Archive for December, 2012

Quilts Matter!

WhyQuiltsMatter_DVD_setThis is my first  “Do-it-Yourself” blog.

I’m not lazy, I just think your comments are going to be more important than mine. So, here’s your assignment. Click the COMMENTS link below (blue) and tell me (and everyone else)  in 50 words or less why quilts matter. Why do you make them?  Why are they important?  Pick any perspective you care to expound on: personal, historical, emotional. One comment per person.

At noon (eastern time) on January 5th I’m going to pick the best answers, put them in a hat, and from those pick one winner. The winner will receive  a copy of  “Why Quilts Matter: Politics, Art & History,”  a nine-part documentary produced by The Kentucky Quilt Project.

Cool, huh?

If you get this blog delivered to your email address, do not hit reply! Scroll down and click the word COMMENTS.

Keep in mind that I have to approve the comments before they appear below and I might be vacuuming or something and may not hear your comment appear.

If you’re afraid you won’t win, you can purchase DVDs individually or through your guild.  Check out the “Why Quilts Matter” blog too! They post every Monday.

OK, ready……set………COMMENT!

December 31, 2012 at 6:55 pm 121 comments

My One-Day “International” Vacation

Steve and I took a vacation last Saturday. We hopped in the car and visited four countries in less than five hours. Supersonic transport? Nope. We just headed to the Detroit area, to visit some great ethnic restaurants and markets.

Bi Bim BopFirst stop was Bi Bim Bop for lunch. Bi Bim Bop is both the name of the restaurant and the name of a traditional Korean dish. Traditionally Served in a hot stone bowl, it’s mostly rice with seasoned ground beef (or chicken, or tofu) and five or six veggies (mushrooms, spinach, squash, beans sprouts, and carrot slivers)  on top circling a fried egg. The egg is sprinkled with a few sesame seeds and something that look like hair from a bad wig. No idea what is it is. It’s all delicious. Bi Bim Bop is seasoned to taste with a red, hot sauce. It’s pretty bland without it. If I put on too much my eyes start to water.

Stirring is very important, so that all the toppings are mixed in with the hot sauce as the rice sizzling against the oven-hot stone bowl. No matter how long it takes me to eat it (and I am a very slow eater, especially with chop sticks) the food never cools down.

20121130-062323.jpgFive or six condiments are served with the Bi Bom Bop. Brocoli spears in a peanut sauce, bean sprouts, and kimchi are standard. Then there’s mayonnaise based potato salad (who would have imagined?) or potato wedges in a sweet sauce, pickled stringy stuff, and some type of seaweed. I forgot to photograph those, and by the end of the meal there was nothing left anyway.

Next stop was Contoro’s Italian Market. I wish my camera took smells too! Delicious! This is not a large place. I think they have a dozen parking spaces and on a Saturday you sometimes have to wait to park. Inside it’s elbow to elbow with not much room at all for the teeny tiny shopping carts.

They have home-made pasta (tortelini and ravioli too), plus seasonal goodies like panetone (soft fruit cake, that’s more like bread inside than cake).  They bake their own bread and import meats, olives, and cheese from Italy. Vino, too!
CheeseMeatPastaMore MeatDolce (sweets)PanetoneBreadOlives

 Next stop. I’m repeating my self to get the spacing better.

Next stop was Mexican town in Detroit. The community got the short end of the stick when they ran the new freeway right through the middle of it, but in spite of that, they seem to be flourishing.

We stopped at the Honey  Bee Market and were greeted by an enormous display of chips and guacamole, with free samples! They had more avocados that I think I’ve seen in my whole life, cactus (I need to try that some day), all sorts of spices, and Inca Cola for Steve’s classroom.

Cactus and...?!

Guacomole and ChipsAvocadosInca Cola

 And if somebody who works with WordPress could tell me how in the world to make a hard line break, I would be eternally grateful.

Our final stop was at the Dearborn Market across the parking lot from the Arab American Museum. There were bins of exotic spices, more cucumbers and pickles than you could shake a stick at, and rice! Woah! Lot’s of rice! I’ve never seen rice in 25 pound bags before! There was lots of tea and sweets and ready-to eat food too. 

What's THIS?!cuckesAll rice!hibiscusspicespickles

In case you were wondering, I sampled something from every stop and snacked all the way home. It was fun to get away for the day and I can’t wait to do it again!

In case you were wondering, I sampled something from every stop and snacked all the way home. It was fun to get away for the day and I can’t wait to do it again!

December 1, 2012 at 9:50 pm 19 comments

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