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Archive for November, 2009

My First Brussels Sprouts

I’ve only had Brussels Sprouts once, a long time ago, at Tracy’s house when she had us for dinner. I really liked them, but never found a reason to make them until this past Thanksgiving. The rest of the family agreed to try them, so I found this great recipe in the New York Magazine. Hard to go wrong with Bacon and Browned Butter, right?

They were really good, and although they weren’t voted as teh favorite dish of the day (that was a tie between the Tuna Tataki and the Beef Tenderloin with Wasabi Cream Sauce) I really enjoyed them, and hope to make them again some day.

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Watch this video of an amazing woman. Then go hug your kids, your dog, yourself and enjoy the long weekend.

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It’s that time of year again. Time to pull out the Gocco and print our Holiday cards. I always mean to print cards the rest of the year, someday, maybe, I’ll even put something in my Etsy shop. Until then, I’ll print my holiday cards and occasional invitations.

I’m really excited about the cards this year, but you’ll have to wait until they’ve been sent out before I show ’em to ya. But they’ll be printed with the Gocco and then there will be a few more surprise steps.

(I think I just gave myself a New Year’s resolution. Cards for the Etsy shop. Right after the holidays.)

Photo taken with iPhone, using ShakeitPhoto app.

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I’m having 10 people for Thanksgiving this coming Saturday, and I need a tablecloth. While I was at the fabric sotre today I looked around for something (affordable) that would work. Something I could just throw on the table, and not worry about hemming, but everything seemed really expensive for the yardage I need. And everything would need a hem. I don’t have a sewing machine, yet, so I’d be hemming by hand. That’s a lot of hem.

I did see these two options that I thought would work beautifully with my Nuit Plates, but at $29.99 a yard, is it worth it? Or should I just order this one from Target for $25, or this beautiful one from C&B for $90?

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I spotted this fellow among the Christmas Trees at the Farmer’s Market in the middle of the City of Minneapolis. At least he’s found the Orange Juice vendor so he won’t go thirsty.

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When my parents sold the house I grew up in and moved to a smaller townhouse, I inherited two huge boxes of National Geographic Magazine. I had to choose between these or a couple boxes of Life Magazine (remember Life?). I chose these. And I’m so glad I did. Most of them are from the 40s and 50s.

I have gone through a few of them and everything, from the articles to the ads, is amazing. They’ve been sitting in my basement for a couple years now. At one point I thought I’d try to sell them on Craigslist, but now I think they’ll become pieces in a collage… someday.

Any other ideas?

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I found this recipe for Salmon with Hoisin, Orange and Bok Choy in the current issue of Bon Appetit. It sounded really delicious, quick and easy. Delicious and quick? Yes. Easy, well, would have been if I would have bought all the ingredients.

In my defense, the store was out of Baby Bok Choy. So was the second store I went to. And the Hoisin? Totally forgot about it. Or maybe I thought we had some. Either way, we still made it, and it was still really good. We doubled up on the ginger and green onions because our salmon pieces were quite large.

So, yes, I guess it was easy. And tasty, and probably pretty healthy. We served it over white rice and I used a splash of soy sauce, making up for the forgotten Hoisin.

The Baby Bok Choy creates a bed for the salmon, and the juice-hoisin mixture is poured over the whole thing. We layered orange slices over the salmon for extra flavor. It also made it very pretty. And because the salmon is cooked in the foil, clean up is quick. Cook, eat, relax. It’s that simple.

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My great-aunt has moved into a nursing home. It’s a beautiful facility, she has her own room and a great view of the gardens. But she wasn’t able to bring many of her things. Specifically, this beautiful davenport. I’m not sure how old it is, but my Mom remembers it when she was a child. So I guess it’s from the late 40’s or early 50’s. It’s in great shape and is a great color. I wanted to keep it for myself, but I just don’t have the room and it won’t fit down our narrow stairs into the basement.

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I’m trying to find a local consignment shop that will take it. I really just want it to go to a good home. To someone who will appreciate it’s age and beauty.

So far, no luck. Any ideas?

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I’m addicted to blogs. Particularly blogs by strong, creative women who cook, or make art or both. One blog that I’ve become addicted to is called Kitchen Sketches.  Stephanie makes these fabulous collages, which are so inspiring. And she writes about food and cooking a lot. Recently she posted this fabulous recipe for Pumpkin-Coconut cookies. I love anything Pumpkin, from soup, to cake, to cookies? And I love Coconut, especially in cookies. I had also never heard of the combination so I had to give it a shot. They were delicious. The coconut was subtle, but provided a nice texture to the cookie, while the pumpkin was slightly sweet and a touch savory.

PS: No Wednesday Walk this week, I totally forgot!

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A Few Fun Finds…

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(photo from etsy)

I’ve been trying not to buy anything lately. No reason really, other than I already have too much stuff, so why add more? But there are a few things that might make me give in to the impulse.

These adorable hats are one. I mean, it gets cold here and a baby girl needs to stay warm, right?

And check out these earrings…. perfect for all those holiday parties!

This bowl... how does he do that?

And this table runner…. again, the holidays are approaching.

And these plates. Just because they make me smile.

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