The Corner Chronicle
Chimacum, Washington, Tuesday September 18, 2018
The Corner Celebrates ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY!
November 21st, 2011 by Katy McCoy

Hard to believe, but we’ve been open a whole year as of today and what a year it’s been!  The learning curve has been steep and humbling, but we’ve arrived at this milestone stonger and more inspired than ever, with all of you as friends.  If you haven’t been in for a visit lately, please swing by as you may hardly recognize the place!  Every day we get better, thanks to your suggestions and patronage, and that’s making us giddy.  So giddy that we’ve deemed Nov 23 – 29 “bubbles, balls, dips, and nuts week” with special deals and recipes on all sorts of party foods just for you. Click here to join the party!

But before getting on with the specials and recipes, I’ve got to show at least one photo from opening day.   It was a bit nerve-wracking to say the least, as if we didn’t have enough to worry about.  That truck you see in the back was our first delivery from Charlie’s Produce. We have since heard rumored that at Aldrich’s, Charlie’s next stop, the driver shook his head and said, “Boy, they are not ready”, referring to us. He was probably right, but hey Charlie, everyone’s got to start somewhere.

In looking at the photos from a year ago, the shelves were sparsely stocked, the layout awkward, and there seemed to be enough floor space to hold a dance party (I’ll post those photos on our facebook page tomorrow am).  Our hope is that on our second birthday, when we look back at today’s photos, we are equally flabbergasted by the progress.

cartoon of chick expressing reservations during opening day snowstorm


Now onto this week’s PARTY FOOD specials:

BUBBLES (not so local, but Heidi reminded us it’s holiday season):

  • Gruet Blanc de Noirs – made in New Mexcio
  • Secco Brut Rose – made in Italy
  • The Chook Sparkling Shiraz – made in Australia
  • Cleto Chiarli Lambrusco di Sorbara Vecchia Modena Premium – made in Italy
  • Martinelli’s Sparkling Apple Cider


  • Bulk “sea salt and pepper” cashews (my personal favorite)
  • All CB nuts


  • Mama Lil’s Spicy Asparagini
  • Mama Lil’s Pickled Peppers (Kick-Butt Hot and Sweet-Hot)
  • Essential Baking Artisan Sea Salt crackers
  • Our brand new Oyster crackers
  • Wild Planet Sardines
  • Cape Cleare Smoked Salmon
  • Divina Olives stuffed with garlic
  • Napolean capers
  • Mt Townsend Creamery Sea Stack Cheese


  • Yummy organic Asian Pears from Central Washington


And some APPETIZER RECIPES to inspire you:



  • 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 2 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 clove diced garlic
  • 1/4 cup minced red onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped “sea salt & pepper cashews”

In a medium size bowl, mash cream cheese.  Mix cheddar cheese, onion and garlic into the cream cheese.  Shape the mixture into one or more balls.  Roll the ball in the chopped nuts, or if you prefer, freshly cracked black pepper, or minced parsley. Refrigerate covered until ready to serve. Yum!


THE PATÉ – Lindsay picks a GREEN BEAN WALNUT PATÉ from Karla Oliveira’s “Tassajara Cookbook”


  • 1 tbls olive oil
  • 1/2 cup minced onion
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped green beans
  • 2 hard boiled eggs
  • 1/4 cup walnuts
  • 2 tbls lemon juice
  • 2 tbls mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup parsley

Heat oil in skillet and saute onion on medium heat for roughly 10 minutes, until browned.  Add in green beans and continue to cook until beans are tender.  If they begin to stick, add a little water to deglaze the pan.  Combine all ingredients once beans are done, into a food processor and blend until smooth. Spoon into a serving dish and garnish with hard boiled egg and parsley.


THE DIP – CAPER GARLIC HUMMUS also from Karla Oliveira’s “Tassajara Cookbook”


  • 1 can drained garbanzo beans
  • 3 tbls roasted tahini
  • 1/2 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tbls capers
  • 3 cloves garlic

In a food processor, combine all ingredients except the capers and blend until smooth. Stir in capers by hand and salt to taste.  Spoon into a dish and drizzle with olive oil.  Serve with crudites and crackers.


 A CRACKER – Lindsay suggests Marilyn Larson’s “COUNTRY CLUB CRACKERS”


  • two 9 ounce containers of Oyster Crackers
  • 1 dry package Simply Organic Creamy Dill Dressing Mix
  • 1/2 tsp lemon pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil


Combine all ingredients except the oil in a large bowl, stir well, then drizzle oil and combine well. Let sit for at least an hour.



Then you might want to go with Heidi’s “go-to holiday appetizer:  a mound of Mount Townsend’s Fromage Blanc cheese topped by the Mama Lil’s peppers of your choice.  Garnish with a sprig of Italian parsley or rosemary for holiday cheer.  Serve with Essential Baking Company Sea Salt Crackers.  Oh so pretty and special!


May all your parties, including Thanksgiving tomorrow, be swell.

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One Response

  1. Heidi says:

    Hark, one typo in the cheese ball recipe. It’s not “1 1/2 cups chopped “sea salt & pepper”” but rather “1 1/2 cups chopped “sea salt & pepper cashews””. Found in the grocery aisle with the pre-packaged bulk snacks. Buy extra – you won’t be able to keep the fingers off of these nuts!