Martha Mondays: Pinwheels

May 21, 2012

When my kids were little I always put pinwheels in their Easter baskets. They loved blowing on them and watching them spin. I’ve never tried to make one though! Thanks to Sassy Suppers though, I now know how and it was pretty easy. Martha’s instructions are here.  We printed out patterned paper using the colored printer since I didn’t have anything cute. It’s a pretty simple matter of just cutting and gluing the corners in. I didn’t have a clothespin, so we just stuck it at the end of a stick. Very cute! And very easy. You could definitely do this project with little kids.


Asian Salmon Burgers

May 18, 2012

June Cooking Light has some great ideas for different types of burgers. I decided to play with the salmon burger recipe and change it up a bit, mostly because I didn’t have all the ingredients! Here’s what I ended up making:

12 oz salmon

1 1/2 scallions

1/2 tsp dried ginger

1 tbsp lemon juice

2 tbsp tamari

1 tbsp hoisin

pepper to taste

3/4 cup panko

1 egg white

Put everything in the food processor and process until completely combined. Form into 4 patties and grill until cooked through. Serve on buns with thinly sliced cucumbers and additional hoisin.

This was really tasty and a nice change from a regular burger. It stayed moist and was also really quick to throw together.


Martha Mondays: 5/21

May 15, 2012

Sassy Suppers has chosen a craft for our next project to get us ready for Memorial Day: Pinwheels. Sounds like fun!


Have You Tried…Mango Spritz Vinegar?

May 15, 2012

Meet my new obsession. I stumbled across this little bottle in the grocery store by chance and it intrigued me, so I brought it home. I’m using it on everything. It tastes like a fruity lemon juice with lots of nice mango flavor. It is fantastic on fish. It is also really great on vegetables, instead of butter or other toppings. It also works on chicken and is really nice on salad with a little olive oil. I love the spritzer bottle so you can evenly distribute it on your food and manage to get just a little (too much would not be good I don’t think) on the item. The fact that it is mostly mango means it is not super sour like straight vinegar, so you don’t get that pucker effect.

The first ingredient is mango juice (78%), followed by wine vinegar, mango extract, stabilizer, xanthan gum and sulphur dioxide. The 8.4 ounce bottle cost me $6.99 but I’ve barely made a dent in it after using it quite a few times.


Martha Mondays: Strawberry Tart

May 14, 2012

I am back to work and made this week’s project! I had a lovely Mother’s Day weekend. We got a lot done around the house, found time to take walks, and just hang out. My husband made me lunch and husband and kids made dinner, including my grandmother’s chocolate cake recipe. It was everything Mother’s Day should be. I hope all the moms out there enjoyed the day as well!

I made the strawberry tart Megan’s Cookin’ chose for our project, but it really didn’t infringe on my “I’m not cooking today” mantra. The crust was easy to put together and  I mixed up the cream cheese in the food processor. I cut the berries in half because one container I had was rotten and there wasn’t going to be enough. I used strawberry jam on top of them instead of currant jelly. I thought it looked pretty. It doesn’t compete, however, with my grandmother’s recipe for strawberry pie which I may share with you at some point!

I thought it was pretty good though. The crust was a really nice shortbread crust that I loved. I think if I didn’t know what was in this (just cream cheese and sugar) I would have liked it more! But it actually was pretty good and so simple to put together.


Martha Mondays: 5/14

May 10, 2012

Hi everyone. I apologize for not getting last week’s recipe done. I haven’t been feeling well, with little appetite for food, so I just couldn’t manage it. I hope to get to the next project though, chosen by Megan’s Cooking, strawberry pie. I hope you will forgive me for falling behind. We’re on day 3 of some renovations here as well, which has just made it impossible to do anything.


Want to Write Your Own Cookbook?

May 9, 2012

I was recently interviewed by the Buffalo News about writing your own cookbook. The piece is out today, if you’d like to take a peek. I enjoyed doing the interview, but did not enjoy the photo shoot (!)  and they ended up using art anyhow so it was a waste of time. It’s a great piece though.

Apologies to my Martha Mondays friends. I am still in the midst of a lot happening here – dealing with some health issues and a major home improvement project.


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