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Presto!

Our great new garage sale find is this fabulous vintage pressure cooker. It cooks beans like a dream, and makes some incredible chicken stock too (the chicken was from John Henry’s of course). I’m so excited to experiment with the little recipe book that came with it and even more that Andrew’s keen eye found this lovely to add to our kitchen arsenal.

Here is the excellent packaging:

The original instruction and recipe booklet.

I especially love this little bit of artwork someone added to the book. The top right diagram is pretty fantastic too.

Quiche and Coloring

Felix colored for the 1st time yesterday. I think I might have gotten more of a kick out of it than he did. I probably ended up doing more coloring than he as well. He made repeated (and unsuccessful) attempts to eat the crayons, but they made contact with the paper a little, too. They’re wonderfully chunky – great for his little hands.

The fridge is full of Zucchini squash from the farmers market, so for dinner we had Quiche.  The following recipe is an old stand-by for me. It is hand written in my “everything” cookbook. The original source is unknown, but I have altered it a bit anyhow.

Zucchini Quiche

2 medium sized Zucchini squash

1/2 a small onion chopped

a good pinch of herbs de province

9 in pastry shell (I always use the crust recipe from my favorite cookbook)

a handful of grated cheddar cheese

1 cup sour cream

3 eggs

Slice the squash and saute with onions, add herbs just before your finished sauteing. In the pastry shell, layer the grated cheese then sauteed zucchini. Whip sour cream and eggs. Pour over vegetables. Bake at 350 until set, approximately 30-40 minutes.

This hungry little guy couldn’t wait for me to snap a photo. I’m just pleased he liked it so much!

Couscous Salad

The recipe for this dish was in this month’s print version of Kiwi Magazine.

This was a big hit! It was so tasty- very fresh and summery. We enjoyed it so much we’ve made 2 batches this week.

I was unable to find this recipe on the Kiwi website and didn’t feel like typing it all out, so hopefully the photograph will suffice. We opted to use lentils instead of garbanzo beans and I used half the amount of cinnamon that is called for.

my helper:

I have also been really enjoying seeing Felix play with my baby doll from when I was a child. We brought her home from my parents a few weeks ago, and he picked her out of the pile of other toys that were mine and carries her around from time to time. He likes to give the doll hugs and kisses. She’s a bit heavy for him still, which makes him lugging her around that much cuter.

left-overs

What do you do when you have a lot of beer left in the post-party keg? Why, you fill up all of your glass jars and share it with friends of course!

As I was finishing some of the party left overs today, I realized that I didn’t write much about the food aspect of  Felix’ party. I wanted to mention a few things we had though, because it is important to us to support our local businesses as much as we can and I thought it would be nice to spread the love.

The above mentioned beer was the crowd pleasing Ghetto Blaster from Motor City Brewing Works. There was a giant salad made with lettuce from my parents garden and like I mentioned Monday, my sister made the fabulous cakes.

We made pulled pork for our main entree using lots of pork from John Henry’s. We have been buying meat and eggs from their booth at our farmers market each week, but for this order they delivered it right to our home! Talk about customer service! The pulled pork was piled onto delicious fresh baked rolls from La Gloria Bakery in Mexican Town (Southwest Detroit). (Oh, and we had some vegetarian BBQ too, made from lentils.)

Sassy Jones is the sauce that flavored our BBQ. Although not local to us, my Uncle from Arkansas brought it as a gift on his last visit up here. The label is way too fun not to share.

It’s good on lentils too…

Perfect Party Weekend

We had a wonderful weekend for Felix’ 1st Birthday Party! The weather was perfect, the company was outstanding and love was definitely surrounding us. Thank you so much to everyone who came out to celebrate and all those who sent well wishes our way.

Making an announcement with Papa.

Papa made this puppet theater. We had a few marionettes out for kids to put on their own puppet shows.

Papa also put together this awesome toss game. There were only a few who mastered all levels.

We had the bean bag toss and Papa’s Tic Tac Toe game too.

My sister baked the cakes from scratch, of course! (They were absolutely delicious by the way, and yes, she takes special orders.)

Singing Happy Birthday:

The main event: smashing the cake!

The aftermath:

Kissing a handmade sock frog from Anne, who also made the stellar mix playing during the party.

(We’ve been preparing for a while. click to see more about the invite, party flags, bean bag toss and party hats.)

Pancakes for Papa

Yesterday was technically Andrew’s 1st father’s day. (I say technically because last father’s Day, Felix was still in my belly.)

We started the weekend by hitting the local farmers market.

This one is a little blurry, but I just loved the colors:

Sunday morning we made pancakes.

In case you can’t read my chicken scratch, here is this most simple recipe:

Whole Wheat Pancakes.

1 1/4 cup whole wheat flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 egg

1 cup water

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon sugar (optional or other sweetener like agave nectar.)

1/2 cup berries (optional – we didn’t use any berries this time)

1. Sift together powders; set aside

2. Beat egg, water, salt and sugar in a bowl. Stir into flour until just moistened. Add berries. Stir to incorporate.

3. Let batter sit at least 5 minutes.

4. Heat heavy bottom skillet over medium heat with butter or oil while batter is sitting. Cook until bubbly. Turn and cook until golden brown.

We enjoyed ours with a pat of butter, some Michigan Maple Syrup and coffee.

The pancakes were Felix and Papa approved!

We gave Papa a copy of “The Book of Dads: Essays on the Joys, Perils and Humiliations of Fatherhood” and spent the evening barbecuing in the yard with some family.

It is my hope that I am able show Andrew in little ways each day how wonderful of a father he is, how much I respect, appreciate and love being his partner. But yesterday, his 1st fathers day, I hope he felt a little extra special.

Fennel Baked with Fennel

Fennel is a vegetable I’ve begun to use only recently, but I’m so glad I have! This recipe is so delicious, we ate it before I could snap a photo of the finished product! It comes from my most beloved and well used cookbook.

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