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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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Style: Simple Layers

Emerson Fry | Sacramento Street Emerson Fry | Sacramento Street

It’s July and all I want to do is ditch my jeans for dresses and shorts – on some days this is possible when we aren’t fogged in or being blown away by the wind. While I still love the idea of putting on a dress and some bling, I’ve changed what I wear to align with being a mom. Jackson is often on my hip, and high-heeled shoes or tight clothes are usually found in the back of the closet. So, I went out on the hunt for key pieces that could be a) easily washable and b) still chic that I could run to a client meeting. I love this tie up dress in black linen paired with a slate sweater – both from Emerson Fry. Both are loose and comfortable and those are both essential qualities in my wardrobe these days!

Emerson Fry | Sacramento Street



This post is a partnership with Emerson Fry. 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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For Sale: Dining Room Table

Caitlin Flemming Design - Dining Room | Photo by Bess Friday

Out with the old and in with the new! I’ve been working hard to do a little refresh at my place and we’re saying goodbye to this stunning dining room table. It has a hand-crafted wooden top and a metal base. It easily fits a dinner party of 8 to 10 people (36” wide x 72” length x 30” width). We’ve had some incredible dinner parties, thanksgivings and other special events around this table, but it’s time to bring in a new table to fill with memories. It’s still in perfect condition with no stains. Please email me at if you are interested in buying this gem and making your own fabulous memories!

Photo by Bess Friday for Caitlin Flemming Design

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Blooms in Season: June

Blooms in Season : June| Sacramento Street

I’m smitten over the latest Blooms in Season post. The fragrance in summer flowers is like no other season. Natalie will discuss the selection of blooms but in case you are interested, there are two different varieties of both lavender and sage. My wish is that all of you could smell these blooms from your computers (or iPhones)!

Blooms in Season : June| Sacramento Street


Have you always loved lavender?


I have to admit, this year is the first time I’ve really gone crazy over it. I walked in to the market this week and it was filled with the most exquisite lavender from a farm north of San Francisco about three hours. It stopped me in my tracks and I’ve while it hasn’t always been a favorite of mine, I have a hard time resisting any flower that is showing so beautifully.


How many varieties of lavender are there?


A lot! Thirty-nine to be exact. I am surprised by how many there are, but when you look at them, they are all so different. Even though the color name “lavender” is named after the plant, they range in color saturation, too.


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Does all Lavender have the same scent? 


Some varieties have a much more saturated and dense scent than others. Lavender essential oil is extracted from English lavender. If you give the lavender a gentle squeeze, the oil will get on your hands and it can be easily inhaled.


Tell us a little secret about Salvia (sage).


The salvia (sage) is in the mint family. Anything in the mint family has a square stem. If you twirl the stem in your fingers you can feel the shape of the stem and easily identify it as being in the Lamiaceae (mint) family.


 Blooms in Season : June| Sacramento Street


It sometimes seems hard to design with, since the stems are so straight. Do you have any tips on how to make arranging with lavender easier?


I agree that arranging with lavender can be hard. I don’t like the way it looks with the stems are poking out from an arrangement as if they were toothpicks. I prefer to cluster the stems and mass them together. When grouped, they look much more impressive and mimic the way they grow on a bush.


Natalie Bowen Designs Workshop


Friends, Natalie is teaching a unique floral workshop this summer. Not only do you get to have Natalie’s guidance, knowledge and inspiration at your fingertips but you’ll have the opportunity to pick your own flowers from a flower ranch and then have your arrangement photograph. The spots are going to go quickly so be sure to sign up!


Flowers by Natalie Bowen Designs | Photos by Emily Scott for Sacramento Street
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