Some cooking tips. Some non-cooking stuff. Photos of cats waiting for me to drop meatballs.

Stay tuned. Who knows what might show up.


Someone kept getting in trouble for putting his paws on the counter…

Your Holiday 2012 dose of cat cuteness!

Be sure to leave room under the tree for the cat!

Henry, tuckered out from all the festivities.

Birthday loot! Doing my part to ensure that the publishing industry not only survives but thrives.

Fortunately I have wonderful family and friends who indulge my cookbook addition.

Tartine! I would die to go there. I’m sure I would lose all self control and order the entire contents of the pastry case. And the John Besh book is HUGE. Why yes, John, I’d love to sample that gelato you have there. Thanks for asking.

Time to get cooking!

Cat Salad Bar — Action Shot

“Drop the chicken. PLEASE drop the chicken!”

The new oven! The inside is blue (very cool) and also, for now, very clean.

Thanks so much to the old one for dying on Christmas. McGonigle’s steaks to the rescue!

I had a birthday.

My husband made me this cake with homemade buttercream icing. You don’t want to know how many sticks of butter he used for this icing. It was good.

I also got a big stack of cookbooks for my birthday! Plus I have an amazon credit so more cookbooks (and a Jeff Bridges movie) are on the way.

Get ready, we’re going to be doing some serious cooking!

By FAR, the nicest place my husband has ever taken me for lunch.

Yosemite National Park.

THOSE are English Muffins. English Muffins from England.

My friend Wes went to London and sent me this photo.

I feel COMPLETELY┬ácheated and deprived. Who do they think they’re kidding with those sad, flat things in our stores?

I’m going to start an English Muffin Revolution. Who’s with me?

Hey, maybe it will catch on as a political movement as well.

Henry mans the grill.

Is it a sin to covet your friend’s Viking Stove?

If so, I’m in BIG trouble.

Henry says, “Excuse me, these side dishes are fine but when do we get to the TURKEY?”

Ingredients for Cauliflower Leek Soup. Orange Cat Optional.

10 Responses to “Tidbits”

  1. tina michaud says:

    Hi Claudia.
    Great website!
    In the kitchen with Karl….

  2. Liz says:

    Claudia, you put your heart and soul into cooking! Your husband is one lucky Dude!

  3. Bea Poulin says:

    Its your cousin, Deborah – aka Bea Poulin.
    I love your website. The presentation of the recipes, ingredients, and comments
    are nicely laid out. I see that you too collect the Devotional candles. I have ones of the Madonna – only. Weird that someone else in our family collects them and we are not Latinas.
    I am on FB and have a website with my artists guild – the Muddy Creek Artists Guild but not one of my own. I am a photographer and have a lot of shots, sell matted, framed and in cards, etc. but not sure about how I would promote them on a website. I guess I need to do some research.
    Hope you are and your sister are doing well. I get little tidbits about you two from time to time. If you are ever in Maryland – BSO guest flutist – let me know. Love, Deborah

    • Great to hear from you! I have lots of friends who are artists and sell their wares either on their own websites or via Etsy so I have some good ideas for you. I’ll send you a newsy email to catch up! xoxo

  4. A friend just sent me a link to your posole verde (which I WILL be making) and I loved the recipe and the photo of your cat at the table so much I had to poke around more. I have three black cats, one of whom sits at my table and another who has little white hairs on his chest just like yours – how bizarre! I also play the flute although I am far from an active pro!
    Love your place so far – looking forward to some great recipes!

    • Hi Lisa! I suspect that you got my pozole recipe from the nice lady in line behind me at the Publix. Several of us were discussing hominy and tomatillos (since the cashier had no idea what they were used for). It was quite a lovely conversation so I shamelessly plugged my website…something I’m terrible about doing. Hooray for black cats! And flute playing. So happy to meet you. ­čÖé

  5. Ann Whipple says:

    You are anything but an “Idiot.” I can’t begin to tell you how much I appreciate your recipes–and beautiful cats thrown in. Every single one I ever tried is a winner and a keeper, and I assure you that is very rare for me. The latest was “Squash with Chile Lime Vnaigrette, and my gentleman friend, who claimed he doesn’t like squash, changed his mind after one bite.
    With much appreciation for your exceptionally good taste and creativity,
    P.S. Clear instructions are a plus.

    • Thank you so much for the nice comment. The cats are a big part of the goings on around here so it’s nice that people indulge me. ­čÖé I LOVE that squash too and need to make it again now that squash is in season. Welcome to Idiot’s Kitchen. I’m happy you’re here! – C

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