The last time I chopped onions (using those instructions in the Everyday Food magazine even) I was preparing a pretend nice dinner, which meant I was cooking for no special reason, and decided to play Dress Up, including applying makeup, something which is becoming increasingly rare. I tried every trick I knew to keep the onions from making me cry, I turned on the gas burner, lit a candle, opened windows. Within seconds tears were streaming onto my cheeks, making my Very Black eyeliner and mascara slide nearly to my chin in a good two minute faux crying session. This is why I think Ugly Green Chair is a genius.
Pamie talks about WFUV (pronounded wuh-fuhv), the radio station was a beacon of normalcy in the asylum which were my college years. Someday I’m going to give that station a lot of money, just as soon as I have some to spare, or, you know, any at all.
I want a board to display inspiration pictures (read: pictures of stuff from catalogs I want but cannot afford). The designer versions (like this one at Fred Flare) rock, but will have to wait. There large combination magnetic and dry erase board you can find at Ikea and office supply shops are simple enough, but I don’t need dry erase. The Martha Stewart web site has a project for a simple framed sheet of galvanized steel. A 2′ x 3′ sheet of galvanized steel at Home Depot is about $6. I think it will be easy enough to make an unframed version, I think I can use hardboard as a backing, which is pretty inexpensive.
Do huge pumpkins have huge seeds? Or just more seeds? If they are huge seeds, are they still good to eat?
Jenny writes about a trip to go get Snacky Jack pumpkins, which have thin or no-hull seeds which are meant for eating. I want! I couldn’t find any information about them via Google, anyone happen to know if they are sold in any food stores in the Seattle area?
Cool little DIY fairs seem all the rage these days, there is the DIY Trunk Show happening in Chicago on November 15th, and word comes from Jenny at Sew Darn Cute about the bi-coastal Bazaar Bizarre in Boston on December 13th and LA on December 14th. (More news about the LA event can be found here.)
Are there any events happening in your area? Let us know about it!
Girl Hacker points to the Java-Log, a firelog made of used coffee grounds – “the Java Log burns brighter because used coffee grounds have about 25-per-cent more energy than wood and triple the flame per unit of energy.” It was invented in Canada, and is going on sale in the US this month. I hope I can find them around here, mmm faint scent of cooooffeeee.
I love the bat invitations that were on Martha Stewart Living (the television show) today. If you don’t get a chance to see it, there is a paper bat inside of the card, each half is joined by a rubber band which is wound up so when you open the card it pops out and spins around. The idea came from winding the propellers on balsa wood model airplanes.
The segment on sound effects was really good as well – “a frozen head of iceberg lettuce will create a sound similar to that of a head hitting a floor; generally horrifying ‘squishing’ noises can be conjured with a bag of Spaghetti-Oï¿½s in a plastic bag”.
Tip for Seattle Tourists Like Me – when in Pike Place Market seek out the Daily Dozen Doughnut Company. They are a little stand which makes mini doughnuts which are served warm and delicious. Bonus if you get there while the guy who snaps the bags open with an impressively loud bang is working. Here is an article in The Stranger about it. If the eating of doughnuts doesn’t interest you stop by to take a look at the table-top sized doughnut factory in motion, it’s mesmerizing, like a trip to an itty bitty Krispy Kreme.
I’ve been drooling over cider syrup recipes:
- cider syrup at RecipeSource, this appears to the standard recipe
- boil down recipe at Recipe USA
- pumpkin pancakes with hot cider syrup
- lots more via Google
And pumpkin butter, mmm.
Mostly unrelated – does anyone know if I can find Lady Apples at the Pike Place Market or anywhere else around Seattle? I didn’t spot any at Pike Place last time I was there.
ljc posted about the folding chopstick wrappers into chopstick rests right about the same time I learned how to fold my first (very simple) chopstick rest. I did some research for basic instructions and couldn’t find any (ok, I didn’t try very hard), but I did find this suggestion at half bakery for a wrapper which has instructions on how to fold the rest printed right on it. I give it a thumbs up.
Extreme Pumpkins is a very cool, and very informative site on how to carve pumpkins your mother may not approve of. Take a look at the photo gallery, you may remember the puking pumpkin from times past, yeah, that’s this guy. via the shrine worthy Cockeyed.
While I was doing some cleaning this weekend I caught an episode of The Splendid Table. I used to listen to the show in Ohio, but the stations in California didn’t carry it. I had forgotten how much housework I can get done while listening to the show. More importantly I had forgotten how inspiring the show is, this episode has me wondering if I can make cider syrup using the pots I have. And now there is a weekly email newsletter called Weeknight Kitchen, I can hardly wait.