OK – I’m a bit delayed in my Postings. Husband and I just ran away for a ‘North Country’ Vacation. We saw a HOT week looming ahead in Minneapolis; our air-conditioning suddenly quit; we simply took off for the Minnesota ‘North Shore’ — That’s Highway 61 along Lake Superior, all the way to the Canadian Border!!
And yes, everything was BEAUTIFUL (and cooler) – Lake Superior (awesome), the leftover ancient mountains, the forests, the rocks and cliffs, the waterfalls, the rivers for canoeing.
Above — Rapids on the Poplar River (we enjoyed canoeing calmer waters above the rapids)
Above — Rustic, very weathered shacks on Lake Superior
Above — Looking down on tumbling waters of the Poplar River
We enjoyed the fresh air; we enjoyed a few hikes; we enjoyed good food. The BEST chocolate malt in Grand Marais; and later, a lovely dock-side dinner at Angry Trout Café – Where they serve dinners on Dick Cooter Pottery.
The Food – Late Summer Pizza (with Smoked Salmon):
Now that we’re back home (and it’s cooled off a bit in the Twin Cities) – We’re still relaxing with ‘vacation’ foods. We picked up some incredible North Shore Smoked Salmon (Russ Kendall’s is the BEST). A truly tasty late-day nibble — Tender, moist, (heavenly) brown-sugar-glazed Smoked Salmon, with a few slices of honey-dew melon. Presentation on a favorite Wood Fired Platter made by North Shore artist, Dick Cooter.
Then, with a few extra bits of salmon, we made a Pizza — An amazing, flavorful Late Summer Pizza. With Smoked Salmon, sauteed apple, shiitake mushroom and summer corn — So easy with Naan for the crust. First I smeared a very thin layer of Chevre, then added the ingredients, then sprinkled grated Fontina cheese.
OMG — So delicious! The flavors worked so well together; so balanced! Every bite — Absolutely amazing, fantastic, delicious!!
Note — We actually made SEVERAL of these Pizzas, all wonderful, delish!! And yes — I included this in my Recipes section.
So that’s the news about our North Country vacation. Hope everyone is enjoying the Holiday weekend!!
One more (favorite) photo — Lake Superior Fog….