Archive for November, 2011

Soup Swap

November 23, 2011

I had read about soup swaps in a past issue of Edible Seattle, and couldn’t wait to round up half a dozen of my soup-loving friends.  Our first swap was this last Sunday.  Everyone brought six – one quart containers of a favorite homemade soup, and we left with six future dinners to store in our freezers for the busy, winter nights ahead.  In between, we had pumpkin hot toddies and cake, shared more info about the soups we made, and enjoyed each other’s company.

Our haul of soups included:

  • halibut cheese chowder with poppyseed parmesan croutons
  • chicken and black bean enchilada
  • split pea with cheesey crostinis
  • carrot and ginger
  • corn, wild rice and sausage
  • coconut red lentil
  • Albondigas (Mexican meatballs)

We are already looking forward to our second swap in January.  My Thanksgiving started early with this wonderful celebration of sharing food and friendship.  Hope your Thanksgiving is wonderful as well!


Book Larder Excitement

November 18, 2011

I love cookbooks, and I love cocktails!  So this exciting event at Seattle’s new Book Larder provided a very entertaining evening recently.  Author Brad Thomas Parsons was in town to share his wonderful Bitters book.  Now until this past summer, I had no idea what bitters were about.  The cocktail class Raoul and I took at Cuoco changed all that, with one of the recipes for a Manhattan we learned to make.  (I even made my own Lavender Bitters with some organic lavender from our garden not long ago.)  At the Book Larder shindig, we got to sample some amazing bitters concoctions, with flavors ranging from cardamon to chocolate mole.  Brad’s book is a gem of bitters lore, cocktail recipes, and some very intriguing recipes for your own homemade creations.

If you enjoy cooking, please visit the Book Larder for one of the best selection of cookbooks around.  And many of their events are free.  Fun on top of more fun!

The Gift of Eyesight

November 14, 2011

Thanksgiving has come early for me.  I had cataract surgery last week, and can see better with my right eye than I can ever remember.  My eyesight had deteriorated rapidly this last year.  A terrifying process.  A very humbling experience.  I will have my left eye done in a couple of weeks.  In the meantime, I’m finding projects that don’t require much lifting, bending over, or the need for depth perception.  Today I cranked out our Thanksgiving dinner favors.

I feel immense gratitude for this gift of new eyesight.

Badass Cookies Idea

November 9, 2011

While reading soup recipes in Love Soup by Anna Thomas, I had to immediately try Lauren’s Badass Trailmix Cookies.  Great title, and a great cookie.  The whole Love Soup cookbook is tiptop.  The recipe said it would make 4 1/2 dozen cookies.  That meant Raoul and I would be tempted to eat all 54 cookies.  Well I’m probably the last person on the block to figure this out, but I decided to freeze a good portion of the dough for later.  I made two dozen cookies, and am happy to have this cookie dough all ready to go for a future baking treat.

My Favorite Chair

November 7, 2011

Whenever the sun shows up on these late fall mornings, I make some time to read in this sunny nook off of our kitchen.  The rocking chair belonged to my Grandma Evans, and I nursed both of my babies in it.  It is my favorite seat in our home.  This sitting down, and reading for a bit during the day is new for me.  It produces instant contentment.  Which equals instant new favorite routine.

Time to Tuck Garden Art in for the Winter

November 2, 2011

I usually figure that once Halloween has passed, we are getting close to freezing temperatures at night.  It’s time to bring my favorite pieces of glass and china garden art in for the winter.  Here they are waiting for a quick bath, before they get tucked into the garage.  Come springtime, it will be nice and fun to re-decorate with them again.