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Step-by-step Making a Braided Racerback Tank From an Old Tshirt

Step-by-step Making a Braided Racerback Tank From an Old Tshirt

If the overview in my visual sewing pattern is a little too vague for you, don’t worry.  Here’s the detailed step-by step to turn an old tshirt into this braided racerback tank. It’s a very simple pattern (just one little seam!), but here I’ve included all the little tips and tricks I’ve figured out on...
Braided Racerback Tank

Braided Racerback Tank

A sewing pattern? Kind of new territory for me, right? But this project seemed to fold in perfectly with the values that I look for most in my more food-centric projects (satisfying results made from humble elements),  I felt I had to share it.  And really it’s a stretch to call this a sewing project–...
(Almost) Wood-Fired Pizza In Your Kitchen!

(Almost) Wood-Fired Pizza In Your Kitchen!

There are couple of barriers to achieving a wood-fired pizza at home. The two big ones are getting a suitable facsimile of a pizza oven, and getting a decent dough in the right shape at the right place at the right time. I’m happy to say that I’ve worked out a few methods that I...
Gingerbread block workday #1

Gingerbread block workday #1

This Sunday we officially kicked off the construction of the gingerbread block. We managed to get the walls for the first building in the block cut and sculpted. The lovely Jessika Creedon stopped by to help, and she also took some pictures. So here’s a little eye candy for those of you who are eager...
Block Printed Beer Labels

Block Printed Beer Labels

Block Printed Beer Labels I don’t want you to get the wrong impression– I’m definitely not a master at either homebrewing or printmaking. But, I am pretty darn good at figuring out how to make food and beverages look nice. And after relegating my homebrews to plain brown bottles, (yawn) I decided it was time...
Gingerbread House Basics

Gingerbread House Basics

Admittedly my gingerbread house is a bit… involved. (I think it was around four evenings to make everything and put it together). But apart from the garlands (made of thyme and pink peppercorns) I used just three base recipes: gingerbread, royal icing and poured sugar. Gingerbread and royal icing are inescapable,  the poured sugar is...
Build a Gingerbread Brownstone

Build a Gingerbread Brownstone

I can’t write this post without first making a confession: I have been through both architecture school and pastry school. For a long time I tried to avoid the obvious gingerbread-construction shaped overlap in my fields of study. (I was, I think,  afraid of being pigeon-holed into the crafty side of pastry). Sometimes, the shoe...
Creepy Coconut Kiwi Panna Cotta

Creepy Coconut Kiwi Panna Cotta

I’m usually not one for gore. I hate scary movies (almost always). But if there was ever a time for a little gross-out fun it is October. And I’m not such a scrooge that I can’t enjoy a little Halloween silliness. So why not make a good dish, while you’re at it? The elements of...
Popcorn pop-up cards

Popcorn pop-up cards

Popcorn is definitely a rock star in the world of thrifty foods. It’s quick to prepare, it’s super-cheap and (depending on what you add to season it) it can be pretty virtuous in the nutrition front, too. Oh, and it is also delicious. Once you start buying microwave popcorn bags, though, these virtues evaporate. The...
Roasted Red Plum & Thyme Jam

Roasted Red Plum & Thyme Jam

I did a double take at the farmer’s market this weekend– were those this year’s apples? And grapes- already?!? If labor day and the start of school were not enough to let me know summer is on its way out, those apples sure were. I was instantly overcome with the urge stuff myself with stone...
Luminous Watermelon Salad

Luminous Watermelon Salad

  This week, I’ve created a refreshing, chilled summer salad that is visually striking in both daylight and in ultraviolet light. And though the plating makes it look complicated, the elements are incredibly simple. Cucumber and watermelon, when they are cut carefully, look like precious little crystalline gems. The tonic granita is unusual for a...

Ultraviolet Foods

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