Been a long time since I have had the time to update this blog. Been pretty busy teaching and working at Clock Shadow Creamery. I give tours, do tastings and talk about cheese-- a lot! But its fun work and I love the products-- makes it easier to sell that way.
So many great things are coming up --starting with NOVEMBER.
On Saturday Nov 21- the seventh annual Milwaukee Ukefest will take over Sunset Playhouse for a long and crazy day of fun and ukulele playing.
Sometime between the beginning of the month and Thanksgiving- I will teach an Easy Cheese class at Clock Shadow Creamery. Chèvre, Paneer, Labneh and of course, my favorite -- Quark cheeses will be the subject of that class. It went over well last month at Maker Faire- so we are going to try it in the shop.
Just finalizing the specifics on my next trip-- going to sing in CUBA! with the Milwaukee Mastersingers. Finally, getting away from WI in the dead of winter for a sunny climate. Can't wait to see all the old cars.
Not getting too much of my own artwork done-- just binding for other artists right now and doing the occasional baby hat.
Thats all I have time for...
Life is funny sometimes. Been looking for a job for a while now- and just in the last week, I ended up with three. None of them are great money makers, but they all satisfy a certain need in my soul.
One is teaching art, one is working at the Jewelry counter at Kohls and one takes me back to my foodie roots -- working at Bits & Peaces Natural Food Coop in Waukesha.
I loved working at the coop with Mark Judkins and learning about the different food products and how to use them. I learned to cook from my grandmother who made everything from scratch. The folks who came into the coop were going back to that mindset-- giving up the preservatives and the pre-cooked foods and making tastier alternatives - often meat free. As I have mostly given up meat and completely given up gluten- I have been looking at those cookbooks I bought so many years ago for inspiration. Tofu, yogurt and cheese are my main sources of protein now-- and I have been making them from scratch.
So the new job that I am most excited about is working for the Clock Shadow Creamery-- Milwaukee's only cheese making facility. They specialize in quark and fresh hard cheeses like colby, cheddar, muenster and the like. They make cheese curds twice a week so they always have fresh squeakers in stock. And they rent out their facilities to other local cheese makers who make their own speciality products. Not ready to do that yet myself, but I like the idea....
Looking forward to giving tours, maybe teaching some cooking/ cheese making classes and contributing to the organization!
Speaking of my cheese-- finally took the red wax off the cheddar at the Morgan's Solstice Jam-- and it was pretty good. Didn't melt on the burgers, but it was great with crackers and cheese. And the quark cheesecake was a big hit-- need to make another one for the Ives and Ivy jam in a couple weeks-- not sure what flavor to make yet.
Guess I need to start another one or two cheddars- one for the Kitchen Pickin' Picnic and one for Steve Yeo's Labor Day jams. Too late to get one for the Coffee house picnic-- so I guess I will make a batch of mozzarella and cheese curds for that.
Got a new used Autoharp-- fun to play, getting used to the peculiarities of the pushing buttons and strumming.
Life is getting better. Gotta keep a positive attitude!