Of Radishes and Rhubarb

Of Radishes and Rhubarb

Until a couple of weeks ago, I had never tried rhubarb.

I know what insanity is that?!

However, I saw this and did some googling and then found this and decided I needed to put my big girl panties on, buy some rhubarb, and try it.

Oh. My. Heavens. It was quite simply; freaking incredible.


Summer's Bounty

Summer's Bounty

As the days are growing ever so shorter, the bounty at the farmer’s market continues in abundance. I was saddened to have gotten what is most likely the last of the local blueberries.

This is my “take” on a recipe from the Red Spoon Blog’s “Blueberry Gratin”, and trust me, this is indeed an awesome use of fresh blueberries.

Blueberry Gratin

  1. 1 1/2 cups plain yogurt
  2. 1/2 tsp. Kosher salt
  3. 1 tsp. Vanilla
  4. 1 cup packed brown sugar
  5. 1 pint fresh blueberries

Turn on broiler.

Mix together yogurt, Kosher salt, and Vanilla. Spoon 1/2 of the yogurt mixture into the bottom of an oven safe dish. Cover with blueberries and pour the remaining yogurt mixture on top. Sprinkle the top with brown sugar and place dish on baking sheet.

Put under broiler for 5 minutes, or until brown sugar is all bubbly and caramelized.

Remove from broiler and serve.

It is just incredibly delicious, and tastes great the next day – if you manage to have any leftovers!

Beating the heat

Beating the heat

It has been a quiet week here at Casa del KatKnits, with temperatures climbing into the triple digits causing many to hibernate to an air conditioned place to beat the heat.

My garden is growing nicely, even if my lawn looks like the Sahara Desert. We have had little to no rain here, but the bonus of container gardening is easy watering and the ability to move things out of the scorching heat, for which my plants are grateful, I am sure!

With a brief respite from the heat for a few days – it is amazing how cool the 80’s can feel after a stint of 100 plus degree-days. I am enjoying open windows, blowing breezes, and chirping birds.

I have begun my summer knitting project, in preparation/training for the highly controversial Ravelry “Ravellenic” Knitting event. Who knew that knitters could be such a divisive lot? My summer project is the lovely Buttercup by Heidi Kirrmaier, knit out of Elsebeth Lavold’s Hempathy. It is indeed the right yarn to be knitting with on these hot summer days and nights. Now, bring on the Olympics to maximize my knitting time!

Happy Summer all!

Canned Summer…

Canned Summer…

Canned Summer…, originally uploaded by As Kat Knits.

As the temperatures climb back into the 90’s with a heat index to match, I am longing for some cooler weather.

However, I know that will not always be the case. Come about January 1 when it is cold and grey, summer will be a long forgotten memory.

Until I open some of this jam, that is. The warmth of summer will all come flooding back.

The other side of the sunset

The other side of the sunset

DSCF2332, originally uploaded by As Kat Knits.

It is kind of nice when the reflecting rays illuminate the mendacity of life. I just love when my housekeeping skills are so brilliantly showcased!

Here is to a great weekend with perhaps a splash of cleaning on top!

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