Craftiness Category

Today I'll share a small batch of recipes, I think — but first a quick note: I really like the Zatarain's Creole food! It's surprisingly tasty to me, and the boxes make it easy to make. So far I've tried the Red Beans & Rice and the Dirty Rice Mix (to both of which I […]

So as I mentioned yesterday, the birthday dinner included homemade Italian cream sodas, and I promised to share the recipe today, with my notes below it. I'm also very pleased that I remembered to catch the recipe's URL too this time! Here it is, and check out her lovely photos too: Italian Cream Sodas Holiday […]

So it was a dear friend's birthday over the weekend, and I wanted to try making something tasty just for him at this week's Monday Night Gaming Horde (hereafter known as the infelicitous sounding MNGH). He'd let drop — after much prompting — that he kinda liked pierogies? So I went and looked them up. […]

I have found a wonderful new/old cookbook! I think it was originally written in 1960 or so. The author, Peg Bracken, got sick of all the recipe books written by male chefs which deliriously caroled in incessant glee about how much fun it was for women to slave over a hot oven all day — […]

Got home safe & sound, much to my relief — I really prefer my own nice little futon. Wanted a really simple crockpot recipe for my first dinner at home again, so tried this. The smell was fabulous all day long — yum! I served it with a salad first, to make sure we all […]

I think I've figured out what makes a really great meatloaf, as opposed to just a good one: mixing meats. All the meatloaf recipes I've really enjoyed do this, such as turkey breast and turkey sausage, or beef and pork, or chicken and turkey. I'm not sure why it makes such a difference, but it […]

The potential and promise of post-patriarchal spirituality is reflected in Starhawk's 20th anniversary edition of her pivotal, bestselling, and now classic 1979 work, The Spiral Dance. Included in this version are the initial book release, the ten year anniversary notes, and an added section for the 20 year anniversary Introduction and notes. Starhawk's original text […]

Well! I am both startled and pleased — I've had a crockpot dish that every single person enthusiastically told me I should definitely make again! That's always a lovely feeling. :) Strangely enough, this is about the simplest recipe I've tried in a while, and I don't recall where I got it from — it […]

In a thought-provoking example of Talamantez' urging to learn from indigenous peoples, East Asian scholar and religious professor Jordan Paper's 1997 Through the Earth Darkly is a deliberately cross-cultural comparison of multiple non-Western, indigenous perspectives and reflections on women as the embodiment of the sacred, and the ensuing cultural "meaning and significance to females of […]

Once a week we have friends over for some tabletop gaming, and I provide dinner — it is, in fact, one of the two meals a week which I make. They're very sweet friends, too, in that they each toss $5 into the kitty for food. There are five of us total, and of course […]

Bestiaries depict mythical, moralizing animals, but are also potential allegorical sparks that can bloom into brilliant mental bonfires. My bestiary is this mythologizing animal's fascinated exploration of beauty & meaning in the wonder of existence -- in the hopes of inspiring yet more joyous flares of intellectual passion.

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