Saturday, August 22, 2009

The New Saipua

I was in Red Hook today to visit the NEW Saipua shop.

We've moved to 147 Van Dyke....a block and a half from the old shop....the new space is incredible....and I wish I could post a photo....but my camera battery died at the most inopportune time.'ll have to go see the space in person, or check it out on Sarah's blog.

Instead you'll have to be satisfied with the antiquity I bought at Erie Basin while I was there.

Russell tells me its Etruscan.....brought up by divers from the Mediterranean.

It will look great as a sculpture in my garden!

Monday, August 17, 2009


I got these edamame in the CSA this week. I've never cooked them before...but steamed the pods, squeezed them out and turned them into this:

Edamame Succotash with Shrimp.

I could have done without the shrimp.....the succotash alone was addicting.

The corn, by the way, was frozen from last year...and is so sweet it tastes like it was sugared.

The edamame were small and tender and delish!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Salt Potatoes

New potatoes came in the CSA share this week.

In upstate New York, we make salt potatoes.

Read this backstory here.

See the white dusting on the skin....yummmmm salty and served with butter!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

a special quilt

In 1916 the members of the Clifton, New York Ladies Aid Society made a quilt as a fundraiser.

Each woman made one square. She collected ten cents to embroider your name on the square.

Some put the names in a special pattern.

When all the squares were done, the ladies put them together and hand quilted this red and white heirloom.

The money was donated to the Ladies Aid and the woman whose square had the most names was awarded the finished quilt.

This square was done by my grandmother, Susan Coyle. Rhea Coyle and Ethel Coyle were my aunts. My dad's name doesn't appear. He wasn't born until 1919.

But we had the quilt at home when I was young. I remember using it and throwing it in the wash.

I put it through the wash again and put it on the antique bed in my guest room.
It's so nice to be using it again!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

bitten by the bee...

or a new use for SOAP.

Pentti was attacked by a bee this afternoon....right behind his ear.
Fran, our right hand helper, said someone told her that rubbing a bar of soap over the bite would take the sting out!

Well, we've no lack of he tried it and pronounced it a success.

Confirmation HERE.