Superbowl deliciousness

16 02 2010

Of course we had the infamous Chicken Wing Dip.

We also had ribs and pulled pork from Sneaky’s BBQ, Nettie’s Grandma’s amazing slow cooked chicken wings, a homemade cheese ball, deviled eggs, cornbread muffins, jambalaya, peanut butter and chocolate kiss cookies, meyer lemon bars, a number of bean dips, bacon cheese rolls, mint juleps, and other treats I just can’t remember.

I made a red cabbage and mango salad because I just have to be able to offer a vegetable (thanks Mom).

Thinly sliced red cabbage, diced ripe mango, a little sugar, a little coriander, a little chopped fresh parsley, a little lime juice and a little apple cider vinegar.  Yum!



15 02 2010

I’m at Asilomar State Beach with my mom, helping with her rug camp, and as a side benefit, enjoying some time at the coast.

Photo Emulsion Gone Wrong…and Then Right

13 02 2010

I’m going to cry foul on the directions in the Speedball Diazo Photo Emulsion Kit.  I’ve done a number of screen printing projects but this is my first using photo emulsion and it was a doozy. I’m going to re-write some directions at the end of this post, but first! the reason for the project.

My Mom is directing a rug hooking camp at Asilomar this week and I’m her assistant.  Past precedent for this event is for the director to run a small store with supplies that the artists might need.  We decided that I would make some little commemorative canvas bags with a design by my Mom to sell as well.

My first attempt at coating my screen was a gloppy mess…discovered only after I had gone through all the steps outlined in the directions.  I also broke the bulb and the lamp fell over.

My better directions for photo emulsion for the hobbyist:

Be sure you have all the supplies you’ll need before starting – screen (mine was 10″x14″), design, appropriate ink for your project, squeegee, iron, 150 watt light bulb and a lamp that can handle it, recyclable pie plate, a piece of glass about the size of your screen and your Speedball photo emulsion kit.

Work in a dark-ish room, with a tarp or newspaper on the ground.  Have 4 somethings handy to prop up your screen so that it can dry elevated and horizontally.  I used 4 ink tubs.

  1. Mix the solution by following the directions on the bottle.
  2. Over your protective surface, pour small amounts on the back of your screen, using your squeegee to get an even, thin layer covering every portion of your screen.
  3. Turn your screen over and use the squeegee to be sure you have the same even, thin layer covering the entire inside of the screen.
  4. Rest the screen frame on your 4 supports – 1 in each corner, none of them touching the actual screen, and allow to dry completely in a cool dark space (a fan helps).
  5. Get your design ready.  I printed my design onto a sheet of transparency paper:
  6. Once the screen is completely dry, place it back side up over a black surface, lay your design upside down on the back of the screen and place the glass on it to hold it down. Other wise it’ll print backward. 🙂
  7. Position your lamp, with 150 watt bulb backed by the pie plate, approximately 12 inches above the exact middle of your design and turn that puppy on.  Set a timer for 45 minutes.
  8. When your timer goes off, take the glass and design off your screen and aggressively spray with water approximately body temperature until you can see your the light behind your design:
  9. Do your silk screening!

Meyer Lemon Bars

13 02 2010

A friend brought in a large bag of meyer lemons to work the other day, and not wanting to appear greedy (although we all know I am quite the greedy lemon hoarder), I took 5.  At the end of the day there was still a large pile and so I took 4 more.  Good thing, because that’s exactly how many I ended up needing to make these delicious! meyer lemon bars for our Game Night and our Superbowl watching crews.  (Two party prep birds with one stone, people!)


  • 1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup almond flour
  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup + powdered sugar
  • 3/4 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes
  • 8 medium eggs
  • zest from 2 meyer lemons
  • just over 1 cup of meyer lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Preheat the oven to 325.

Whisk together 3/4 cup of the all purpose flour, the almond meal, the whole wheat flour, 1/4 cup of powdered sugar, 1/4 tsp salt, and the half of the zest.

Add the cubes of butter and cut in with a pastry fork or using your fingers.  If you use your fingers, the technique is a sort of a mash/slide: stick your hands in the bowl as you would salad tongs, picking up a half handful off flour mixture and butter, rolling your thumbs across your fingers, mashing and rolling the butter into the flour to incorporate.  Do this until your butter and flour are a grainy sort of mixture but the clumps are not all the same size.

Press the mixture into a the bottom of a greased 9×13 pyrex pan using a measuring cup to get it as compacted and evenly spread as possible.  I usually use the butter wrapper to grease the pan after I’ve cut up the butter for the above step.  Bake for approximately 25 minutes or until lightly golden brown.

Meanwhile, whisk together your eggs, 3 cups granulated sugar, and remaining zest.  Add the meyer lemon juice and whisk.  Sift the remaining 1/2 cup all purpose flour over the top and whisk until fully incorporated.  (I didn’t sift mine at all – just chucked it in there and whisked really hard – but you can follow the rules if you want.)

Once crust is baked, pour lemony mixture over and bake at 300 for about 35 minutes or until set.

Cool completely before cutting and dusting with powdered sugar.

(adapted from the Lemon Curd Bars recipe in the Joy of Cooking)

Erl the Homemaker

1 02 2010

I am rarely as satisfied as I am when completing a home project.  Whether that be fixing something, making something, deep cleaning a room, or decorating.  This weekend we started the project of painting the second bedroom.  I forgot to take before pictures, but it was a white room.  When we finish I’ll post a pic, but here’s a peek:

There is a barely visible white rectangle on the right…