Archive | March, 2011

The Coveteur

31 Mar

Ever wanted to get a peek into the closets of your favorite fashionistas?  The Coveteur is the answer.

Etsy Treasury

30 Mar

My blue knitted purse was featured in an Etsy Treasury: 

Beautiful Lady by midnightcoiler on Etsy.

review: Marcel’s Quantum Kitchen

23 Mar

It is usually a bit to soon to judge a TV show based only on the pilot, but I’m going to do so anyway. Marcel’s Quantum Kitchen, on the Syfy Channel, has too much stressful drama and not enough food for my taste. It reminds me of Dinner Impossible, where beating the clock is the main driving force of the plot, not the food or even the characters.

Each episode features Marcel and his team designing and executing a menu for a catered event. In the first episode, the team has four days to work on a benefit event. The client is portrayed as a stereotypical spoiled SoCal housewife, and Marcel clashes with the event designer. Much more interesting than the picky clients and potentially inadequate team members, is the molecular gastronomy, or highly scientific, toy-happy method of cooking that Marcel employs. Unfortunately, the emphasis on the human drama meant that one of the featured dishes wasn’t even mentioned in the planning or execution stages; it only appeared at the party.

The show does do a good job of defining food terms and explaining the science, but it’s no Good Food, Diary of a Foodie, or MythBusters.  I will try a few more episodes to see how it shakes out, but this show needs more kitchen and less bitchin.

 

Cloudy & Chili

20 Mar

To go with our rather gray, cool day, I decided to make a stew similar to chili using some ingredients I had hanging around my frig. I started by browning chunks of spicy goose sausage (courtesy of my Dad). Then I added chopped green pepper, onion, and celery (leftover from my parent’s visit). sausage chili Once the veggies were sautéed, I added one can each of: kidney beans, black beans, and diced tomatoes. To spice the chili, I grabbed a can of verde salsa from the frig that was basically empty. I added water, shook it up, and added the “instant stock”. I also added about 1/2 to 3/4 of a cup of taco sauce, leftover from our taco and margarita party. This was like adding tomato paste and spices all in one. A pinch of salt, pepper, and lots of cumin finished the dish. After about 10-15 minutes of simmering, the sausage chili was ready! I ate it over some crushed tortilla chips with a bottle of Mom’s homebrew. Enjoy!

sausage chili and homebrew

 

Update on Coffee Press Cozy

16 Mar

Here’s an alternate to my design for a French Press coffee cozy from the archives of Design Sponge.

 

 

Etsy Treasuries

16 Mar

One of my knitted wraps was included in an Etsy Treasury, Georgia Blues….. and greens. This lovely treasury inspired me to create my own treasury, Georgia Peach.

Antique Pattern Library

15 Mar

The Antique Pattern Library is an amazing resource of old needlework, crochet, knitting, and other craft patterns that are in the public domain. The patterns have been scanned and are available for pdf download. Another great resource is Google Books. Simply search for free books under your craft of choice. Many of the options will have copyrights from the late 1800s to early 1900s.

Thanks to Mette on the Etsy Knitting Team for the link.

Marcel’s Quantum Kitchen

14 Mar

I’m looking forward to this new show on Syfy, Marcel’s Quantum Kitchen. It seems like a better fit for the Cooking Channel, because molecular gastronomy is not futuristic, and certainly not fiction. Hopefully it won’t disappoint. The show premiers March 22 at 10pm eastern.

Easy After-work Party

13 Mar

Mostly on a whim, we decided a margarita party was in order. So we bought a ton of limes, tequila, Grand Marnier, corn tortillas, hard tacos, and ground beef. We invited friends and told them to bring a favorite taco ingredient. I absolutely insisted on making the margaritas with fresh lime juice, not sour mix. It truly makes the cocktail.

I browned and spiced the meat the night before, leaving it in a glass container over night. The day of the party, I arrived home at 6, and our first guest arrived at 6:15. I simply microwaved the meat and some kidney beans laced with smoked paprika while opening packages of tortillas and taco shells. The boys squeezed limes and mixed margaritas, remarkably only getting water (and not juice and sugar) all over the floor.

The guests brought cheeses, numerous salsas, lettuce, beans and rice, and tortilla chips. All ingredients went onto the dining room table, and our guests snacked on tacos and mingled. It was one of the easiest parties I’ve ever thrown, and one of the most fun. There were surprisingly few crumbs to sweep p the next morning (no, we don’t have a dog).

Do squeeze your own limes, or at least buy lime juice. Several of our guests remarked on how much better the margaritas were than ones made with sour mix. Enjoy!

Artists’ Square

8 Mar

For Savannah locals: ARTISTS\’ SQUARE in Telfair Square – Savannah, GA. Artists will be gathering in Telfair Square to work on the first Saturday of every month. Join them, or just look over shoulders.

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