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1  Roller Derby Pin Up Pillow in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by craftinomicon on: February 26, 2011 05:08:09 PM
I made one of these for a friend for her birthday, and now I can't stop!

Pillows are 20"x20", appliques are made from eco fi felt (made from post consumer soda bottles--washable), and yes it was a pain to stitch around those skates, but totally worth it!
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2  Roasted Acorn Squash Gnocci in Recipes and Cooking Tips by craftinomicon on: February 25, 2011 03:25:46 PM

You will need:
1/2 an acorn squash, roasted until soft
1 medium russet potato, roasted until soft
1 egg plus 3 egg yolks
2 cups flour, plus extra for dusting

First, roast your potato and your acorn squash until the flesh is tender, about 40 minutes (my potato took longer than the squash). Set these aside to cool 10-15 minutes.

Next, use a potato ricer or a box grater and grate your squash and potato into a large mixing bowl (I used a box grater as I do not have a potato ricer, but the texture from a ricer is much smoother in the end product).

Separate your egg yolks and mix them together with your whole egg. Add this to your squash/potato mixture (this is why the squash/potato should be fairly cool--you don't want to start cooking your eggs).

Add about 1 1/4 cups of flour and mix your dough well, add more flour as needed (the final dough should be firm, not sticky.

To form the gnocci I separated my dough into 4 or 5 smaller balls. Roll each one into a large "snake" and cut pieces about 1 inch in length. Roll each piece along the back of a fork with your thumb to give your gnocci grooves for your sauce (there will also be a nice thumb dent in the back for more yummy sauce!).

Boil your gnocci in batches, it is done when it floats to the surface. I use a straining spoon to get mine out so the water never stops boiling between batches.

Add any sauce you like. The flavor from the squash is very subtle, so this is a great way to get some extra nutrients in your diet. I added a garlic butter sauce, but a cream sauce, tomato sauce, etc would be fabulous. I think next time I will try a brown butter sauce with nutmeg. Yummy!
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3  Earl Grey Pots de Creme in Dessert by craftinomicon on: February 03, 2011 05:44:37 PM

You will need:

3.5 cups whole milk
3/4 cups sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup cornstarch
1 tsp. vanilla extract
6 egg yolks
4 bags Earl Grey tea

To get a good Earl Grey flavor I started by heating 2 cups of the milk until bubbles started forming around the edge of my saucepan.  Put in your tea bags and allow to steep for 15-20 minutes.  Measure out your other ingredients while you are waiting. (I added the rest of my milk to this after the 20 minutes was over).

Sift the cornstarch, sugar and salt into a large saucepan and add all of your milk.  Whisk this together until everything is dissolved.  Turn on your burner to a medium heat and stir continuously.  Add in vanilla, and then add egg yolks one at a time until they are all incorporated. Continue cooking over medium, to medium high heat while stirring until your pudding thickens (this happens very suddenly so don't walk away).  Remove from heat and continue whisking another 30-60 seconds.  our finished pudding into any serving dish you like; I picked some white coffee cups with matching saucers, but any cup or bowl will do.  If you were to make this for a large group, it would be adorable in little espresso cups.

*Note:  this makes a rather huge amount of pudding, the original recipe I doctored up to make this said it was 4-6 servings.  I like me some pudding, in a nice sized serving and I would argue it makes closer to 8.
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