Do-Division Street Fest!!!

I've been rather bad about posting lately. In part, it might have something to do with the excessive crafting that MUST GET DONE BEFORE NEXT WEEKEND! I (fuzzy grapefruit) will be selling my handmade goods at...

June 5th & 6th, 12 noon - 10pm
Division Street (from Ashland to Leavitt)

Come out and say 'hello', or better yet say 'hello' AND purchase something cute and whimsical from me (need I mention that Father's Day is fast-approaching? I will, indeed, have no fewer than two highly masculine notecard designs to choose from)

And for the ladies, I have new bookboard designs! Here's a sneak peek at a few of the new drawings that will be available for purchase in the form of earrings and pendants:

It'll be lots of fun, hope to see you there!


Thank God for Summer Salads

Now that the weather has turned brutally hot (well... brutal for Chicago), I've been craving a lot of cold (low-maintenance!) dishes that contain fruits and vegetables. I'm also a big believer in ingredient experimentation (add a little of this, a little of that) and voila! It's pretty safe with salads (no scientific food-chemistry), so feel free to add whatever vegetables you have in your fridge. Anyway, here's what I had for lunch today inspired by this Bon App etit recipe:

1/2 cup cooked pasta (I used leftover elbows and rotini)
handful salad greens (I used spinach and romaine)
1/2 cup (maybe 6 or 7) cherry tomatoes, quartered
1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
a few sprigs parsley, chopped
1 green onion, chopped
handful crumbled feta cheese

extra virgin olive oil
fresh lemon juice (one lemon)
rice wine vinegar
dijon mustard
minced garlic (one small clove)
black pepper

Combine all the salad ingredients in a bowl. Mix the dressing ingredients in a small bowl (taste as you go to get the desired proportions, I'd say the dominant ingredients should be the olive oil, lemon juice, and mustard), then pour over the salad and toss well. You could really add whatever vegetables you have on hand. I also think this is best if all the ingredients (except for the greens) are mixed, chilled to let the flavors blend, and then combined. But do what you like, don't be scared, go for it!

Makes 1-2 servings.