity together.  Instead of going to a farmers market or to a park we decided that it would be fun to go to a u-pick farm and get some berries.  After a little bit of research we decided on Biringer Farm about 45 minutes north of Seattle in Arlington, Wa.  The trip was quick and parking was easy.  There is no entry fee and its fun to walk around the farm.  Along side the barn is a playground with a slide , huge black drainage tube (4′ diameter), and an antique tractor – great for kids.  

Once you are ready to pick berries you can grab a basket and head into the fields.  Depending on the types of berries you are after you may need to take a tracker ride to get to the field.  We decided to check out the strawberries first even though they were at the end of the season and fairly over picked.  After painstaking work of collecting just a few strawberries we decided to ride back to the farm and head out to the raspberry fields.  It was a good choice.  There were tons of raspberries.  In just under an hour we were able to each pick a flat.  

I highly recomend Biringer to anyone who wants to do u-pick.  The only advice is that you should call ahead to make sure the berries you are after are in season and not over picked.

Here are some pictures from our trip:

Garlic Bread from @jimmyjohns Day Old Bread

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I was at Jimmy Johns (@jimmyjohns) yesterday picking up a sandwich for lunch and I noticed a sign that said “Yesterday’s bread 50 cents”.  Jimmy Johns is known for having exceptional fresh baked bread, its one of the main reasons their sandwiches are so good.  Since we were making Italian for dinner I decided to pick up one day old bread to make Garlic bread.  It turned out to be a great decision. It was some of the best garlic bread I’ve ever had.  Even though the bread was one day old it was still quite fresh.  In the oven the top got slightly crispy but the bread stayed very soft making it really easy to eat.   I highly recommend trying it!  Let me know if you come up with some other ideas on what to do with the bread.

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Updated: June 13th 11:00pm

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A few people asked me for the recipe I used so I decided to share it.  When making garlic bread I don’t typically follow any recipe.  I just follow these steps:

1. Cut the bread in half lengthwise creating two approximately equal pieces

2. Spread butter on each piece of bread.  How much is up to your liking but I usually just put enough to soak the top layer of bread when cooking.  Also I ALWAYS use real butter.  I like the KerryGold Irish butter.

3. Sprinkle Garlic Salt over the top of each piece.

4. Place in toaster oven on 400 or Oven on low broil.  It usually only takes two or three minutes to melt the butter and crisp the top.  Its often a window of 30 seconds between perfect and burned so keep a close watch

5. Remove from oven and apply chopped parsley (Optional)

If i’m feeling ambitious I will sometimes add fresh crushed garlic in addition to garlic salt.  I  pre-cook it on low with a little bit of butter on the stove so that I don’t have to cook it in the oven.  Be careful not to burn the garlic. Keep heat low and take your time.  Once the garlic is cooked I spoon it over the top after removing from the oven.