Bolero in Kureyon

17 Aug

This is a free pattern that was originally found on the Wool Needlework website.

Bolero in Kureyon


Brazil Nut Bread

8 Mar

Yesterday I baked a great new bread which is a variation of the Yogurt Yeast Bread.  I added 3/4 cup of ground fresh brazil nuts.  The best way to grind these nuts is by adding 3/4 cup of  bread flour to the nuts in a food processor.  Then add the flour/nut mixture to the bread recipe when you are adding the dry ingredients.


Ginger Sauce for Shrimp and Rice

24 Feb

Here’s a recipe for an easy sauce to serve with shrimp and rice.


1 cup chicken broth (or 1 chicken bouillon cube dissolved in 1 cup boiling water)

1 T finely chopped crystalized ginger

2 tsp. dried minced onion flakes

1 T coconut milk

1 tsp lemon-pepper seasoning

1 T cornstarch or tapioca starch

Directions:  Mix all ingredients in a microwave dish.  Microwave for 1 minute, then stir.  Repeat cooking one minute at a time and stirring until sauce is thickened.

Makes 1 1/4 cups of sauce.


Green Lentil Soup

15 Jan

It’s soup season and I finally found a package of the good green lentils at Trader Joe’s.


Here’s my (meatless) version of a basic lentil soup.  Below are some pics of the soup in progress.

Green Lentil Soup



Three Sisters Creamy Succotash

11 Jan


Creamy Succotash


The Three Sisters Story
Modern day agriculturists know it as the genius of the Indians, who inter-planted pole beans and squash with corn, using the strength of the sturdy corn stalks to support the twining beans and the shade of the spreading squash vines to trap moisture for the growing crop. Research has further revealed the additional benefits of this “companion planting.” The bacterial colonies on the bean roots capture nitrogen from the air, some of which is released into the soil to nourish the high nitrogen needs of the corn. To Native Americans, however, the meaning of the Three Sisters runs deep into the physical and spiritual well-being of their people. Known as the “sustainers of life,” the Iroquois consider corn, beans and squash to be special gifts from the Creator. The well-being of each crop is believed to be protected by one of the Three Sister Spirits. Many an Indian legend has been woven around the “Three Sisters” – sisters who would never be apart from one another- sisters who should be planted together, eaten together and celebrated together.

Vintage Knit Shrug Pattern

2 Jan

Here’s the pattern for a woman’s knitted shrug, from 1950.  Sizes: 12, 14, 16 and 18.

white bolero


1950’s White Bolero

Honey Mustard Vinaigrette with White Wine

19 Oct

Here’s my version of this great homemade salad dressing:

Honey Mustard Dressing with White Wine
• 2 tsp. dried minced onion
• 1 1/2 tablespoons Dijon-style mustard
• 1 1/2 tablespoons honey
• 1/2 cup white wine
• juice of 1 lemon
• 3/4 cup olive oil(preferably extra-virgin)
• 1 tsp. lemon pepper seasoning
• salt to taste

Combine lemon juice, mustard and honey in a small mixing bowl and whisk to blend.

Add onion, wine, spice mix, salt and oil. Transfer to a jar with a tight-fitting lid.  Cover and shake well to combine. Refrigerate until needed. Makes about 1  1/2 cups.

honey mustard