Saturday, November 28, 2009

baked crab cakes w/ cucumber/taragon emulsion

Baked Crab Cakes
1/4 Cup Bread Crumbs
1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
1 Teaspoon Freshly Chopped Parsley
1 Teaspoon Mustard Powder
1/8 Teaspoon Black Pepper
3 Teaspoons Old Bay Seasoning
1 Tablespoon Mayonnaise
2 Tablespoons Melted Butter
1 Teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
1 Egg
1 Pound Fresh Lump Blue Crab
1.Preheat oven to 375 Degrees F. Grease a baking sheet or line with foil.
2.Combine bread crumbs, baking powder, parsley, mustard powder, pepper and Old Bay Seasoning; set aside.
3.Stir together mayonnaise, butter, Worcestershire Sauce and egg until smooth.
4.Gently fold in crab meat, then gently fold in bread crumb mixture until well blended.
5.Shape mixture into 12 loose, heaping crab cakes and place onto prepared baking sheet.
6.Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes per side until golden brown.

Cucumber & Tarragon Sauce:
2 sprigs fresh tarragon, use leaves only, discard stems.
2 tbs. fruity olive oil (Spanish, Greek and Turkish Olive Oil)
1/2 c. cucumber water:
•1 English Cucumber, skin on, 1/2 tsp. salt, & Juice of one half lime
•Rough chop cucumber.
•Place in food processor with salt and lime juice.
•Pulse till cucumber bits are the size of rice grains
•Pour pulsed cucumber into a fine strainer positioned over a bowl. Let drain in
refrigerator 3-5 minutes.
•Retain strained water
--Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor and mix till an emulsion forms
(Note: In a blender this will happen in a few seconds; in a processor it might take a few

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

personalized stationary DIY

make your own stationery

What could be more personal than creating custom stationery for a special friend? By choosing specific paper colors, embellishments, and adding their name you are honoring their personality and creating a one-of-a-kind gift. A stationery set can be as simple as a collection of note cards and envelopes, but by adding other letter writing components like labels and pens, or personalizing the stationery with rubber stamps, you create something truly unique.

To take it over the top include a custom return address embosser plate – an easy and elegant way to add a return address to envelopes. Finally, be creative in your presentation – put all of your stationery items into an adorable suitcase, or organize them inside a linen folio.

Here are some things you might need:
Flat cards & folded cards
8.5″ x 11″ text paper
Return address embosser plate
Rubber stamps – try alphabet rubber stamps to add a name or monogram

Paper Source colors: chartreuse & pool

via the Paper Source blog

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