Saturday, June 12, 2010

Family Scandals

Today I started putting some quilt designs (that have been rattling around in my head) down onto graph paper. This is a view of my drafting table.Doesn't look like much does it. Oh, it will, eventually.

While I was pulling my hair out and spending the whole day getting this far, I also made dinner. I chopped, measured and cooked and Bill did the clean-up. We had one of our favorites - No Knife Pasta. (More on No Knife Pasta in a bit.....) While cleaning the kitchen and packaging up the left-overs, Bill found that we had more leftovers than we had clean Tupperware. (I say "Tupperware" for all seal-able plastic containers, like I say "Kleenex" for all facial tissues. You know what I mean.) Anyway, I could see his puzzlement about the left-over pasta problem. I left him and went back to my problems at the drafting table. A few minutes later I walked back into the kitchen to get a soda. Bill had solved his food storage problem by eating a portion of the left-overs. American Ingenuity. I guess it was less scandalous than throwing the left-overs away. Not as virtuous as just getting another Tupperware bowl. Hey, as long as it wasn't me cleaning the kitchen, I have bigger fish to fry.

No Knife Pasta you ask? It is a recipe I have been cooking since I saw it on Martha Stewart Living about 10 years ago. It looked delicious and it is. Martha was making it and telling the story about how it got it's name. It seems that it is a recipe from her daughter Alexis. Alexis must have some issues. Not to tell tales, but since Martha talked about it on t.v. - I guess I can tell you. Alexis doesn't use silverware. Not just the element silver - she doesn't use eating utensils. This particular recipe is something that Alexis cooks and eat with her hands. Martha looked a little sad as she told of a recent lunch with Alexis at the 4 Seasons restaurant in NYC and not a piece of silverware was soiled. Poor Martha. That is a story I will never forget. One can only imagine all the mother/daughter issues there. We choose to use utensils when we cook and eat it, despite it's origin, and say what you will about Martha - the woman can cook. Interesting that the link to the recipe and video is much more recent and the story of how it got it's name is now omitted. Some of us, fortunately have long memories.

Remember when I posted about the Memorial Day Parade? Well, there was a surprise waiting for me at that parade. The Dexter Michigan Rotary Club float. Every year the Rotary Club builds a play house to raffle for charity. They choose an "historic" building every year to model their play house after. Imagine my surprise when a familiar house went by.Yep, the house that Polly, myself, and our brothers grew up in. This is a stylized version of the house. Why it was chosen is a mystery. Since it was chosen, we must now find out how to purchase these raffle tickets. Polly and I have racked out brains to think of how this house could possibly be historic. My only guess is that fateful day in 1964, when an outraged 6 year-old took her older brothers prized 45 rpm record collection and sailed them out the upstairs window onto the yard, sidewalk and street. What she was outraged about is now long forgotten, but some people still tell the tale of how they dodged the flying discs as they flew across town. Patrick and I got a lot of mileage out of that story over the years. Yeah, that must be the reason.

Laurie

17 comments:

Christine said...

Oh I sure would love this as a cubby house for my to little grand daughters, love the story about the records and of course the pasta dish

cheers
Christine

badlandsquilts said...

Wow you can sure pack a lot in one blog post... scandalous rumors (the pasta eating, not your family), family love & memories (the house) and quilts! Maybe you need to start writing books?! Have a good weekend!

Glenn said...

That little house is about the size of my 1st 4 apartments. It would make a cool sewing room if it were a tad bigger.

The pasta looks great!

WoolenSails said...

That is so fun and you must be thrilled.
They did a beautiful job on building the house.

Debbie

Gretchen said...

The house appears to be an example of an English Vernacular Revival-style cottage built around the 1920s-1930s. Am I close? It's kind of hard to tell with a float. Buildings are considered historic when they are 50 years old or older. (by day I work in historic preservation, by night and weekend I quilt!)

Anonymous said...

Oh my word!!! You can prob buy a ticket, but you MUST win!!!! It was made for you!! Have to try the pasta dish - with utensils, of course!!
Linda P in Ga

Denise said...

I just loved your post!!

Anonymous said...

You have try and win this house! The perfect Gibby playhouse for your yard!
Jill

Vicky said...

Yes, you must get tickets for a chance at winning! Love the story of the records sailing out the window. My brother has a similar story of a hairbrush flying through the house at him by his *much younger* sister! Of course, he doesn't let the truth interfere with a good story!

S. said...

No Knife Pasta story was hilarious! And I thought my sons table manners were an issue! Never again! Dee-lite-full is the name of the rolling Americana house on wheels. Good stories for us lucky readers.

Janice said...

Am I a horrible person because the knowledge that Martha Stewart's daughter refuses to eat with utensils makes me feel better about my own life? Like yes, she has created this impossible domestic standard, (in my head, anyway) but her daughter is sitting there with a handful of scrambled eggs? That just makes me feel better about my own dust bunnies.

Sandra Henderson said...

Goodness gracious!~No wonder poor Martha doesn't have any granchildren! Well, I think this little house is so adorable and they do this sort of thing here. Or use to... I'm out of touch now, it's all different. Great idea! I know exactly why they chose this house!~Ya'll are famous! :) I can see it now, 100 years from now, it will be a museum with all of your quilts and the display of broken records that have been returned.... Yeahp!

Janet said...

A beautiful little playhouse! That style - with the little roof sweeping down from above the door was popular in the 1930's and the bump out from the roof extension housed either a coat closet or a powder room.
Loved your pasta stories!
Need more Gibby pictures too.

PamKittyMorning said...

You may have thrown stuff out the window but when you sat down to dinner you used silverware. Not everyone can say that apparently.

Library Gal Quilts said...

Oh so funny...early frisbee perhaps! I remember a fateful sleepover when my best friend's brother stole all of our Barbie Dolls and threw them on the roof of our house...we cried for hours...until my Dad got out the ladder and got them down. Skipper's dress had dirt on it and I never forgave that boy! Have a great 4th of July! xo Pam in Chico

Anneliese said...

Thanks for the many chuckles while reading this post! I thought when I saw the picture of the house that perhaps it was a playhouse you had designed! Wouldn't that be lovely?

stitchsister said...

I love how you say, "Alexis must have some issues". I read an article about Alexis's apartment some years ago and the writer was trying to convince us that, despite the severe gray on gray tones of the apartment and not a soft angle in sight, it really was a warm and inviting space. Your little bit on no-knife pasta reminded me of that. What a hoot! Thanks for the laugh. And, of course, love the little house.

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