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infused Vodka and a future cook zine…

I don’t know what it is about the cold weather that makes me want to drink liquor. I’m generally not a big fan of the stuff. I’m a craft beer geek but sometimes mixing drinks is fun! Especially when I can create my own weird concoctions!  I bought a half gallon of decent vodka last week and have been infusing them like a mad scientist!

fun with vodka!The Habenero is great for Bloody Marys along with olives, cocktail onions, peperocinis, pickled okra or any other sort of brined good-ness. 2 shots served in a pint glass with chopsticks to test your drinking dexterity skills! I like my Bloody mary like and alcoholic salad!

I made some with strawberries picked from my yard that I have had the freezer. Strawberry Vodka can be put in soy milk for something like an alcoholic strawberry Qwick! Tonight I put some in fresh squeezed grapefruit juice and pomegranate juice that I made Paul squeeze out of the pom!

I had some Earl Grey vodka with ginger ale or orange juice, ginger vodka with juice. It’s fun! And even when I make a bad one I just have paul drink it! I like how all the bottles sit on my window sill and looks pretty.

I have decided to do a cook zine. I think I’ll call it “recipes are tools of the patriarchy” I’m not a fan of following recipes… I’m sort of bad at following directions when I think I have a better idea. I read at once point that recipes were created by women for men who were going to war and needed to know how to cook things. So, maybe recipes are more likely tools of war. I can’t really substantiate this claim and I don’t feel like doing the research, I’m just going to believe it and hope other people do too!

It will basically be a guide to stuff you can put together that taste good and I’ll just write “to taste” after everything! I acknowledge that baking does need specific amount but I’m not a baker! I’ll leave that up to my sister. I’m planning a “choose your own soup adventure” where you pick different veggies and food from different columns and get mystery soup!

Seeing as I plan for this to also be a zine I’ll write stories about recipes and people who taught them to me. Like my garlic bread recipe that a boy named Richard taught me. One time we were making out in the kitchen and I was sitting on the stove. Somehow the stove turned on while were were kissing and all of the sudden my ass was getting warm! Luckily I jumped off the stove before my pants caught on fire! We all have cooking and kitchen stories like the time in Columbus, Ohio where I drunkenly made several pounds of french fries in a fry daddy while simultaneously listening to AVAIL and  playing “keg hockey” with an empty beer key across the the wet kitchen floor. Good times!

So, as I have been busy with orders and Paul has been off work since it is the slow season. He’s been playing Metroid and we have been watching the Might Boosh for about the 3rd time. I keep threatening to make Paul my house husband. I actually sort of need someone to clean up after me when I get this busy.

Tonight we had leftover risotto from the other night plus roasted veggies and unphotogenic tofu.

sun dried tomatoes, pine nuts and mushroom risotto.

roasted veggies before I roasted them: brussel sprouts, carrots, squash and cauliflower plush herbs.

I guess that’s about it for now. I think I think I’m going to go make myself what I have been calling a Canadian Toddy with Canadian Whiskey and maple syrup instead of honey. Then I’m going to call it a day and read a book instead od staring at this computer screen!

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Riverhouse trip, swimming and looking for a new printer

Paul and I had so much fun at the Riverhouse! We were up there on one of hte hottest day. It was near 90 degrees and we stayed outside in the sun drinking beer and doing a crossword until we got hot enough to get in the river. We took a float out and tied it to a rock and drifted for awhile.  It was really nice.

Then I decided  I wanted to get to a rock in the middle of the river so I struggled outto that but I made it! The I taunted paul to meet me there so he did. Then  I decided that I wanted to get to the other side of the river and made Paul come too. I ended up down stream a bit but not too much. Paul and I sat on the other side of the river and looked at the Riverhouse in a way we never had before. Then we headed upstream above to rapids and crossed back over.

We brought food with us and ate tempeh stirfry the first night and then bar-b-q tofu for lunch and soyrizo tacos for dinner. yum! I also fashioned several drinks with my infused vodka. Strawberry infused vodka and soy creamer. It tastes like alcoholic Strawberry Quick! Strawberry Lime rickey type drink with strawberry infused vodka, lime ade and fresh squeezed limes. Mint infused vodka and ginger ale. Coffee infused vodka and soy creamer.  I think there was another one too. They were all great.

Now I’m home and I have a lot of work to do.  I woke up from a dream where I was writing an e-mail to an upset customer.  That can never be good! Right now I’m searching for a new printer. I think I’m going to have to part ways with my ancient Magicolor 2300. It hasn’t given me any problems (except it hates refurbished toner) but it won’t network and there are no drivers for vista so I have to run it off my even more anciet IBM thinkpad through the network.

Here’s something I wrote up about what I’m looking for. maybe you have some ideas?

I have read all sorts of printer suggestion to the point that my head is starting to hurt and none of them address what I need.

What I do:
I design, print and press 1″ and 1.25″ custom pinback buttons (badges)for bands, artists, non-profits, schools, etc. The artwork ranges from simple black and white text, to color photos,or graphics. I print about 80%-90% coverage per page on 100% post consumer recycled 28 lb laser paper, artwork is cut out, placed under mylar and pressed into a button.

What I have:
I have an aging magicolor 2300 laser printer and I’m looking for a new printer. The Magicolor doesn’t network or have wi-fi and won’t run off my vista computer so I have it hooked up to an old XP machine and print with that through my network. I have had this printer with no real problems for 6-7 years but I think it is time we part ways.

When I got my printer years ago it seemed like color laser was the best option for vibrancy, color retention, water resistance, sharpness, and good price per print. Now I’m not so sure that color laser is the way to go so I need some help. Maybe inkjet might be my best bet now?

What is needed:
*Quality-able to print small details clearly with good color.
*Longevity of prints-prints need to maintain color well through water and sun even though under mylar.
*Cheap print per page at 80%-90% coverage
*Longevity of machine-I’d like a machine that will last me another 6 years if possible.
*I’d say a small-ish volume of 150-200 prints a month.

What would be nice but not imperative:
*some sort of all in one with a scanner
*wi-fi

What I don’t care about:
*printing photos on photo paper
*speed of the printer
*size of the printer
*it’s high volume capacity per month

I’m expecting to pay between $500-$800 but could go a bit higher.

Let me hear your suggestions!

infused vodka, asparagus and more garden shots

I have always wanted to infuse vodka…. but I’m not really a hard alcohol drinker so buying mass quantities of vodka is never really first on my mind. But, Paul got a deal on some good vodka while I was gone so I came home to find a glass jug of vodka sitting on top of my fridge. I thought that this must be my chance! I roasted some coffee and cracked it but didn’t grind it, pulled some strawberries out of the freezer and picked some mint from the yard and this is what I got:

hand roasted Ethiopian Yirgacheffe, Strawberries from our yard last year and mint from this year.

hand roasted Ethiopian Yirgacheffe, Strawberries from our yard last year and mint from this year.

I let the coffee steep for 2 days, the mint for 5 and I’m going to take the strawberries out after 7. The coffee vodka smells amazing! Now I jsut need to figure out what to make with these!

Paul and I went to the Farmer’s market on Wednesday and picked up some asparagus and other things. The other night I made some spinach pesto pasta and topped it off with asparagus, onions, grape tomatoes, and olives cookined in red wine. It was yummy!

Spinach Pesto and Asparagus

Spinach Pesto and Asparagus

I have also been working in my yard… as usual. Yesterday I decided that I don’ want any grass anymore and started removing some by my front door. Paul thinks it is just an excuse for me to buy mroe plants. Maybe he is right but working in the yard keeps me sane and we all like a sane me.

I bought a few more veggie starts and so far this is what is in the veggie garden: Carrots, chard, spinach, lettuce, beets, purple cabbage, celery, brussel sprouts, broccoli, about 3 different kinds of beans, 2 different tomatoes, pumpkin, zucchini, yellow squash, strawberries, eggplant, and corn. I also planted flowers in the middle of the garden because I think they will look nice so there are climbing nasturtiums crawling up some old artichoke stalks, sweetpeas and sunflowers. I think once everything starts growing well I’ll have a very pretty garden. I’ll take more photos when things take off!

I’m excited that  I came back just in time to see my irises in bloom. I’m really going to have to clean them out and trade them off in the Autumn thought because they are getting unruly again.

irises
moar

wisteria off my porch. It is a bit faded but still pretty

artichoke. Paul likes to talk to it and tell it how much he will enjoy eating it. It is sort of weird and also very cute.

artichoke. Paul likes to talk to it and tell it how much he will enjoy eating it. It is sort of weird and also very cute.

first of many foxglove blooms! I love foxglove.

first of many foxglove blooms! I love foxglove.

Cascade hops!

Cascade hops!

blooming sage. It has taken over the lavender plant that grows next to it.

blooming sage. It has taken over the lavender plant that grows next to it.

little white moss flowers. There is moss growing between chunks of concrete that is my back patio. I love the tiny flowers they have.

little white moss flowers. There is moss growing between chunks of concrete that is my back patio. I love the tiny flowers they have.

Paul and I are taking off to the riverhouse tonight after my IPRC shift. I’m really looking forward to getting away for a few days. I need it.