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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Tuesday Tinker - ImagesbyJer

ImagesbyJer makes wire-wrap jewelry and lamp work beads and pendents. She lives in King of Prussia, PA.

Check out the other wonderful things she has in her shop.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

The Recipe Corner - Salmon Salade Composee

This is my mash up of Salade Niciose and Salade Composee (Composed salad).  Composee salads are beautiful, and great for big groups when everyone is on a different diet!  Finally the Paleos and the Vegans can agree!

8 to 16 oz.  cooked salmon, or tuna (canned is OK)
3 hard boiled eggs peeled and either sliced or quartered
8 oz  (a big handful)green beans stem ends trimmed
8 small red potatoes (each about 2 inches in diameter, about 1 1/4 pounds total), each potato  scrubbed   and quartered
1 small red onion sliced thin
3 small ripe tomatoes, cored and cut into eighths
2 medium heads butter lettuce, or mixed salad greens, leaves washed, dried, and torn into bite-sized pieces
1/4 cup niçoise olives 
2 Tbsp capers, rinsed
4 oz. blue cheese and/or feta
1 small lemon cut into eighths


1/2 cup lemon juice 
3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 medium shallot, minced 
1 Tbsp  thyme 
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard 
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Whisk lemon juice, oil, shallot, thyme and mustard; season to taste with salt and pepper and set aside.
Bring potatoes and 4 quarts cold water to boil in a large pot. Add 1 tablespoon salt and cook until potatoes are tender, 5 to 8 minutes. 
Bring green beans and enough water to cover them to a boil. Cook until bright green.  They should be tender but crisp, 3 to 5 minutes. Drain beans, transfer to cold water, and let stand until just cool, about 30 seconds; dry beans well. 
This is the fun part: Place the salmon in the middle of a large platter. Gently break it into bite sized pieces and top with capers.  Arrange the other components around the fish in an attractive way.  I like to serve the lettuce in a separate bowl.  Pass the vinaigrette, and a nice, dry white wine!
Recipe compliments of ClockworkCrow.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Tuesday Tinker - lacypants

lacypants makes custom panties out of wonderfully patterned fabric. The pair shown here are made of a 4 way stretchable fabric and are very comfortable. They are machine washable.

Stop by her store and see what she has for you.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

SUNDAY SUPPLEMENT - On location with our next Tuesday Tinker

lacypants got into business by making panties for herself and friends.  She realized that other larger ladies might be interested and opened her Etsy shop. The rest, as they say, is history.

She is also a bird lady and is shown here with her little friend, Maxi, feeding him one of his favorite foods: Cream of Wheat.

Come to lacypants' shop and treat yourself.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

the Recipe Corner - Black Bean Chili

1 1/2 pounds boneless pork, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
2 15 1/2-oz. cans black beans, drained
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup chopped yellow bell pepper
1 cup thick and chunky salsa
1 15 1/2-oz. can diced tomatoes, do not drain
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper

Combine all ingredients in a slow cooker.
Cover and cook on low heat setting 7 to 8 hours.
Serve with avocado, onion, diced tomatoes, etc.
Bread bowls are a nice touch.

I love recipes that I can set and forget and have dinner prepared when I get home from work. You can even put all the ingredients in the slow cooker at night, put it in the refrigerator and take it out in the morning and set it to cook before you leave for the day.

Recipe compliments of beachcomberscove.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Tuesday Tinker - tofunutloaf

Presenting one of tofunutloaf's famous robots.

Leota is, sadly, a robot who is never on time.

Browse Tofunutloaf's shop and meet her other robots.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Sunday Supplement - On Location with Our Next Tuesday Tinker

tofunutloaf, who makes and sells robots, block prints, cards and paper, enjoys canoeing on the many lakes and rivers around her part of the country, the Republic of Urbana. Here are two picture she took while out on one of her canoe trips.

Visit tofunutloaf's shop and enjoy her creations.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

The Recipe Corner - Grandma's Sponge Cake

6 large eggs, separated
1 cup sugar
Grated rind of 1/2 lemon
2 tbsps. lemon juice
1 cup flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking power

Beat the egg yolks until thick. Add sugar slowly, still beating. Then add the grated rind, lemon juice and one half of the beaten egg whites. Mix well.

Fold in flour, baking power and salt. Add remainder of beaten egg whites and mix lightly.

Bake in an ungreased tin (cake pan) in a moderate oven (350〫F) for 35 to 45 minutes. Invert pan to cool.

Grandma always used an angel food cake pan for her sponge cake. She would also substitute orange rind and juice for the lemon. It depended on what she had in the house.

Recipe compliments of MarthaHorman.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Tuesday Tinker - Bebopgirl1969Jewelry

Bebopgirl1969jewelry picks a great assortment of beads and puts together wonderful necklaces. Plus right now, $6 from *every* necklace purchased in the Buddha For Japan section of my ArtFire shop will go to help Japan via the Red Cross Tsunami Appeal.

Stop by her shop and see all the luscious colors that she uses in her creations.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Thursday, May 5, 2011

The Recipe Corner - Sweetened Condensed Milk Caramel

1 can sweetened condensed milk (not evaporated) 

Remove label from can. Place unopened can in the bottom of a very deep pot.. Cover with water so that the water is 3 to 4-inches above the can. Bring the water to a boil and boil steadily for four (4) hours.

You must make sure that the can is always totally covered with water. Never let the water level get down to the top of the can, because this could cause the can to explode. You can boil it with the lid on to slow down the evaporation. You will have to add water (hot hot hot) as you go.

After four hours remove the can from the water and allow it to cool. When can is cold or at least cool to the touch, open and you will have soft caramel; even the color is caramel. Keep it refrigerated.

Great as a fruit dip. Warm in a microwave and pour over cake, Service with crispy cookies and ice cream. Or just get a spoon.

Recipe compliments of TexstyleTextures.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Tuesday Tinker - MarthaHorman

MarthaHorman does all kinds of drawing and painting and she does photography. She sells a variety of her own work plus the work of the late printmaker Jessie Fuchs and WPA artist Sidney Gotcliffe. Also available are digital prints of some of her pieces.

She would be very pleased to have you visit her shop.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

SUNDAY SUPPLEMENT - On location with our next Tuesday Tinker

MarthaHorman works in oils, acrylics and pastels. She also sells her photographs. Although she lives on Long Island, she gets into Manhattan at least once a month. These are photos she took in 2005 when the artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude had their installation of 7500 gates in Central Park.