Friday, June 27, 2008
The "Genevieve dress" in celadon cotton with lace sleeves and bodice that remind me of those machine made lace tablecloths.
And my favorite, the "Mayur dress," in this fabulous rayon art deco floral.
I LOVE the embroidered ribbon trim!
So now I have my April Cornell fix for a while. And best of all, I got it in Pennsylvania where, unlike Texas, there is no sales tax on clothing!
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
But what is even more amazing is that I was able to find this picture of me (and my first husband, John, before we were married) wearing the dress that I made from it. And yes, it really was that short!
Saturday, June 21, 2008
With this lovely farm house...
Complete with a grain elevator...
and a gray barn cat...
This was our room. Kind of 80s country decor, but very comfortable. And you will notice that the windows were open. They had temperatures in the 90s the week before, but it was wonderfully cool when we were there. We even got to sleep with the windows open...something that never happens in Houston. I slept like a baby!
Here in Philly we are staying at the Loew's Philadelphia. It's in the great old art deco PSFS building and right across from the Macy's in the old John Wanamaker store. I happened to be there Thursday evening while the organ recital was going on...quite a unique experience.
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Well, of course I didn't want to actually use it and have it be torn off and thrown away. So I decided to make what my friend Margie and I call a "soap opera box." If you have ever watched a soap opera (All My Children has been my guilty pleasure for the last 30 years :-) you may have noticed that when anyone gets a present, it is always in a box that can be opened by just taking the top off. I didn't do a very pretty job of this from the inside...
...but the outside looks great, and it can be used over and over, year after year for Fathers' Day and birthdays as well. And he probably won't even notice.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
And now I am going to share with you the recipe for the best salmon ever, even if you are using farm-raised or previously frozen. These are the ingredients you will need:
First, make the sauce:
1 stick unsalted butter
2 garlic cloves, sliced
1/4 C. soy sauce
2 T. American-style mustard
1 T. ketchup
1 T. Worchestershire sauce
Combine all the ingredients in a saucepan over low heat. Simmer until the butter is melted and the flavors are well blended, about 15 minutes.
In the meantime, start your grill. We use a charcoal Weber, but I guess you could use a gas grill, just as long as it has a cover. When the coals are HOT, brush the salmon fillet with a generous amount of sauce. Put the salmon skin side down on the grill and cover. Cook for 8 -10 minutes (we like ours on the medium rare side). Uncover the grill and slide large spatula between the skin and the meat. Leaving the skin on the grill, remove it onto a platter.
We have served this at numerous dinner parties (and had probably eaten it a hundred times ourselves) and it always gets rave reviews. Try it and let me know what you think!
Monday, June 9, 2008
I use premium, because that's what I'm supposed to do.
Like I said, I get fairly good mileage, 20 in the city and up to 28 on the highway, and I have a fairly small tank, but even so, it was kind of a shock to spend over $50 to fill up.
And yes, I am so O.C. that I have to "top it off" up to the next dollar...not hard to do at $4.12 a gallon!
Sunday, June 8, 2008
In Wisconsin, we didn't get tomatoes at the farmers' market until late July or August...not the case here in Houston.
And look at these lovely squash...
I usually have a tendency to go overboard and buy way more than we can use, but this time I exercised some self control. This is what I came home with...
These beautiful eggs...
And this delicious chevre from Blue Heron Farm
Tonight I am going to make this Summer Tomato Salad with Goat Cheese, Basil Vinaigrette, and Fresh Herbs. Doesn't it sound yummy?
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
I made them on the indoor grill because it was too hot to cook outside. I will definitely make these again...simple prep, quick cook, light and refreshing to eat!
2 cups chopped white onion, divided
3/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro, divided
1/4 cup olive oil
5 tablespoons fresh lime juice, divided
3 tablespoons fresh orange juice
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon dried oregano (preferably Mexican)
1 pound tilapia
Coarse kosher salt
1 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon milk
2 avocados, peeled, pitted, sliced
1/2 small head of cabbage, cored, thinly sliced
Stir 1 cup onion, 1/4 cup cilantro, oil, 3 tablespoons lime juice, orange juice, garlic, and oregano in medium bowl. Sprinkle fish with coarse salt and pepper. Spread half of onion mixture over bottom of 11x7x2-inch glass baking dish. Arrange fish atop onion mixture. Spoon remaining onion mixture over fish. Cover and chill 30 minutes. Turn fish; cover and chill 30 minutes longer. Whisk mayonnaise, milk, and remaining 2 tablespoons lime juice in small bowl.
Brush grill grate with oil; prepare barbecue (medium-high heat). Grill fish with some marinade still clinging until just opaque in center, 3 to 5 minutes per side. Grill tortillas until slightly charred, about 10 seconds per side.
Coarsely chop fish; place on platter. Serve with lime mayonnaise, tortillas, remaining 1 cup chopped onion, remaining 1/2 cup cilantro, avocados, cabbage, Salsa Verde, and lime wedges.