In the kitchen

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I'm waiting for a piece of fabric to be mailed so I can finish the dress quilt in the baby size so in the mean time I decided to whip up a quick project I've had on my list for a while.
Michele at Calico Daisy was selling bias tape at her Etsy store last week. It is a cherry print and a perfect match for this Japanese reproduction linen. I wish I had gotten more of this fabric when I ordered it at Superbuzzy because it is so cute and now they are out of it. Its a loosely woven linen.
I decided to make a kitchen towel and matching hot pad. Michele was kind enough to add some extra fabric. Thank you again Michele. So I backed the hot pad with the matching cherry print. I put a hanging loop on both the hot pad and the towel.They turned out so cute that I don't think I could ever really use them. And they would make a great gift.
I used this heat resistant batting for the inside of the hot pad. I bought it a while back to use when I make hot pads. I like to make hot pads out of orphan blocks.
My oldest daughter Natalie made dinner a couple nights ago for our family and her boyfriend, Justin. She doesn't cook very often so it was a nice treat. She made parmesan chicken.
It was baked in the oven and was crispy and very tender. Natalie Edit - "The instructions are clear, concise and it is indeed as good as it looks/sounds. Prep time is significant, although this may be due to my status as a somewhat novice cook. The Recipe is here."

"For the Greek salad recipe I searched online for "authentic Greek salad" and found something yummy. Apparently traditional Greek salads only use olive oil and do not use vinegar. Although some people like to add this, I kept it off the whole salad and let everyone decide to add it to their personal salad because I HATE vinegar and that is perhaps why this salad is the yummiest for me. "

She made middle east style rice and this Greek salad with fresh tomatoes and cucumber. It was really delicious. My friend Ashley gave us the cucumbers.
Some of us used this new black raspberry vinegar and olive oil to make the salad dressing. I really liked the flavor of the vinegar and plan to find more uses for it. Any ideas? Laura?
Speaking of Laura, this is what she brought us tonight. A delicious fritatta with fresh vegetables and potatoes. Super delicious. I know you all wish she was your neighbor.

-nanette
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26 comments

Suzan said...

The kitchen towel and hot pad are darling and it really would be a perfect hostess gift!

Blakely said...

Sounds like you have a great neighbor. Thanks for posting what you use in the hotpad. I'll have to look for that.

em's scrapbag said...

Yummy treats and the dishtowel and hot pad are great. What a great idea for orphan blocks.

eileen said...

ooo.. more fun kitcheny stuff. That is the cutest fabric, and really goes with that trim.
Its nice to stock up on gifts.

Natalie said...

That fritatta was so delicious I am naming my first born after it.

Purple and Paisley said...

the kitchen towel and hot pad are great!! i love the fabric...and wow, that's a lot of chicken! lol...would last me and hubby a whole week! =)...and lol at natalie...you will have a grandchild named fritatta, nanette!

Carol said...

Could we talk Natalie into sharing her recipes? Looks yummy!!!
Cute kitchen goodies!

Thimbleanna said...

That kitchen towel and hot pad are just adorable! I saw your fritatta on Laura's blog -- how fun that you two are neighbors. Everyone needs a neighbor like that!

Stephanie said...

Darling towel and hot pad. Oh I share your love for kitchen fabric!!! Delicious foods. I also buy unusual vinegars but haven't found what to do with them besides salad dressings. How about a marinade for chicken or fish topped with a blackberry fruit salsa? I love fruit salsa.

Sandi A. said...

When can I fly in for dinner? That chicken looks deeeeelicious! Guess it would be cheaper to make it myself. :-)

Fiesta said...

I am starving! That food looks so good.

CJ said...

What a cute towel and potholder, perfect fabric for them. The chicken looks and sounds yummy! I might have to give that a try - another night. Nice neighbor! She must be butterin' you up for a quilt ;)

belinda said...

What a lovely hot pad and new towel. As you know I have been working on some new pot holders too. I guess some new towels would be next huh?

The food looks yummy! You guys cook like I do. Laura's fritatta looked very appealing as well. I love to cook fritattas. I have an old cast iron skillet I cook mine in.

Thanks for your matching seams response Nanette. As usual we are on the same page. So far I have never squared up and my sashings and borders seem to go together ok without any wavy edges. I just skooche a little here and there to make up the difference. Is skooche really a word! I'll have to look that up!

Kim said...

towel, pot holder and new banner are all so cute.
I of course printed out the recipe as chicken was on sale last week and we bought lots and lots of cutlets and need a new twist to things.....
I have quite a few orphan blocks and will have to look into insulbrite

Susan said...

Chicken is my favorite and I will try out that recipe for sure. Cute towel and hot pad, but go ahead and use them! :-)

Catherine said...

I love the fabric for the towel and hot pad! Nice neighbour to have -- someone bearing treats is always nice!

Mimi Sue said...

Thank you so much for visiting my blog. It was so nice of Rhondi to introduce me. Your blog is so awesome. What a great idea to share it with your daughters. Your quilts are amazing. I have been thinking about taking a basic quilt class for awhile now. We are finishing our basement and I am getting a "craft room" so I might have some room to spread out. I live in Utah too, in Davis County. Do you recommend taking a quilt class or learn by doing or maybe a book?? Any suggestions would be appreciated. I'll be back soon. Thanks again for the visit.

Kim said...

I have a surprise for you on my blog post today! You deserve it!!!

Colleen formerly of South Africa said...

It all looked good enough to Eat! and the pot holder fabric...what a great use for.

Cheryl said...

OK, now I am starving!! I just left Stephanie's blog with her yummy tomatoe salad and now all this wonderful looking food!! Wowie! Great kitchen towel and hot pad.

Darlene said...

The Parmesan Chicken looks so yummy - my mouth is watering. LOL

Love the goodies your neighbor makes - frittatas are so good.

Darlene said...

I completely forgot about the new kitchen pretties - they are adorable! LOL

tracey said...

That salad looks so yummy, i find it hard to get my 2 to eat salads , but callum will eat cucumber, Thankyou

Camille said...

Cute kitchen stuff, its true, but that parmesan chicken looks like it is TO DIE fOR! My mouth is watering. I wish I could cook like that.

Linda said...

Thank you for the link to the parm. chicken recipe! My kids love it!! Thank you!

Ginger Patches said...

Cute! I think I have that fabric, or something very similar. I've been meaning to make something with it. That dinner looks quite delicious! I love it when the kids start cooking yummy food :)