Category Archives: cooking

Sito’s Kitchen – Making Tahini & Hummus

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Friends… HELLO.

Here in Mass, the weather is cold and dreary. We are wondering where Spring is. I feel like I live in Forks, WA. You know.. where the movie “Twilight” took place? I think “Bella” and “Edward” are going to show up at my door.. LOL
Then, in July and August, we’ll be complaining how hot and humid it is, right?

Cooking and art is funny. Funny, as in “strange”. You know, I have to cook everyday.. everyday…. and I do enjoy trying to be creative in that department. BUT, art.. art… I have to make time for it. Some days, I don’t know why it’s hard to get in the studio. Anyone have that issue? Please say yes. ūüôā So much going on in my head.. thoughts.. always thoughts. Do you know we have THOUSANDS of thoughts that twirl around in our brains, everyday. Which ones to you take action on? Which ones do you ignore on purpose? Which ones do you forget? Many are negative, many are positive. Squirrel!! That’s me.

Art doesn’t have to be an all day process. They (who’s “they”?) say just do 15 minutes a day of art. I think for me it’s ALL OR NOTHING. I discussed this with a group of women this week. What does that mean to you.. all or nothing? If I’m going to get in my studio, I want it to be for a full out project. But.. it doesn’t have to be that way. A little more consistency with little visits than ALL or NOTHING. You with me??? Let me know what it means to you.

I’m trying to take advantage of my mom wanting to do these videos with me. She surely is fun to do these videos with. Even with her shyness and getting tired, she knows what needs to be done and wants to take over. The boss, the queen, the best!! I do so cherish the amazing stories (of family and survival) she tells me of the old country when we are together. Recently, we spent the weekend together, just her and I. ¬†Those memories of that time with her, will always be forever in my heart.

I hope you enjoy this video as I attempt to make tahini from scratch and then hummus. I put so much garlic in. My mom tries to tell me to put more oil in the hummus to “kill” the garlic. As you can see, I try to ignore her and get through the video. It was really garlicky… no vampire visits today. Ha!!!

Thanks for being here. I do this for my readers and subscribers and at the same time, I hope you’ll love what I show you.

Would love it if you LIKED and SUBSCRIBED to my YouTube channel.

Happy Spring!!!

Judy ‚̧

Sito’s Kitchen Video – Tabbouleh

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Knock Knock.. who’s there? Judy. Judy Who? Well, you know how that little rhyme goes. Guys, I know, I know.. Blogging has been way down on my list this year.
Oiling the cranky bones and hopefully getting back in the swing with showing some art videos and cooking videos. I am active on Facebook if you are there, give me a shout.

Speaking of cooking… Today, I bring you a new video with my mom that we made. This time, we are making Tabbouleh. It was mom’s 91st birthday. We are so blessed that she is still basically healthy and is still living alone and able to take care of herself. Must be all the middle eastern cooking.. wouldn’t you say?

I hope and pray all of you are doing well. I’d love to hear from you and read your comments.

I’ll be back shortly with another cooking video and try to get an art creation in there, too.

Thanks for sticking by me.

Love and hugs,
Judy

Baklava -New Video

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Hey there, friends.   I hope this post finds you all doing super.

It’s been challenging to get any art videos done in the past few months… or for that matter, art time in general. ¬†However, I recently went to a party and decided to make Baklava for our hosts. ¬†Since I hardly make it, I thought I would capture it on video. ¬†Of course, I had to call my mom a few times for some help. ¬†So, instead of “Sito’s Kitchen”, this is “Judy’s Kitchen”.

Hope you enjoy this and make it, too. ¬†It’s not as hard as you think. Holidays are here and this would be perfect to bring to a party. They will be impressed.

 

I’m hoping to keep up these videos by visiting my family’s homes in the future and creating their favorite recipes. ¬†Well, that is, if they want to be on film. We’ll see how that all turns out.

I’m hoping to get some recent art posted soon.

Thanks, for all your patience, sticking by me and your lovely comments.

Judy ♥ ♥

Re-post – Grilled Chicken Under a Brick..or a patio tile…. the best!

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Since is grilling time, and I’m a bit limited with art supplies right now, I thought I would re-post one of my favorite summer grilled chicken recipes. ¬†Try and enjoy!

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Close your eyes and wish for the most delicious chicken you’ve ever had.¬†¬† Look at that.. it came true, cuz that’s what I’m gonna give you.

I wish that you could have been sitting with us to enjoy this delishuuuuus chicken I grilled.. a whole chicken.. that’s right.¬† Some of you may have heard about the “chicken under a brick” recipe.¬† I’ve made it before on my stove top, then in the oven…..but this time I decided to try my grill.¬† It did not dissapoint. The most moist and tender chicken I’ve ever had.¬† No kidding!

Start with a whole chicken.  Mine was about 3.5 lbs.  Set the chicken, breast side down, on a work surface. Starting at the tail end, cut down 1 side of the backbone, staying as close to the bone as you can. Cut along the other side of the backbone, removing it. (Save the bone for making soup or stock.)  Now, open the chicken and take the heels of your hands and try to flatten and spread it out.

I seasoned it with salt, pepper, granulated garlic, lemon juice, olive oil and gave it a little massage, all over….¬† and really, you can use what ever spices you want for your taste.¬† It’s your world.

In the meantime, while I was attacking my chicken, I had the grill heating up on LOW.. this is key.  I let the grates get really hot.

Here we go…. before you put the chicken on the grill, find yourself a big brick, or two, if you have a bigger chicken.¬† I was fortunate to have a large patio tile that my husband found for me.¬† Now, wrap this brick with aluminum foil and give it a coating of oil or I used Pam.¬† Take the chicken and lay it out in the center of the grill, put the brick on top so it flattens while cooking and close the cover.¬†¬† Again.. a low temp is key here.¬† Otherwise, you will get a charred chicken and it will not be cooked through.¬† Each side took about 1/2 hr to cook and I would turn it the last 1/2 hr.

Tips:
РAt the point where I really wanted the chicken to takes its time cooking and not be overwhelmed with the strong heat and not get burned, I put my grill brush at the edge of the grates so when I close  the cover, it would not close completely.
– Before it’s done grilling, you can baste it with your favorite bbq sauce or marinade.
– When know one is looking, you can eat the skin and wings.¬† (I know, I know; don’t tell my husband)
Here are a bunch of images from Google that you can reference.

C’mon people.. you can’t tell me that this doesn’t look oh so good.¬† You can’t and I won’t listen (finger in ears… la la la).

Will you try it?  Is your mouth watering?

As always, THANK YOU for stopping by.  Leave some love.

Judy ‚ô•

Collage Page & Spraying Fabric

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I know, I know.. 3 posts in one week… what’s going on? ¬†Hey, have to keep you on your toes.

So, here is how this usually goes:

I walk in my the studio to clean up a little or to put away a previous project’s stuff still hanging around. As you know, I”ve been cleaning out the room of old stuff no longer needed. ¬†I had dried up paints in jars, clogged up spray bottles and rock hard polymer clay (that I wasn’t about to bring back to life with a food processor). ¬†Anyway……….

….. I look at some of the new Dylusions Spray Inks ¬†(by Ranger/Dyan Reaveley) I¬†just splurged on. ¬†Hmmm.. let me give them a try on a piece of 11×14 Bristol paper. ¬†Spray..ooooo… spray…ooooo.. another spray… ohhhhh. ¬†These colors are delicious, let me just tell you right now.

Fast forward….. layers and layers of Dylusions ink
heavy gesso (for the white stencil swirls)
acrylic paint
a little fabric
fiber paper
Tulip Dimensional paint – for the white little dots and spiral flower on bottom right.
Glitter glue
Checkerboard Duct Tape
Paper towel covered manilla tag – the heart was cut from that

Now, mind you, this is done over a few days and in between cleaning.  See, I just sit down and I end up making something with no plans.

I wish I had taken pictures of this from the beginning, but I had no idea, I was going to keep going.. After all, I was just playing with ink.

Here is a picture of my final page….

See the little pansies at the top left corner and on the right, 1/4 of the way down? ¬†That was some sheer fabric that one of my subscribers sent me. ¬†I cut around the flowers and slapped those babies down with some gel medium. ¬†The melted right into the background. ¬†Nancy sent me a package full of music papers, old books, fabric, decorated wall paper (I think that’s what it was) and some old jewelry and some other goodies. ¬†So generous, that someone would think of me like that. ¬†THANK YOU, NANCY!!!! ¬†I hope you like what I did with the flowers. ¬†I love them.

Now, here is what else I did with the Dylusion Spray Inks. ¬†They are NOT made for fabric, but I wanted to give it a try anyway. ¬†As long as you don’t get it wet, you’re fine. ¬†It’s really made for paper.

I grabbed some muslin fabric and started spraying different colors all over. ¬†Oh my.. so purdy. ¬† Then I took a little of the Tulip paint (made for fabric) and mixed that with a little gesso. ¬†Took my make up sponge and dabbed it in the paint and gently pounced it on the fabric through a stencil. ¬†Because the ink is not permanent on fabric the white paint was a little tinted. ¬†But, I still liked it. ¬†What do you think?? ¬†I’m just loving these colors. ¬†Now if they can take these inks and make them for fabric.

Above: I spray through a rubber sink mat. Found it at Wal-mart.

Check out Dyan Reaveley”s YouTube videos HERE. ¬†Watch her create. ¬†You can also check out her blog HERE. ¬†She’s a hoot.

Thanks for stopping by!!!

Judy ♥

Grilled Chicken Under a Brick..or a patio tile…. the best!

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Let me start you off with a beautiful picture of a recent backyard rainbow I captured.

Ahhhh. doesn’t that feel good now?¬† Don’t you just want to make a wish?

Well, close your eyes and wish for the most delicious chicken you’ve ever had.¬†¬† Look at that.. it came true, cuz that’s what I’m gonna give you.

I wish that you could have been sitting with us to enjoy this delishuuuuus chicken I grilled.. a whole chicken.. that’s right.¬† Some of you may have heard about the “chicken under a brick” recipe.¬† I’ve made it before on my stove top, then in the oven…..but this time I decided to try my grill.¬† It did not dissapoint. The most moist and tender chicken I’ve ever had.¬† No kidding!

Start with a whole chicken.  Mine was about 3.5 lbs.  Set the chicken, breast side down, on a work surface. Starting at the tail end, cut down 1 side of the backbone, staying as close to the bone as you can. Cut along the other side of the backbone, removing it. (Save the bone for making soup or stock.)  Now, open the chicken and take the heels of your hands and try to flatten and spread it out.

I seasoned it with salt, pepper, granulated garlic, lemon juice, olive oil and gave it a little massage, all over….¬† and really, you can use what ever spices you want for your taste.¬† It’s your world.

In the meantime, while I was attacking my chicken, I had the grill heating up on LOW.. this is key.  I let the grates get really hot.

Here we go…. before you put the chicken on the grill, find yourself a big brick, or two, if you have a bigger chicken.¬† I was fortunate to have a large patio tile that my husband found for me.¬† Now, wrap this brick with aluminum foil and give it a coating of oil or I used Pam.¬† Take the chicken and lay it out in the center of the grill, put the brick on top so it flattens while cooking and close the cover.¬†¬† Again.. a low temp is key here.¬† Otherwise, you will get a charred chicken and it will not be cooked through.¬† Each side took about 1/2 hr to cook and I would turn it the last 1/2 hr.

Tips:
РAt the point where I really wanted the chicken to takes its time cooking and not be overwhelmed with the strong heat and not get burned, I put my grill brush at the edge of the grates so when I close  the cover, it would not close completely.
– Before it’s done grilling, you can baste it with your favorite bbq sauce or marinade.
– When know one is looking, you can eat the skin and wings.¬† (I know, I know; don’t tell my husband)
Here are a bunch of images from Google that you can reference.

C’mon people.. you can’t tell me that this doesn’t look oh so good.¬† You can’t and I won’t listen (finger in ears… la la la).

Will you try it?  Is your mouth watering?

My oldest daughter is home for a week from college (summer grad school), so I am embracing every moment of having the family together for a week.¬† Maybe I’ll give this chicken a try again.

… and guess what.. I’m working on a new canvas.. here’s a sneak peek, but it’s turning out completely different than you think it would from these pictures.¬† Stay tuned.

As always, THANK YOU for stopping by.  Leave some love.

Judy ‚ô•

And the Beet goes on……..

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A couple of weeks ago, I went to a local cafe for dinner.¬† On the menu was a Winter Harvest Salad.¬† The description of the salad was roasted winter vegetables (turnip, beets, potatoes and others I can’t recall) over greens with walnuts and feta cheese served with a balsamic dressing.¬† Wait.. roasted beets, turnips?¬† I’ve never had that… so I was SOLD.

I won’t go into how long it took to get our food or how not all the veggies described were on my salad…., but I will say it was so good and a great idea.. simple and delicious.¬† So much so that I decided to make it myself at home, but change it up a bit.

I didn’t take pictures of all the steps, but I have a couple to share below.

I cut up the following veggies in about 1 inch pieces:¬† red and sweet potatoes, sweet onion, red pepper, fresh beets, mushrooms, carrots, summer squash and zucchini…… all in a big bowl, cuz there were lots of veggies that I planned on saving for a few meals.¬†¬† Toss with a little salt, pepper and olive oil so that they are coated.¬† Note: I couldn’t find turnips on my shopping trip.

In a large roasting pan they go…

and I always lay release aluminium foil (your best friend) on the bottom of my pans when I cook messy stuff in the oven.   Ok.. so..oven is preheated to 425 degrees.  Let them roast for about an hour but give them a stir about 3 or 4 times during the hour.  I wanted mine to be really done and golden, almost carmelized.  If you like them al dente, then adjust your timing.

In the meantime, I had a large fennel bulb to do something with.  I had never experienced fresh fennel before.  I see all the chefs cooking with it in fresh salads or sauteing it (I am a FoodTV Network, freak by the way). I tried a raw piece of the fennel and I did not like it at all.  So, I decided to slice it up and saute it with a little olive oil and garlic.  Much better taste.  I basically carmelized it to make it sweet.

Once everything was cooked, I created my salad….

Greens and baby spinach in a bowl topped with the roasted veggies, sliced almonds, and farmer’s cheese.¬† I didn’t have walnuts or feta, but these worked great as substitutes… fresh mozzarella would be great too.¬† I topped it off with Raspberry Walnut Vinaigrette dressing; just a little to not drown the taste of the veggies.

I am in love with this salad… and roasted beets? …. oh man.. hello?¬† ¬† I never would have thought to use them.¬†¬† And.. my opinion?… it was better than the cafe’s salad.¬†¬† I can’t wait til summer to make this using fresh produce from the local¬† farmer’s market.

You can take these veggies and use them in many ways..

Remember my grilled veggie post?¬† Well, same idea…. and my grilled pizza post… they can easily go on the pizzas.¬† Or even if you have a take out pizza, top it with these veggies and put under the broiler for a minute.¬† Make a sandwich wrap or a panini.¬†¬† Put them on top of pasta or in an omelette… but whatever you choose to do with them.. enjoy this luscious taste and how healthy they really are… it’s a win win people.

Thanks for stopping by.

Judy ‚ô•