Saturday, October 30, 2010

It Happened Again!

This morning at Costco the person checking my receipt said, "How are you doing SIR." I happen to be a 58 year old white woman with a 44 DDD bra size! How does this happen? Not only how does this happen but why does it keep happening to me. Is it because I'm tall? I'm 5'9". Is it because I have a short hair cut? (That's woman short not a buzz cut.) This happens about twice a month to me. Always when I'm shopping and no matter what kind of store I'm in. I don't have a deep voice and I just don't get it. It makes me mad and it's very demoralizing.

I think it's because we don't really look at people anymore. People need to look people in the eye. Look at me. I'm not invisible. I know that when you're  in a store the people helping you are busy, but when this happens, I just want to leave what ever I'm purchasing on the counter and walk out. Maybe that's exactly what I will do next time.

Friday, October 29, 2010

FFWD: Marie-Helene's Apple Cake

So it's time for French Fridays with Dorie once again. About 900 people are all cooking on Fridays from Dorie Greenspan's new book, "Around My French Table." We post on our blogs about it and it's really a lot of fun. Any one interested in joining can check out the link on my web page.

This week we baked Marie-Helene's Apple Cake. This was the simplest recipe which I can't post here. Buy the book, it's worth it and beautiful. This cake was a slice of heaven. I adapted it so I could use my 9 inch spring form pan. I didn't have an 8" pan. I think this may replace my apple pie at Thanksgiving.

Friday, October 22, 2010

FFWD: Hachis Parmentier

I was really looking forward to this recipe from "Around My French Table" by Dorie Greenspan. It lived up to my expectations. Check out my link to French Fridays with Dorie and buy the book and start cooking. This recipe did take a long time and I think the next time I make it, I will break it up over a couple of days. I added the carrots from the broth to the meat, basically to add some color. I also used more garlic than suggested. I thought the broth was tasty, but I did add the boullion cube. I also used smoked Gruyere and the parmesan cheese.

Step one

Step two

Step three

The Finished French Shepard's Pie

This was just plain old comfort food on a rainy Friday.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Tickled Pink 2010

I am still recovering from my really fun all-night quilting binge called, Tickled Pink. Tickled Pink is an event to support Breast Cancer Research and put on by our local quilt shop, A Quilted Heart. Michelle and Connie are the owners and they do an incredible job with this event because it is dear to their heart. Michelle is a breast cancer survivor and she knows the how much women need support for this time in their lives.
The event started at 5pm on Friday night and went until 5am on Saturday morning. There were at least 60 women there with their sewing machines and equipment to help craft a quilt that will be raffled off to benefit the Susan G. Komen fund. We also made a smaller quilt to be donated to the Kaiser-Vacaville oncology unit and we helped make Bosom Buddie cushions for women that have had cancer surgery. Not only did we do this but we had a catered dinner, courteous Outback Steakhouse, snacks throughout the night, raffle prizes, bingo and a silent auction. A continental breakfast was served courteous Panera Bread.

The Quilting Room

I didn't win this Bike!

Sorry Karen, I didn't win the pink KitchenAid mixer for you either!

These were the blocks we were making. They won't be sewn together in this order. We just put them on the board when we were finished . It's going to make a lovely quilt.

Friday, October 15, 2010

FFWD: Spicy Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup

Check out the French Fridays with Dorie link in my blog list. There are about 700 members of this blog, cooking these wonderful recipes from Dorie Greenspan's new cookbook, "Around My French Table."
Tonight was this pot of deliciousness. I was worried that this would be really spicy and I knew my husband wouldn't eat it if it was, so I didn't put in the dried chillies. Also, necessity is the mother of invention. I didn't buy cheese cloth or twine because I knew I had some. Ha! I couldn't find either one, so I used my tea ball for the spices and tied a bundle of cilantro stems with mint dental floss and tossed it into the pot. I used a whole star of anise and at the end I added the juice of two limes. We could taste the subtle licorice taste of the anise and the cilantro and the lime really added some good flavor. I used boneless, skinless chicken breasts but next time I will use the bone in chicken for added flavor. My husband loved this soup, my daughter gave it a so-so and I think it was very good. I wasn't feeling very good when I came home from work but a bowl of this soup worked wonders settling my stomach and putting me to rights. I will make it again. Thanks Dorie for the recipe and Laurie for the blog.

Friday, October 08, 2010

FFWD: Gerard's Mustard Tart

Today's selection for the French Fridays with Dorie blog is Gerard's Mustard Tart. I really liked this tart but next time I will cook the vegetables a little longer. The tart dough came out nice and crispy and the custard was great. I thought 4 tbs. of mustard would be too much but it wasn't and I probably could have put in more. Thanks Dorie for the great recipe and Thanks to Laurie for the great blog. Links to the blog are in my blog list.
Pre-baked Tart Shell

The finished product!

Sunday, October 03, 2010

In Memoriam: Frankie Valli Brown October 3, 2010

I just got home from the UC Davis Small Animal Clinic where we took Frankie to help him over the Rainbow Bridge. We got Frankie almost 3 years ago from NorCal Boxer Rescue after our female boxer, Gigi, crossed the Rainbow Bridge. Frankie was the male version of Gigi. They were both really sweet dogs, that loved children and were a source of joy every day of their lives.

Frankie started having seizures yesterday and they continued through the night. Since he was about 13 years old we knew the time had come to help him on his way. The vet said that probably his heart was not pumping enough blood to his brain and we were doing the right thing. He died peacefully in my arms and he will be remembered forever.

Friday, October 01, 2010

French Fridays with Dorie

Today is the start of French Fridays with Dorie. This is a cooking blog inspired by the same people that brought you Tuesdays with Dorie. About 700 people are signed up to cook all together on Fridays from Dorie Greenspans new cookbook, "Around My French Table." It's a beautiful cookbook and I highly recommend it. Dorie picked the first month's recipes herself starting out with "Gougeres." These are delicate little cheese puffs and are supposed to turn out like cream puff dough without the cream. I made mine tonight after I got home from work. I think I probably did not beat them enough because although they puffed up in the oven the deflated when I took them out to cool. They still tasted great and I will try the recipe again.

Check out my blog list to find the link to French Fridays with Dorie as well as Tuesdays with Dorie.