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Thursday, April 28, 2011

The Recipe Corner - Smoked Salmon Quiche

Preheat oven to 375F.

1/4 pound of thin slices of smoked salmon (I use lox.)
4 whole eggs plus 2 egg yolks
2 cups heavy cream
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup grated Jarlsberg (Imported Swiss cheese may be substituted.)
Salt, pepper, and a pinch of nutmeg
Pastry for one pie shell

Line a pie plate or a quiche dish with the pastry.

Arrange most of the salmon on the pastry. Save one or two pieces to decorate the top.

Sprinkle the salmon with the Jarlsberg.

Beat the eggs and the cream together and add the Parmesan cheese and nutmeg. Season to taste with the salt and pepper.

Gently pour the custard over the salmon and Jarlsberg. Dot the top with the butter and lay the saved slices of salmon on top.

Bake 35 to 40 minutes until the custard is lightly browned and the custard is set. Serve at once.

Recipe compliments of GoodOldBooks.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Sunday, April 24, 2011

SUNDAY SUPPLEMENT - On location with our next Tuesday Tinker

realisationcreations lives 'down under' in Australia. She shares these pictures of the Barossa Valley, a major wine producing area northeast of Adelaide. She says "We are very lucky to live in a gorgeous part of the world. I love it here." 
Mengler Hill Lookout with its sculpture garden and a view of the valley below. 

A shearing shed at Pindarie Wines.

William, her youngest son, feeding kangaroos at Whistlers Wines.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Meet Up in Texas

Members Berit (ClayCenter and clingingimages) and Norma (beachcomberscove) met for dinner in Texas. Berit was taking a well deserved vacation and Norma lives there.

The little pink chap is Pinky and he's always ready for a party.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

The Recipe Corner - Oven-fried Zucchini Sticks


Cooking spray

1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
1/2 cup all-purpose flour 
1 1/2 lb. zucchini (about 3 med.) cut into 1/2 X 3” sticks
2 Tblsp cornmeal 

2 egg whites lightly beaten
1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pepper


Preheat oven to 475 F. 

Coat a large baking sheet with cooking spray. 

Combine flours, cornmeal, salt, & pepper in a large resealable plastic bag. Dip zucchini in egg white, shake in bag to coat, and arrange, not touching, on the baking sheet. Coat all exposed sides with cooking spray. 
Bake on the center rack for 7 minutes. Turn the zucchini and coat any floury spots with the cooking spray. Continue to bake until golden brown and just tender, about 5 minutes more. 

Serve hot.

Recipe compliments of Beachcomberscove.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Tuesday Tinker - ArtistVanda

ArtistVanda sells both prints and original paintings. Her sleepy little dogs in Pillowland are a great favorite. She is currently taking orders for a limited amount of commissioned portraits for 2011.

Browse her shop and find something wonderful for yourself or as a gift.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

SUNDAY SUPPLEMENT - On location with our next Tuesday Tinker

ArtistVanda lives in Placerville in the Sierra Nevada foothills. She writes, "Because weddings have been a big part of my life for the last 6 months I am including pictures from my own in August. 
Because my animals are so special to me, my dogs were included in the wedding, with their very own hand crafted weddings collars. Rose wears the collar wih roses and Taz wears his wild west sherrifs star badge collar.

The second picture is from the Hotel Leger, pronounced "Le-shey" in Mokelumne Hill, a semi ghost town, where the wedding was held. The hotel is notoriously haunted, and my husband, Dr. William R. Cameron and I first went there for a ghost hunt with Dave Mace, from Everyday Paranormal. This is me in my old west bridal attire, all hand crafted.

The last picture is of myself in the middle and wih my son, Benjamin Goodloe, who is in the Coast Guard to the left and his bride to be, Danielle Rogers, who also proudly serves in the Coast Guard, is to the right. They are getting married themselves this weekend and good ole Mom, is making the wedding cake. So far I have hand sculpted 24 beautiful, large red fondant roses. I am so proud of them both."

ArtistVanda sells commissioned portraits of people and pets in her shop. She also sells prints of some of her finished paintings. She works in oils, acrylics and pastels.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

the Recipe Corner - Banana Nut Bread

1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter - Softened
2 eggs
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3-4 over ripe/ripe banana's - mashed
1/2 pecans - chopped (optional) 

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease a larger/regular size loaf pan.

Combine sugar, eggs and butter. Beat with mixer until well blended. Slowly add in 1 cup of flour, mix until incorporated. 

Mash the bananas in a separate bowl, then add to mix and blend. Slowly add the remaining cup of flour, baking soda and vanilla. Chop the pecans, add to mix and blend one last time. 

Pour mix into loaf pan. Cook for about 1 hour and 15 minutes, careful to not overcook. Once out of the oven, let cool coompletely, remove from pan and store wrapped in tin foil or your choice of covering.

Recipe compliments of altarspace.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Tuesday Tinker - AltheaP

AltheaP sells silk scarves, shawls, wall hangings and purses. She paints or dyes (sometimes both) each piece by hand. No two are alike. She also has a line of cotton sun hats that come with their own little pouch to store them.

Browse her shop and find something lovely for yourself or to give as a gift.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

SUNDAY SUPPLEMENT - On location with our next Tuesday Tinker

AltheaP has been a silk painter for over 20 years. She makes her items one at a time; each one is a unique work of art. Below are two photos of Lake Tahoe taken when she and her family vacationed there.

AltheaP sells hand painted and dyed silk Scarves, Shawls,  Purses and Wall Hangings. 

Thursday, April 7, 2011

The Recipe Corner - Not-Too-Godawful-Sweet Mango Chutney

3 ripe mangoes
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
chopped garlic
chopped ginger
cloves, cayenne, and cinnamon to taste
a bit of brown sugar
1/2 tsp salt

Peel and cut mangoes into small chunks. Put all ingredients into a saucepan and bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for maybe 40 minutes, or until the vinegar and sugar have turned into a bubbling mass of caramelized goodness and the mangoes are nice and soft. Serve it hot or cold. Serves 3-4 if you're lucky.

Recipe compliments of tofunutloaf.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Tuesday Tinker - AuntMartha

AuntMartha sells Vintage, Antiques and, now and again, supplies. Her Mother was an antiques dealer so she grew up with an appreciation of the history of old things. She followed in her Mother's footsteps and  was an antique dealer also for over 25 years.

Browse her shop and see if you can find a treasure.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

SUNDAY SUPPLEMENT - On location with our next Tuesday Tinker

AuntMartha likes climbing lighthouses. "It's a grand view when you get to the top usually. I think the best thing I ever saw was a flock of Blue Jays going south. I was above them looking down on all those intense blue backs and wings. There must have been about 40 of them. It was in October at the Cape May light."

Buffalo, NY harbor light - Buffalo is AuntMartha's home town.

Fire Island light - the nearest lighthouse to where AuntMartha now lives.

The interior of Ponce de Leon light just south of Daytona Beach, Florida.
AuntMartha sells Vintage and Antiques on Etsy.