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1  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / New to felting, is it possible to make ridges? on: November 25, 2012 08:57:57 AM
Hi, I just started felting and am having a great time needle felting different kinds of mushrooms. I made a chanterelle and the shape is right but If I could make the characteristic ridges on the underside of the cap and stem, It would be perfect. Here is a picture of a real chanterelle I found for reference.

I was thinking I could try embroidery floss. but I was just wondering if there was a better needle felting technique to create ridges.

2  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: First Felted Project - Needle Felted Gnome on: November 25, 2012 08:33:04 AM
Nice job! I just used this tutorial as well it is great! I think yours turned out perfectly.
3  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Substitute for Pie weights? on: November 24, 2012 11:23:46 AM
I will have to try the tin foil method. Sounds easy. Thanks for the tip.
4  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Substitute for Pie weights? on: November 21, 2012 05:51:16 PM
So today I was blind baking my pie crust for my Thanksgiving pecan pie(yum). I don't bake often enough to buy fancy pie weights for blind baking, so I used some black beans I had in the cupboard. Everytime I do this I think what a waste of perfectly good beans. (as far as I know you can't cook them up after baking them)
So I was thinking about different things one might use as pie weights. The two things I thought of were, river rocks, and glass marbles. The rocks would have to be well washed of course. Does anyone see a problem with baking rocks or marbles for twenty minutes or so at a time?
The worst thing I can imagine is a rock exploding from some trapped water or something. That also seems unlikely.

what do you think?
or a time bomb

5  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Macaroni Press on: November 21, 2012 05:45:46 PM
Not sure about the cookie press thing. I think pasta dough might be too firm. Just wanted to say that I have heard from people with the pasta extruding atatchment for the kitchen aid, that it is not all that it is cracked up to be.
Do you have your heart set on macaroni? cuz linguine would be way easier without any speceal equipment.
Here's Ruhlman's ratio and method for pasta dough. He usually knows what's up.


6  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Chai Tea! from scratch, I'm hooked luckily the recipe made 2.5 quarts on: November 12, 2012 06:37:26 AM
Here is the recipe I used, You can adjust things to suit your tastes. THe original recipe called for twice as much sugar, but I think 1/2 cup is perfect. I don't like things super sweet. And I added extra cardamom pods because mine were no longer green more of a grey, not sure how long I have had them Grin
    10 cloves
    10 green cardamom pods
    2 cinnamon sticks
    1 tsp fennel seeds
    1tsp ground ginger
    8 black tea bags(I used decaffeinated so I could drink it before bed, or whenever the hell I feel like it without having to worry about the caffeine keeping me awake)
    4 cups of milk
    1/2 cup sugar(you can add more or less depending on how sweet you want it. Substitute vanilla sugar to make Vanilla Chai tea)
    6 cups of water

 First off put your water on the stove to boil. Then put the whole spices in a mortar and pestle.
Once your water starts to boil add crushed spices and ground ginger.
Boil for two minutes.
Add tea bags(remove the paper tags and staples)Boil 1 minute.
Reduce to a simmer, simmer five minutes.
Add milk, return to a boil, watch closely as it might boil over at this point.
Reduce heat and simmer 2 minutes.
Remove from heat and stir in sugar.
Strain and serve hot, store remaining in fridge for up to a week.
Once chilled it also makes a delicious iced tea, just pour over ice.
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Second ever hoopla! :) on: November 11, 2012 05:38:49 PM
I love it! Very nice use of fabric and contrast.
8  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Chai Tea! from scratch, I'm hooked luckily the recipe made 2.5 quarts on: November 11, 2012 11:44:47 AM
I made some chai tea yesterday, so worth making from scratch. It is the best chai I have ever had.

This cookbook is amazing as well It has about a million recipes from all across India and all that I have tried have been excellent. Some of them are a little daunting though with exotic hard to find ingredients, and even the cooking techniques are unfamiliar. That's one of the reasons I decided to make the Masala Chai Tea, i had all the ingredients on hand and it is a simple process, although more involved than I would have thought. You boil for exact amounts of times before adding ingredients. Seems a little fussy, but the end result is amazing.
If you like chai I would strongly recommend making it from scratch at least once. It is delicious, comforting and exotic at the same time.

9  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Simple yet elegant pasta recipe, glad I remembered this one on: November 10, 2012 08:38:53 PM
I recently remembered a pasta recipe that I hadn't used in a while. It's just as easy and delicious as I remember

All you need is
can of Roma tomatoes
kalamata olives
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Parmesan cheese
Salt and Pepper

Just crush tomatoes and mix everything together except Parmesan. Use a fair amount of EVO and salt and pepper. Then while your pasta is cooking just heat your sauce up add cooked pasta and cook together until not runny. Top with shaved Parmesan.
It is so good. Its so simple but delicious. Food magic.

For a step by step check my blog.http://makingmpls.blogspot.com/2012/11/fast-foodie-friday-easy-pasta-dinner-in.html
Thanks for looking!
10  UNITED STATES / Minnesota / Re: Free Advertising! Looking for Minnesota crafters to feature on my blog. on: March 31, 2012 01:27:38 PM
@ kmvinge, very cool etsy site. You are linked.
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