Thursday, March 30, 2006

Lots of cooking!

Last night I started working on my Edible Book entry - made 7 cups of red buttercream frosting. This weekend we're going to make some kielbasa for Easter dinner and don't forget that next Wednesday is the Chili Cook-Off Benefit!

I'm also starting to think about growing things .

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Southern Sweets

Last week I got a recipe swap package from Jen in North Carolina - she sent a really great book of recipes (that I can't wait to try) and some cranberry and chocolate chip biscotti...Delicious!

Then yesterday I received my first Candy Swappers package in the mail from Lisa in Atlanta. She sent a overflowing box full of hot chocolate, Dolce Bits, Sweet Georgia Brownies, chocolate, Cadbury eggs, praline pecans and Peach Buds.

Monday, March 27, 2006

Friday, March 24, 2006


It's been a long day. After work I am heading directly over to the Film Fest to volunteer from 6-10pm (dinner break) then seeing the midnight showing of F*CK with husband and friends.

Is it bad that I already feel like I need nap?

Tuesday, March 21, 2006


Jeanne has been posting about her signs of spring.
I can't resist to show what's in my front yard.

On a much sadder note, I don't think that my orchid is going to bloom. See how the one bud has turned a funny pink color and looks like it is dying???

Monday, March 20, 2006

What's going on?

I have been very busy this past weekend volunteering and watching movies at the Film Fest. I think I've seen 6 movies so far...only 5 more days to go.

I've started trying to perfect my vegetarian chili recipe for the Food Forum's Chili Cook-Off Benefit for the Autism Society of Greater Cleveland. I am very nervous about the event! I have never entered a food contest before...well, one time I entered a pie contest and it didn't go so good. Please come down, support a good cause and have some chili at the Great Lakes Brewery on April 5th!

Oh, my Secret Pal sent me a great St. Patrick's Day package!!! Thanks SP7, I can't wait to find out who you are!!!

Thursday, March 16, 2006

looking forward to Friday

What is going to make my Friday grrreat:

Monday, March 13, 2006

Linguine & Red Clam Sauce

I saw Martha Stewart making this recipe on t.v. a few years ago. Since then I've made it a numerous times - it's one of those dishes that's pretty easy and at the same time impresses guests. This is how I do it:

Linguine & Red Clam Sauce

1 lb dried linguine
2 Tbs olive oil
4 garlic cloves, minced
3 (6 oz) cans chopped or minced clams, 2 with their juice
1/4 c. white or red wine
2 (14.5 oz) cans diced tomatoes
3/8 tsp hot red pepper flakes (or more, to your taste)
salt & pepper
1 Tbs butter

In a skillet (with a lid) large enough to hold the pasta later on, heat the oil over medium-low heat. Add the garlic and slowly cook, stirring, until golden, about 5 minutes. Add everything else - clams, wine, tomatoes, red pepper flakes and S&P, to taste, keeping in mind that the clams and their juice are salty. Stir, reduce the heat to a simmer, and simmer till thickened, about 15 - 20 minutes.

Cook pasta & drain while sauce is simmering. Add drained pasta & butter to the sauce and mix well in skillet. Cover and cook 1 minute.

Friday, March 10, 2006

When I'm out walkin' I strut my stuff

I met my friend at Pickwick & Frolic last night, where we had the worst waiter ever, only 2 drinks (we were thirsty - one reason why he was deemed a "worst"), crispy hand cut fries and medium done burgers. We didn't feel like ordering very much food before going to a concert and had planned on going to the martini bar for some appetizers but they were closed. Why?

The third girl in our group showed up and we walked over to the House of Blues to see the Violent Femmes 25th Anniversary show. When I bought our tickets the only ones available were in the upstairs - and they were not all together. So like everyone else, we sat in seats that technically were not all ours. The 2 seats that were together were all the way on the end of a row - so that you could not see ANYTHING.

Anyways...not quite sure what I was thinking but while I was sitting in someone else's seat I decided to be a rebel and snap a picture. I totally got busted and yelled at like a high schooler. But I wasn't sent back to my seat! Hahaha.

The Violent Femmes are old dudes but are so weird and cool that they completely mesmorized for the entire show. What entertainers! I didn't know anything about them before the show except that I like to dance around to Blister in the Sun at social gatherings - mainly weddings and on New Year's Eve.

Gordon Gano (the lead singer) looked like someone you would not want sitting next to you on an airplane. He wore this big red t-shirt and I think either a pair of sweat or fast pants. Too far away to tell, but gross either way. My friend told me he "used to be the cute one!?!"

Brian Ritchie played all kinds of different instruments including something that looked like a stick, a xylophone, shakuhachi and conch shell!

My personal favorite was the drummer Victor De Lorenzo - he was so cute dancing around, banging on stuff.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

My order from came today. Anna Torborg's site is beautiful and the print is adorable...makes me think of spring!

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Pita with Black Bean Salad

My work is participating in Meatless Mondays - "a national health campaign to help Americans prevent heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and cancer - four of the leading causes of death in America." The problem is we're only "offically" doing it for 4 weeks. Personally I think we should do it ALL year.

Week 1 - A very easy and quick recipe to make during the week - don't be shy with the spices.

Pita with Black Bean Salad

1 cup cooked brown rice
1 cup cooked black beans (or canned black beans)
1 tomato diced
1 cup romaine lettuce, shredded
½ cup green onion
garlic powder to taste (for more flavor, roast whole garlic gloves and mince)
ground cumin to taste
3 TBSP reduced fat Italian dressing
whole wheat wraps

Mix all ingredients except bread. Marinate
for 1-2 hours. Fill wraps. Serve immediately.