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Thursday, March 29th, 2007

It Might Just Be Wishful Thinking…

that I’ll ever have time to do the things I enjoy again. However, I have come up with a quasi brilliant idea for getting back into the swing of things. Someone on the cooking forum I go to came up with (or maybe borrowed from Julie and Julia or whatever the title is) the idea of working their way entirely through a cookbook. Everyone’s got all of these cookbooks that sit around collecting dust and this seemed like a good way to force yourself into using them in an organized fashion. But I digress, my point was to tell you about MY idea which is something along the same lines. I have all of this fabric and all of these patterns all over the place and never get to any projects. What I’m thinking now is that I’ll take one pattern at a time and work my way through all the variations etc. until I really have it down and see how many different ways you can craft an A line skirt for example making each one a little different by using different finishing techniques etc. The only thing standing in my way right now except for time is that I can’t find the pedal of my machine. That’s fine with me though because I’m thinking it’s time for a new computerized bad boy. After all I’ve had that piece of junk since high school and I’m coming up on my 10 year reunion :) I would love to buy a Viking but I think I will settle on a Janome. Another problem (damn there are a lot of those) is that I don’t know whether to buy a machine that can do what I would like it to do or whether I should buy a machine that will do what I am likely to use it for. Which is to say, I’m not sure how loaded with bells and whistles it needs to be. While I figure all of this out, I’ll stick to knitting which requires pitifully little gear to do. Well, I guess for knitting you dump all your money into the yarn…mmmm… yarn. I’m waiting for this book to come from Amazon:

Meanwhile, I haven’t been totally neglecting the kitchen. I finally got around to making two recipes from last month’s Fine Cooking and they were both good. I made the daube de boeuf as well as the chicken with onions and vinegar. I found that the chicken was somewhat better than the beef but I would make both again. This month’s issue is out already but I haven’t had a chance to page through it. The chicken called for champagne vinegar and I didn’t have pure champagne vinegar but rather subbed in trader joe’s orange muscat champagne vinegar. The sauce thickened nicely and we ate it over broad egg noodles with broccoli sauteed in olive oil with garlic and a little sprinkling of red pepper. Saturday I made cinnamon rolls, not the best ones I’ve ever made. I made the dough using the bread machine instead of the kitchenaid because I didn’t want to spend the time on it so I used to random bread machine recipe. Next time I will go back to my original recipe. What are you guys cooking?

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