Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Tuesday at the Table

Earlier in the summer, I posted about a family visit to a restaurant named the table, where we had the quite-new-to-us combo of ricotta and olive oil served with fresh crusty bread. Ever since, I've wanted to try my own version, and with the summer herbs finally plentiful, I did!

Garlic Ricotta and Herb Spread
- 1 cup ricotta cheese
- 2 cloves garlic, pressed
- 2 Tb. finely chopped fresh herbs - thyme, oregano, flat leaf parsley; a random proportion of each is fine or another mix of herbs would be welcome
- generous grating of fresh ground pepper
- a couple of pinches of salt - I like Maldon flaked salt + extra for sprinkling
- extra-virgin olive oil

Gently combine all ingredients except olive oil. Scoop ricotta mixture into individual-sized bowls or larger ones for a group. Pour olive oil over the scooped cheese. Sprinkle with a bit more flaked salt. Serve with crusty bread.
Soooo simple. And soooo good. 

Monday, August 3, 2015

Snooze Alarm

Every once in a while, something totally unplanned takes over your sewing time, right? In my current case, a new pattern and some just-released fabric caught my eye and just had to be partnered up. Enter the Wake Up Call block by Amy/Badskirt and Katarina Roccella's Imprint.

I 'met' them around the same time, halted progress on all my other projects and set to work. I kept things small - 4 - 11" blocks, no sashing or border necessary. I played with layout and then settled in to quilt.

I had a sense that matchstick quilting would be the way to go the minute I started on this one. Aurifil 50wt #2021 (Natural White) was threaded in my machine already and seemed the obvious choice. When doing this kind of quilting, I use my hera marker to divide the width of the quilt every 3 1/2" or so. I quilt these guidelines first and then go back to fill in each section

I auditioned several of the Imprint prints for the binding, and though I finally settled on the gold "Morse Dot Sun," I didn't have quite enough, so over on the right side I filled in with "Crossthread Sheen". It's not real obvious in photos, but I'm glad it is in person. And I failed to get a shot of it, but the backing is Katarina's Floret Stains Tealberry. You know I had to keep it all in the family!

I named this one "Snooze Alarm" as a nod to the block's name. Boy was I sad when it was finished. It's just so dang refreshing to drop everything and make something on impulse. And I find a small project like this a kick-start for the other projects that were interrupted. So now it's back to that 'to do' list!