Saturday, May 17, 2008


I am currently reading Lillian Hellman’s Pentimento ("a collection of memories in short story form"-Danielle Meder) and came across this exchange towards the beginning of the book:

"Hammett (Writer Dashiell Hammet), on the second day, told Hannah (Hellman's sister) that all he had ever wanted in the world was a docile woman but, instead had come out with me (Hellman),...and she said that she, too, liked docile women in theory, but never liked them when she met them, and didn't he think they were often ninnies with oatmeal in the head. He said yes, he thought just that, but ninnies were easier women to be unfaithful to. She laughed at that..."

You may or may not agree with the sentiment, but I enjoyed the exchange none the less. Regardless the book itself is excellent as is Hellman's writing. Though a bit dated at times, overall I would say it's definitely a more than worth while read.

Who Wants Some Pie?

Buttermilk Pie
Location: Rutledge, GA

What It Is: In downtown Rutledge you will find "Yesterday's Cafe", which is famous for it's truly local Southern dish (an old African American recipe passed down through generations) -- buttermilk pie. Last November, this buttermilk pie recipe won first place in Good Morning America's Best Bites Challenge. -AOL May 17, 2008

How To Make It:

Buttermilk Pie

1 3/4 cups of sugar
1/4 cup flour
1 Tbsp vanilla
3 eggs beaten
1/3 cup melted butter
3/4 cup buttermilk

The key to correctly making our buttermilk pie is mixing each ingredient separately. Combine the sugar and flour and whisk until flour is completely mixed into the sugar. Then add the vanilla and whisk until evenly mixed in with sugar and flour.

Beat the eggs well before adding to dry ingredients and again, whisk well. Next whisk in the melted butter and then add the buttermilk. Whisk the mixture well. We actually like to whip the final mixture with the whisk before pouring into an unbaked 9" pie shell.

We bake our pies in a commercial convection oven for 45 minutes. The convection oven is key in rising the custard consistency. Shake the pie a little to make sure it is not undercooked. It should barely shake in the middle. The crust should be golden to light brown and a little flakey on top.

Make sure when you cut your pie that you do not have a separation with a cakey layer near the top. The pie should have a custard consistency throughout. Good luck and happy baking!

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Sara Fanelli

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Thanks Kasha for telling me about this great illustrator!

Friday, May 16, 2008

DIY In Southeast Asia

"Ricecooker is mainly about promoting and documenting DIY + indie culture, especially its creative, critical and political expression and the people behind it; especially here in the Southeast Asian region."

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Thanks Jesse for passing on this link!

Wednesday, May 14, 2008


This only makes less sense the more times I watch it and yet I can't stop watching it.


ArtCorps's mission is to advance social change initiatives by promoting arts and culture as powerful tools to generate cooperative and sustainable work between development organizations and the communities they serve.

During one-year residencies, artists use every imaginable art form including theater, mime, puppetry, mural painting, sculpture and poetry to bring the organizations' environmental and social messages to life and engage the local community in their activities.

For more information see:

Little Horses Take Over Portland

Part of the "Portland Horse Project", located at NE 30th Ave and NE Killingsworth Street.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Great Cause

"H is for Humanity, Habitats, Health, Habitats, and HIPPO! Project H, an organization that promotes, inspires, and delivers humanitarian product design, is funding 50 Hippo Rollers for a series of 17 villages in Kgautswane in Northeastern South Africa. Hippo Rollers, if you haven’t seen them before, they are amazing barrel devices that allow the millions whose livelihoods depend on the daily fetching of water to more safely and efficiently access and transport water. The roller holds 3-4 days worth of water for a family of 7, about 5 times the amount of water that can be moved using traditional methods, which frees up time for more productive economic and educational activities. It’s an amazing product and an amazing story of good design enabling communities."

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Or Inhabitat at:

A Few Notable Signs Passed On By Mom

Perhaps you've seen these before, if not please enjoy the following:

Don't Forget!

To tell your moms that you love them today!
For my mom:
Mom I love you and if I haven't expressed my gratitude enough before, then I would like this moment to say thank you. Thank you for all of your love and support and also for choosing not to have eighteen children over the years. Mrs. Lubman you are the original show stopper and I heart you for being the incredibly unique and caring person that you are!