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…

Walnut & Blue Cheese Scones

A savoy scone with buttery walnuts and smooth hints of blue cheese.  I have made these before for a Bridal Shower that I catered a few years ago, and they were a hit there, so I figured that they would be a good fit for the bachelorette beach weekend breakfast that I was contributing to….

Santiago Atitlan: 1st 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.  Embroidered flowers ring the opening of the huipil.  The two types…

Strawberry Cream Scones

I spent this past weekend down at the beach celebrating a friend’s bachelorette.  I volunteered to help with Sunday morning breakfast, and decided on pre-making several batches of scones to freeze at home and then bring down to the beach to bake fresh for breakfast.  Our resources down at the beach are somewhat limited.  We…

Fontina Stuffed Chicken with Artichoke Hearts

Breaded chicken breasts stuffed with melty fontina cheese, and served with a garlic, cremini mushrooms, and artichoke heart sauce. Ingredients: 2-3 skin-less, sliced down the middle, and pounded out thin Chicken Breasts 1/2 cup Buttermilk Salt and Pepper for seasoning 1-2 cup Panko Bread Crumbs 2-3 thick block slices of Fontina Cheese 2 tbsp Butter…

Floral Necklines: Huipil Patterns

Quetzaltenango’s huipil patterns favor floral designs such as the violet design I have created below.  The floral designs ring the neckline of the huipil, and the three woven huipil panels are elaborately embroidered together with a matching floral pattern.  The below pattern mimics the neckline of a violet themed huipil.  An animal, usually a bird,…

Lemon Blueberry Ricotta Cake

A little something to sweetened up this year’s Mother’s Day brunch.  Loosely based off of a Giada de Laurentiis’ recipe and a basic ricotta cheesecake recipe. Ingredients: 1 pint fresh Blueberries + 1/2 pint fresh Blueberries 2 lb (32 oz) Whole-milk Ricotta Cheese 4 Eggs 3/4 cup Sugar 1 tsp Salt 2 tsp Vanilla Extract 1…

Annuals

As part of my Mother’s Day gift each year I plant the summer annuals.  While my Mom enjoys the annual flowers, she does not particularly care for coordinating or planting the annuals.  So each year I plant three window-boxes, a couple hanging baskets, and a couple deck planters for her. I have learned that the…

Honey Almond Biscotti

Honey Almond Biscotti – a delicately flavored, crunchy Italian cookie that is perfect proportioned for dunking into your coffee.  In my experience store-bought biscotti has always been hit or miss with a tendency to be cloyingly sweet and hard enough to break your teeth.  In direct contrast homemade biscotti can be crisp, crunchy, come in…

Tulips

Tulips or Tulipa Each Fall, when the time for spring bulb planting comes around, the age long question of to plant tulips? or not to plant tulips? careens around in my head.  In my rational mind, I’m thinking, ” fat, well feed, chipmunks” and “they’re not likely to come back next year,” but then I…

Pesto Knots

I have been eyeballing garlic knot recipes for a few months now, and had yet to find one that would inspire me enough to test it out.  My main problem with them being – NOT enough garlic! Sprinkling some minced garlic onto of a baked piece of dough was not enticing enough to be worth…