I was just a wee one back then, but I remember when risotto first hit the culinary scene back in the '80s. It was a revelation to discover that rice could be anything other than the dry white fluffy kind that came with takeout Chinese food. Creamy, rich, main course worthy rice was a novelty that made it worthy of the time spent stirring at the stove. I remember making this dish for guests and, in particular, assigning my young brother-in-law the duty of stirring the pot at the stove. Oh, those heady days when cooking was a novelty, especially when gourmet recipes like risotto entered the scene. In hindsight, I can't really say that risotto is that gourmet. It's a type of short grain rice, for Pete's sake! But the painstaking method of cooking it with supervision and the often pricey … Read More...
Since the beginning of this month I've been teaching a Zentangle® class on Monday evenings, right at the time when I'd normally be cooking dinner. As I mentioned that week, it's required a new strategy to get dinner on the table once I returned home from class feeling tired and hungry, and without the patience or time to cook anything that required much effort or even a recipe, unless it could be prepared entirely in advance. At first point Annie volunteered to make dinner Monday nights since she's home for the summer but, unfortunately (for me at least), she has had work hours on Mondays and needs to decompress for a few hours before working on her summer class. Plus, if preparing dinner is tiring for me after teaching, I wouldn't expect her to have the energy and focus to cook after her work shift. There's always a standing offer from Joe to bring home dinner on the nights that I … Read More...
There are now at least three places to find delicious donuts for breakfast, lunch or whenever you feel like it during the day on Chincoteague. It's almost an embarrassment of riches as they say. Or an overload of temptation. But, hey, it's vacation, right? We've always loved getting baked goods from the longstanding Sugarbakers Bakery and Cafe, and that hasn't changed. Earlier this year we discovered that a favorite ice cream spot called Mr. Whippy had a love child (or that's how we see it) called Lil' Whippy which serves donuts, gelato, and coffee during the day. Do you see that little baby in the upper left corner of the sign? Who wouldn't love him or the donuts in the picture at the top? The other addition to the donut cornucopia is a donut truck called Sandy Pony Donuts where they make them to order. Oh my, fresh, hot donuts made to order - yum. We took them to the beach as … [Read More...]
The first day of school. What a magical time. The new pencils. Notebooks. Backpacks. Stress. Oh, wait, not so magical. But my Facebook feed is filled with photos of smiling kids who are probably all dying inside realizing that the party is over! Another summer is in the books and it's time to begin the academic year with all of the pressure that accompanies new beginnings. Even the school geeks (I count myself among them), those kids who loved returning to the classroom, feel a bit nervous about the first day, the new teachers, and the uncertain amount of homework. This morning Louisa embarked on her last, first day of High School. This year, high school work is incidental to the important work she'll be doing to get ready for her future as she applies and auditions for colleges. It's going to be a very busy year. I may not have the strength to get through it. On Sunday we … [Read More...]
I almost called this post Back-to-School Part 2, because registration is open for my fall Zentangle® classes, a return to the classroom, but for fun and relaxation as opposed to high school and college. I promise, there won't be any tests or papers in my class! Once again, I am offering two sessions, Monday evenings at 5:45pm, and Tuesday mornings at 9:30am. They will be held at the lovely Ripa Center for Women's Health and Fitness. To register, visit the Ripa Center registration page, and please spread the word to any friends who you think might be interested in joining us, as well. Speaking of Zentangle, I'm back to trying the Diva's Challenge this week. I was going to do last week's challenge, which was to create a string by spilling something on my tile, but I was unsuccessful in making my spills create tangling areas. On the other hand, this blue splattered tile is one of the … [Read More...]