Arts, Crafts, Classes and Repairs

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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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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The Weekly Soup

This soup consists of whatever needs to be used up in the refrigerator- the nearly forgotten onion half, the leafy center core of celery and those carrots that have become flexible but haven’t changed color yet.  You can also add leftovers from previous meals such as broiled or roasted meat, vegetables and cooked grain. If

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Green Smoothie

The varieties from left to right are: red Russian kale, tree collards- which are perennial and can be grown from cuttings, regular collard greens and lacinato kale. Not that raw kale, collards and members of the cabbage family are not recommended for people with thyroid issues. Try parsley instead. Green Smoothie Yield: 4 servings Time

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