Tuesday, July 31, 2012


Just a squirmy little guy I doodle-stitched on a recent road trip.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Annette's Potato Salad

My friend, Annette, had a birthday this month. Like myself, she is a collector of odd and interesting bits. Rather than add to her "stuff", I decided to make her a gift that wouldn't take up more space in her ever-growing collections. Food.

Annette loves edamame and horseradish, so I added these to a typical, traditional potato salad. I must say-- it was delicious!

So, Happy Day to Annette! Here's the "recipe" if you'd like to try it yourself.

First, I steamed the edamame in the microwave using my handy Pampered Chef Steamer for about 5 minutes.

I then boiled the potatoes in salted water until cooked through. Strained and set aside to cool.

Mixed up the ingredients listed above for the "dressing" mixture.

Add potatoes....


Roasted Garlic Paste Tip:
I roast a head or three of garlic any time I make something in the oven. Just slice the top off, drizzle with olive oil, wrap in foil, roast for 20-40 minutes depending on your oven temp.
I make a paste by adding some coarse sea salt or kosher salt, then smash it with the side of my knife (thank you Food Network for that tip). Add it to any food you're making, or make an amazing spread for grilled bread. 


Friday, July 13, 2012

Pin Worthy-Harvest Grains Salad

I've been trying some of the recipes I have "Pinned" on Pinterest. I bought some Harvest Grains at Trader Joe's and decided to do a search for recipes containing the Harvest Grains.

{image via here}

These are not really grains-- they are more of a mix of small pastas, quinoa and such. Very delicious, I must say. A nice variety of texture.

I found this recipe on Pinterest and decided to give it a whirl.

I did not have jalapenos, so I subbed sriracha. I also added some citrus vinegar. I opted not to use the cucumber boat vessel--instead I chopped the cucumber and added it to the salad.

It was delicious! I've since made it for a potluck adding avocado and it was a hit.
Head here for the original recipe: 

Pinning Success!