i70Swap Project: Hazel the Hedgehog

I love myself a swap. When I was more active on Ravelry, I organized and participated in many. When I saw the KC Modern Quilt Guild was organizing a swap with the Saint Louis Guild, I wanted in. The idea? Basically, I sew a block. Said block gets sent to my secret...

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Recipe: Avgolemono Soup

Oddly enough, my personal connection with this soup has nothing to do with its Greek origins. When I was a teenager, I was fortunate enough to take a trip to Mexico and the first meal I had in Mexico City started off with a bowl of avgolemono soup. It was a bowl...

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Recipe: Classic Guacamole

This, friends, is a molcajete. It is a kind of mortar and pestle made of rough stone that is excellent for grinding spices and other food. I don't own one but found myself wishing I did earlier this evening.   I decided to make Roberto Santibañez' Classic Guacamole...

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Gjelina: Cooking from Venice, California

The first question I had about Gjelina was how to pronounce it. After googling around, I found a blog post on Huff Post that gave the pronunciation as  ja-lee-na. The second question was about the hype. Does it live up to the press I've been reading about it. I live...

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Printable Yarn Tags for Spinners

Here's a little something for the spinners in the crowd. Print this file to standard 8.5" x 11" card stock, use the cutlines to trim down the tags and you're good to go! The attached file is a PDF, which can be opened in Adobe Acrobat Reader. You may copy and and make...

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Recipe: Taco Soup

I've posted this recipe before. But this? This one bears repeating. It has been in my regular rotation for well over 10 years. It is frequently requested when I offer to feed the work dudes and that's high praise.  They give it 5 stars. Well, usually I get an Effing...

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The Photography of Modernist Cuisine by Nathan Myhrvold

I've cruised through Nathan Myhrvold's The Photography of Modernist Cuisine many times in the last 12 hours. My only problem? I just can't bring myself to read any of the copy. It seems to me that once you start understanding how something really works, a bit of the...

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Giveaway: Sugar Coma Kit

UPDATE: The giveaway is over. Congrats to Rachel Pantos, who won the kit. 🙂 Time for a giveaway! Every year, we have a houseguest who bemoans the quantity of sugar in my cooking. The only problem here is that I don't cook with much sugar at all. No, really! Given my...

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Recipe: Meatballs for a Crowd

Oh my. Getting caught up on posts that I had intended to publish some time ago. What's next? Meatballs! Lots and lots of them. I recently put out a lunch spread for a bunch of folks at the office. I do love a themed meal and this meal was all about meatballs. Long...

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