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Between the two connected neighborhoods of Commodore and Commodore West, there are about 130 homes. The neighborhoods are connected by a foot path and the distinctive difference between the two are the age of the homes. Commodore (known to locals as Old Commodore) is just that, primarily homes built in the 70’s and 80’s and the homes line the West end of the high school. At the end of the 80’s Chaffey, a prominent builder in the North West, started developing in some empty lots and then expanded the neighborhood and created Commodore West. Homes were built in the 90’s-2007 in Commodore West, all but one by Chaffey. Two main roads, with no outlet, encompass the neighborhoods and cul-de sacs branch off the main roads, creating less traffic, which is good for small kids playing or riding bikes. Another appealing thing about Commodore is that it is adjacent to several schools. By foot, even on trails, kids can access Ordway and Odyssey, two of the elementary schools, Sakai (5th and 6th Grade), Woodward (7th and 8th grade), and the High School (9-12). This also means that soccer and baseball fields, the aquatic center, the library, and Safeway are walking distance too.Home sizes vary greatly and range from 1500-3500 square feet. Lots sizes are a big reason the Commodore neighborhoods are so popular. Most lot sizes are a third of an acre, putting a comfortable distance between you and your neighbors.
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Before I moved here, I had a hard time visualizing what the island was like (even after a week long visit). I wasn’t sure if there were many actual “neighborhoods,” and I was not clear as to where they were in relation to Winslow (or the ferry terminal). There are in fact a number of neighborhoods on the island, the kind where kids can ride their bikes and play in the street – some even have common open space and playgrounds. Some of the in-town neighborhoods have lots that average .30 acres, and some have lots that are more like .15 acres.
School has started, Labor day has passed, my tomatoes are finally ripening and the blackberry crop is thinning. Unfortunately (since summer here is always way too brief), all signs point towards fall. However, we are fortunate to live across the street from an easement that is loaded with blackberries. This time of year, the picking is good and I force myself to flash freeze them for the winter. Our favorite concoction for the berries is a muffin recipe that has become a staple for our weekend breakfasts. I think it is the sour cream that makes them so moist and yummy. And even though I love the sour cream, when out, we have used yogurt instead and it still tastes swell.
1 Position rack in center of oven. Preheat oven to 400°F. Grease a standard 12 muffin pan or line with paper muffin cups. (Actually, with the berries you’ll have more batter than just for 12 muffins. This batch made 18 muffins.)
2 Whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt in a large bowl.
3 In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs, sour cream, milk, sugar, butter and vanilla.
4 Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture and mix together with a few light strokes, just until the dry ingredients are moistened. Add the berries. (If you are using frozen berries, defrost them first, then drain the excess liquid, then coat them lightly in flour.) Do not overmix! Overmixing will cause the muffins to be dense, not fluffy. The batter should not be smooth.
5 Divide the batter evenly among the muffin cups. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the middle of 1 or 2 of the muffins comes out clean, 17-20 minutes (or longer). Let cool for 2 to 3 minutes before removing from the pan. If not serving hot, let cool on a rack.
Serve as soon as possible, preferably within a few hours of baking.
This amazing recipe is from Elise who owns and manages Simply Recipes. A very cool website I am sure you’ve seen before. I am happy to say she is from my old Sacramento stomping grounds – she is a very smart cookie – her site has won several awards and I love using it.