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31  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Quick supper - Smoked Salmon Fettuccine on: August 03, 2017 08:16:39 AM

This is a quick pasta meal I made up recently that turned out well, especially as it has been very humid, and hot lately.  You can cook the pasta anyway you want, but this is the way I have been doing it for awhile, to reduce energy and decrease heating up the house when it is this hot and sticky.   Also, it uses thickened yogurt, versus say cream or a more complex roux-based sauce, for a simple and cheap ingredient.  It got the thumbs up from Jim.  If you can eat gluten - feel free to use regular pasta!

Smoked Salmon Fettuccine
serves about 4-6


1 package (340 gm) gluten-free fettuccine (I used Catelli or Barilla here)
1 recipe yogurt cheese (about 2 cups, made from 1x750 mg bucket of yogurt)
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 tsp dried dill
zest and juice of 1 lemon
1 package smoked salmon (about 1/2-2/3rds of a lb), roughly chopped
1 1/2 cups peas, thawed if frozen
(alternately, some trimmed, sliced, and blanched fresh asparagus)
1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions
2 - 4 tbsp capers, drained and chopped
salt and pepper to taste
(optional - 1 tbsp dijon mustard).

Anyways, the yogurt cheese made a nice creamy sauce.  Also, this was a quick weeknight meal and in light of the recent heat and humidity, actually was bad to make with the induction cook top and the method of cooking I have been using for pasta for awhile.

I boiled water and salted.  Added the fettuccine.  When it came to a boil again, stir pasta lightly, turn off the heat, and cover the pot for about 8-10 minutes.  Once or twice, stir gently again, and cover the pot, to keep the pasta from sticking too much.  When pasta is al dente, add the peas to the hot water and drain.  Maybe save a bit of the pasta water to thin the sauce in case it is needed.

Combine the yogurt cheese, dijon, parmesan, dill, capers, lemon juice/zest, salmon, and mix gently and thoroughly into pot of pasta.  Salt and pepper to taste.  Add a splash of water and stir gently if sauce too thick.  Serve right away.

A bit more on my blog if you are interested.
32  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / An ode to coffee... on: August 03, 2017 07:57:05 AM

Jim wanted a sign like this for awhile after I showed him a fun stamp I found that was similar, that I used as inspiration for a bag I made a friend.  A bit of background is that I tend to be an early bird and up several hours before him, so by the time he gets up and comes down, I am well-caffeinated and often have a list of chores for him (... Jim, could you....).  Often well before his first cup of coffee.  He wanted this sign so he can point to it as a reminder to at least let him get that first cup of coffee.

He recently did a stair renovation and these were cut-off pieces from the risers, that he was going to discard or use as kindling, so I grabbed them up to craft with and used one for this sign.  I basically burned on the dark lettering, and burned the outline and used pencil crayon and a solvent for the colour - I wanted the wood grain to show through.  I should have just painted it as the acrylic finish made the colour run a bit and I had to try to clean that up a bit.  Also, it is oak veneered plywood, so I was afraid to sand the surface too much, and the edges were rough, so that did get sanded and painted.  But I felt it was not too bad for a piece of scrap that was going to be tossed out.

He's not a big fan of poetry (outside of the man from Nantucket...), but this is a poem he can get behind... and our kitchen decor has taken on a definite snarky theme, with some of the other pieces we have in there!

A bit more about it on my blog if anyone is interested.
33  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Needle felted hoops on: August 03, 2017 07:43:20 AM
Love them!  They look like water colours - love you manipulation and shading of the fibers!
34  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Absolutely loved making these guys: on: August 03, 2017 07:42:22 AM
SO creepy cute - the rats are very life-like - yet so adorable with their sartorial finery!
35  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Abandoned Art Swap Rd 2 (SU 7/26-8/9 SO 9/5) on: August 03, 2017 07:33:54 AM

These are some altered pennies I made to abandon, recently.  I wanted something that was kind of quintessentially Canadian as this was my ode to Canada for the 150th celebration of Confederation.  I chose the penny because of the fact they are no longer being made, and have been weaned out of our currency.  They are stamped with the Maple Leaf, and Canada, and while it used to be common to find a penny on the ground, for luck, it is now rare, so I took inspiration from that poem/saying.  I made about 30 or so of these to be dropped around some areas where I felt a bit of found luck could be nice.  I have some more which are specifically Canada 150, which I may drop around more touristy areas.

My personal artistic goal this year was to make and abandon 150 small pieces.  I have some bamboo tile pieces that are waiting to be finished now.

So this swap would fit in nicely with this.

36  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Calhoun Peach & Sweet Basil Jam on: August 01, 2017 07:01:08 PM
That looks so pretty!
37  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Christmas in July Round 2 on: August 01, 2017 06:59:06 PM
What a great idea - that gingerbread house is awesome!
38  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: My awesome flower pens! on: August 01, 2017 02:10:39 AM
Good use of the florals - it's hard to see, the pictures look a bit distorted, but it looks like you used floral tape down the sides of the pens?
39  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Sirius Black handbound journal on: August 01, 2017 02:09:07 AM
It is lovely - and I love the black/white/gray palette!
40  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Abandoned Art Swap Rd 2 (SU 7/26-8/9 SO 9/5) on: July 31, 2017 07:16:19 PM
Oooooh - did not realize swap was up - will be joining! 
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