Piecing an eight-point star

I’ve been playing around with eight-pointed stars lately. The best tutorial videos I’ve found on the subject are done by Edyta Sitar and the Fat Quarter Shop. She shows some great methods for getting all the points aligned just right. I made this 32-piece one following some, but not all, of her advice. I was working with odd-shaped scraps of fabric, … Read more

One-pot recipe: Turkey and summer vegetable curry

Martha Stewart Living had a recipe for one-pot turkey curry in this month’s print issue. I adapted it to include different vegetables — beans have been a bountiful crop this year, so someone’s got to eat them — and whole grain rice instead of white. I changed the spices, too. Hmmm … When does recipe experimentation cross the line from “adapting a recipe” … Read more

Quick Dinner: Pesto Pasta Salad

Mindy Celeste made an awesome pesto pasta salad when I was visiting her in Oregon last month. I asked her for the recipe and planned to make it this week. But as often happens with me, I neglected to buy half the ingredients when I was at the grocery store. So I changed the recipe to suit what I had on … Read more

Recipe: Pistachio pesto

We got a lot of basil in our farm box this week. Time for pesto! Ingredients 2 cups fresh basil leaves 1/3 cup shelled pistachios 1/3 cup grated Asiago 1/3 cup olive oil 2 cloves garlic, peeled 1/4 teaspoon salt Instructions Mix all ingredients in a blender or food processor until a thick paste.  Refrigerate for up to a week. Great with pasta, … Read more

Recipe: Chocolate-chip zucchini spice muffins (vegan)

It’s that time of year when summer squashes become almost perverse in the profligacy of their fruit production. Those who are usually glad to benefit from summer’s bounty mysteriously disappear when they see a gardening neighbor come down the walk with a box full of zucchini. Farmers can barely give the things away – really. Each week when we go to pick up … Read more

Recipe in a Flash: Wild Berry Sherbet

Today was hot, humid and horrible – the perfect weather to forgo cooking of any kind and eat healthified ice cream instead. With a lot of fruit, a little yogurt, and a dash of cream, it’s the nutritional equivalent of fruit salad. But it’s the taste equivalent of a creamy fruit gelato, and it takes just two minutes to make – which is … Read more