earnest winter link 3: my favorite crafty aussie has begun a month of softies, where assorted artists create dolls, monsters, and so on based on her themes (november's was "the accessorised elephant"). i haven't the digital camera needed to join the fray (still looking to steal george's in order to post needlepoint pictures), but it's a lovely project.

in other news, my refrigerator evacuation project yielded

bootleg taco salad

- 1 head green lettuce (shredded)
- 2 tomatoes (diced)
- 1/2 large white onion (diced)
- 2 c button mushrooms (chopped)
- large can kidney beans (drained and rinsed)
- 1 c rough-grated (not powdered!) parmesan cheese
- cayenne pepper
- corn oil
- seasoned rice vinegar
- balsamic vinegar
- salsa
- sour cream
- a near-dead bag of tortilla chips

combine lettuce, tomatoes, half of the diced onion, grated parmesan and kidney beans in a large bowl. use ~1 tbsp corn oil to brown mushrooms and the other half of the onion in a frying pan on high heat; after 2-3 minutes, add a splash of water and sprinkle liberally with cayenne. brown for another minute, then spoon into the bowl and toss with 2 tbsp of the rice vinegar and a teensy bit of the balsamic. serve with a dollop of sour cream, a spoonful of salsa, and a handful of the pulverized chips.

vile-sounding, you say? o ye of little faith, even joe the gourmet god requested and enjoyed a serving, and he's never felt the need to stroke my ego by putting his life on the line with my cooking.

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