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Gallerie Chiz in Shadyside, Art Show Opening

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Artists Susan Middleman and Joan Brindle. Classmates reunited at Susan’s Opening Reception Friday night.

Class of 1965-  they met as freshmen at Carnegie Tech

(now Carnegie Mellon University) Pittsburgh PA

Joan and I were art teachers in the Pittsburgh Public Schools and then Joan was my Art Supervisor. We became friends. That’s how I got invited to her friend Susan’s Art Opening Reception at Gallerie Chiz. The large oil paintings on paper are Susan’s art work.

I met the artist Susan Middleman through Joan.

 

IMG_2991Hosted by Gallerie Chiz owner/director Ellen Chisdes Neuberg who provided the space for connections. I knew she was the gallery owner as she came to introduce herself. I was inquiring if her plate held a sweet or a savory.

I thought it might be a chocolate or a meatball but it was a baby bella mushroom.

Ellen sported a cool purple outfit, unique art jewelry and turquoise glasses. Plus she wasn’t carrying a purse.  Ellen and one other person would have been selected “best dressed” if I were from the paper.

Glass and found objects artist Elizabeth Fortunato showed her work at the art opening reception this evening, too. The show is open through October 10th.

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The title is Waiting for the Rain to Stop

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The white embroidered dress is from Hey Betty! Vintage Clothing down the street (5890 Ellsworth Avenue)

 

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Pumpkin Patch on my Living Room Floor

It was my daughter Laura’s idea.  She called on Face Time and asked me what I was doing.  I showed her the little stack of different size pumpkins hats I knit this past week.

“Make a pumpkin patch with all the knitted pumpkin hats.” she said. “Stuff them with something to make them stand up.”  Good idea, Laura.

(I used a couple of large balls of yarn and some dishtowels.)

I was thinking about photographing outside in the grass but it is totally unfall-like with 85% humidity.

The morning sun was streaming in through the lace curtains onto the living room floor.

Not from every angle but the difference in lighting is remarkable.

My first full week of retirement, no back to school. It’s a transition.  And we’re moving from summer to fall, even though the heat is intense. Another transition.  I bought a snow shovel this week.

There’s still one hat on the needles. I’m knitting the last hat for my granddaughter Maura, who’s going to be 7 in November but said she’d wear one.  I already gave one away a few days ago.

My other neighbor, J said the first pumpkin hat I posted looked like a tomato!  I think these photos show the color of yarn as orange for sure. Two hats and the one for Maura are Superwash Merino wool and the others are Premier Yarns Deborah Norville Soft Non-Pilling Acrylic. Hopefully easy wash and dry for the moms.

The pattern was from Ravelry by Tara Thomsen in case you want to make some. Newborn to adult sizes.  That’s enough for me this season.

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After sharing the recipe with friends, I finally made it myself

My friend Joanne’s guest blog of the Nine Minute Pasta was well received. I’d read the article about the backstory for the Nine Minute Pasta recipe here The recipe was originally developed by Nora Singly .  You may have an abundance of tomatoes.  Here’s my report.

J mentioned a bit of gumminess at the end and threw in a 1/4 cup of wine. She said she’d make it again.

Since I’d sent the recipe out to many friends, (figuring I’d missed it when it went viral a few years ago so perhaps they’d missed it too), I decided to fire up the stove and make it myself. Plus, I had all those delicious cherry tomatoes from the East Liberty Farmers Market.  Steve brought up a linguine that had a 9 minutes cooking time on the box.  Yes, you do have to mind the pasta so it doesn’t become a solid block, separate the strands.  I used a knife.

The only thing I changed from the original recipe was to let the covered pan sit for two additional minutes (with the burner off). Next time I’d add a few MORE cherry tomatoes.  The cutting them in half was the only time consuming part of the effort. I actually weighed the tomatoes to follow the recipe.  The fresh garlic from my brother in Okanogan WA and the fresh basil really added to the taste.  Going to try a brown rice pasta version and adjust cooking time and liquid if necessary. 

 

 


Helping Grandma Load the Car

Had to get that cell phone to my eye as quickly as I could to capture this composition.  My son had called the kids to help me load up the car as I prepared to leave Columbus for Pittsburgh. Henry is tagging along.

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They were all (including Henry) going on their own trip, a couple of hours away, to select the Airedale puppy they’ll pick up Labor Day Weekend.

Stay tuned!

Anna as photographed by her mom, Erika, holding their choice- Josie.

Anna and the Airedale

Lots of shade in both photos


When your neighbor brings you baguette…

You eat a slice at dinner time. Buttered.

The next morning you need to soak the crusty thick slices in a mixture of eggs and milk, a dash of vanilla. 

Melt butter and a bit of olive oil in a big skillet.

Golden brown French Toast is the goal, not burned. 

Real maple syrup. A mug of coffee. 

Starting the day right.  Thanks J & P for the tasty baguette. 

   
    
 


Inspired to Test the Nine Minute Pasta Recipe

A week ago I posted the Marian Burros Plum Torte recipe posted by Jjbegonia and my friend Roberta baked it and sent a couple of photos. I didn’t post the following pasta recipe but sent it to a few friends.

I read this article via Business Insider Via link to http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2015/08/27/one_pan_9_minute_pasta_recipe_from_martha_stewart_living_the_backstory_and.html?wpsrc=sh_all_mob_em_top

I missed the Nine Minute Pasta recipe in Martha Stewart Living 2013 the first time around the Internet but read the above story and was intrigued. 

Without making it myself, I shared it with friends I knew would enjoy reading or cooking it. Give it a test.

My friend Joanne in Florida got my email and actually got all the ingredients and not only made it, but documented it with photos.

Here’s her report- thanks J

Hi Ruth – thanks again for the recipe. I tried it last night and here are a few pictures. So easy. My pan wasn’t big enough for the pasta to lay flat so I broke the linguine in half. You do indeed have to keep hovering over it and stir while it’s cooking so that you don’t end up with a lump of linguine. When it was finished (exactly 9 minutes!), it felt a little gummy so I threw in 1/4 cup of wine and that did the trick – I guess you could also perhaps toss with a little more olive oil instead of the wine. It tasted great and I will surely make it again!  

JB

   

    
   
Here is the link to the recipe itself 

One Pan Pasta


Heinz Stacks and Moon in the Clouds from Troy Hill Road

Left the Rehearsal Dinner at Penn Brewery to go across the street to my car.  This is what I saw.

The scene was elusive in camera, not wanting to focus, but a spectacular view. I really enjoy night photography and need to make a point to get out more at night.

 

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and below a cropped view with more of the city proper

Heinz Stacks and the Moon in Clouds

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


It’s Pumpkin (Hat Knitting) Season Again

I’m in the doghouse tonight for missing National Dog Day and my DIL sent a photo of Henry (the Airedale) and the new Airedale puppy, Josie coming home to their house next week. Her plan was I could make up for my omission of the family dogs on the blog today. Laura sent me a photo of Penny (the goldendoodle) on the couch looking glum cause I didn’t feature them on the blog for National Dog Day.  Who knew?  On to what I was planning to blog…..even thought it’s still August for a few more days.

People, including Fallon Tonight,  have tweeted and posted their opinions on the early reappearance of Pumpkin spice flavored drinks at that great big coffee chain.

I bemoaned the early August Halloween decorations in stores and just yesterday I saw bins of Candy Corn for sale. Ugh. Seems Summer barely had a chance.  But now I’m jumping in with knitting pumpkin hats.

Last year I knit five baby pumpkin hats.  You can only knit so fast.  This year I looked at the list of babies I know (including new grands) and thought I’d better get knitting. Asked for head circumference measurements. Turns out I can make one hat in a day (probably about 5 hours).  I did 3 loads of laundry and changed the bed, checked email periodically and watched a few of The Chef’s Table  documentaries while I knit.  And this time I’m making notes to remember what I did which unfortunately I did not do last year.

Could have saved a lot of time checking gauge if I had done so.

Cast on 70 stitches on bamboo needles and

cast on 80 stitches on the metal needles.  I still can’t decide which material I prefer.

Each has good points.(no pun intended)

I’m a relaxed knitter so had to go down a needle size from the recommendation on the pattern which was found on Ravelry.  Weighed the hat on the food scale and I should be able to make two more hats from one skein. (I  bought two skeins but that will be a lot of hats)  one skein of green is plenty and there will be leftover. The stem is I-cord stitch. I’m skipping the leaf for now.

The pattern in Punkin Head by Tara Thomsen available for free download.

Knit on size 5 circular needles (16") with worsted weight yarn

Knit on size 5 circular needles (16″) with worsted (4)weight yarn. Of course it looks much cuter with a baby wearing it! Stay tuned. 


Why were these people waiting in line? Had to GOOGLE to find out

Drove over the 16th Street Bridge  Saturday evening, as I returned to the city from Ohio.

As I sat at the red light at the end of the bridge I saw this line.  That’s a lot of people in line, I thought.

Camera was right there on the passenger seat and the light was red.

Line for restaurantForgot about the photo until tonight (Monday) and then googled 16th Street and Penn Avenue restaurant.

I found out why they’re all waiting in line.

Figured it was a restaurant not a concert as the music venue is on the opposite side of the street.

Yep.

 Gaucho Parilla Argentina.  a Wood-Fired Grill. 1601 Penn Avenue.

Not sure when they opened but seems everyone else already knew!

P.s.  August 27, 2015 An article about The restaurant in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette today Gaucho

 

 


Fellow blogger inspires my friend’s dessert for dinner guests 

Thursday I shared a blog post with my friend Roberta. It was from a blog I follow-(http://jjbegonia.com/marian-burros-plum-torte/) with Marion Burros Plum Torte recipe included in the post. 

Roberta made it that night for dinner guests.

Sent the two photos and I asked her permission to share. She’s guest blogger today.  Here’s what she said-

I made it with apricots since there were no Italian prune plums at the market, but otherwise didn’t change a thing. I can see why people love this recipe–so easy and so good. Thanks a million–it’s a keeper! R  

  
Check out the Plum torte post by jjbegonia to see her beautiful plum torte photos and recipe which inspired the apricot torte!


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