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The Proctor District is the oldest part of Tacoma, Washington, but it’s new to me. I’ve been changing my views of this port city on Puget Sound, which I used to think was just a gritty sawmill town–and worse, boring. That’s not Tacoma now. It’s a vital place, and one of its attractions is is this hilltop neighborhood, where my friend Terri and I are strolling quiet, leafy streets and admiring the views of Commencement Bay, well-kept traditional homes, and a cluster of cafes and shops. We only get a glimpse, but it’s enough to bring us back.

fish art, Proctor District, TacomaArt is a big deal in Proctor. The annual summer arts festival draws crowds for its art displays, sidewalk sales, entertainment, demonstrations, even a doggie fashion show and parade. I’d come for that alone. We get a good look at locals artists’ works in Proctor Art Gallery, a showcase of watercolors, oil and acrylic paintings, pottery, glass, and other media. The artists help staff the gallery, each coming in twice a month. If I’m looking for a uniquely Northwest souvenir, I might check out the Pacific Northwest Shop.

The Blue Mouse Theatre is a treasured bit of Tacoma history. Built in 1923 and renovated with style, it’s the oldest movie theater in the state still in operation. It shows movies daily, and the Rocky Horror Picture Show twice a month, on Saturdays. Also on Saturdays, April through mid-November, there’s a sizable farmer’s market in the district.  This isn’t a Saturday, so Terri and I venture into Metropolitan Market. We happily sample our way through this big, lively place where vendors sell high-quality meats, flowers, 90 kinds of breads, 1200 types of wines and beers, cheeses galore, produce, and pastries.  We buy a treat or two and head out to see a few of Proctor’s eateries.

The Old House Cafe, in (no surprise) a charming old house, serves highly praised American food; Pomodoro’s is casual Italian and has outdoor seating in summer. Europa Bistro specializes in Italian cuisine and wines. Babblin’ Babs Bistro’s menu shows some intriguing combinations I’ll try on the next visit; roasted trout with pecan rice and asparagus sounds appealing.  At Pour at Four, a wine bar, Terri and I peer in the window and wish it were open so we could taste the tapas, or maybe the Dungeness crab cakes, which I hear are a big favorite, and sample a few Northwest wines. That’s another time. We’d like to try Jubilee Cupcakes and Vintage Candy, too if only to taste a bacon or champagne cupcake.

Green Cape Cod B&BOur  bed-and-breakfast, Green Cape Cod B&B, is run by Mary Beth King, who has years of experience in the hospitality business. Her comfortable home, a short walk from Proctor shopping, has 3 guest rooms with private baths, down comforters, fluffy robes, and bedside chocolates. Our breakfast, in the sunny dining room, happens to be a perfect salmon quiche, and since Mary Beth generously gave us the recipe, I’m happy to share.

Green Cape Cod B&B Salmon QuicheSalmon Quiche breakfast

  • Uncooked pie crust
  • 4 T butter
  • 1/2 t dill
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • Squirt of Worcestershire sauce
  • 6-1/2 oz fresh skinned salmon or smoked salmon
  • 1 T butter to spread in crust
  • 2 cups whipping cream or half-and-half
  • 4 eggs or Egg Beaters
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1/2 lb grated dill Havarti cheese
  • 2 T chopped green onions
  • 6 sliced mushrooms
  • 1 t dill
  • 1/8 t pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees (convection oven, 325). Melt 2 T butter, add 1/2 t dill, lemon juice, and Worcestershire sauce. Spread over salmon and bake 20 mins. Let salmon cool; flake into large pieces. Spread 1 T butter on pie crust. Mix together cream or half-&-half, eggs or Egg Beaters, and salt. Stir in cheese, set aside. Melt 2 T butter in skillet. Add onions and mushrooms and saute until tender. Add to cream mixture. Add 1/2 t dill and pepper. Pour into pie crust. Bake at 425 degrees for 15 minutes, then 325 for 35 minutes. (Convection oven: 400 deg. for 15 mins, and 300 deg. for 35 mins.)  Quiche is ready when knife inserted in center comes out clean.

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