Entries from October 2008 ↓

Things that make me go hmmm… political version…

Or maybe it’s just huh?

Driving into Boulder from Denver Saturday on U.S. 36, there were tons of political signs for GOP Senate candidate Nancy Spence and CU Regent candidate Pat Hayes. All fine, except, um, no one in Boulder County can vote for either one of them. Spence represents the Centennial south of Denver in the state Senate and Hayes represents the 7th Congressional District. Maybe they thought there were a lot of folks from those districts attending the CU-KState game? (Go Buffs!) Oh, and nice touch, the handmade “No Socialism = No Obama” sign just before the overlook into the Boulder Valley.

Then last night, the phone rang. i decided to answer it. When the robocall voice revealed itself as former GOP gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez. i decided to listen to the call, in which he cited his five non-negotiable issues: abortion, euthanasia, gay marriage, stem-cell research and another that i wasn’t quick enough to write down. He mentioned that as a Catholic, this was why he was supporting Republican Bob Schaffer for U.S. Senate over Democrat Mark Udall. i cannot for the life of me understand why such a call came to my number. No one in this household attends church, let alone is Catholic. And the people here are registered as Democrats.

Was it all just for my amusement? Or is the GOP targeting really that far off?

My fave tailgate recipes

These go over pretty well. And you can get them baked up relatively quickly.

Dessert first, of course. This Truffle Cookies recipe is from Gourmet Mag and Cookbook.

4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
3/4 stick (6 tablespoons) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder (not Dutch-process)
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar
3 large eggs
1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
melt unsweetened chocolate, butter and 1 cup chips in 1 quart heavy saucepan over low heat, stirring occasionally. Cool. Really, i microwave on medium for 5 or 6 minutes and stir it up.
Whisk flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt in a bowl. i stir it with a small spoon in a mixing cup.
Beat sugar, eggs and vanilla in a large bowl with an electric mixer at medium speed until pale and frothy, about 2 minutes. i do this while the chocolate is in the zapper. Mix in the chocolate, the mix in the flower at low speed until well combined. Stir in remaining 1 cup chips. Refrigerate, covered, until dough is firm, about 2 hours. Lick the leftover bowl and utensils clean of chocolate before washing.
Put a rack in middle of oven and preheat to 350 degrees.
With dampened hands, roll heaping teaspoons of dough into 1-inch balls and arrange 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake in batches until puffed and set, 10 to 12 minutes (more like 9.5 at altitude) cookies will still be soft in center.
Cool on a baking sheet for 10 minutes, then transfer to racks to cool completely.

This is from The Feast of Sante Fe by Huntley Dent, tho it’s been modified (he calls for swiss, i use cheddar)
Chile-cheese puffs
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup water
8 tablespoons (1 stick) lightly salted butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup unbleached white flour (frankly, i use regular flour)
4 eggs (the larger the eggs, the puffier the puffs)
1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
2 tablespoons (or more) diced green chiles (canned)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Heat water, milk, salt and butter in a saucepan, bringing to full rolling boil over medium heat – make sure the butter is entirely melted. Remove pan from heat and add flour all at once. Stir for a few seconds to incorporate it, and return the pan to medium heat, stirring constantly, until the dough draws together in one mass and begins to coat the bottom of the pan with a thin film as you stir. (This doesn’t take long.)
Remove from heat and all to cool for a minute or two (so the eggs don’t cook!). Break an egg and stir it in, one at at a time, working vigorously with a wooden spoon. Don’t add the next egg until the first is thoroughly incorporated. After all four eggs are blended in, stir in the cheese and chiles.
Drop the still-warm dough by tablesspoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets, leaving about 1/2 inch between each. Sprinkle a bit more of grated cheddar on top of each. Place in oven, turn the heat down to 375. Bake about 15 to 20 minutes, until puffs are golden brown. Then reduce heat to 350 and let them dry out for another 5 minutes or so, but don’t overbrown on bottom.

The latest hand knit…

And it was a frustrating one…

This is the Michael Kors “Boxy Cardigan” pattern from Vogue Knitting Spring/Summer 2007. i pretty much had all five pieces dones – each front, each sleeve and the back – when i realized the fronts weren’t nearly as long as the pattern said they should be. i went online to see if there was a pattern correction, but only found one for the sleeves. That really didn’t fix the length of the front.

Then came across a blog post that indicated similar problems, though she doesn’t mention how she did the fronts, but did a different collar. i ended up tearing out the fronts (twice on one) and trying to match them up to the right part of the sleeve. Also went back halfway down each sleeve and fixed according to the pattern sleeve.

Used Laine Du Nort CashSilk on sale, about nine skeins. Although it has a great feel, it’s somewhat pilly. And i’m really not sure i like the finished product. May decide to add the sleeve ribbing as the person in the Binding Off blog did. What do you think?