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…