Thursday, June 19, 2014

rose.... peony....strawberry
perfect but fleeting

Roses from my garden
It's always nice to get in the garden, stroll around, pull a few weeds, check out all the not  neutered cats climbing over the fence like they own the place, and pick a few blooms. It's also nice to bake something sweet in the kitchen.  It keeps one from obsessing about wisdom tooth extractions (Monday past), leaky roofs and other less enticing mundane events that crop up seemingly every other day
Enjoy the views, imagine the scent and the taste

Greg's Peonies June 2, 2014
(adapted from Lee Bailey's Country Desserts)

I love this cake, it's easy and you can use almost any kind of fruit
I make it a lot, using whatever's in season at the market
and bring to the farmers for breakfast on Saturdays

1/2 cup ( 1 stick butter), unsalted and softened
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup plus 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
2 large eggs
1 pint each of strawberries and blueberries
1 tablespoon + fresh lime or lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

 Preheat oven to 350
Butter an 8 inch square baking dish

Cream butter and brown sugar and 1/2 cup of regular sugar until light and fluffy
Sift together flower and baking powder, then beat into the butter mixture
Beat in the eggs, one at a time

 Scrape mixture into the baking dish and place the fruit pieces on top of the batter, flat side down
Sprinkle with lime juice
 Mix the remaining sugar with the cinnamon, ( I usually make more)
and sprinkle over the top

Bake for 1 hour or until golden

perfect anytime!


A true brief New York story with strawberries in mind

On November 11th 1978, Husband #1 and I went over to our friend Norman Lassiter's screen printing studio down on Thomas Street, to visit.  Back then, no one had money to go out, so when needing a change of scenery it was over to someone's loft, to talk art, gossip and drink.
The previous week, Norman had turned us away, saying he was in the middle of working on a screen print with John Lennon.  John Lennon?
So when we rang his bell this time, he let us in.  Expecting to have a beer and see the print and talk shop, it was a big surprise to walk in and see Rupert Smith (Andy Warhol's screen printer) and John Lennon looking at the proofs of Yoko Ono as the Mona Lisa. It was a Christmas present for her, and really clever and fun.
 Introductions made, we all sat down, chatted for a while had a drink and watched the Larry Holmes/ Alfredo Evangelista heavy weight title fight.
Larry Holmes won in 7
John Lennon was very nice and a bit smaller than I expected 

At one point, he mentioned something about his Auntie's strawberry patch, and all I could think about was Strawberry fields.....forever

When we got in a taxi to go home, we looked at each other, started laughing and said to the cabbie, "guess who we just met, someone as famous as God!"

it finally dawning on us, how crazy it all was
Recently my work was showcased in the RISD blog,
and in the June issue of Diane Magazine

click on both to view

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