Showing newest 3 of 18 posts from January 2011. Show older posts
Showing newest 3 of 18 posts from January 2011. Show older posts

Thursday, January 20, 2011

That Tastes Like Chicken!

Tastes Like What?!

I made my mom's cornflake
 baked chicken last night

I know this is going to sound weird
but it was too moist.
God Bless my dear mother 
but she would cook everything
 to an inch of it's life.
and I liked it.

Her chicken was like Clark Bars

It reminded me of wood
and it was good.

another Clark I like

 It was super easy to make.

I spared you the photos, 
as I have said before...
raw chicken never looks good.
I took the skin off before I coated it
I'm not into skin.

I served it with a very simple 
arugula salad
dressed with lemon juice
a little olive oil 
salt and pep.

I like the tart salad
 with the sweet and greeeezy chicken

Actually, it's not so greasy,
I sprayed some Pam on it
before I stuck it in the oven 
to crisp things up a bit.
I eliminated the melted butter.

a Pam I like

I served the whole shebang up
 on a tin pie plate
lined with parchment,
easy clean up and nice presentation.
Sitting down to dinner last night
my husband said...
"Wow! that looks so professional!"
I took it as a compliment,
I am a professional, 
professional prop stylist 
and was a food stylist.

He's sweet 
and so is this chicken! 
especially when served with extra salt,
a hot biscuit
 and honey on the side.

If it is too moist for your taste 
upon first presentation,
you could do like I did.
I barely ate any of mine last night
but put it back in the oven
 and cooked it some more.
Today for lunch I had a piece.
A twice cooked and refrigerated piece.
Now this was like home.

Dry and crunchy.

Just like Momma used to make.

close as I could find to my mom's:

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Better than Sex?

Going through a folder filled with family recipes
my awesome Aunt Lee Lee
 gave to me a few years ago,
 I had the idea
 to make a few
 of the heirloom recipes, 
photograph the steps,

 maybe 'refresh' and update some...

my mother's corn flake "fried" chicken
request some additional favorite recipes
 from my sisters, cousins, etc..
along with some of my top ten,
put it all together in an iBook
 and give copies to my nieces and nephews.

The Jenkins Clan Cookbook

Although I had never met her,
 she passed away at 47, 
my grandmother's oatmeal cookies
 were legendary in our household.

I was happy to find that recipe.

Wait a second.

You have been very patient....

have you asked yourself yet
 "what does this have to do with sex"?

 one of the recipes, 
in my Aunt's handwriting,
was for
 Better Than Sex Cake.

That made me blush.

 I don't want to visualize
 any of my relatives doing...
you know.

But, how could I not make this cake? 
The first recipe in my line up.

The ingredients remind me
 of some of my commercial shoots. 
Not much from nature.
The eggs are the only thing local.
Bananas, organic.

So far,
bananas and eggs,
I get how that can be sex-y.
Visually anyway,
like some of those phallic still life vignettes
 I would do on Molto Mario.
Sopressata and mozzarella balls anyone?

HOLY MADONNA! I was just looking for a Molto Mario photo online and found a video I was in, that's me on the far right. Looking awkward. 
I prefer to be behind the camera.

Well, one recipe down
quite a few to go.
Jury is definitely out
in regards to the title.

What is your most treasured family recipe?

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Whole New Light

Hard to find that kind of patina 
on any reproduction

These rewired antique railroad lanterns
flank the mirror in our guest bathroom.
Originally oil powered
they had been rewired as plug-ins when
I found them at a junk shop in Vermont.

When we were ripping out
 the 80's style bathroom
 in our 1800s hunting lodge 
and bringing it back to that
 rustic chic 
look we love so much,
 I knew these lamps
 had made their final stop.

We had them hardwired as sconces
controlled with a dimmer switch. 

Those cool tube bulbs
really make it, don't you think?
These are actually appliance bulbs
 you can buy at the grocery store.

These cost less
 than mass produced wall fixtures
and add a real sense
 of history and integrity
to your home.

Don't over look those old oil lamps
or florescent desk lamps at a tag sale or Goodwill.
You can always have them rewired, 

Jeff made this lamp,
that's Jeff Boal, 
my darling husband.

That lamp has his name on it!

His parents had given him a bottle
of 1964 Boal Madeira Port,
 after it was consumed at our wedding
he turned the empty bottle into a lamp.

To forever shine like our union...
sniff, sniff, smile.

It lives in his daughter's room
so I put the silk shade on it,
 I thought it softened it up a bit.

This magnifique chandelier
 hangs over our dining room table, 
it started it's life as an old French gate.

The glow this creates 
when the wood paneled room is dark
and the dimmer is turned down low
is so romantic.
It is at your traditional distance
 from the ceiling now,
but you can also lower it
 to hang a foot over the table,
we have never done this but
we will try it at our next dinner party.
Photos and recipes to follow!

People call our house,
"the house of darkness"
because it is as it was in the 1800s, 
mostly lit with candlelight at night,
or what appears to be candles.
These are wired, on a dimmer,
that you can buy for pennies, click above
It gives off such a delightful glow,
your dinner guests
and even the dust bunnies
 look good.
We put the ginormous pinecones
 up there around the holidays
 and hang ornaments off it too.

Not too shabby,

Here is the latest lamp to reach our shores.

This guy is an old search lamp
 from a nearby junk shop 

My uncle says it's probably off an old
Chris-Craft, would have been mounted
on the roof of the boat
with handle underneath the deck to steer the top,
fashioned with a very high-powered lamp
that would be able to spot something a half-mile out.
Hence the name on the builder's plate,
Half-mile Ray.
I gave this perfectly patina-d
bronze baby to Jeff for Christmas.
I thought it would be great to build it in to the wall
when we renovate our kitchen
~ lamp side outside, handle side inside ~
so that he could 'spot' our dinner guests
 as they come down the drive.
He obviously has other ideas...
when I gave it to him he shrieked
 It will be perfect on the new boat"
New boat?
Didn't we just finish restoring the old one?

reproduction 1930 half-ray lamp, for...gulp... $719

Next time you need to shine some light on something,
considering buying an object you love
and rewire it.

I love the uniqueness
of a one of a kind piece.
You are not only saving money
when you reuse and repurpose,
you are saving the environment.

old gas street lamp, bought at auction in VT for $25, rewired for $100.

Wishing you
 a bright
beautiful day! 

speaking of patina
this beauty is for sale now on Ebay
you could be DIYing in no time!
How chic would that look in your loo?

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