Arts, Crafts, Classes and Repairs

Fair Isle Class Pattern

You can see more examples of the hat design on my Student Gallery Page. This pattern is a variation of a design by Mary Jane Mucklestone Materials for both projects: Approximately 50 grams each of two highly contrasting colors of DK weight yarn. US Size 6 DPNs if you want to make fingerless mitts, 16”

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Sewing 2018

I’ve done a lot of sewing in the past couple of years. By far the easiest thing to sew are bags. I always need another bag for groceries or for my latest big knitting project. The yellow is simple and similar to the one I teach students in my bag class. The bag on the

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Sewing History

Both my grandmother and mother were/are skilled with the sewing machine. This was partially due to economy, but also because you can have anything garment you want, in the color and style you want, if you can make it. There’s also a sense of accomplishment and a special relationship with your clothes when you sew

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Hearty Herbs

Herbs and spices are an easy way to transform dishes from edible to delicious, but many of us do get stuck in a rut with salt and pepper, or rely on whoever manufactured our frozen dinner. Who doesn’t have a row of dusty containers that only see the light of day for the annual pumpkin

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Food Preservation 101

Food preservation has become popular again with the urban gardening movement. There are only so many tomatoes and zucchini you can eat or give away, so why not preserve them and eat them later? Here is a summary of preservation techniques: freezing, fermenting, canning or jam making and dehydration. Freezing I presume everyone reading this

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Tamale Party!

I love doing projects with other people. My art and cooking classes are basically an excuse to hang out with people and make stuff. Naturally most of my friends are cooking/art/project junkies as well. One of our favorite classes to teach is how to make tamales. I’m fortunate to have a Mexican market in my

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Turkey Tips

Anyone who has roasted a turkey before knows what a challenge this process can be without few special tricks. While a traditional, breast up, whole bird makes a beautiful image, the result can have dry, overcooked white meat, undercooked dark meat and a ridiculously long cooking time. Here is a quick look at the problem

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Fruit Crisp

This is my lazy solution to making pie when summer fruit is in season. It’s always a hit with my Teen Cooking Summer Camp because it involves chopping several pounds of fruit (kids love to chop) and everyone get to take home their own dessert-filled aluminum tin. Yield: This recipe will fill a large 12” wide

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Gluten-free Pancakes

Yield: 12 pancakes, 6” in diameter Preparation Time: 1 hour or less if multiple pancakes are cooked at a time I’ve practiced and revised this recipe more times that I care to count, but we love this final version and I make them frequently. This recipe that doesn’t rely on xanthan gum, tapioca starch or

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Mighty Broil

This is a great recipe for root vegetables. Peel rutabagas, turnips with tough skins before broiling. Yield: Serves 4-5 people Time: 25 minutes Ingredients 1 lb boneless bite sized chicken strips, tilapia fillets or 16 oz 1 large yam or 2 cups of cauliflower, cut into ½-¼” thick slices 2 tablespoons of olive oil 2

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