Saturday, March 31, 2012
I know that as April begins, a hot toddy does not seem particularly appropriate for cocktail hour. I apologize for this, but this week's choice was compelled by the hacking cough I have had all week. I have spent the week sipping tea, sucking on cough drops and excusing myself out of meeting after meeting to go cough. Bummer. The only kind of cocktail I could interest myself in is something hot, soothing, and with a little spice to help clear my head. And after an exhausting week something with alcohol was a must. So here is this simple hot toddy with ginger, lemon and cloves. You can really use whatever brown liquor you want, I went with bourbon. I added some honey to coat my throat and presto - instant relief.
Friday, March 30, 2012
Kim Edwards' The Lake of Dreams is a little bit sleepy novel. The story follows Lucy, a young woman who has escaped the pain of her fathers sudden death by traveling the world and staying far away from her family home in the Finger Lakes region of New York. When she finds herself at a bit of a dead end in her life with her boyfriend in Japan she decides to travel home to The Lake of Dreams (the name of the town she grew up in) after her mother is in a car accident. Here Lucy must confront her past and the fact that everyone in her family has moved on from her father's death but her. Staying in her childhood bedroom, Lucy finds some old letters in a cupboard concerning a ancestor who no one in her family seems to know about. Lucy then embarks on a quest to discover more about this long lost relative - Rose - to uncover her families secrets. Lucy ends up finding a connection between Rose, who participated in the woman's suffrage movement, and a famous stained glass artist from the area - Frank Westrum. A large part of the book focuses on a series of stained glass windows that depict biblical scenes from the women's perspective. Hence, these stained glass cookies which I haven't made or even thought of since I was a kid.
Sunday, March 25, 2012
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Happy Thursday! Here is a pretty quick and easy weeknight dinner that tastes like takeout but definitely is not as greasy. I was inspired to make this when I found some fresh lo mein noodles at a local market for $1 buck. I built the dish around that, to some extent driven to the ground pork based on a truly fabulous ramen dish at local Boston place - for those of you in the area, you must get yourself to the food court in the Porter Square exchange building in Somerville, MA and have the spicy pork miso ramen at Sapporo Ramen. As you can see, this is not ramen but just stir fried noodles and, while I remembered to get the ground pork at Whole Foods, I forgot the miso! I came up with this dish nonetheless, and it has that same porky umami quality, and it took under 30 minutes to prepare, which is great for a busy weeknight.