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Feel free to share your impressions of your stay with us and your time on the Islands - your favorite hike, best dining experience (you can even mention your favorite breakfast or cookie), and most memorable moment. We will do our best to keep you apprised of not-to-miss events on the Islands and news from the Inn. Stay tuned and we are looking forward to your thoughts...

Accommodations in Friday Harbor, the Tucker House Inn

Creamcheese Swirl Brownies; Photo Credit: Stefan Scherperel

Cheesecake Swirl Brownies

  Cheesecake Swirl Chocolate Brownies   Brownie Ingedients: 10 Tbsp. unsalted butter 1 ¼ c. sugar ¾ c. unsweetened cocoa 2 tsp. water ¼ tsp. salt 1 tsp. vanilla 3 eggs 1/3 c. + 1 Tbsp. flour Creamcheese: 8 oz. cream cheese, softened 1/3 c. sugar 1 egg 1 tsp. vanilla Preheat oven to 325 […]

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Strawberry Marscapone Cheesecake; Photo Credit Stefan Scherperel

Strawberry Marscapone Cheescake

  Strawberry Marscapone Cheesecake   Crust 2 c. slivered almonds 2 Tbsp. sugar 2 Tbsp. unsalted butter, melted Filling 2, 8 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature 16 oz. mascarpone cheese, at room temperature 1 1/3 c. sugar 1 tsp. vanilla extract 1 vanilla bean, split and scraped 4 large eggs Strawberry Sauce ½ c. […]

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Blueberry Streusel Cheesecake; Photo Credit Stefan Scherperl

Blueberry Streusel Cheescake

  Blueberry Streusel Cheesecake   Crust: 1-1/2 cups flour 1/3 cups sugar 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon ½ cup ground almonds ¾ cup cold butter, cut up ½ cup slivered almonds Filling: 4 pkg. (8 oz. each) Cream Cheese, softened 3 Tbsp. flour 1 c. sugar 1 Tbsp. vanilla 1 c. Sour Cream 4 eggs 2 […]

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Blueberry Philly Cream Cheesecake, Photo Credit: Stefan Scherperel

Blueberry Philly No-Bake Cream Cheesecake

Blueberry Philly Cream Cheesecake 1 graham cracker crust 2, 8-ounce packages cream cheese, room temperature 14-ounce can (1 1/4 cups) sweetened condensed milk 1/4 c. fresh lemon juice 1 tsp. vanilla extract Blueberry Sauce 2 pints fresh or frozen blueberries 1/4 c. sugar to taste 1/4 tsp. lemon zest 1 1/2 Tbsp. cornstarch or arrow […]

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Cooked Shrimp Salad - Photo Credit -Stefan Scherperel

Cooked Shrimp Salad

Cooked Shrimp Salad Note: This is one of our go to dinners when we want something quick, easy, satiating and are craving lots of crunchy vegetables. Shrimp 1# shrimp, steamed with beer and Old Bay 2 Tbsp. seasoned rice wine vinegar 2 Tbsp. aioli (recipe) 1 tsp. celery seeds Salt and pepper to taste 1. […]

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Tequila Lime Shrimp Salad - Photo Credit: Stefan Scherperel

Tequilla Lime Shrimp Salad

Tequila Lime Shrimp Salad Ingredients 1# shrimp, cleaned, peeled and deveined ¼ c. Tequila ½ c. lime juice, freshly squeezed ¼ c. red onion, sliced ¼ c. cilantro, chopped, reserve some whole leaves for garnish 1 plum tomato, seeded and diced Salt and pepper 1. Boil or steam shrimp for 1-2 minutes. 2. Place in […]

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Maryland Crab Meat Salad - Photo Credit: Stefan Scherperel

Maryland Crab Salad

Maryland Crab Potato Salad Potato Salad 1# Yukon gold potatoes, cut into 1 inch cubes 1/3 c. sour cream 2 Tbsp. aioli (recipe below) 1 tsp. stone ground mustard ¼ c. green onions diced (reserve 1 Tbsp. for garnish) ¼ c. celery diced 2 Tbsp. parsley, chopped 1 Dill pickle, diced ½ tsp. Old Bay […]

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Japanese Crab Meat Salad - Photo Credit: Stefan Scherperel

Japanese Crab Meat Salad

Japanese Crab Meat Salad Ingredients 1/2 # Dungeness or Maryland Blue Crab (backfin or lump, cooked and picked) Avocado Miso Vinaigrette (recipe below) 1 c. Mizuna 2 Tbsp. daikon root, julienned Edaname, tossed with sea salt Wonton wrappers or Lotus root, thinly sliced, fried, seasoned with sea salt, optional garnish 1 tsp. black sesame seeds […]

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Photo Courtesy of Stefan Scherperel

Balsamic Shrimp and Asparagus Salad

  Ingredients 1# shrimp, cleaned and deveined Heirloom tomato, thinly sliced 1# asparagus 2 oz. Prosciutto de Parma, thinly sliced 1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar reduction or aged balsamic (start with 1 cup of vinegar and reduce down until sweet, thick and viscous) Parmesan or Grano Padano Cheese, shaved EVOO 1 clove garlic, minced Salt and […]

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Molly Prima and her brother, Ben Prima, at the traveling kitchen table.

The Journey of Molly and Her Traveling Kitchen Table

I have enjoyed cooking as long as I can remember.  I love eating; experiencing different tastes and textures is exciting for me. My dad is Italian-American, so I was raised in an environment that revolves around food; family gatherings are like eating marathons.   As a child, I never thought I would be a chef, […]

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Molly doing her thang

New Chef at the Inns

Meet Molly. Or maybe you already have. If you haven’t, you’re missing out because Molly is cooking up some fabulous breakfasts! Molly Prima joined us at the end of August, jumping right into the heat of a busy commercial kitchen on Labor Day weekend. Undaunted from her “christening by fire,” Molly has been introducing our […]

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Pumpkin Cheesecake with Caramel Sauce

Pumpkin Cheesecake

Makes 12-14 Servings This seasonal make-ahead treat is equally at home at the most elegant holiday dessert table or as comfort food after family meals. It’s tall and fluffy; topped with a dollop of fresh cream, it’s luscious, and pairs well with a rich cup of freshly-brewed coffee.   For the Crust: (This will cover […]

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Harrison House Suites Stone Fruit Tart

Stone Fruit Tart

Makes 12 Servings Throughout the summer and fall we get get luscious apricots, peaches, nectarines and plums from our Eastern Washington farmers. This tart can be made with any stone fruit you’d like; just make sure it’s ripe. Taking the time to arrange the fruit in a decorative pattern adds to the visually beautiful dessert. […]

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San Juan Island Scenic Byways

Washington State is filled with incredible beauty and diversity, the best of which is featured in premier driving tours designated as Scenic Byways. The spectacular San Juan Islands Scenic Byway is Washington’s newest byway, and is unique as the only state byway that includes a marine highway. The Islands overflow with natural beauty, history and […]

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Mona - Dont Feed

Don’t Feed Mona!

                        Poor Mona, we’re loving her too much!  She is suffering from some SERIOUS camel conditions, and we don’t have an exotic animal veterinarian on the island who can really dial in the prescriptive remedy. For now, her doctor is recommending that she stay […]

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Rocks From South Beach Collected by Greg & Rachel White

South Beach Beauties

Our guests, Greg & Rachel W., from Edmonds WA, collected these rocks on South Beach while visiting. Aren’t they beautiful?!?

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Strawberry Shortcake

Makes 8 Servings   2 cups All purpose flour 3 Tbsp sugar 1 Tbsp baking powder ½ tsp finely ground sea salt 8 Tbsp European style unsalted butter 1 large egg ½ cup whipping cream   2 Tbsp rice flour for rolling shortcakes   Glaze: 1 large egg white 2 Tbsp raw sugar   Berries: […]

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Anna Maria Demonstrates Lavender Spiked Cuisine

Island Events – Summer 2012

Islanders pull out all the stops in summer, with events packed throughout the season, many of them free. Here are some of our favorites, and while you’re visiting, please remember that June 5 is World Environment Day and June 8 is World Oceans Day, and honor this great earth we call home.   SJ Garden […]

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Guests Appreciate Generosity

Thank you so much for mailing the items I left behind after my recent stay. They arrived in perfect condition a few days ago. Sorry it took me so long to let you know. I appreciate your generosity in covering the postage. Hope to have the opportunity to stay in your beautiful Inn again. Sincerely, […]

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Harrison House Suites Thinks Spring

Everything’s coming up roses! Perhaps we have the wrong lyrics. Well at the Harrison House we are now enjoying tulips. They abound in all different kinds around the Inns.

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