Friday, June 30, 2023

June in My Kitchen

Gadgets and good things to eat!

Just outside my kitchen: pots of herbs for cooking.

I snip a few herbs to include in almost everything I cook!

New Plate from the Ann Arbor Potters' Guild

Just right for some toast and a glass of juice to eat on the porch, a plate from this summer’s ceramics sale.

Another breakfast on the new plate:  French Toast and apple slices.
The platter is also from the Potters’ Guild, purchased a few years ago.

New French Press Coffee Pot

Old one on the left: the plastic was messed up so Evelyn
ordered me another one.

New Sourdough Containers

Len finds these new containers much better than the mason jars he had been using.

New Magnets on My Refrigerator

A magnet from the Art Museum Shop: “Banned Books”

Le Petit Prince from Paris

Another gift from Evelyn: six coasters of Le Petit Prince, here with the fox that he tamed.

The Little Prince is a favorite story for me and for many other people. Here's one of the original illustrations of the prince and his fox:


A gadget: “Supoon” for scraping the inner edge of a jar.
A gift from Arny & Tracy.

Treats and Cooking in my Kitchen

New Joe-Joe’s flavor.

M&M’s: a favorite all my life, now in a Costco size!

Alice made us great turkey meatballs

She also made a great zucchini dish.

The best rhubarb pie:

Made by Evelyn.

The best Asian food:

Len made a number of great Asian dishes like this grilled eggplant.

Pad Thai — the best yet!

Ready-Made Mediterranean:

Ready-made stuffed grape leaves, pita, hummus, and tadziki
are very convenient.

Most Intriguing Food News of the Month

A recently-uncovered mural in Pompeii seems to depict a pizza, along with other food and wine. 
This places the origin of pizza as early as Roman times: the mural was buried by Mt. Vesuvius 2000 years ago.
Obviously tomatoes were not available to the Romans because they came from the New World after 1492,
but this prototype pizza has other toppings. (source)

Important thought for Foodies

I visited the headquarters of our local food bank, and learned about the ongoing (and worsening)
crisis in food insecurity, and the increased suffering due to the end of many government benefits.
Our society’s shame is that many children suffer with hunger.

From the Food Gatherers’ Website:

“Food Gatherers is the food bank and food rescue program serving Washtenaw County. The lead agency for hunger relief in the County, Food Gatherers supports a network of 170 community partners with free and low-cost food, deliveries, and trainings. We operate several large direct service programs — the Food Gatherers Community Kitchen, the Summer Food Service Program, and the Healthy School Pantry Program — and work closely with community schools, universities, and healthcare providers to address gaps in services. Because hunger will not be solved with food alone, we advocate for policies and system changes to create an equitable food system.”

Blog post © 2023 mae sander
Shared with Sherry’s In My Kitchen and Eileen’s Critters.

Thursday, June 29, 2023

Our World is Turning Black

As I write, the "PM2.5 concentration in Ann Arbor is currently 13.3 times the WHO annual air quality guideline value." Yesterday, Detroit's air quality was the worst in the entire world, and visibility was terrible. Today it's only second-worst in the world, with Chicago at number one.

Were the Rolling Stones predicting this in 1966 when they said:

"Maybe then, I'll fade away
And not have to face the facts
It's not easy facing up
When your whole world is black"


NOTE: I know they were not singing about air pollution. But I keep thinking about "the sun blotted out from the sky" when I look out my window today.

Wednesday, June 28, 2023

Korean Cuisine

This library book, Korean Home Cooking by Sohui Kim, has been an inspiration for some
great dishes this month. We are intrigued by the many recipes for Kim Chee, though don’t plan to make it.

The food photos in the book are beautifully styled. Imagine my surprise when the plate for a tofu dish (left)
was exactly like a plate that I’ve had for many years (right).

I made some tofu and also delicata squash to go with the sauce in the recipe. Delicious!

Again, the image from the book and my plate, with the tofu and squash arranged on it.

Miss Kim Korean-Style Restaurant

We had a nice dinner at this local Korean-style restaurant. The chef/owner
is very creative with Korean-inspired cuisine.

Ji Hye Kim, the owner of Miss Kim, has been a semifinalist in the Outstanding Chef category of the James Beard Award and in the restaurant category, as well as receiving recognition from the Food & Wine and Eater lists. The restaurant, founded in 2016, is part of the Zingerman’s group of Ann Arbor food establishments. We find the cooking, the atmosphere, and the service at this restaurant to be quite enjoyable.

A complimentary appetizer (banchan) —
 grated carrots with coriander.

A lovely asparagus dish served with pecan halves.

Fantastic stir-fried broccoli with a slightly sweet sauce.

Tteokbokki — Korean rice batons. Tasty and interestig.
This was my main course. Len had fish, but it was disappointing.

Dessert seems to be perfectly American: molten chocolate cake!

The Seoul, Korean Restaurant

About a month ago, we ate at The Seoul, another, more traditional Korean restaurant near the University of Michigan campus. We ordered noodles and Korean fried chicken, not Korean Barbecue, their signature dish.I didn’t post any photos at the time, so here they are.

Very nice complimentary appetizers: traditional in Korean restaurants.

Blog post © 2023 mae sander

Sunday, June 25, 2023

So far this weekend…

 Family tradition: we went to Dairy Queen.

Alice and Evelyn came for a slightly long weekend.

A few more activities in a quiet visit.

The artisan market was fun, but the art work wasn’t great.

Alice cooked dinner Saturday night.

Mediterranean meatballs, pesto, zucchini, and other great dishes.

We bought some local rhubarb and Evelyn made a pie.
The little guy is Be-Bop a Re-Bob.

Two Evenings, Two Classic Movies

Breakfast time and new flowers

Tea and coffee to share with Elizabeth's blog party.

New geraniums from the garden center where we shopped yesterday.

Herb garden. We have been cooking with all of these.

Another new pot of flowers in the front garden.

UPDATE: A walk along the river

Sharing this mural on the public restroom…

For Sami’s Monday Murals.

Blog post © 2023 mae sander