You Could Ruin Ice Cream!

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Now that’s just NOT NICE!!!!!

Last week I asked you for your opinion on the marriage of a couple of my jewelry techniques. I thought I handled the negative comments quite well. I actually giggled at the Bleck comment and laughed out loud at “I don’t want to look like a badly decorated Christmas Tree”. So not to be out done, I kept at it and came up with a brooch design I really liked. I showed it to a friend who shall remain nameless as many of you know her. (Don’t worry she is not seeing this post.) Her comment RUINED it for me. Being the mature person I am I told her she could ruin ice cream on a hot day. Here is my creation. 

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She said it looks like a Smashed Tarantula!!! Sorry to my dear friend that got it as a birthday gift. 😦 What Say YOU!!!!

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Being in a Sour Mood from the above post. I thought you might enjoy the article on the 39 ways to reuse Pickle Juice. My tip is if you suffer from Leg Cramps this or caper juice works wonders. Click: HERE

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The Twist Takes a Tasty Turn!

As some of you know….

In addition to my beading and jewelry shenanigans, I teach a cooking class called From Costco to the Elegant Table. It is a very fun class where I show you how to take Costco items that have already been prepared and elevate them to the gourmet dinner party level. Many of my students have asked me if they could buy all the recipes from my previous classes. I have just completed Part 1 of my series of recipes.

From Costco Cover Martini

Part 1 includes 5 of my most popular recipes from the last 3 years. There is something for everyone. I promise, you will never consider making these dishes from scratch again. This is an instant digital download with beautiful pictures and the exact locations of where to find the items at Costco. I hope you will enjoy these recipes as much as I do. They really are yummy and PAINLESSLY easy. The time alone you will save justifies the price AND your friends and family will marvel at your new found creativity! Click HERE!
Check back in a few weeks for Part 2.

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From Chicken Breast to Chicken Sunday

I can completely relate to the NourishedPeach’s feelings about chicken but it wasn’t always like this. When my hubby and I worked, we traded off cooking every other night. On Sunday we would always have chicken so we didn’t have to fret about “What’s for Dinner?” This later morphed into a once a month Chicken Sunday dinner party. I would choose a theme cuisine and my husband would choose a discussion topic. Some Sunday’s required costumes but every topic required research.  It was a blast and I highly recommend it. It was so refreshing to have a dinner party where everyone participated in a serious discussion instead of the banal, “I broke 90 today on the links.” Just shoot me!

Below is the delicious One Pot Southwest Chicken & Rice recipe I hope you will try but I wanted to share my Chicken Doldrums Recipe.

Grilled Glazed Chicken and Peaches

  • 4 Chicken Breast
  • 1 Cup Peach Preserves
  • 1.5 T olive oil
  • 1 T soy sauce
  • 1.5 tsp chopped garlic
  • 1.5 tsp dijon mustard
  • 4 ripe peaches

Mix all ingredients together except chicken and peaches. Oil chicken and grill. Grill chicken for 4 minutes each side. Turning and brush with sauce until cooked. Plate and Cover.  Oil peach halves and grill cut side down.  Turn brush with sauce. Grill 5 – 6 minutes total.  Enjoy.

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Carol

Far, far, FAR too often I end up with boneless, skinless chicken breasts in my fridge with no plan in sight.  Then, what happens is I avoid them…like the plague.  They sort of bore …

Source: One-Pot Southwest Chicken and Rice

Mangia Motifs! Read if you need a Giggle..

You know I’m obsessed when…..

Beading techniques invade my kitchen.

I have been dabbling with making beaded motifs. They’re fun and a very freeform way of making pendants. Some samples below. Hey, were’s the Giggle????

Amethyst Druzy

Amethyst Druzy

 So my husband comes to me and shows me this picture and says let’s make Hot Dog Motifs!!! And so we did!
This dish was positively delicious and so much fun to make. Richard has now renamed the dish “Dogatelli Ricardo”.  Click the picture for the recipe!
Mangia!
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Carol
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From Seed Beads to Quinoa…

It all started with a Quinoa & Watermelon Salad.
Watermelon Salad Image

I met a new friend for lunch the other day and ordered this delicious Quinoa Salad. When the dish arrived I commented that Quinoa looks a lot like seed beads. (I know beads – I work it into EVERYTHING!) My friend says that I wouldn’t be ordering this dish if I were Kosher. I said Huh? Well, she informed me that it was Passover and Quinoa is one of many grains that are banned on that day. I filed that away for more research and sure enough here’s what I found.

In Biblical times, one didn’t want to cross the Rabbi’s. They made the rules upon which you lived your daily life. Break the rules and there were serious consequences both within your community and the likely hood of getting into the Hereafter. Many of the rules had to do with what you did and didn’t eat and when. Not eating bread during Passover is one of those rules. 

Most likely no one has been excommunicated for eating a sandwich during Passover in quite some time, if ever, but the fact remains that the dietary laws during the holiday, beginning at sundown on Friday, are very, very serious. And yet they’re also completely muddled and chaotic. People obey totally different rules based on where they’re from, and every once in awhile a prominent rabbi looks at an old rule and says “this is stupid” and that rule no longer counts. To this day, groups of scholars issue rulings on whether it’s okay to, say, eat quinoa.

A commonly, but by no means exclusively, accepted ruling is that any grain that has been combined with water for 18 minutes or more qualifies as a chametz product and is thus forbidden. The 18-minute rule dates to a conversation between two scholars held sometime around 200 CE; one rabbi, an enormously fat scholar named Shimon ben Lakish, opined that the time it takes for chametz-potential products to become actual chametz is “as long as it takes a man to walk from Migdal Nunaiya to Tiberias.”

On Google Maps, Migdal Nunaiya, now called Migdal and known as Mary Magdalene’s hometown, is about five miles from Tiberias, or one hour and 42 minutes by foot. It is unclear how this trip ever took 18 minutes. Today, in a car, it takes 11.

So the 18-minute mark is not always obeyed; scholars up to the modern day have debated exactly how long it takes for chametz-potential ingredients to ferment into chametz. After all, some products take longer to ferment than others—surely this should be taken into consideration! There’s no conclusion on that, partly because there’s no conclusion on any of this. 
So the net net of this is that this is a delicious recipe (click on the photo) and who new quinoa could be so interesting?  

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