I finally have time to start listing some of my fabulous finds, such as this vintage milk glass salt and pepper shaker set, on my Etsy shop again! Keep checking in because over the next month I will be posting lots of fun vintage items!! Enjoy!
I always knew when my mom was making roast beef. As soon as I walked through the door, I could smell onion, garlic, mushrooms, beef and love. Roast beef is my dad’s favorite meal and my mother spoils him with it frequently. Eating this meal is like being embraced with a hug. It’s warm, comforting and leaves you happy. I hope you enjoy this meal as much as I do.
Okay. So making vanilla is really easy. Get some vanilla beans and pour some alcohol over it and boom- you have vanilla extract. However, remember in my last post when I talked about an obsession for creating the best? I spent the whole day researching vanilla. Besides realizing there is a serious lack of information about making vanilla extract safely on most blogs, I learned some really interesting facts about vanilla from the Nielsen-Massey company. The video below gives a short history about the vanilla bean that I found absolutely fascinating. For a more in-depth history, read Vanilla’s Origins.
I have a similar obsession as Dan Barber. I’m always curious about where to find the best ingredients. How can I make my dish better? I also have always had a deep appreciation, respect, and love of nature. So naturally, this Ted Talk by Dan Barber is one of my favorites. I wish more farmers had the mind frame of Miguel and Dan! Please watch How I fell in love with a fish and enjoy!
p.s. Two bucket list goals: One day I will go to Veta la Palma, eat fish, and bird watch. I know, I’m a nerd. Then I will go to Dan Barber’s farm, walk around in awe, and dine at his restaurant.
I love ceramics. I like to support small local businesses. I appreciate quality. So I am HEAD OVER HEELS for Pigeon Toe Ceramics based in Portland. I have an older, lovely tripod bowl full of succulents, a miniature bud vase and a Christmas ornament I wish I could leave out year round.
Here is the woman behind it all- Lisa Jones. Thank you Lisa for your amazing craftsman ship and work. Video is courtesy of Pigeon Toe Ceramics.
Pork Tenderloin with Pears, Onions and Fresh Herbs
1 3lb boneless pork loin
3 pears, halved
2 onions, roughly chopped
1 bulb garlic and 1 garlic clove finely chopped
few sprigs of fresh thyme
few sprigs of fresh rosemary
extra virgin olive oil for drizzling…
I started working at Mosaic before most stores opened! I remember watching the mall slowly come alive. I have a lot of wonderful memories there- I met Carla Hall at Capital Teas, worked for Cary Kelley at Ah Love Oil and Vinegar (now called The Cookery), had the best gelato from Dolcezza, and discovered that if done correctly, like at Artisan Confections, I actually do like bon bons. I also realized I had never truly lived until I had Red Apron’s fries cooked in beef fat with garlic and rosemary.
Also, keep reading my blog! Soon I will be announcing a giveaway. ::hint hint:: It may or may not have to do with Carla Hall’s Cooking with Love: Comfort Food that Hugs You
I moved away a few years ago, but I love to visit Mosaic District whenever I get the chance. Here’s why….
I only have two of Ernst Handel’s lovely vintage sketches left. These beautiful black & white prints are ready for framing. For exact measurements, please visit my Etsy Shop.