Saturday, June 29, 2013

Poppyseed Waldorf Salad

This is a great main-dish salad, especially when it's served over lettuce.  The recipe below makes 4 side servings, or 2 main servings.  And it's pretty easy if you already have some Golden Poppyseed Dressing made up.  We keep a bottle of it on hand, and another one of vinaigrette.


1 pinch ground allspice
1/4 cup poppyseed dressing*
1 med. to lg. apple, cut up
1 lg. celery stalk, cut up
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup walnuts, broken in pieces
2 oz. cheddar cheese, cubed

lettuce leaves


In a large bowl, stir together allspice and dressing.  Add remaining ingredients and toss until coated.  Can be served on a bed of lettuce.

Serves 4 

*Poppyseed Dressing:

1 Tbsp. honey
1 pinch onion powder
1/8 tsp. ground mustard seed
1/8 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. poppyseeds
1 Tbsp. cider vinegar
2 Tbsp. olive oil

Combine ingredients in a jar.  Put the lid on and shake well before using.

Friday, June 21, 2013

My Favorite Knit & Crochet Book

From The Wise Book of Knitting and Crocheting,
that belonged to my mom, copyright 1949

The Wise Handbook of Knitting and Crocheting by Miriam Morrison Peake is my go-to knit and crochet book. It's the first one I ever looked at as a kid, and it's still the first one I crack open whenever I need help. It belonged to my mother, and since she is gone, this book takes the place of her sage advice on knitting and crocheting. It makes me happy every time I pick it up.

The many stitches that are explained there, are classic and interesting. I knitted one of the patterns for my first attempt at socks, and it was very clear. It gave me a good grounding in sock construction.