7 kinds of wild mushrooms:
counterclockwise from top left
boletus edulis & b. mirabilis
1 1/2c kosher salt
powder enough dehydrated mushrooms to make 1 1/2c powder. hand mix with kosher salt. add to soups, stews, spaghetti sauce and anything that needs extra umami flavor. a few people in my family dont "like" mushrooms, so this is how we eat them. no slimy/chewy texture but all the woodsy flavor.
7 kinds of wild mushrooms:
clockwise from top left: linen, cotton, wool, silk
lingonberries (Vaccinium vitis-idaea) cooked with sugar and a little lemon juice (i.e., lingonberry jam)
un-mordanted samples soaked in jam remnants and water for 1 week.
15 honeycrisp apples, peeled, cored and sliced
3 persimmons, peeled and sliced
1/2c hard apple cider
1/2t ground cardamon
1/2t ground nutmeg
1/2t ground mace
3 slices dried galangal
1/4c honey (or more to taste)
simmer covered in a pot on med-low heat until the apples are broken down. strain out galangal. Blend thoroughly in a blender. jar up. for eating on toast or pancakes.
the first of december marks the first day of christmas workshop. as in i dont want to go anywhere and buy presents, but i will make some of my favorite gooey sauce to jar up and give to friends.
unfortunately, while i was sterilizing the many jars in the dishwasher, i hit a few too many wrong buttons and the dishwasher flooded and i cursed. for a few moments there we were running around grabbing towels and screaming for the man in the house to come figure out how to Make It Stop!
cant think of a better way to spend my birthday weekend!
Brown Butter Bourbon Caramel Sauce for pouring on ice cream or dipping into with slices of green apple:
MELT over low heat in saucepan 1/2c butter until the foam has turned golden brown.
ADD: 1 14oz can sweetened condensed milk
1c brown sugar
1/3c corn syrup
1/2t hawaiian sea salt
continue melting all ingredients until completely dissolved and gooey. makes about 4c, so jar up the extra to share!
the excess is folded above the upper edge fo the original cuff, a photo by lefiligree on Flickr.
ive gotten very little done this month, with a record of 5-7 succesful puppy potties done outdoors vs indoors each day. exhausting.
i did decide to challenge myself today on my extra day off and hem some jeans using the web-popular method of retaining the original cuff.
with the jeans on inside out, you basically pin the excess length above the upper edge of the original cuff. i needed to shorten by 4 inches, so there are 2 inches of folded fabric pinned above the cuff.
then you fold the jeans right side out with the cuff folded up over the pant leg. the excess is now exposed. you sew right along the original upper edge of cuff as close to the edge as possible.
fold the cuff back down (which turns the excess to the inside of the pant leg) and press. the faded marks on the original cuff camouflage the new seam. you can trim off the excess flap of length, or be lazy like me and forget it even exists. with bootcut legs or wider you can get away with not trimming.
i hem a lot of pants and wasnt really motivated to change my hemming ways because i'd gotten used to the process. however, sewing through a jeans cuff requires sewing through 3 layers (9 at the inseam!) of denim and often results in a busted needle. AND i usually dont have that ochre yellow top-stitching thread. this method means sewing through 2 layers (6 at the inseam) and since you dont have to cut the fabric, if you measure wrong you can redo it.