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Friday, July 29, 2011

Cucumber Juice

Here's a fantastic thing to do with all those cucumbers coming up in the garden. It's cucumber juice, it's really delicious, and refreshing. Cucumbers have a lot of nutrition,  like Vitamin A, K, potassium, and B-Carotene.

Ingredients:
4 cups blended cucumbers
1/3 cup water for blending
2 cups additional  water
1/4 cup sugar

 Clean and dry cucumbers.
Cut into small chunks.
1 cup of cucumbers to 1/3 cup of water ratio.
Blend thoroughly well.
Strain the cucumber pulse. Add 1/4 cup sugar. Refrigerate till chilled. Enjoy!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Harvesting Garlic



This is the first year my husband has grown garlic. We received  the bulbs from my sister-in-law Maggie.  One of the reasons we sought to grow our own garlic, was due to the lack of flavor in some of the store bought ones. Have you noticed the bigger the garlic the less flavor it seems to have? Not only that but it tastes different.

Some interesting facts about garlic is that it is planted in the fall, and harvested in the summer.The plant fully grown has the appearance of miniature corn to me  To plant take the bulb separate into cloves planting the blunt side down 1 1/2 deep, 6 inches apart.


The garlic is ready to harvest when 2/3 of the leaves turn yellow and dry up.
After harvesting let garlic sit out side until the dirt is dry.

The mud will peel off with one of the layers of paper skin.

Cut roots short from top of garlic.

Place in refrigerator in butter compartment enjoy.

Can I Freeze Basil?


Have you ever wondered " can I freeze basil?"This year I have an abundance of fresh basil which I can't possibly  use all up. Here's a quick way to save the summer freshness of the basil, to use during the winter month in spaghetti sauce, or soups.

Supplies


  1. fresh basil
  2. zip lock baggies
  3. olive oil
  4. food processor
  5. paper towels
Pick fresh basil, removing stems and any discolored leaves. Rinse well under cold water removing any debris.

Pat dry with paper towels.


Add basil loosely in the processor
.Add 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil. Spread all over to cover leaves.
Pulse coarsely.

Measure 1 tablespoon of basil mixture per side of bag. It's very important to squeeze all the air out of bag.


Fold into thirds.
Double bag into a larger zip lock, place into the freeze for future use. 
 

Friday, July 15, 2011

What to do when things go wrong with your pottery

What to do when things go wrong, this rooster was so cute in every other way, except for the tail popping off during the second firing.


It's truly challenging to fix a piece of pottery that you worked so hard to make. This was the second rooster that was thrown. I thought I would go through the processes that I went through to preserve him. 

My first thought was to try fashioning a tail piece made from filmo clay since I would be keeping this rooster for my own kitchen. I wasn't happy with this fix.




My next plan was to make another one out of clay. The challenge was to figure out how much shrinkage would  occur.  I left the sides opened and used a bisque piece of pottery to keep the clay from touching each other.
Then it was attached to the rooster with epoxy glue. This is the side view.
I'm happy with this fix, what do you think?