Entries from January 2010

Italia Nudes Hosiery

January 30, 2010


I found this vintage ad while going through some of Liz’s design books and became smitten with this typography. I really want to recreate it for a wedding invitation.

Jumbalaya with Black Rice and Bass

January 29, 2010



Last night Liz made the trek through the ice and sleet from around the corner to enjoy dinner, drinks and 30 Rock with us. I was imagining that we were just going to heat up some leftover lasagna from the night before but decided to evaluate the ingredients I had on hand to see what I could throw together.

So here’s what I had:
2 c. of black japonica rice
2 red peppers
1 onion
2 large tomatoes (local)
1 zucchini
1 bunch of green onions (local)
3-4 cloves of garlic
3 filets of frozen large-mouth bass (caught by my dad)

2 teaspoon creole seasoning
1/2 – 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
3 bay leaves

I sauteed the onion, red peppers and garlic in a large pot with olive oil for about 5 minutes. Then I dumped in the chopped up zucchini and tomato for another 5 minutes. I added seasoning and dumped in the black rice. I let all of that simmer for another 5 minutes. Then I added 4 cups of water – I would’ve used veggie stock had I had some on hand. At that time I also added the cubed bass filets. I put the lid on it all and didn’t even look at it for 30 minutes.

In the meantime, I was trying to figure out what kind of bread to make with it. Again, I don’t have eggs so cornbread was out.I used this biscuit recipe from Whole Family Fare. Now, I know it’s just sitting there quietly in that bowl but these biscuits were AMAZING. I think Liz, Jeremy and I had about 4 each. Oh, and I made my own buttermilk the recipe called for by using 1/2c rice milk, 1/2c half and half (for my coffee, usually) and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice. Again, I was scraping by on what I had – but it worked perfectly!

Yummy Bastards – Peanut Butter, Banana & Oatmeal Cookies

January 28, 2010

My ice day fantasy involves lots of baking – so imagine my disappointment when the grocery store, this morning, had not a single egg in sight.

I began an online hunt for eggless cookies and stopped my search here. There were a few things I didn’t have (like maple syrup) and a few things I wanted to add (like oatmeal and banana) – this is the first time I’ve experimented with a baking recipe.



We’re enjoying these with coffee right now. Oh, and Jeremy dubbed them Yummy Bastards.

Yummy Bastards – Peanut Butter, Banana & Oatmeal Cookies
Note: This recipe is vegan.

Dry ingredients:
1 c. local stone ground whole wheat flour
1 c. organic unbleached all purpose flour
1 c. oatmeal
1 teaspoon aluminum free baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt

Not-so-dry ingredients:
1 c. local chunky peanut butter
1/3 c. olive oil
1/2 c. agave nectar
1/2 c. brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 mashed up banana (this acts as an egg substitute – Jeremy thinks you could probably even use 2 for more moisture and stickiness)

Preheat your oven to 350F. Mix up your dry ingredients in one bowl and your not-so-dry ingredients in another. Dump the dry ingredients on top of the not-so-dry ones and mix until just dusty with the flour mix. Scoop spoonfuls onto a cookie pan lined with parchment paper. Bake for about 10 minutes – you don’t want to go too long or they’ll get too dry.

Ice and Cuddles

January 28, 2010



The view from our breakfast nook around 9:15 am. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the weather in Oklahoma it is extreme. Yesterday was beautiful – 60F and it almost smelled like Spring. Today we’re supposed to get an inch of ice – forget snow. Snow is reserved for beautiful places like Connecticut and Colorado. We get ice. It compliments the concrete nicely. On a positive note – we both have the day off!

Scooty Boots on left, Dinahsaur on right. We should take a cue from the cats and spend the day cuddling. Something about an ice day makes me feel optimistic about time. As if there is going to be an extra 8 hours in the day in which I can do things like paint the trim in the office, bake a few loaves of bread, redesign the blog, and start a family tree project – when the reality is I’m probably going to spend most of my day napping and watching movies.

Homemade Ravioli & Whole Family Fare

January 26, 2010

An unexpected, yet very welcome, side-effect of having this blog has been all the blog friends I’ve made. Megan-Joy is one of those friends – so when she commissioned me to create a new header for her food-centric blog I was happy to oblige. After all, she has walked me through (step-by-little-step) making tortillas and ravioli. Visit her blog for delicious recipes!

And that segues perfectly into my next topic. I spent 3 hours last night making ravioli.





Homemade ravioli stuffed with roasted butternut squash, garlic, nutmeg and goat cheese (hi, Dad!) – topped with sauteed apples, brown sugar and butter sauce.

I was proud of myself for going for it – but probably not worth the effort. I’m definitely deserving of a pasta attachment for my kitchen aid mixer now.

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