Estate Liquidation Sale

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This Friday & Saturday, April 25 & 26, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Cindy Wobbe & Associates Estate Liquidations will be opening our showroom at 498 Hwy. 101 (just 3 doors down from Mon Ami) for a liquidation sale of three smaller estates. Below are just a few pictures of some of the items available for sale – we are adding more daily! Lots of household goods and small appliances, linens and bedding, clothing, accent furniture, beautiful dining set, lamps and small tables, and home decor. All sales final. We accept cash/local checks/all major credit cards.

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This Week at Mon Ami

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Greetings! I hope you have a lovely Easter weekend. We enjoyed the day with family and friends and a couple of rambunctious granddogs!

This coming Friday & Saturday, 9 am to 2 p.m. both days, I’ll be opening my estate showroom just three doors down from Mon Ami for a sale. I’ll be posting pictures on Wednesday as we’re still unpacking boxes and setting up displays. We have a plethora of goodies from three smaller estates, including furniture, household goods, linens, clothing …. the list goes on. Hope to see you there!

Mother’s Day High Tea: Saturday, May 10. We still have openings available at our 11 a.m. seating. Cost is $18.95 per person.

This Week’s Lunch Specials (remember, we now serve chowder EVERY DAY!)

Monday
Hot Tuna Melt
Soup: Navy Bean & Ham

Tuesday
Ham, Provolone, & Grilled Pineapple Panini
Soup: Mulligatawny

Wednesday
BLT Croissant Sandwich
Soup: Cream of Asparagus

Thursday
South of the Border Quiche
Soup: Chicken Tortilla

Friday
Roast Turkey & Avocado Wrap
Soup: Clam Chowder

Friday Night Take-Home Supper: Ham & Scalloped Potatoes w/ Tossed Green Salad

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Lastly, you may notice a few detour signs, orange cones, and a film crew when you’re out and about town this week. The Chamber of Commerce has embarked an on exciting marketing campaign titled “Uncurbed Adventures” which will launch on the air starting in May. Our marketing agency will be here all week with a film crew shooting footage for upcoming commercials that showcase our beautiful town. This has really been a fun project for me to be involved with over the last 6 months, and I’m excited to see it finally get off the ground!

Hope you have a terrific week! As always, I am deeply grateful for your friendship and continued support of Mon Ami. It is always a pleasure to serve you!

Votre amie, Cindy Wobbe

This Week at Mon Ami!

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Greetings on another BEAUTIFUL Monday morning! We just couldn’t have gotten any luckier with the weather this weekend – perfect for the Rhody Court car wash!!! Let me just say, the friends of Mon Ami turned out in full force on Saturday – thank you so much for your support! We washed a gazillion cars, give or take a couple, and sold almost as many hot dogs. Our kids will begin making public appearances this week, giving speeches at Soroptomists and the Chamber forum luncheon at the FEC, so if you are attending either of these events you’ll get to meet them!

Upcoming Events:

ESTATE SALE, Friday & Saturday, April 25 & 26 … I’ve purchased two smaller estates that my team is in the process of moving into my “new” showroom just 3 doors down from Mon Ami. Lots of furniture pieces, linens, household goods, and decorator items. Sale hours will be 9am to 2pm.

MOTHER’S DAY HIGH TEA, Saturday, May 10 (the day before Mother’s Day) … our reservation list is filling up fast. If you have not called in to reserve your table, please do so as soon as possible. We’ll begin advertising to the general public at the end of this week. We have seatings at 11am and 1pm.

This Week’s Lunch & Supper Specials (remember, we serve Clam Chowder everyday now!)

Monday
Sausage Kraut Hoagies
Soup: Navy Bean & Ham

Tuesday
Hot Meatloaf Sandwich
Soup: Tomato Bisque

Wednesday
Chicken Pot Pie (Sam Spade, this is for you!)
Soup: Split Pea

Thursday
Smoked Salmon Quiche
Soup: Cream of Broccoli

Friday
Spaghetti & Meatballs
Soup: Clam Chowder

Friday Night Take-Home Supper: Spaghetti & Meatballs, Caesar Salad, Garlic Bread

We happily welcomed our Kathy back this week and are back to our normal hours of 9:30am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday, and Saturday from 10 to 2. Thanks so much for your support and patience these last several weeks as we’ve had to close a little early and on Saturday’s during her absence.

If you watched Rick Dancer TV yesterday afternoon on KEVU, Rick did a great little feature on Florence, especially our new interpretive center in Old Town, and put a nice little plug in for Mon Ami as well. I even got to put in a appearance wearing my “chamber prez” hat! If you have a few minutes, you can watch the whole show by clicking on this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDXSTMC1HeE .

Again, thank you from the bottom of my car washin’ heart for all your support on Saturday! Hope you have a terrific week!

Votre amie, Cindy

Making a sofrito – it all starts here!

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One of the first meals I brought home from Panama and shared with friends is a colorful, flavorful stew of fresh, locally caught seafood known as “Sancocho de Mariscos”. Many latin cultures have a similar seafood stew; my first introduction to this Panamanian favorite incorporated stewed chicken into the background, with sea bass, squid and mussels as the primary ingredients.

Like many foods in Panama, Sancocho de Mariscos was introduced by the Spanish and adapted by the locals to include foods commonly grown and readily available in the region such as local tubers like yucca, ñame or otoes. In some of the Colombian, Ecuadoran and Dominican versions, people put coconut milk or plantain chunks in their sancocho. I often add coconut milk and yucca (I can’t always get yucca or plantains at the local grocers, sometimes I have to make a trip to my favorite latino mercado in Eugene).

In each of my trips to Central America, I’ve talked with many chefs and foodies who’ve migrated to Panama from neighboring countries and have learned that the secret to any good seafood stew is the sofrito – a base of aromatic vegetables braised in oil, which provides a flavorful backdrop and allows the seafood to take centerstage in the dish. It takes a little time, but it’s well worth the effort. I’ve adapted my own sofrito recipe to suit my own taste and my customers’ palate – but I’m not afraid to add a little “heat” when cooking for friends at home.

We begin with roughly diced onions, red and yellow peppers, garlic and habanero, and BACON! Yes, I said BACON!
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We let them “sweat it out” and transfer it all to the food processor …
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Fresh cilantro and lime juice lightens it up, then add our clam juice …

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And here’s the finished sofrito … let’s give it a moment to shine before we add the Good Stuff!

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We add key ingredients – Spanish saffron, mussels, shrimp, sea clams, just to name a few …

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Bring it to a gentle simmer, correct the seasonings just a smidge, and voila – Sancocho de Mariscos!
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Often served over rice, this seafood stew is perfectly capable of standing (or swimming) on its own! Garnish with some freshly chopped cilantro and another squeeze of lime … you can thank me later, just eat!

Bon appetit! Cindy

Comfort Food!

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Pot roast supper

Twice a week, we head into our petite but cozy kitchen and cook “old school” — just the way our mamas taught us! Our popular Take-Home Suppers are made from scratch with the very best and most wholesome ingredients we can find. Tonight’s offering of perfectly seasoned Pot Roast with Red Potatoes and Braised Carrots reminds us of Mom’s Sunday Dinner after church … oh, the aromas that would greet us as we walked through the front door!

At Mon Ami, it is our privilege and our pleasure to offer you real food made with real love, because we believe Comfort Food nourishes more than just the body.

“Some foods are so comforting, so nourishing of body and soul, that to eat them is to be home again after a long journey. To eat such a meal is to remember that, though the world is full of knives and storms, the body is built for kindness. The angels, who know no hunger, have never been as satisfied.”
― Eli Brown, Cinnamon and Gunpowder

And a-pickin’ we went!

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We invited gal-pal Kelly Riggs (of Kelly’s Cantina in Old Town) to join us on an adventure over the mountain to go a-pickin’ in the country! And what fun we had snoopin’ around in barns and old farmhouses (it’s a good thing we were wearin’ our boots)! After our final stop at “Junque in the Trunk” hosted by Barb Simmons of Treasures from the Heart, we said “adios” to our new friends, loaded up the rig with all our treasures, and headed back towards to ranch … er, the shop. Here’s a sneak peek of just a few of our favorite picks!

Rescued from an old barn, TWO-count 'em hay feeders that would look FABULOOUS as art on the wall!

Rescued from an old barn, TWO-count ‘em hay feeders that would look FABULOOUS as art on the wall!

A throwback from the 50's, this authentic retro formica kitchen table has two side leaves that pop up for extra room!

A throwback from the 50′s, this authentic retro formica kitchen table has two side leaves that pop up for extra room!

A fun collection of French-inspired clocks

A fun collection of French-inspired clocks

Wouldn't this  vintage wicker ensemble make a cheery addition to your patio/porch?

Wouldn’t this vintage wicker ensemble make a cheery addition to your patio/porch?

A beautifully upholstered side chair with barley-twist accents

A beautifully upholstered side chair with barley-twist accents

This "chippy" concrete rooster and hen are actually from an old fountain, but we think they'd look tres fabu on the counter of a French Country kitchen!

This “chippy” concrete rooster and hen are actually from an old fountain, but we think they’d look tres fabu on the counter of a French Country kitchen!

A rustic headboard from an antique child's bed is patiently waiting to be repurposed as a garden trellis

A rustic headboard from an antique child’s bed is patiently waiting to be repurposed as a garden trellis

This  table comes with 6 beautifully upholstered chairs and 2 leaves for expanded seating

This table comes with 6 beautifully upholstered chairs and 2 leaves for expanded seating

We're lovin' these foot high 3-d letters from our friends at Foreside Home & Garden!

We’re lovin’ these foot high 3-d letters from our friends at Foreside Home & Garden!

An authentic McClellan Cavalry saddle, these were used in the Civil War and are high collectible for Civil War Reinactments

An authentic McClellan Cavalry saddle, these were used in the Civil War and are high collectible for Civil War Reinactments