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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: new finished projects! on: December 11, 2010 12:11:20 PM
As an Adrienne myself, I am all about that skirt. And that caplet, with a white muslin almost Victorian shirt would just be perfect. Well for this Adrienne at least. Beautiful work all around!
2  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Dollar Store Brush Makeover's Part Three... on: April 05, 2010 06:28:43 PM
My favorites are the owl ones! Gorgeous! Cheesy
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Crochet and Weave a Houndstooth Plaid Lap Sized Afghan includes Free Pattern on: April 05, 2010 06:25:00 PM
I just wanted to let you know, that yes, after starting this made sense the minute I actually started doing it. XD About half way through the weaving now!
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Crochet and Weave a Houndstooth Plaid Lap Sized Afghan includes Free Pattern on: March 31, 2010 04:20:49 AM
So I'm working on this pattern right now... not very far into it yet, and the crocheting business makes sense, but I'm a little confused as to how exactly the weaving is going to work later.

"Weave vertically in alternating over and under pattern, through first row of meshes.

Weave 2 lines of red and 2 lines of black, all across lapghan, ending with 2 lines red. Check your weaving to make sure each line alternates properly."

I guess for whatever reason this I'm not sure what this means. I take it the blanket isn't really reversable, which is fine, but what DOES the back look like?
5  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: eiffel tower t-shirt on: March 04, 2010 04:01:12 PM
very fun! :3 I would wear that too!
6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: A Journal for Dolphin - in a recycled vintage cover (pic heavy) on: February 18, 2010 10:12:08 AM
This is a beautiful recon. Heck, I really want one now! You did a beautiful job. :3
7  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Re: Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy Hoodie! on: October 26, 2009 05:10:43 PM
This is amazing, I kinda want to make one myself now... Just need to get good at stenciling...

You did a fantastic job! I really really love this!
8  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: How to make applesauce and apple butter (tutorial) on: October 26, 2009 04:48:19 PM
This is awesome! I was looking for a good home done recipe thing that i could make oodles of and give away for gifts!
9  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Pie Fight! by the Battle couple. on: October 26, 2009 04:41:29 PM
i DID sprinkle in a bit of cumin, but other than that, the capers and olives add alot of the flavor to the picadillo. Really you could probably add whatever you wanted.
10  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Pie Fight! by the Battle couple. on: October 26, 2009 09:42:30 AM
sadly, this post will be lacking the normal picture load that I typically include. This is because I'm a goober and forgot my camera in the dorm when I went to Jay's apartment this weekend. As we live a few hours apart, there was no option to come back and get it. And it was homecoming weekend for the other big college in town. That kinda shuts down the city for the weekend. Seriously. So, instead we bring you our ingredients renditions via PAINT! And this is kinda sad... because... you see.... Jay is a trained draftsmen and I've taken a class that had several lessons in photoshop. Really, we can draw. I think there is something that the computer emits when you open paint that turns you into a 3rd grader. Heck, they'd probably be able to handle it better, I'm sorry, what I just said was an insult to 3rd graders. Ok, onto teh fud.

I was really really craving meat pies, as this is the perfect time of year to make something heavy and warm. Plus I'd not had one since leaving London two years ago. This made me sad. We decided to make them little like, smaller than a traditional english pasty. Plus, that's how I used to make them with my Abuela.


Jay's filling of choice was Portobellos (ew) and tomatoes (yay!) covered in grated Romano (meh) and crumbled blue cheese (double ew). Really his was more like a pastry piece with toppings, like a pie dough pizza, than a pocket like pie, but meh. He basted it off of these:
http://junglefrog-cooking.com/chanterelles-tart/
But being that we're on the poor side there were necessary switch ups.

The end result:


There was also the pastry to be dealt with. We decided we wanted to be judged more on our choice of fillings this go around, so we made the dough together and used the same one. Man mine would have come out so much better if I'd just gone with store bought. Not that these were bad. But yeah, you know, somethings it's just so much prettier when you do.


So... The crust to be made. Man. We actually made two different ones. Neither worked out well for us. Not terrible, just not fluffy mazing flakey like we thought. the first was:
http://recipes.lovetoknow.com/wiki/Flake_Pastry_No._1_Recipe
It was ok. Would have worked better for like a pot pie or something you want a denser kinda crust.
The second was:
http://junglefrog-cooking.com/volauvents-daring-bakers-september-09/
Man I wish ours came out as nice as hers. They didn't probably because of three things:
1. No real rolling pin, we used a jar of olives.
2. No real space to roll things out nice. stuck in front of the microwave with the stove under one elbow and the sink under the other.
3. We subbed half of the butter for crisco... we ran out of butter and were too lazy to go to the store. Man was THAT a mistake.
We didn't use this one the night of the battle for our savory pies but in the morning for apple turnovers. 'Cause I finished it at like 11pm and was no longer hungry or wanting to stay up to bake up more savory pies. Those apple turn overs where pretty awesome. But they had trouble staying crimped up and the syrup ended up every where as did half the butter out of the pastries. Is ok, they were super tastey. But back to the ACTUAL BATTLE!

So my filling of choice was picadillo, which is typically a spiced ground beef dish of the Cuban persuasion. I made this batch with ground turkey instead. It came out about the same. Really tasty. I used a combo of recipes both from Clarita's Cocina, my bible of home cooking. I made a half recipe as this cookbook seems to be designed to feed a small army at every meal. Which really isn't too bad for this one in particular, as it gets exponentially better after a day or so in the fridge or freezer. I can't explain why, but it really is better the next day. Everyone in my family agrees with that.



I don't have a link to the recipe, so I'll do my best to supplement my masterpiece above with precise measures and real words.
1 lb meat -o- choice
1/2 an onion
2 tomatoes
1/2 a green pepper
1 ish cloves of garlic
4 olives
1 - 3.5 oz drained jar of capers
1/2 cup of golden raisins
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon wine vinegar
1/4 cup water
olive oil to lube up pot, like 2 tablespoons-ish.

Brown the meat in olive oil, then add onions, tomatoes, garlic and green pepper. Cook this for 10 minutes. Then add the rest of the ingredients and cook for at least 45 minutes. Hell you can leave this on the stove like I did for HOURS on low heat.

The ground turkey was a little drier than ground beef like I normally use, so I was a little heavier on the olive oil. But really it came out damn close. This is a HALF recipe.

If you really want, email me at rocking food blog at gee mail and I'll send you the actually scanned page my dad emailed me when I called him asking for the recipe. I'd forgotten my copy in the dorm with the camera... Yeah, I'm a goober. But remember, if you love this recipe I'd really suggest buying the book.


So Pies? Right I was talking about those wasn't I? This delicious picadillo goes right into the pastry and BAM into the oven until the pastry is done. I did mine less like little open top pies and more in shape like raviolis.  I did this to keep the steam in the pie and not let the meat dry out in the oven.



mmm camera phones... what would we do without them? So that's the end of my post. Other than this: Again we are leaving this up to the INTERWUBS to decide who is the supreme cook! So let me know here! OR vote on the blog! or both really.
http://saturdaynightfights.blogspot.com/2009/10/pie-fiiiiiiiight.html
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