Monday, September 30, 2013
Saturday, September 28, 2013
sometimes, i like to have fun with desserts. my favorite game is to make people guess what the secret ingredient is. once, for thanksgiving, i made a pie with white beans; it was fun to watch as our guests ate the pie while trying to guess what type of squash i used. there have been many such desserts coming out of my kitchen. a favorite of mine is tomato cake because it always keeps them guessing.
a recent outing with the nashville food bloggers included a pot luck lunch. as a pastry chef, dessert is always my contribution to a pot luck meal. naturally, i decided to have a little fun and make them guess the flavor. to see the complete recipe, click here.
the best way to present them, wrapped individually and dusted with powdered sugar.
Friday, September 27, 2013
for our second week of class, we were given the theme of life or death. not a very happy theme at first glance but surprisingly, an easy one to find images of. since we were allowed to interpret the theme as we wanted, the choices for shooting were plentiful. the trick was to find images that were interesting and eye catching.
for my photos, i decided to visit a cemetary. luckily for me, the nashville city cemetery was giving the annual living history tour. not only were there lots of interesting scenes to shoot, there were live actors portraying the dead and buried. if you haven't gone on a living history tour, you should. the history of nashville is colorful, to say the least!
an actor portraying moses wetmore, an early developer of east nashville
my husband was fascinated with the mausoleums
vine on iron fencing
row of crypts
this quote seems to sum it all up nicely
reflection on a crypt
the mausoleum reflecting the gravestones across from it
then of course, i headed to the garden. this is a great time of year to find life and death in the garden.
lichen on dead wood
same subject, monochrome
and in color-completely different results
and our next theme is our choice-we have a list and i have yet to make my choice. stay tuned, i will post the photos.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
the whole repurposing craze has caught me. i just love it-the idea of turning useless stuff into a money maker; i'm all about that. honestly, i do like the idea of using things in a new or unusual way. we hung a wire window planter box up on our kitchen wall. ok, not exciting. except we hung it upside down and use hooks to hang pots from it. fascinating stuff, i know! what does it have to do with cookies? nothing. it was the repurposing thing, i went off track here...
so, back to the story, as a tuesdays with dorie baker, i often make things i would not generally make for just the two of us. it is often way more than we can eat. sometimes i cut the recipe in half or freeze half. for a recent baking challenge, we made a crostata. it called for a rich, short crust that was loaded with almonds and sesame seeds. since i wanted to make a smaller tart, i had a big ball of dough leftover and i froze it for another day. a recent get together of local food bloggers seemed like a good time to use it since it would make wonderful bite sized linzer cookies. read all about the tart and see the recipes by clicking here.
a quick sprinkle of sanding sugar gave the cookies a nice sparkle.
finishing the sandwiches with the top cookie
Sunday, September 22, 2013
for the last year, i have been taking classes at a local art college. it is all part of my effort to learn better techniques for taking photos of my work and of the garden. this last week, i headed back to class for a four week workshop on thematic photography. while it sounds a bit complicated, it isn't. any professional photographer will tell you that most paid assignments have a theme. the object is to produce photos that define the theme without needing explanation. for our first assignment, we were given the theme of "americana" and i made an attempt to define it and capture it.
toll painted cake tin and a bundt cake slice
split rail fence
grandma's garden at ellington ag center
zinnias on a ladderback chair
zinnias on a hand hewn table
zinnias, a log bench and a split rail fence
the grand champion has dinner
you lookin at me?
blue ribbon dreams
russell and his apple pie
waiting our turn to dance
appalachaian precision cloggers-they wear tap shoes?
Sunday, September 15, 2013
scion or an infructescence and almost all of the trees need a tiny wasp to pollinate the flowers. that wasp does not live in tennessee and for that reason, only two varieties of figs can be grown here; the brown turkey and the celeste varieties do not need pollination.
so, what does one do with 10 pounds of fresh figs? having made one tart and stuff myself silly with them, i made jam. now i can have figs for the winter while i dream of summer, and the next harvest.
canned and cooling