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9. June 2011 11:48
by Jobo

Treats to eat while knitting...

9. June 2011 11:48 by Jobo | 0 Comments

Chocolate chip chewy cookiesLately I've been craving sweets, and I must say, these are some of the best chocolate chip cookies I've ever made.  They are so soft and chewy, even when days old (I know!  Blasphemy!  I think the batch only lasts a day and a half at most around here!) and delicious with milk.  I can't take much credit though - It's Alton Brown's recipe.  We've been watching Alton's show Good Eats for quite a while, and I can blame him for many kitchen gadgets entering my home, and also for adding many very tasty recipies to my family's repertoire!

Anyways - more about the cookies!  Alton explains that in order to make cookies that are chewy you need to alter the standard recipe a bit!  Egg whites dry things out... so you use 1 whole egg, and a second egg yolk only.  If the butter is cold, it doesn't absorb into the flour and dry ingredients the same, so the cookies would be crisper.  In this recipe, you melt the butter first, and you can opt to use bread flour (which has a chewier consistancy in the finished product) to help bump up the chewiness.  (Note: I used the all purpose flour I always have, and they were still fine)  Also, Browner sugar attracts more water, which leads to more softness, so you use much more brown than white sugar in this recipe.  I've been using semisweet Hershey Chips too, which taste delicious when still a bit warm and molten inside your delicious chewy cookie!  One other tip that is a must... I had never used parchment paper before making these, but it makes a huge difference!   The dough spreads lovely from the rounded scoop, and the cookies are ridiculously easy to remove from the pan, even though they are still soft.

You can find the recipe over here.... I am *not* responsible for how many of these you eat though!  You might want to grab an extra carton of Milk... you're going to need it!

19. November 2010 11:09
by Jobo

Friday... So much Fiber... So little Time...

19. November 2010 11:09 by Jobo | 0 Comments

Where does the time go...  Seriously!  It seemed like there was a ton of time left before the holidays.  I have 2 pairs of mittens left to finish for other clients before Christmas, a straightforward hat, and a pair of pretty complex mittens for my own holiday knitting.  I have been plugging away at all of them, a little at a time, but I'm starting to get nervous that I won't be able to complete my own goodies after the "required" ones.  I know everything will be alright in the end, but you still start to worry a little bit.  *eeeek*

I've been knitting, spinning, carding fiber, finishing things, but haven't taken very many photographs unfortunately.  I did remember to photograph a fantastic meal we made this week:  I made my own homemade flour tortillas (from the encouragement and recipe I got over at 'All things Shea' - tortilla recipe!) and they were Fantastic!  Soft, yummy, and perfect for Fajitas and Quesadillas and the like.  See below:  Homemade flour tortilla, fajita topping made with leftover smoked chicken breast (smoked at home by the husbeast with his new BBQ toy) sautéed onions, green peppers, a little spice, some sour cream, cheddar cheese, and avocado slices!  (sorry if this makes you hungry, my stomach has started gurgling just reading this... I must make these again soon!)

homemade fajitasyummmmmmm!

Ruttiger Nov 8, 2010Also, the Bun Bun is doing great!  Nose wiggles, Ear scratches, and general fuzzybutt badness all around :)  We are working diligently on our grooming schedule and on being patient with each other.  That little guy just cracks me up!

He is almost ready for another full coat molt... so the grooming is pretty important right now.  With this breed of rabbits, they can ingest enough of their own fur during the "Coat Blowing" process that it can make them really sick, even die.  The condition is called wool block, or gut stasis, and basically it's a situation where the wool fills up the gut and it stops processing and digesting.  Either way, we don't want to have to deal with such terrifying sicknesses, so regular grooming, feeing healthy fiber (hay, hay and more hay) and watching to make sure his little bowels are moving regularly.  (I never thought I'd be as interested in the BMs of a 5 pound critter.  People tell me that once I have kids it's the same thing all over again!)

Hope you all have a great weekend... with lots of knitting time and R & R :)

27. October 2008 14:02
by Jobo

Boo! Its a Halloweeny Post!

27. October 2008 14:02 by Jobo | 0 Comments

Do you ever feel like you have a million things on the go, but somehow nothing new completed?  Well thats how I feel these days.  The weather is changing finally here, the leaves are turning wonderful reds and oranges, and the wind has a certain nip... Fall is definetly here.

This year has been declared the Autumn of soups and casseroles... comfort food yum!  And of course, since I have never really been a soup or casserole maker, this is all new.  It's like mad kitchen science - soup creation labs. 

Here is the latest creation: 

Italian Wedding Soup... Which may look complicated, but it ridiculously easy!

- Remove the casings from 5-6 Mild Italian Sausages, and form into small meatballs, approximately 1 - 2 cm round.  Cook in a frying pan, make sure these are completely done, as they wont really have time to cook fully in the soup.  Drain fully.  I even let mine drain on paper towels similar to what I would do with Bacon, just to get the excess greasiness off.  Set aside for later.

-Prepare 1 medium onion, 2 Carrots, 2 Sticks of Celery - all chopped into about the same sized pieces

- In a heavy bottom Pot, saute the veggies on medium heat with a splash of olive oil, and a sprinkle of salt.  Cook about 10 minutes, or until the veggies start to get glossy and softened.  

- Add spices to taste - I added freshly cracked black pepper, and about 1 tsp of Dried Rosemary and Thyme, and 1 tbsp Dried Parsley.  You could add more or less... up to you. Saute for about 5 more minutes (ok, so the kitchen smells really excellent at this point!)

- Next, add about 8-10 cups of chicken stock (I like the Campbells' low sodium Chicken Broth you can get at the supermarket... for when you don't have a spare chicken carcass laying around) and simmer on med-low, try not to let it boil, just simmer away for about 30 minutes.

- Add the Meatballs prepared earlier,and continue to simmer.  Once the meatballs are heated through you could serve it there, or let it simmer longer on the stove if you want.

- For an extra treat, I added Tiny round pasta (about 1/2 cup) about 15 minutes before serving (you could use whatever you have in the kitchen, or little alphabet noodles if there are children at your table)  Some recipes mention adding Spinach leaves also at this point, where they would wilt and also give their flavour to your soup.  I didn't bother this time with the spinach.

- This soup is great as leftovers the next day, or for work lunches, but remember, the longer the noodles sit in the broth, the soggier they get.  If you were planning on making this ahead, I would perhaps not add the noodles until just before you wanted to serve it.

Aromatic Vegetables on Parade...

Finished soup!  Hungry?


On the Crafting front...

ever notice how your projects sometimes go seasonal without you even realizing it?

I have been working on blending some Black Superfine Merino with just a touch of the Pewter/Silver colored Carbonized Bamboo I had leftover from another project.  This stuff seems to be turning out really soft and smooth.  My goal was to create some Worsted or heavier weight, but the singles feel so nice, they may end up being consumed as they are :)  Definetly love those hand cards... very simple to use, and there is something so back-to-basics about the combing of wool and then spinning those fluffy rolags.  

Also on a Halloweeny note... I decided I should use up some of the sock yarn I've accumulated over the years.... and started a scarf.  A few years back, I found a whole bunch of Bernat Sox sold color sock yarn on sale at Zellers, and couldn't help myself.  I think I bought 2 balls of every colour there!  (Yeah I know, bad knitter!  bad!)

I have always admired knitted lace shawls and stoles, so I decided to try out the"Woodland Shawl" pattern on Ravelry.  I'm finished of one ball... about 3.4 of the next to go.  here is a sneak peak! It's kindof a burnt orangy colour. 

And just to finish off -some orange "Chinese Lanterns" from my Gramma's Garden...

Trick or Treat!!

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