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Almost Croque-Madame

I first tried Croque-Madame at my favorite bakery in Olympia, Washington, The Bread Peddler. I miss that bakery. Not that I’m complaining, Bend has several that I enjoy just as well. But The Bread Peddler is not to be missed should you find yourself in Olympia.

Anyway, back to the Croque-Madame. It’s wonderful: toasted bread, salty rich ham, creamy béchamel, melty cheese, and a sunny-side up egg.


You may have noticed that I like to top things with fried eggs: here, here, and here, for example. So it won’t surprise you to know that I prefer Croque-Madame to Croque-Monsieur, the only difference being a fried egg. What you may not know is that I’m easily overwhelmed by too much bread. And though I don’t dislike it, I find the béchamel unnecessary.

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Stone Fruit, Radicchio and Pine Nut Salad

It’s not the first time that Matt’s in the Market has dazzled me with an unusual salad. Past salads have included: quail eggs, smoked trout, blackened squid. And not once have I been disappointed. So when I saw this salad on the menu I had to try it. Honestly, it didn’t sound that exciting. Could just bitter radicchio, a combination of stone fruits, and a few pine nuts impress?


As it turned out, yes.

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