Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Lima Beans are Good for your Heart

For years I've said I despise lima beans; they're always so dry and tasteless. Since I'm a person willing to try just about any new food or recipe, when I saw fresh speckled lima beans at the farmer's market this past Saturday I decided to take a risk on them. Lima beans are often called butter beans, I think because everyone assumes lima beans are terrible and butter beans sounds so much better.

To enhance their flavor I smoked two turkey thighs with hickory chips (in my Anuka smoker, so thankful I found this one at an estate sale in Florida). After smoking I cut the meat off the bone and into small pieces. I sauteed half an onion till translucent and added the smoked turkey meat to cook the rest of the way. Then I added the fresh lima beans and two cups of water and two tablespoons of butter. I added fresh thyme and oregano from my garden, and a pinch of cloves and dash of paprika, two tablespoons of brown sugar, a sprinkling of balsamic vinegar and worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper. I cooked the beans for about an hour.

The cooked lima beans turned a silky brown color and were delicious. Unfortunately I forgot to take a photo of the finished beans because we were too busy eating them. Ha. If they have lima beans again this coming Saturday I'll get them again. I am sure fresh lima beans make all the difference in their taste. I read lima beans are good to lower cholesterol, good for the heart and good for diabetics. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Three Vases

About the time when I decide to use only white stoneware clay, I get a vase like this one from my latest firing. Creamy green glaze over red stoneware clay. Luscious breaking and nice feel to this one. I may have to keep this for myself. It's about six inches tall.

 Another vase made of speckled stoneware about five inches tall.

This rutile glaze turns too dark on red stoneware in my opinion. This vase is about eight inches tall. At the latest farmer's market I sold more than any other day this year. One woman bought three of my wood paintings. Just when I am about ready to give up things are looking up. I also got a check in the mail for the Reese Farm gift shop for sales there as well. Thanks for reading and for all your comment.s

Monday, September 18, 2017

Shishito Peppers

Apparently the latest delicacy in gourmet restaurants is shishito peppers. I've never had them but decided to give them a try. I found these at the farmer's market on Saturday.

 I was going to grill them outside but the wasps were buzzing around so I decided to use my cast iron frying pan. Supposedly one in ten is a hot pepper so I grilled the green ones first. Gary said he got one hot green pepper.

Then I tried the red ones because the green ones were so good. Two in ten were hot in this batch but they were delicious.

I made a dipping sauce of yogurt, lemon, garlic, and dijon mustard. These are a great appetizer. Brush with olive oil or sesame oil and grill, delicious. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

More Pendants & Ornaments & Magnets

Here are more pendants from this firing. I still have to string these. The white ones in the middle were stained with a red iron oxide wash. Apparently the RIO was too diluted.

 These are a few more ornaments.

After I made the pendants and ornaments, I decided to make a few refrigerator magnets. I have yet to glue the magnets on them though. What type of glue do you use on ceramics? Today I'll be at the farmer's market in booth 9 from 7 am to 1 pm. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.