For the last 15 years or so my husband and I have celebrated the feast of the rutabaga. It is essentially a long running gag based on the fact that once upon a time I had never cooked rutabaga and my husband had never even seen one, but really liked the sound of the word. […]Read more "Feast of the Rutabaga"
Those of you who follow me will know that I occasionally write about medieval foods, the preparation of which is one of my hobbies. Today I’m posting about a different kind of history, a personal one. I have enjoyed baking since I was a teenager. It was the one culinary art my mother had not […]Read more "A Different Kind of Historical Recipe"
It says something about the state of my life that most of the posts I have managed to post, have to do with food. I may not have time to craft, but at least I’m still putting dinner on the table. That’s something I guess. We just got back from a five day family reunion, […]Read more "Variations on an Old Theme and A New Winner"
I love soup. It’s one of those things you can make as a vegetarian and no one feels like they’re missing out. It’s also now closely associated with warm the companionship of friends. My husband’s family, growing up, was a military family, which frequently meant being away from family at the holidays. Since there were […]Read more "Cream of “fill in the vegetable” Soup Strikes Again!"
So June, four years ago, I finished my very first quilt. I had made pillows before, but this was my first quilt that you could put on a bed. It was for my son who was at that time three years old, and still sleeping in a toddler bed. He is now seven and […]Read more "First Quilt Expanded"
I am going to give up on apologizing for long lapses in posts. This time, my excuse is very good… Just a career change and move slowing me down. But never fear, I still find time for crafting. Last month, during Christmas break, I took the kids into downtown Greensboro to visit a local yarn […]Read more "Spider-Man Yarn"
So the last few posts have been about my photography project for my mother’s cookbook. But that is a recent project. One that I have been working on for much longer is compiling a collection of medieval vegetarian recipes as a resource for SCA cooks. So far I have mostly been fishing them out of […]Read more "My Other Food Project"
Ok, I admit it: I’m a one pot cook. Oh, I can do 12 dish feasts for many people, but when I’m at home, I don’t. There are so many excellent dishes out there that give you a relatively complete meal in one pot or one pan, and for your average night, it saves time […]Read more "I must be doing it wrong"
So, I’ve begun work on another project. (Like I needed another one, right?) Several years ago, my mother put together a collection of her favorite recipes. She called it Legacy, and had copies printed up for my brother and myself. The first thing that you need to understand is that my mother has mad skills […]Read more "Some Food is Just NOT Photogenic"
A couple months ago my husband did some computer work for some acquaintances of ours. Knowing that I was somewhat crafty, she offered him her old embroidery machine in exchange for his work. My husband doesn’t know much about these sorts of things, (nor in fact, did I) but she seemed eager to get […]Read more "Mechanical Monstrosity"