Wednesday, March 20, 2013

St Patrick's Day Fun

It's taken me a few days to post this, I've been down with some sort of stomach bug. Yuck! No blogging and not much stitching. :( I am staying positive that block 8 of the Village of HRH will be finished by month's end.

What a nice weekend we had in NC. We spent Saturday enjoying the weather and Sunday with friends.

Here's Lena looking at clover.

We managed to find some 4 leaf clovers.

How neat!

Then on to my corned beef extravaganza. I did a dry corning and let it sit in the refrigerator for 6 days.

It was amazing!

Add in some potatoes, carrots, rutabaga, and cabbage.

Lovely plated up with my cloverleaf rolls (yes I made some to be 4 leaf clovers)

And bread pudding to top it all off!

What a great meal and wonderful evening shared with friends.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Culinary Revival

Like with my stitching, I have been in a culinary slump.  Then I found a couple of new recipes to help jog my cooking mojo.

David had been wanting me to make shepherds pie, then I found this great skillet version by America's Test Kitchen.

That inspired me to dust off my skills and make linguine alla carbonara.  This is one of my favorite Italian dishes and most restaurants in the United States do not make it correctly.  So it was either go to Italy again or make it myself.  :D

And now for my major undertaking, home corned beef.  America's Test Kitchen has this recipe on the same episode as the shepherds pie.  I decided to give it a try.

Here's my salt and spice rub.

Lovely 5 lb. beef brisket from the butcher.

Working in the spice rub...

Then it goes in a baggie and is pressed down with heavy cans.  This will sit in my fridge until Sunday.  I just have to flip the baggie once a day.  

Stay tuned this weekend for the results....

Monday, March 4, 2013

Had a blast!

Well I made it back safely from Williamsburg.  We had a great time!  We met lots of fun people, ate some great food, saw some good sites and stitched (a little).

In addition to the museums, we toured the Governor's Mansion.

One of my favorites, Illy coffee coupled with...

Best chocolate mousse ev-er!

Some goodies that I purchased, two charts and some hand-made pouches for my projects.  I was so excited to find on that will fit my 11 inch Q-snap!

On our way back to Greensboro, we decided to stop and check out some of the plantations along the John Tyler Memorial Highway.
This was President John Tyler's home, Sherwood Plantation.

Quite impressive was Shirley Plantation.