Thursday, March 24, 2011

Thank You for Bidding on My Food!!

Matzoh Ball Soup...pillowy bites of goodness in a rich and mouthwatering broth. Thanks to Jill Morales-Ratner and Gretchen Steinberg!
Holishke's before they are baked....stuffed cabbage rolls. I use beef and lamb. Thanks to Denise Marshall and Kate Washington!
Holishke's before the tomato and spice sauce is added over the top..and then baked.

I will be making these dishes for the bake sale and they all come from "Jewish Cooking" by Marlena Spieler...a Sacramento native and internationally known cookbook author and food writer. I don't bake cakes, cookies, etc. I learned I could offer something else so I chose three things I love, love, love to make...and they are delish! Jewish Deli's are few and far between in Sacramento....I think there is one in Fair Oaks still. The highest bidder on each item will also get a signed copy of Jewish Cooking by Marlena. She was kind enough to agree to sign them...she loves Japan and the people...oh, and the food!! She will be in town around that time. Yay!

Check out Munchie Musings for more info. She also has a FB fan page. I guess the bidding begins April 1st and 2nd. I could freeze and ship the Holishke's...with some dry ice. You'd have to pay the shipping though..if you want to bid on it Here. here are my offerings:

Matzoh Ball Soup...all organic

Stuffed Cabbage Rolls, or Holishke's ...all organic

Chopped Liver...12.00 per pint or all 3 pints for $32.00 (poached in schmaltz) organic/free range and thanks to Bonnie Zobel Karoly for buying my (no, not mine) chopped liver!!

$222.00 earned for relief efforts in Japan. Thank you all! I got the Chocolate Fish Coffee basket! I think the total earned was around $3500.00. Woot!'s not Kosher as I don't have a Kosher kitchen. Again...go HERE to bid on April 1st and 2nd. All items will be on that facebook page. Thanks! (If you have trouble bidding....please leave me a comment!)

Monday, March 21, 2011

Minty Fresh

The mint is taking over. It has nearly engulfed one of my raised garden beds. I knew better when I planted it. "I'll just plant a tiny bit..for lamb dishes, salads, mint juleps." That was last March.

So, I tell Dave that I'm going to go dig it all up if it ever stops raining around here. He suggests I freeze it. Then we brainstormed!

1. Mint Pesto
2. Homemade mint toothpaste
3. Dry it and add to pot..for a minty smell and taste
4. Mint Jelly
5. Homemade breath freshener
6. Mint Sachet's
7. Dry it...then throw it away (diffuses the guilt of not doing anything with it)
8. Blanch and freeze with water in ice cube trays (like basil)
9. Make mint wreaths
10. Make hair laurels...with ribbons
11. Make mint body wash
12. Mint foot rub
13. Mint body lotion
14. Crowns of mint (beats thorns all to hell)
15. Mint jewelry
16. Use for toilet paper replacement
17. Weave it into dolls or soldiers
18. Make guns
19. Weave into plant hangers (I can still macrame)
20. Make purses or wallets
21. Wall hangings of mint
22. Halloween costume - swamp thing or incredible hulk

What's your suggestion?

P.S. Do they still make ice cube trays? We'll have to buy another freezer.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Food Blogging.....meh (Free-style writing)

Food blogging is boring now that I am trying to lose weight..seriously. I want mac n cheese and lots of pasta and lots of fried chicken. I want it. I can’t stand to even think about food.. which is how I used to spend most of my time…food, food blogging, what’s for dinner. Now I guess I’ll blog about life …now that should be interesting. I am sick of having this double chin and double belly..when did that happen anyway.? Christ! I hit menopause and my metabolism hit a brick fricken' wall and has only gotten worse.

Got the front bedroom changed into my writing space. All good. Good! It feels like me …want to burn incense in here for some reason..maybe some cedar and sage. Yes..smudge the hell out of this room. Maybe this house.

When did I get So allergic to my cats? I’ve been home a week now and my skin is dry, my eye’s are dry and the corners have gunk/crust in them…asthma is bad. Bloated, crusty eyes…."Sealskin Soulskin". Get back in the water! I feel like I've been "suckling a dead litter".... or something.

"The creation Mother is always also the Death Mother and vice versa. Because of this dual nature, or double-tasking, the great work before us is to learn to understand what around and about us and what within us must live, and what must die. Our work is to apprehend the timing of both; to allow what must die to die, and what must live to live." (p.32) clarissa pinkola estes

Friday, March 11, 2011

Favorite Breakfast Dishes

Shelly's lardon on toast...perfect poached eggs...fresh tomatoes
Omelet with tomatoes, potatoes, and avacado
Rancho Gordo Beans with pasta and basil..yes, for breakfast
Latke's....put a poached egg on top!
Pho....any kind.