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Two of My Favorite Things: Crabcakes and Outdoor Dining

With summer nearly behind us, we've had little time to enjoy evenings on the terrace. But last night the rainy weather around Boulder had eased up, my son found a recipe for crabcakes to try, and the rusty old console table we'd found in Santa Fe had just recently been transformed and found a new life on the terrace. 

And the gardens are looking so lush with all the recent rainfall, it was way past time to break out the mosquito repellent and a good, dry white and take dinner outside!

Transformed steel table with reclaimed barnwood top

transformed steel table with old barnwood top

First, a few words about this outdoor vignette. If you read my post about our trip to Santa Fe, you know I carted home a rusty, hammered steel console table base that we snagged from Seret + Sons. It was outside buried among rusty old iron gate panels. But it was badly bent and had no top. With a sledge hammer and some wood bracing, we pounded the table back into shape.

Brett from Due South in Lafayette made a custom top using barnwood from present-day Wray, Colorado, the site of the 1886 Battle of Beecher Island. Remaking new from old is so satisfying. I'm honored to have a part of Colorado history, despite my conflicted feelings about our history with and treatment of Native Americans. (That most certainly sounds like a separate blog post, in order to truly do justice to this important topic.)

From a design perspective, the gray-blue-brown of this weathered old top blends well with the gray-blue-rusted steel of the old table. BTW, the old lantern is a $4 flea market find that my husband rewired.

Maryland crabcakes on the terrace

On the menu: Maryland crab cakes, grilled corn, a light mix of salad greens, and a dry Riesling from Oregon. The crab cakes were so good! Definitely worth doing regularly, and they were actually quick to prepare. We used the recipe from Good Food, which I highly recommend. The butter sauce is quite rich, and since the crabcake patties only take about 10 minutes to cook, you should start the butter sauce ahead of time. 

My first-ever crabcakes were experienced in a restaurant in Bar Harbor, Maine, which set the bar (no pun intended) quite high. You won't be disappointed with this Good Food recipe for them, believe me.

And now some more pictures of the lamplit garden and terrace. I have to say, the plan to create a greater sense of seclusion by snugging potted plants onto the terrace around the seating area has definitely paid off. Guests have commented favorably! If you're curious, see the full tour of this small Boulder garden.

terrace full-view

magical French lamplight and market lights

All styling and photography by Heather of Urban Cottage Style, unless otherwise noted.

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