Sunday, August 15, 2010


The hottest day of the year and I spent many hours in the kitchen. Have to get my cooking fix!

1. The day began with bacon jam: easy, a couple of hours simmering on the stovetop, a little puree action in the cuisinart, et voila! Sweet, salty, smoky, spicy. The four essential "S's".

2. Moving right along to Connie's Kale: finely chopped kale "massaged" with salt, tossed with apple, pine nuts, gorgonzola + a cider vinaigrette.

3. Dill pickles. Hot water bath. Hot kitchen.

4. Three kinds of "Vin Maison": apricot, blackberry, peach. They should be ready in about a month:

5. Oh yes, dinner: marinated potato and green bean salad, grilled Lummi Island salmon. Yellow jackets on the prowl.

6. Blackberry crisp, a dollop of whipped cream. (Pinch of cinnamon.)

I don't know what culinary muse took hold of me today, but it was really waaaay too hot to be doing what I did.


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  2. You're a whizz, T. And now I'm hungry and looking dolefully at the 'thing' I was going to name dinner (don't ask). Your Vin Maison looks tantalizing and will add a flush to your cheeks when the leaves turn.

  3. I wish I had been a fly on the wall.....what a cook you are!!!!

    T, the Chinese posts are bogus and lead to some kind of porn....I refuse now to publish any of them! Just so you know. They are spam.