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New Eateries in Kitsap

I’m back from vacation, and I’ll offer a few notes on eats in Hawaii once I go through the many. many (too many) photos taken there.

But before I do, here’s a little information from a lot closer to home. Below are the new food-serving establishments who’ve registered with the Kitsap County Health Department in the last month. The only one I’ve tried so far was Dawn at the Dock, which on the corner across from the ferry terminal complex in downtown Bremerton.

M.E. Café Noir, LLC: 3261 NW Mount Vintage Way, Silverdale

Puccini’s: 1405 NE McWilliams Rd, Bremerton

Kelvin G’s Tropic Blast & Tiki Bar: 2825 Wheaton Way, Bremerton

Halo Halo Restaurant: 616 Pacific Ave, Bremerton. Haven’t been yet, but the menu shows that they serve Asian cuisine, and looks like mostly food from the Phillippines, such as pancit, adobo and bistek.

Dawn at the dock: 200 first St, Bremerton. I’ve been only once, so I’ll hold a review for more visits. They focus on burgers and dogs and real ice cream shakes in a variety of flavors.

Rachel’s on the East Side: 1217 Sylvan Way, Bremerton

There also is solid rumor of a new place opening soon in the old Frosty’s spot on Pacific Avenue in downtown Bremerton, next to the now Kitsap Bank.

The ULTIMATE Thanksgiving Cooking De-Stresser

you can go out and battle the lines this weekend at the grocery stores, but if you really, really want to take the stress out of shopping AND cooking on turkey day, but don’t mind putting down a little cash, area grocers offer some take-home solutions. Actually, some of them look cheaper than making it yourself, though you may have to fill in a few sides.

I checked in with the stores and got some info on prices and content for you. I didn’t call every single store, so you should probably check ahead

DEADLINE ALERT: If you’re in Poulsbo or just want a Central Market meal, you have until Saturday to order one of these dinners. Details below. Safeway’s orders have already started filling up, so ordering earlier would be better.

You can order through the day before Thanksgiving, but the deli needs time to thaw a turkey so don’t expect to call Thursday morning. They also have ham and rib dinners, but I think that’s just sacrilege.

Classic Turkey Dinner – $44.99
This includes a 12-pound turkey, 2.5 pounds stuffing, 3 pounds mahsed potatoes and 30 ounces of gravy.

Ultimate Turkey Dinner – $59.99

You get all that comes in the classic turkey dinner plus 2.5 pounds green been casserole, cranberry sauce and a pumpkin pie.

I knew someone who did this one year and said the food was fantastic. At $100 bucks, it should be, though when you think about it, it comes out to about $12.50 per person and Central Market usually does a pretty good job with their prepared foods.

Dinner for eight is $99.99, which includes a 12-14 pound turkey, 2 quarts each of stuffing, mashed poatoes, yams and green beean casserole, cranberry sauce and gravy. (I may have missed something because my notes became illegible at this point as I started daydreaming about and drooling over all that food.)

The latest they’ll take orders is on Saturday. No more orders after Saturday.


So this isn’t as free-wheeling as just ordering the whole thing via phone, but it may make you feel better about at least helping to prepare the food. If you’ve never heard of the Dream Dinners in Poulsbo , they’re a company that puts together the ingredients and instructions and you come in and do up the rest in freezer-friendly packets. You reheat the night or day you want to eat it.

They offer a Holiday Side Station option that’ll serve 6 modest portions for $36.45 (you could always double it). It includes a savory stuffing with sausage and pecans, a green bean casserole, ) home styled mashed potatoes with rich gravy and buttermilk biscuits.

The one catch is that when you set up a Dream Dinners thing, you have to commit to buying and make enough dinners for 36 servings. They don’t all have to be the holiday sides, you can make a bunch of different dinners for beyond Thanksgiving.

You also have to sign up for a session to make it and the only options before Thanksgiving are at 5 p.m. tonight and 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Saturday.


The traditional dinner serves six to eight people. It’s $39.99 for a 12-pound turkey, 2.5 pounds of mashed potatoes, two pounds of stuffing, gravy, a green been casserole and an apple or pumpkin pie.

For $20 more ($59.99) you can up the sides to five pounds of mashed potatoes, four pounds of stuffing, more gravy and 3.5 pounds of green beans and a big pie.

They also offer spiral ham. But again: turkey.

Call the deli to order. I read a few online reviews of the Safeway dinners, and people said it was so-so, but it’s pretty inexpensive and the stress savings might be worth it. Each store has a limited number of dinners they make, so I would order soon. The Port Orchard store said they only had about 10-12 order open.

Dinner is $39.99 for an 8-12 pound turkey, two pounds of stuffing, two pounds of mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, a dozen diner rolls and an 8-inch pumpkin pie.

The Bainbridge store said they’re not doing turkeys this year, but they will have all sides available in the deli case, and they’ll be open on Thanksgiving Day until 3 p.m. They’ll have hot case dinners, just not turkeys.

Note: If you’re still wanting recipes out of me, they’re coming. I’m going to focus mostly on sides, and I’ll make a little video about how to prepare a bird, though I’ll be demonstrating on a chicken.

Finding Fresh Farm Eggs and Other Farm Goods in Kitsap

EggsA reader had suggested I tell people where to find fresh farm eggs in Kitsap County. I started searching around the Internet and came across a very cool interactive farm map created by the  Kitsap County Extension of the Washington State University

Well, that made it pretty easy for me to share info with you.

You can search for farms that grow or sell local food by product.

Here’s what they had to say about eggs and other dairy:

I organized it by region of the county:

Poulsbo/North Kitsap

  • Greenwoodes Farm – Sells eggs and vegetables if you join their CSA program
  • Harley Bob’s Eggs – Eggs are sold off the farm and delivered to restaurants and retail buyers. They also have a farm stand, but they ask people to make an appointment.
  • JJJ Farm – They sell by special order and are closed to the public
  • Kowalski Farm in Kingston – They sell by appointment

Bainbridge Island

Silverdale/Central Kitsap

Port Orchard/South Kitsap

In Bremerton, I didn’t see any farms to buy fresh eggs, but CJ’s market on Park Avenue apparently sells eggs from Pheasant Field Farms as well as other locally grown or made products.

And since we’re on the subject of eggs, I’ll be trying out some new tips I got on making the perfect (or at least a better) omelette. I’ll let you know how it turned out soon.

A Lesson and a Recipe: Black Bottom Cupcakes

I got a chance to meet and watch Jane Gibson, executive pastry chef at Salty’s on Alki seafood and dessert restaurant.

She charmed students at Ridgetop Junior High School in Silverdale with humor served up with a light drawl, a gift from her upbringing on a Tennessee farm. She also gave some great advice to aspiring chefs, such as

You can read more about her visit here .

I took some video while I was there, and better yet, got a recipe (see below) for black-bottom cupcakes, which are the ones shown in the video.

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