Wednesday, January 16, 2008

creamer potatoes with garlic and dill

raising a glass

I feel a bit of a cheat just posting these pictures and not including a recipe? I mean, really, who do I think I am, disappearing for weeks on end, and the resurfacing just to show you a couple of pretty food pictures only to vanish into cyber-darkness leaving no recipe for digestion? I know, I’m playing with fire here, even with trying to be coy, but I swear, the whirlwind of 2008 has taken me quite by surprise.

For one, our new toy is beautiful and stunning and we can’t get enough of it, except. Oh, well, there’s that feature it offers iPhoto, which has me all up in arms. For all the great, amazing things Apple offers, surely it can include its free photo editor to be better than this? I mean, I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I actually miss Picasa on my old pc! Shame on me, right?

potatoes with dill and garlic and butter lovely, fresh, chopped dill
steak!! broiled salmon

Except, I have been reading Deb and Luisa’s complaints on Flickr and I’m glad I’m not the only one angry with the product. It simply doesn’t edit well, and it’s not because I didn’t take the time to learn its features! I suppose I am long-overdue for Elements anyway – it’s way cheaper the the full-blast Photoshop!

Halfway into the month, 1/24th of the way done with 2008. Where does the time go?

I hope that your 2008 so far has been nothing short of bliss. Me? I’m just trying to eke out some time to simply cook. Cook without taking a single picture. Cook just so we can have a home-made meal. With my job now being a great deal more demanding now, it’s a new, wonderful challenge.

A special thanks to all of you who made suggestions on how to make SassyRadish better in 2008. I, and my intrepid web designer friend, are working on making this site a whole lot better this year. Even if I don’t post more often, I am at least hoping to up the functionality of the site!

Updated: now with the dill potatoes recipe!! See below

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Thursday, January 3, 2008

sauteed brussels sprouts with onions and lemon zest

lemon zest love

Happy belated New Year to everyone – I included the picture above because the lemon zest looked so much like confetti, it reminded me of a celebration! I’ve been quite absent from regular posting having had an unprecedented month of work, travel, being sick.

I’ve been cooking not as often as I’d like. It’s been cold. We’ve been attending holiday this and holiday that. We went to Texas and ate barbecue and I lost my voice and had to get antibiotics and was called for the rest of the trip the Christmas Mime (because I could mime oh-so-expressively). So one of the New Year’s resolutions is to post more regularly! And take better pictures. And get some more camera equipment like a sexy macro lens I’ve been eyeing and a flash! All thanks to a more than generous B&H gift certificate from KS’s dad’s family, I can now indulge in those items! Oh, I can’t wait!

There are also design tweaks in the works. They’re so late in arrival that I wanted to keep this an absolute secret from you, but I am hoping that very soon, you’ll see a much sleeker version of SassyRadish!

locally grown

Some other resolutions involve my being more web savvy, learning CSS, understanding the intricacies of MT 4.0 and becoming my very own web designer extraordinaire! With the new addition to our household, our iMac looks very inviting and promising, if this can’t make me more design-literate, all hope is then lost.

I know that I’ve already written about Brussels sprouts recently and it’s one of those been-there-done-that stories, but really I can’t get enough of those miniature cabbages! They are soooo cute! And soooo good! And as one of my resolutions last year was to use the produce already in my fridge, no matter how much the glossy recipes call to me. And so with five pounds of Brussels sprouts from Satur farms, something had to be done. Half of them went into the recipe here, and another half became part of the chicken stew I’ll write about soon.

What are some of your New Year’s resolutions? And what would you like to see on this site? Could be more recipes of a specific type, like “More Russian food!” or better functionality (like a recipe index!) or better photography, punchier writing, or something else! Please give suggestions and don’t be worried about hurting my feelings. If there’s something about the site that drives you crazy, let me know as well!

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