Potato Salad with Pickled Red Onions

It is the time of year when BBQ prevails, and most meals revolve around whatever meat gets thrown on the grill and a selection of the expected cold sides.  While I do like a mayonnaise based potato salad, by the time July comes around I have usually had my fill.  There is also something about…

Weave Along Pillow

In my next foray into weaving I decided to attempt the weave along I found on The Weaving Loom.  This project ended with mixed results.  I figured out early on that my discrepancy in the weight of the yarn I chose to use for the wrap and the weft was not conductive to some of…

A Snack for Dad

My dad is impossible to shop for, and it doesn’t help that his birthday is within weeks of Father’s Day.  There are a couple goodies that he loves though – pretty much anything with pretzels and peanuts.  This year for Father’s day, I have put together a pretzel, chocolate, peanut, and caramel bark.  Hopefully he…

Cloud 9 Brownies

Today I am sharing with you a closely guarded recipe – the recipe for the brownies that I have been baking for Cloud 9 Caterers.  I have been perfecting and refining this recipe for the past year, and I think I finally have it down. Ingredients: 1 cup (1/2 lb) Butter 15 oz Bittersweet Chocolate…

Farro & Quinoa Salad

A Mediterranean inspired grain salad that stock full of juicy cherry tomatoes, tangy olives, and sharp blue cheese, and dressed in a light balsamic vinaigrette.  This farro and quinoa salad is reminiscent of a farro salad I noshed on one snowy, April day at the Audubon Cafe in Boston.  Homemade variants of that salad have…

Santiago Atitlan: 3rd Huipil Pattern

Santiago Atitlan is known for its purple and white striped huipils decorated with embroidered birds.  Sometimes the birds are embroidered within the gird pattern formed by the purple horizontal stripes, and other times the birds are embroidered freeform on top of the vertical stripes.  I embroidered the pattern below on white fabric instead of a…

Crushed Black Pepper Gnocchi

Homemade gnocchi, studded with crushed black pepper, and lightly sautéed in browned butter with a sprinkling of sea salt.  Separately, I made some caramelized onions to serve with the gnocchi along with some shaved asiago cheese. Making gnocchi can take a bit of practice, but this was my third go at it, and these tasty,…

Santiago Atitlan: 2nd Huipil Pattern

Santiago Atitlan is known for its purple and white striped huipils decorated with embroidered birds.  Sometimes the birds are embroidered within the gird pattern formed by the purple horizontal stripes, and other times the birds are embroidered freeform on top of the vertical stripes.  I embroidered the pattern below on white fabric instead of a…

Deceptively Creamy Pasta

Deceptively creamy, because, instead of heavy cream, I use 2 oz of low fat cream cheese to round out the creamy portion of this pasta dish.  This creamy, broth based pasta sauce is flavored with plenty of garlic, vodka, and a dusting of freshly grated nutmeg.  A couple of handfuls of fresh baby spinach and…

Carrot Cake

A beautifully light, tangy, spiced carrot cake coated in fluffy cream cheese frosting.  I make this special cake once a year, at the end of every May, for my Dad’s Birthday. Ingredients: 2 cups Flour 1 cup Sugar ¼ tsp Salt 2 tsp Baking Soda ½ tsp ground Cloves ½ tsp ground Allspice 10 oz…

Red, Blue, and Pink Plaid

This is my first attempt at weaving.  My trip to Guatemala inspired me to learn.  This first project was very much an experimental test run in what works, what doesn’t, how a pattern comes together, how the colors combine, what happens if you use different thicknesses of yarn, and how all of this might vary…

Hamburger Tetrazzini

Hamburger Tetrazzini: because eating 15+ leftover Memorial Day Weekend BBQ burgers is probably not a good idea.  Tetrazzini is one of those recipes that my Mom used to make regularly when I was growing up, that her mom used to make for her, and that I now make occasionally when nostalgia strikes.  One of those classic…