PS - Doesn't this Chard look incredible? I got some in my CSA produce box last week! Unadulterated of course!
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
Anyone ever wonder where the phrase "bee's knees" came from? Here is a little explanation from various sources on the Internet.
A bee's "corbiculae", or pollen-baskets, are located on itstibiae (mid-segments of its legs). The phrase "the bee's knees",meaning "the height of excellence", became popular in the U.S. in the 1920s.
PS - Don't EVEN get me started about the grey salt carmels I got them for dessert and loved them so much I opened the wrappers back up an hour later and made sure to lick all of the sticky goodness off of them!
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
MY TOP PICK:
Monday, March 23, 2009
I made these Oatmeal Cookies with Dried Apricots and White Chocolate yesterday from Martha Stewart and they were fabulous!
I didn't use butter, sometimes that makes them spread out too much, I used the Whole Foods Market 365 vegetable shortening instead and they came out great, chewy and not too cakey.
photo: Martha Stewart
For dinner I made this Asparagus Leek and Gruyere Quiche , again, from Martha. It was deeeeelish. I need a deeper pie pan though as the entire mixture did not fit in the pan. Next time I will have a ramekin ready for the extra. I altered this a little too and made it with less fat by swapping the half and half for nonfat milk. You could also use egg beaters in place of the eggs.
PS - Martha, if you are reading (I know you are right?), I am sorry that I alter your recipes, they are just to rich for me. Don't gasp too hard, but I have turned a lot of your recipes into vegan, yes vegan recipes. Thanks for providing the framework for me.
Sunday, March 22, 2009
While online, I found this and had to "Cher" it with you...
Thursday, March 19, 2009
After stashing my new mug safely in the car, we went to have some ice cream and walked around the campus before the concert started.
The concert was AMAZING to say the least. We were both completely blown away. I wasn't sure if Tim was going to be into it since my love affair with Arabic music started about 15 years ago and is still going strong. The music generally starts with the eerie sound of violins and then tapers off a bit and percussion enters and the rest is like a tennis match of constant volleying between strings and flutes and percussion - a playful banter back and forth and then finally coming together and just blowing your mind. My favorite Arabic singer is Fairouz, she is known the world over and has the voice of an angel. There was a singer there from Lebanon that sounded just like her, it sort of freaked me out and made me tear up a bit as well. It was a great night. We both loved it and would see it again in a heartbeat.
Here is more information on the concert:
Celebrating the Golden Age of Arab Music Aswat (Voices)
The period from the 1920s to the 1950s was a golden age of song throughout the Arab world, when many of the region's greatest vocalists and composers reached unprecedented heights of artistry and stardom. Now Simon Shaheen, one of today's leading Arab composers and multi-instrumentalists, recreates this magical era with a multimedia experience of historical depth and lasting emotional impact, working with a traditional orchestra and some of the leading singers in the Arab world today, including Ibrahim Azzam of Palestine, Sonia M'barek of Tunisia, Khalil Abonula of Palestine, and Rima Khcheich of Lebanon.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Thanks for the inspiration.
Monday - Yellow Veggie and Shrimp Curry with Jasmin Rice
Tuesday - date night, Concert at UC Berkeley - dinner TBD
Wednesday - Mixed Vegetable Soup with Biscuits
Thursday - Baked Chicken with Mixed Veggies (produce box night)
Friday - Spaghetti with Marinara Sauce and Sauteed Greens
Saturday - Salmon baked in parchment (with garlic and olive oil) with leek and carrot couscous
Let's see if I can stay on track this week.
I am hoping that by putting this out there, I will stick to it.
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Maybe one day I will have one in my pencil case.
Friday, March 13, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
- 1/2 Cup of Plain Yogurt (low fat, non-fat or whatever you want)
- Drizzle of honey - as much or as little as you like, you do like honey don't you?
- Small handful of frozen blueberries or fresh if they are in season and affordable
- Enough yogurt to cover the berries - 1/4 cup or so
- Few more berries on top, so you have a pleasant view when you open it at snack time.
The frozen berries will thaw by the time you eat this and will also help to keep it cold if you are out and about. The honey gets a little thick and sticks to the spoon but I super love it!
Monday, March 09, 2009
Sunday, March 08, 2009
Ali is offering people who comment something she made for free. This secret item will be based on what she has learned about you from your blog.
I am super excited and being part Native American, I had to offer her a trade so I am going to make her something too!
Oh how fun it will be to get something in the mail from Scotland!
Thanks Ali, for your comments and this idea, I love it!
While us girls were working on juicing the guys went to the store and came back and started barbecuing for dinner. They made ribs, brisket and tri-tip all slow roasted throughout the afternoon. Kenny made homemade BBQ sauce which was killer. I baked a lemon yogurt cake for dessert. Friends (Kim and Gary) and neighbors (Andy and Laura) came over and we had a feast for dinner (by the way, there were veggies too!).
Check out the spread:
It was an awesome day! Thanks Robin and Kenny for your hospitality and to everyone else for your contributions to the wonderful dinner - Laura, great salad and Kim, the onion rings were fabulous!
Saturday, March 07, 2009
Wednesday, March 04, 2009
Monday, March 02, 2009
Sunday, March 01, 2009
PS - Had to add a photo of the inside of my cabinet door, because it makes me happy!