Saturday, January 18, 2014

A bit more to remember......
Christmas at Pioneer Square
 Ugly sweaters on Portland sculpture

Holly and her good friend, Mistletoe Madison..... Google it.
 Howard's annual Christmas party.
 The Last Word.... Old but new famous cocktail from Chicago I think

 Daddy time with the Swemma
 Ms. Goff's 4th grade class and Gary Hirshc Botjoys!  Joybot.  Kindness bot  For Red Ball 2014!
 Emma's Bot from Gary

We just looked over our blog and realized how great it is to look back at some highlights with great photos.  We are going to keep it going for us, as we know no one looks at it but us. All the better!
Let's start back with........ let me go to iPhoto and see what is the latest.
I finally did something with all of our corks.  My inspiration came from a blog and I thought, how cool to make it in the shape of Oregon.  Again, inspired by "Heart Oregon" I used red corks to make a heart.  Weld Bond glue is the best!

Emma during a holiday choir performance. Ms. Wright.  Love her!

Reindeer noses!  
 Making snowflakes on New Years Eve at the Painters
 Tom the money maker!  New Years Eve at the Painters playing CLR - Center Right Left

 Our traditional prime rib.  We grilled it on our new Weber BBQ this year.  It will become an annual tradition.  It was great!

Prime Rib, yorkshire pudding, blue cheese wedge salad

 Pookie snuck into the living room.  she can stay awhile... xoxo
 perfect santa pookie
 Holly's 12th birthday with Maddie Root.  We picked up Maddie and went to see Frozen.  Sushi in Beaverton somewhere.  Krispy Kreme Doughnuts and a sleepover.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Great Ted Talk 
Both my kids watched it.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Made paella over the open fire this week at the Howard's family cabin on Penland Lake in Oregon (near Heppner or Heavener as Jack would say).

A few months ago I would say I was not much of a paella fan, so I decided to create my own recipe.  It gets better every time, but I'm not sure I can top cooking it over an open fire!  Thank you Howard's!

Next time I'll try to keep my mouth shut......  safety first!

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Kim's Paella

Kim’s Paella

Serves about 8

Asparagus – trimmed and par cooked 1 lb
¾ cup dry white wine
1 t. saffron threads
Olive oil – approximately 1/3 cup
8 chicken thighs – skin on, bone in
Chorizo – 4 sausages
1 onion – chopped
Kosher salt  - approximately 1 T
5 cloves garlic – minced
1 yellow pepper – chopped
1 can diced tomatoes
2 cups paella rice
Chicken broth – 4 – 5 cups
½ jar of piquillo peppers (7. 6 oz jar of Matiz Navarro brand)
2 bay leaves
Smoked paprika – approximatel 1 ½ teas
Sweet Spanish paprika – approximately 1 ½ teas
½ teas. Crushed red pepper
Shrimp 16 or 1 pound
1 cup frozen peas
flat leaf parsley & lemon wedges

In small saucepan bring wine and saffron to boil.  Simmer 3 minutes, turn off heat and let steep 20 minutes
In paella pan – heat olive oil, add chicken skin side down.  Cook for 5 minutes or until browned. Turn chicken over add onion and salt.  Sauté a few minutes and add garlic and yellow pepper.  Be sure not to burn. Add diced tomatoes and piquillo peppers stir. Add wine and saffron to deglaze. Stir scraping bottom of pan.  Add paella rice and broth slowly add bay leaves, paprika, red pepper, salt. Make sure all grains of rice are covered. 
Simmer stirring occasionally for about 10 minutes. Add more broth if needed. Add peas,shrimp and asparagus. Garnish with lemon and parsley.

Adapted from Bon Appetit March 2005, Cooking Channel Paella del Reyes, Jamie, Saveur Mixed Paella and Thomas Keller Chicken Mar y Muntanya.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Kindergarten Ainsworth Auction

This will be for auction at Ainsworth Elementary School's Red Ball at The Nines in Portland Oregon on Saturday February 27th, 2010.
Custom mat and black frame by Frame Central on Macadam.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

White Pizza

Homemade whole wheat pizza dough
Lightly sauteed sliced garlic in olive oil
pearl mozzarella cheese
shredded mozzarella cheese
Parmesan cheese