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Many (belated) thanks to Yarnnut at gailknits who gave me a “You Make My Day” award. Here’s how it works in her words: “Give the award to up to 10 people whose blogs bring you happiness and inspiration and make you feel so happy about Blogland! Let them know by posting a comment on their blog so that they can pass it on. Beware! You may get the award several times!”

So it’s my turn! I enjoy reading many, many blogs, most of them craft related. Here are ten nine that I take particular inspiration or pleasure from, in no particular order.

  • Geckogrrl of All in a Day’s…. I always feel privileged to read her crafty and emotionally honest posts, and genuinely look up to her. Thanks again for all the encouraging posts through my dissertation and career decisions!
  • Robyn of crochetbyfaye is an amazing design talent. I always look forward to seeing what she comes up with next. Her pattern sneak previews are tantalizing and leave me impatient for the day they get published.
  • Futuregirl has got talent and dedication to craft. Kudos to someone who tries to make a living out of doing what they love.
  • Lily of LilyGo designs and knits perfectly tailored, fine-gauge garments with a demure feminine sensibility.
  • Hannah of Bittersweet maintains a fabulous blog on craft and vegan desserts chock full of beautiful ly composed photos and witty amigurumi stories. She is only 19 years old. And has already published a dessert cookbook.
  • Mariannealice of Applehead specializes in collages and cartoons as well as crochets and knits. She has a distinct soft, charming aesthetic. I also love the photos of her two beautiful daughters because they remind me of me and my sis growing up.
  • Milobo of Without Seams is another fellow ambicrafter (that is, she both crochets and knits). I identify with her because of her affinity for the technical aspects of yarncraft design and for seamless garments. Wish I could finish projects as consistently!
  • Yarn Abuse is a hapa Korean gal (or so I assume based on her kimchi tchigae post) with fierce knitting skills, legions of regular readers and the self-deprecating wit of a Jewish comedian. Since so much of that wit is directed at her (imagined fat) ass, the feminist in me shrinks a little but she is still fun to read.
  • Last but not least, my friend Dotorious Judy of Otherwise is a fellow foodie and 1.5 generation Korean American leftist. I highly recommend checking out her “Missionary” comics based on her dissertation project.

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What to cook for a guest on a hot day? It was a friend visiting from New York, so I wanted to serve something special. At the neighborhood fish market, I splurged on a really nice cut of ahi tuna. Then I went home and improvised.

Seared Ahi & Soba Noodle Salad

Sesame and cracked pepper crusted, seared ahi (chilled) on a bed of wilted spinach, on top of miso flavored, chilled soba noodles, on top of a salad with a miso or light rice vinegar dressing. The key is high quality tuna. The cracked pepper lends piquancy, the sesame and soba a rich earthy nuttiness, and the dressing(s) a balance of acid, salt, and a slight sweetness. The dish pairs well with a crisp white wine or, my favorite, soju.

Seared Ahi & Soba Noodle Salad - detail

Recipe follows. Keep in mind that this is a modular recipe; you can cook one component or substitute parts. (more…)

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Salade Nicoise


My partner, sister and I took a great hike in Redwood Park today. (Hurray for the East Bay Regional Parks system!) I regretted not having brought my camera along–the woods and views were beautifully verdant, with clear water running in the streams.

The hike worked up my appetite. I rooted for Szechuwan food, but was out-voted by my companions who wanted a “healthy salad.” Upon returning home we snacked on some of the leftover dim sum my sister had brought over from San Francisco; then my hubby served up Salade Nicoise. (Sorry, I don’t know how to do foreign punctuation in WordPress.) Zingy and substantial, it’s our favorite dinner on a hot day. It’s also the kind of meal that can be prepared mostly with ingredients ready in the cupboard of fridge. Recipe follows. (more…)

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