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On the Menu: Two Summer Favorites

Watermelon and Tomato Salad - Recipe

The last thing I want to do on a beautiful summer day is turn on my oven to cook dinner. I have an old 1950’s Wedgewood oven, that I cherish, but it heats the entire house when it is on. To make matters worse, I don’t have air conditioning. So I try and use it as little as possible, especially during the summer heat. As a result I am always on the lookout for recipes that can be cooked on the stovetop or even better, only require some chopping and whisking. Today I am sharing two of my favorite summertime dishes that are light, fresh and thankfully do not require an oven.


This artichoke completely changed my opinion about artichokes. Before discovering this recipe, I liked artichokes but secretly thought they were a lot of trouble for little reward – cleaning artichokes is one of my least favorite jobs in the kitchen. But when I tried April Bloomfield’s pot roasted artichokes, it all changed. In this recipe from her cookbook, A Girl and Her Greens she cooks artichokes on the stove top with lots of olive oil, wine, mint and capers. I dare you to try it and not fall in love with artichokes. The original recipe calls for baby artichokes, but if you can’t find them, it is completely fine to use regular artichokes, just make sure to clean out the center choke before cooking.


My other quintessential summer dish is a watermelon and tomato salad. Crisp watermelon paired with juicy tomatoes, topped with avocado, red onion and feta cheese, it is everything you want in a summertime dish.


Both dishes are perfect served at room temperature and they taste even better outside with a chilled glass of wine (like you saw in the latest entertaining post with Ecco Domani).


Enjoy! ~ Amanda


Pot Roasted Artichokes

April Bloomfield’s Pot Roasted Artichokes

Ingredients| Sacramento Street

1 lemon, halved

3 1/2 pounds baby artichokes (or regular globe artichokes, halved)

1/4 cup olive oil

2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced

Kosher salt

1 1/2 cups dry white wine

1 tablespoon drained capers

1/4 cup torn fresh mint leaves

2 tablespoons fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves

Directions | Sacramento Street

1.) Squeeze lemon into a large bowl of cold water. Working with 1 artichoke at a time, pull off tough dark outer leaves until mostly yellow leaves remain. Using a serrated knife, cut 1″ off from top. Trim stem, leaving at least 1/2″ of stem intact; using a paring knife or vegetable peeler, remove tough outer layer from stem. Dip artichoke in lemon water to prevent discoloration. Pry open leaves to expose choke. Using a small spoon, scrape choke from artichoke and discard. Place artichoke in lemon water.


2.) Drain artichokes and set stem side up on a paper towel-lined baking sheet. Let stand about 2 minutes to drain; pat dry.


3.) Heat oil in a wide heavy pot over medium-high heat. Place artichokes, stem side up (or cut side down if using large artichokes) in pot and reduce heat to medium-low. Scatter garlic over, season with salt, and cook, without stirring, just until garlic is golden, about 3 minutes.


4.) Add wine; cover pot, reduce heat, and simmer, without stirring (which could cause artichokes to fall apart), until the artichoke stems are very tender, 20 – 25 minutes.


5.) Add capers, bring to a boil, and cook, uncovered, until wine has evaporated, about 2 minutes. Add mint and parsley and cook reducing heat if necessary to prevent scorching, until artichoke tops are deep golden brown, about 3 minutes.


6.) Serve artichokes warm or room temperature, drizzled with pan juices and a large pinch of salt.


Watermelon and Tomato Salad


Tomato and Watermelon Salad

Ingredients| Sacramento Street

3 cups seedless watermelon, cubed

2 lbs heirloom tomatoes, cut into wedges and core removed

½ red onion, thinly sliced

1 avocado, cut into 1” pieces

¼ cup feta cheese

½ cup cucumber, sliced thinly

½ cup olive oil

¼ cup white wine vinegar

2 tsp. Dijon mustard

1 tsp. honey

salt and pepper

Directions | Sacramento Street

1.) Toss watermelon, tomatoes, red onion, avocado, feta cheese and cucumber together in a large bowl.


2.) In a small bowl, combine olive oil, vinegar, honey and mustard. Pour dressing over salad, add a large pinch of salt and toss well to combine. Taste for salt and pepper and serve at room temperature.


Recipe by Amanda Frederickson & Photos by Emily Scott for Sacramento Street

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Summertime Alfresco Retreat

Ecco Domani - Summertime Alfresco Retreat | Sacramento Street

Summer is the perfect time of year to invite friends over for an outdoor soiree. In the Summer you don’t always have to make it a formal affair. It’s the little things you do that make a world of difference when it comes to a last minute get together. Honestly, the table came together effortlessly. The bottles of the Ecco Domani Pinot Grigio were stunning. Acclaimed designer Zac Posen created the labels on the bottles and I based the entire design of the tablescape around the simple beauty of the stunning color scheme. I chose a black and white table linen from St. Frank and paired it with green and white flowers.

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Ecco Domani - Summertime Alfresco Retreat | Sacramento Street

The lunch was a combination of fresh roasted artichoke hearts and a salad with watermelon, heirloom tomatoes, and feta cheese. I try to make the majority of my summertime meals from produce I buy at the farmers market. Each Sunday we walk to our neighborhood farmers market and what happens to be in season is what we eat. When it comes to recipes I’m constantly turning to our food editor, Amanda – she always knows how to combine the perfect combination of ingredients to make incredible dishes. For this particular alfresco retreat I wanted a few stand out dishes that would pair perfectly with a light and refreshing drink – in this case with Ecco Domani’s Pinot Grigio for the lunch and their Prosecco with dessert.

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After the delicious lunch in Natalie Bowen’s gorgeous studio backyard, we lingered a little longer and sipped the Ecco Domani Prosecco – which worked perfectly with our dessert of fresh fruit and chocolates. This was the perfect mid-day break to a busy weekday. I honestly need to do this more often!

Check back later today for the recipes that Amanda created so that you can prepare the same summertime retreat for your friends!

This post is a partnership with Ecco Domani. All opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting sponsored posts that keep Sacramento Street doors open.

Photos by Emily Scott, Food by Amanda Frederickson  for Sacramento Street | Table Linen and Pillows from St. Frank Textiles

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Outdoor Living: Small Space Summer Entertaining

Backyard Picnic | Sacramento Street

One of the great things about summer is being able to spend the majority of our waking hours outdoors. After a winter when so many parts of the country have been extra cold and severe, finding a space to spend more time outdoors is what everyone needs. I can tell you one thing, I’m ready for a summer of outdoor entertaining! I’ve always been a big fan of bringing nature indoors to create a home that incorporates the outdoors.  Now that it’s summer, why not bring the indoors outside into your garden?

Backyard Picnic | Sacramento Street

There is nothing better than having friends over and being able to eat a meal or share a glass of wine outside in the garden. You don’t need to have a huge backyard or a perfectly manicured space to enjoy the outdoors.


I teamed up with World Market to create an outdoor room that you can replicate in any garden. Here in San Francisco, we don’t have much outdoor space – it’s limited – so we took a small space (less than 200 square feet) that is usually where the tenants walk through, and transformed it into a outdoor eating oasis they can enjoy. I can’t take credit for the beautiful garden.

Backyard Picnic | Sacramento Street
Backyard Picnic | Sacramento StreetBackyard Picnic | Sacramento Street

It was so fun to put together the items that would make this space work. As most of you know, I adore blue, so that was the color I based the outdoor space on. World Market had everything we needed to makeover the space – beautiful vases, dishes, furniture – even a rug that is specifically made for outdoor living.

So this weekend, get out there and enjoy creating an outdoor space to enjoy this summer! Pop over to World Market to see more details about this look and how you can re-create this in your own backyard.


This post is a partnership with World Market. All opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting sponsored posts that keep Sacramento Street doors open.


Photos by Heather Day for Sacramento Street

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Layer It: A Hot/Humid Day

LayerIt - Hot/Humid Day | Sacramento StreetSummer weather has hit most of the country in full force. Last week when I was road tripping through Oregon we hit some areas that were in the triple digits. Honestly, thats a little too hot for my taste. Since I’m not used to those temperatures I had some wardrobe adjusting to do. This look was my go-to ensemble for most of the trip. Who can go wrong with jean shorts and a sleeveless tunic? It’s the perfect combo. What do you normally wear to beat the heat?


The Basics:



The Layers:







More favorites for scorching hot days!


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it’s friday + link love!

Goodbye summer! Hello holiday weekend! I’m welcoming it with open arms, especially since we’re finally getting a burst of warm weather here in the city. It’s been a dreadfully cold summer. This week has been quite crazy in the Flemming household – work, dinners, events, and more. This afternoon I’m off to pamper myself before a busy weekend – a mani/pedi is in order that will be followed by a trip to Birch to fill our apartment with beautiful blooms.

Before you take off for the long weekend be sure to pop over and check out these fabulous post that I’m in love with this week:

* First, I’d like to welcome two new sponsors to Sacramento Street – Comfort & Samuel, Pinhole Press and Storkie.

* Loving this will be my Fall uniform . . .

* I’ll be making next week’s meal menu from this wonderful blog and I thank Daniella for introducing us.

* I’m glad all of you are equally obsessed with Pinterest as I am . . .

* Joslyn is constantly making me lust after wonderful things she features every week in this post . . .

* And lastly, it was my pleasure getting these lovely ladies to covet Astier as much as I do . . .

Cheers to a long holiday weekend – have fun, be safe and enjoy every minute of it! Hope you all have a lovely one.

xx, Caitlin
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