Friday, April 28, 2017

Trump is a Cunt

Fullnovembermoon sent this to me the other day and I am still laughing!  Off to a big ramp festival!  hope you enjoy this:

Food for Guests

For informal meals when you are having guests or a luncheon meeting or any gathering where people are going to be sitting around a table talking, I like to serve grazing food. Meat and cheese platters are perfect for this.  People can eat at their own pace and everything is basically bite sized.  This platter is made up of Double Gloucester cheddar, Dolce Gorgonzola(best blue cheese ever), Brie and Greek Kefalotyri.  There is smoked sausage, sopresatta, prosciutto and thinly sliced rosemary ham.  I made deviled eggs and meatballs and added them too. I always scatter assorted nuts and olives around the platter too.  I forgot to take a pic but I made hummus and a smoked salmon spread to set on the side of the platter. For condiments I made truffle mustard and whole grain mustard, pickles and a blackberry jalapeno compote which is excellent with the blue cheese.
 I made an assortment of breads: garlic toasts, rosemary foccacia and french bread.

 A side of pesto pasta is always good too. The 'rachette' pasta holds the pesto and is fun to use in this salad.

I haven't heard yet but I'm betting that The Blog Tech, his wife and guests picked at this for hours.
Or maybe they rushed through it to get to the Kentucky Butter Cake I made for dessert. Man this cake got stuck in the pan!  Does anyone have a full proof way to get a stuck cake out of a pan?  I did all the stuff I was supposed to do and it still stuck.  I even placed it in hot water.  Maybe it's the sticky sauce that gets poured over the cake that caused it.


 I can't tell you how good this compote is.  I usually make it with raspberries but couldn't find any so I used blackberries instead.  You could make this with almost any berry. 

2 C. blackberries
3/4 C. sugar
1 jalapeno pepper
juice of 1/2 lemon

 Place everything in  a heavy pot and cook it over medium heat.

 Keep an eye on it so it doesn't boil over.

 Crush the berries against the side of the pot to break them up a bit.

 Once it starts to thicken, it's ready.

Store it in a jar in the fridge.  It lasts a while. You can keep it mild by taking the seeds and veins out of the jalapeno or leave them in for some heat.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Hummingbirds and Taco Pasta

 I love hummingbirds and see many of them in my gardens. I found some hummingbird pendants and thought they would make great mirror chains.  I made one I really liked and hung it in my back garden and when my daughter was here, she fell in love with it so it went home with her. Click for a closer look.

 The Blog Tech and his wife have house guests coming in tonight so I made them this one to give to their guests.

Some people are afraid to hang these outside when I give them one but I've left mine out over the winter and they still look like new.
 Since the end of the after school program is near, I've started asking the kids for requests.  Almost without exception, they want something loaded with cheese.  They really, really like cheese.

Now that we are into hot weather, Teddy wants to get up and go outside when it's cooler.  So, I was making taco mac and cheese at 3:00am this morning.  I have lots of cooking to do today for the house guests  and I'll show you tomorrow what I made.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Nasty People

Do you notice how easy it is to spot Trump supporters? Check out yesterday's comments.
I thought I would give you a laugh by posting these tweets from his Scotland trip in case you missed them.
What a hoot!  These tweets just gave me a whole new vocabulary.

Short post today because this 'liberal high living kid' has to deliver the food she made for 50 kids who Trump and his administration don't think deserve to be educated or fed.



Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Spring




 At the end of each winter, I stand in my growing area planting tiny little seeds in small trays thinking this will never be enough plants for my garden.  Then spring arrives and I shake my head thinking of what I will do with 30 poblano pepper plants.

 I have all of my friends lined up to receive some but there is a possibility that I will be standing in traffic, flagging people down to take some off my hands.

 The Blog Tech and his wife's wedding tree wintered over very well and soon will be planted in their yard.

 Bay tree growth makes me happy.  I winter these over in my garden room.


Apple hope.
 This is my glorious Silver Maple killed by my neighbor when he dug the roots to lay a 2X2 concrete slab to sit his Home Depot fountain on it.  It has to be taken out and replaced with something.  The problem is, we designed the entire garden around it and it's hard to get equipment in to take it down.  The neighbor is about as willing to accept responsibility for this mistakes as The Trump is for any of his mistakes which are constant.  Do you ever notice how some people are totally incapable of ever admitting to doing anything wrong?

 A witch flying over the two tulips that the squirrels haven't eaten.

 We finally had a bit of rain and everything turned instantly green.

 The Magnolias are opening.

Isn't Spring marvelous?  This was a little over a week ago.
And here it is this morning.

Monday, April 24, 2017

A Ramp Festival


 The Blog Tech and his wife were in Boston for the last few days so they missed this festival.  My daughter usually never wants to go to these festivals but she joined me so I wouldn't have to go by myself and she had a blast.  It was such a fun time.

 This is a rather small festival but it is held in a very cute park in the heart of Appalachia and has some good vendors.  This guy makes the cutest things out of wood.
I just had to buy an Appalachian cabin for a future grandchild....hint hint!

The attention to detail is wonderful.
And it comes furnished!  Right down to the dishes on the table and the pictures on the walls.


 It even has an outhouse.

 With a roll of toilet paper.

The food was so good.  Ramp hot dogs, ramp hashbrowns, fried ramps and a 'killed salad' which is a staple food in this area.  This one was, of course, made with ramps. They decorate the tables with ramp bouquets and place a tray of mints on each table to treat ramp breathe. I don't find that ramps have a very strong flavor, just a cross between green onions and garlic.

 It's a puppy friendly festival.

We made sure to stock up on ramp pesto and Beurre de Ramp (ramp butter).  It was such a fun trip.

Click to enlarge if you want a bit of ramp info..

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Ramp Bread

 We are off to our first ramp festival of the season.  It is ramp time here and I am adding them to all kinds of recipes.  Yesterday I made this ramp bread which is delectable.

Ingredients:

1-1/4 C. water
2-1/2 tsp. rapid rise yeast
2 tsp. sugar
2 T. olive oil
3-1/2 C. bread flour
1/2 tsp. salt

Mix all of these ingredients and knead until you have a smooth ball of dough.  Place it in a buttered bowl, cover and let it rise until doubled, about 1 hour.  While the dough rises, saute' one bunch of ramps in a bit of olive oil.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Let them cool.

Once the dough has risen, divide it into 2 pieces and roll each one out into a rectangle, about 8X12. Lay a few ramps along the edge, roll it from the long side.  Add a few more ramps and roll again.  Add a final row of ramps, roll closed and place seam side down on a parchment covered cookie sheet.  Put a few slits along the top.  Brush with a bit of the oil remaining from cooking the ramps and sprinkle with sea salt.  Let them rise for about 20 minutes.  Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Bake for about 35 minutes until golden.

Cool on a rack and then dig in. I sent a loaf of this with my daughter to work and people devoured it.  Off to the festival!