Thursday, August 09, 2007

Knitting at Work

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Last year at this time, raspberries weighed down these bushes. Look at them now - dead berries galore but not a ripening berry to be found, not one. In my home state of California, this would not be remarkable. In Wisconsin, land o' lakes, drought is not business as usual.

I got in a little knitting on the Kimono Shawl yesterday. This is about 1 1/2 repeats of the pattern:Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

Mostly, I was working on an a scholarly article with my husband. At this phase, he's re-reading key documents outloud to me so we can dissect them together. I'm listening and reacting and, of course, knitting. The Kimono Shawl requires too much attention for knitting at work so socks it is.
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The yarn is Lorna's Laces in Black Pearl, harrrrr.

And to circle back to raspberries, if you have a supply handy, do I have a recipe for you! It's my version of a chicken salad served at a little seaside café named Captain Kidd's in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. They called it "Cape Cod Chicken Salad".

It was chicken, craisins, walnuts, and celery in the tiniest amount of mayonnaise, served on a bed of baby greens with a raspberry vinaigrette. The combination of the chicken salad with the lightly sweet raspberry vinaigrette greens was ... well, you owe it to yourself to try this yourself and decide.

Here's the recipe for the Raspberry Vinaigrette:

1/3 cup raspberry vinegar
1 t balsamic vinegar
1/4 t vanilla
2 1/2 t sugar
1/2 t Kosher salt
1/4 t ground white pepper
1 t thyme
1 T minced green onion
1/3 cup canola oil
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/3 c raspberries

Whisk it all together, adding the raspberries last of all.

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