Episode 83: Secrets of Red

cover83aThis episode includes: Ever-expanding Skill Set, The Back Porch, The Front Porch, and Off the Shelf. Did you know that keeping your kitchen counters tidy and your cabinets organized can actually help you meet weight loss goals? In this episode, there’s more about counter space and tips for perfect corn-on-the-cob. I know . . . it’s a controversial topic, but I’m confident that you will want to try this version if you’re not already preparing corn-on-the-cob by using your grill. Plus, the intoxicating chapter on Red in Victoria Finlay’s book about color.


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Ever-expanding Skill Set

For seriously good corn-on-the-cob:

  1. Remove only the very outer layers of market-fresh corn.
  2. Soak corn in cold water for about 30 minutes.
  3. Place corn on a HOT grille (450 degrees). Keep grille lid closed.
  4. Turn corn once or twice and rotate from outer to inner portion of grille.
  5. After about 15 minutes (or once the husk is completely charred) remove from grille.
  6. Peel back husk, easily remove silk, and slather with butter and sprinkle with salt.  Use a square of lovely bread to apply a pat of cold butter.
  7. Prepare extra ears of corn and freeze the kernels!

Check out this awesome interview with Brian Wansink, author of Slim by Design.  He recommends 5 ways to reduce calorie intake by re-thinking the way food is organized in your kitchen.


Off the Shelf

Waves Breaking against the Wind c.1840 Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775-1851

Waves Breaking against the Wind c.1840 Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775-1851

I purchased a tiny vial of cochineal on a recent visit to Brooklyn General.

I purchased a tiny vial of cochineal on a recent visit to Brooklyn General.

The red in the dye pot is really, really red!

The red in the dye pot is really, really red!

Episode 82: Tasting Menu

cover82aThis episode features the following segments: The Back Porch, The Front Porch, Ever-expanding Skill Set, Off the Shelf, and Sew Forth. Yin Hoo’s kitchen has  undergone Phase 1 of an update and the counter space has improved as a result.  I review my stint as a guest chef at a local restaurant. New projects are going on the needles, Tour de Fleece spinning continues, and I finally made time for sewing the Schoolhouse Tunic by Sew Liberated in 100% linen. Plus, a few notes on the black, brown and white chapters of our summer read-along, Color by Victoria Finlay.


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Ever-expanding Skill Set

Our kitchen "spruce up" began when we finally purchased a new stove and hood.

Our kitchen “spruce up” began when we finally purchased a new stove and hood.

Then Samuel decided to remove the ugly piece of scalloped trim and replace it with a shelf.

Then Samuel decided to remove the ugly piece of scalloped trim and replace it with a shelf.

More shelving under the cabinets means less on the counter top.  We also raised the height of this cart so that it is truly an extension of the counter top.

More shelving under the cabinets means less on the counter top. We also raised the height of this cart so that it is truly an extension of the counter top.

Phase 2 of the "spruce up" will include a pull-out pantry housed in the narrow space beside the fridge.

Phase 2 of the “spruce up” will include a pull-out pantry housed in the narrow space beside the fridge.


Off the Shelf

Finlay refers to Whistler's Symphony in White No. 1. I find it difficult to go on with reading until I've had a glimpse of the paintings she mentions.

Finlay refers to Whistler’s Symphony in White No. 1. I find it difficult to go on with reading until I’ve had a glimpse of the paintings she mentions.

Yarns at Yin Hoo listeners are invited to join in the read along of Color. Victoria Finlay’s chapter on white is fascinating. I especially enjoyed her discussion of Whistler’s Symphony in White No. 1, but I couldn’t continue reading until I had looked up the image.  The white of the woman’s skin, dress, the flower she holds, and the background are ethereal and even virginal.  But what about the expression of the animal at her feet?  Whistler had either a wicked sense of humor or a penchant for theatrics!

Join in and read along!

July 5 — The Paintbox; Ochre
July 12 — Black and Brown; White
July 19 — Red
July 26 — Orange; Yellow
August 2 — Green
August 9 — Blue
August 16 — Indigo
August 23 — Violet
August 30 — The End of the Rainbow


 And Sew Forth

tunic2I’ve been longing to carve out the time to work on the Schoolhouse Tunic. Yesterday, I thought I would have just enough time to cut the fabric, but then I ended up working on the project for several hours.  Today, I finished the dress.  It is a well-written pattern and I like the results.  I elected to elongate the skirt so that the garment would be more like a dress than a tunic. I chose 100% linen for the dress and a printed quilting cotton for the facings. I’m most impressed with how the top and shoulders fit; I have very wide shoulders and sleeves tend to pinch under my arms if they are not correctly sized.  There are clear directions for top stitching and I LOVE the way my topstitching came out!  When I make this dress a second time, I will reduce the width of the skirt panels and increase the width of the front pleats The dress is a bit roomy on the bottom, but completely comfortable without looking frumpy — great for spring, summer and into fall.

Recipes: Nashville-inspired Tasting Menu for 40

tastingA note about the recipes:

These recipes were developed for a four-course wine tasting menu at Sarah Street Grille in Stroudsburg, PA, where Samuel and I were guest chefs on July 14, 2015.  We wanted to re-create some of the tastes from our visit to Nashville last summer. Recipes were sourced from various web and text sources. All recipes have been heavily modified for the tasting menu.  In some cases, ingredients and quantities were changed during preparation.


Course 1: watermelon gazpacho w/ steamed lime shrimp

STEAMED LIME SHRIMP

  • 45 medium shrimp
  • 5 limes

GAZPACHO

  • 2 large watermelon
  • 8 seedless cucumbers
  • 8 ripe tomatoes
  • 8 shallots
  • 10 jalapeno peppers, seeds and veins removed
  • 10 limes
  • raspberry vinegar
  • salt
  • fresh mint
  • mint sprigs for garnish

PREPARE

  1. Lightly steam shrimp until JUST cooked; chill in juice of five limes.
  2. Mince shallot and place in bowl with juice of 10 limes. Set aside.
  3. Cut HALF of first three ingredients into even dice. Keep VERY COLD.
  4. Roughly chop the remainder of watermelon, cucumber and tomato.
  5. Finely mince jalapeno. Add to evenly diced ingredients, TASTE for heat.
  6. BLEND roughly chopped watermelon, cucumber and tomato with lime/shallot, mint, salt, and splash vinegar.

SERVE

Pour a small amount of blended mixture into serving dish. Add ½ cup diced mixture. Garnish with shrimp and mint sprig.


Course 2: summer salad w/ sweet potato gratinettes & caramelized onion dressing

CARMELIZED ONION DRESSING

  • 6 large sweet onions, thinly sliced
  • ¼ c. brown sugar
  • ¼ c. Dijon mustard
  • ¼ c. honey
  • ½ c. malt vinegar
  • 2 ½ c. extra virgin olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper
  • dried dill

GRATINETTES

  • 12 medium sweet potatoes
  • 1 lb. Gruyere cheese, shredded
  • 1 lb. bacon, diced, and fried
  • 1 pint heavy cream
  • salt
  • pepper

SUMMER SALAD

  • mixed greens (romaine, Bibb, baby greens, arugula, etc.)
  • grape tomatoes (red and yellow)
  • baby zucchini
  • candied pecans

PREPARE DRESSING

  1. Caramelize onions.
  2. Blend onions with other ingredients in a blender. Add salt, pepper, and dill to taste.

PREPARE GRATINETTES

  1. Preheat oven 400.
  2. Peel and slice sweet potato into 1/8” thick rounds. Toss with salt and pepper.
  3. Coat muffin tins with a THIN application of non-stick spray, butter, or bacon fat.
  4. LAYER sweet potato, cheese, and bacon X3.
  5. Spoon 1 tbsp. heavy cream into each muffin cup.
  6. Bake at 400. Covered for 20 minutes. Uncovered for 20-25 additional minutes.

SERVE

Toss salad greens with vegetables and a small amount of dressing. Plate salad. Place one gratinette on each plate. Garnish with dressing and candied pecans.


Course 3: pulled pork tacos w/ Southern slaw & fixins

PORK SHOULDER

  • 24 lbs. bone-in, skin-on pork shoulder (2 – 12 lb. cuts will work well)
  • 2/3 c. fennel seeds
  • 6 garlic cloves, peeled
  • ½ c. kosher salt
  • 1 c. olive oil
  • 1 c. grade B REAL maple syrup
  • ¼ c. malt vinegar
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 2 c. fruity ale

PREPARE PORK SHOULDER

  1. Bring meat to room temperature.
  2. Preheat oven 450.
  3. Score skin with ½” grid.
  4. Toast fennel seeds and crush in mortar and pestle. Add garlic cloves and salt. Grind to a paste. Transfer to a bowl. Slowly add olive oil. Season with pepper.
  5. Spread 1/3 paste onto skinLESS side of pork shoulder.
  6. Place meat SKIN SIDE DOWN in roasting pan in bottom 1/3 oven. Roast at high heat for 30 minutes.
  7. Meanwhile, add maple syrup and malt vinegar to remaining 2/3 of fennel paste.
  8. Remove meat from oven and carefully flip over (skin side up). Use a spatula to apply maple syrup mixture, pushing into scored skin.
  9. Return to 225 oven for 18 hours.
  10. Baste the meat with 1/3 of ale and drippings at three intervals.
  11. Return heat to 450 for last 20 minutes to crisp exterior, if desired

SLAW

  • 2 heads green cabbage, sliced thin
  • 2 heads red cabbage, sliced thin
  • 2 carrots, grated
  • 5 jalapeno peppers, halved, seeds and veins removed, thinly sliced

DRESSING

  • 1 c. mayonnaise
  • 1 c. buttermilk
  • 1 tbsp. vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. sugar
  • ½ tsp. salt

PREPARE SLAW

  1. Toss slaw ingredients in a large bowl with a bit of salt.
  2. Whisk together dressing ingredients.
  3. Pour dressing over slaw. Toss to coat.

GARNISH

  • 4 large red onions, halved and VERY thinly sliced
  • juice of 3 limes
  • 2 c. cilantro leaves, picked from stems
  • lime wedges
  • crumbled feta cheese

100 4” corn tortillas

SERVE

Layer slaw, pulled pork, onions, and feta into a warmed corn tortilla. Serve 2 per person. Garnish with cilantro and lime wedges.


Course 4: biscuits w/ peaches, bourbon whipped cream, and caramel bourbon sauce

CARAMEL BOURBON SAUCE

  • 1 ¼ c. butter
  • 2 ¼ c. brown sugar
  • 1 ¼ c. heavy cream
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ¼ c. bourbon

PREPARE

  1. Bring first four ingredients GENTLTY to a boil.
  2. Boil on LOW heat for 5 minutes.
  3. Remove pan from heat and CAREFULLY stir in bourbon. Adding alcohol will cause sauce to bubble furiously.

BOURBON WHIPPED CREAM

  • 2 quarts heavy whipping cream
  • powdered sugar
  • vanilla
  • bourbon

BISCUITS

  • 3 1/3 c. unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 c. finely ground cornmeal
  • 6 tbsp. sugar
  • 2 tbsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 c. (2 sticks) butter, frozen & grated
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 c. half &half
  • egg white, beaten
  • raw sugar

PREPARE

  1. Preheat oven 425.
  2. Sift dry ingredients together.
  3. Cut in butter.
  4. Stir in wet ingredients.
  5. Quick knead on floured surface.
  6. Press into ¾” thick slab.
  7. Cut with biscuit cutter.
  8. Brush with egg white and sprinkle with raw sugar.
  9. Bake 12-15 minutes.
  10. Store in airtight container.

GARNISH w/ caramel bourbon sauce & basil leaves.

Episode 81: Crushed Berries

cover81This episode includes the following segments: The Back Porch, The Front Porch, Off the Grid, Ever-expanding Skill Set, and Off the Shelf. I spent a few days in Vermont, and dyed fiber using elderberries my sister harvested last fall. We also dyed some yarn and fiber using  avocado seeds and skins. All of this was done over an outdoor fire pit, to make it more exciting. There are finished projects, plans for Stash Dash and Tour de Fleece, plus a new topic for #powerpantry and thoughts on color.  Join in the summer read-along and pick up a copy of Color by Victoria Finlay.


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The Back Porch

Summer Surprise Challenge with Jenkins Woodworking Lovers

Summer Surprise Challenge 353 yards

Three Barley Hats in Cascade 220

Three Barley Hats in Cascade 220

Stash Dash Goal 5k (2,962 yards to go)


The Front Porch

battlingsTour de Fleece Get ‘er Done! Hobbledehoy Battlings in Folklore on my Jenkins Kuchulu

Christmas Knitting

Design Project

Sewing

A “big shawl” — should I knit Pagoda or Blóm?


Off the Grid

Jessie uses hoop houses to extend the VT growing season

Jessie uses hoop houses to extend the VT growing season

elderberries simmering over an open fire

elderberries simmering over an open fire

the dye color was an deep purple, but it quickly escaped from the fiber

the dye color was a deep purple, but it quickly escaped from the fiber

avocado seed and skins yield a pinkish-orange

avocado seed and skins yield a pinkish-orange

naturally-dyed skeins

naturally-dyed skeins


Ever-expanding Skill Set

counterspaceIn July, let’s talk counter tops and counter space.

How do you manage counter space in your kitchen? Do you have tips and tricks?

Do you even consider the counter as part of your pantry?

Please tell me all about it! Photos are awesome, too. In fact, I will do a drawing for a swell prize, made by me. All you have to do to enter is post a photo of your counter space (organized or not) below and tell us about it.


Off the Shelf

All that Big Rain Coming Down -- Rover Thomas

All that Big Rain Coming Down — Rover Thomas

My copy of Color: a Natural History of the Palette by Victoria Finlay finally arrived. The YAYH read-along will extend until September 1. If you like to pace your reading, there is a schedule below. I will adhere to this timeline as I talk about book on the podcast. Read at your own pace and post comments on the Ravelry thread.

Here is a passage from the Ochre section that inspired me to look for some images: “Whenever a friend was asked what his favorite color was, he would say it was just that: the red of the Australian center, when you flew over it in the morning. From this bird’s-eye perspective, the spinifex and other bushes made little dots on the landscape, just like so many of the Central Desert paintings I had seen. And from a plane the dried-up creeks and the curves of rocks turned into whorls and wiggles that no doubt had whole epic choral symphonies enclosed in them.” p. 67

aerial view of central Australia

aerial view of central Australia

July 5 — The Paintbox; Ochre
July 12 — Black and Brown; White
July 19 — Red
July 26 — Orange; Yellow
August 2 — Green
August 9 — Blue
August 16 — Indigo
August 23 — Violet
August 30 — The End of the Rainbow

Episode 80: Wool Party

ep80.05This episode includes the following segments: The Back Porch, The Front Porch, Chin Waggin’ (with String Theorists Selene and Courtney), and Off the Shelf.  Thank you to everyone who has been in touch with me since the last episode. It is wonderful to receive your messages, packages, comments on the Ravelry board, Instagram likes, and other communication. There is so much to look forward to this summer. I’m eager to have more hours available for adventures in making things, and I look forward to keeping YAYH listeners updated on my progress.


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The Back Porch

Hane by Kirsten Johnstone

Hane by Kirsten Johnstone

knit in Shibui 100% linen (clay)

knit in Shibui 100% linen (clay)


The Front Porch

Stash Dash Progress

Tour de Fleece Progress

plan your project for the Asymmetri-CAL (August 1 – September 30)


Chin Waggin’

Courtney's weaving

Courtney’s weaving

Selene's spinning

Selene’s spinning

Knitting a Community Together article & video

Handwork program at Philip’s Academy Charter School video


colorOff the Shelf

Our second read-along is based on the non-fiction work Color: a Natural History of the Palette by Victoria Finlay. Of the four titles I suggested, Color received 42% of listener votes. We will begin on June 24 and conclude on September 1. I will provide a reading schedule for the chapters and include a bit of discussion about the book during podcast episodes this summer.  Post comments, questions, and ideas for discussion by responding in the comment box below or by participating in the read-along discussion on Ravelry. I plan to record my thoughts about color using #yayhcolor on Instagram.

Episode 79: A Good Day to Dye

cover79It has been too long since the last episode, but I’m pleased to provide dedicated listeners with an update on my fiber-y adventures. There has not been nearly enough progress on projects, but I have managed to complete a skein of 3-ply yarn from Haven Fiber. Our June session of Sheep to Shawl consisted of a more comprehensive look into dyeing with plants. We’re talking about the fridge for #powerpantry this month, and I want listener input about my summer reading and YAYH’s second read-along.  Plus, I announce the winners of the Me Made May contest on Instagram.


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The Back Porch

Corriedale 3-ply (and a mini-skein of 2-ply) Haven Fiber

Corriedale 3-ply (and a mini-skein of 2-ply) Haven Fiber

rust-dyed muslin drying at Yin Hoo

rust-dyed muslin drying at Yin Hoo

rust-dyed fabric is perfect for a bento bag

rust-dyed fabric is perfect for a bento bag

this one holds all of the hand spun and naturally-dyed fiber and yarn I've completed for my Sheep to Shawl course

this one holds all of the hand spun and naturally-dyed yarn I’ve completed for my Sheep to Shawl course

bento bag tutorial https://www.pinterest.com/pin/27795722676887949/

click the photo above for a bento bag tutorial


Sheep to Shawl

Chris provides an orientation to the biodynamic dye garden

Chris provides an orientation to the biodynamic dye garden

harvesting madder

harvesting madder

the roots of the madder plant provide a range of color from pink to red

the roots of the madder plant provide a range of color from pink to red

rinsed and chopped madder is heated to make a dye bath

rinsed and chopped madder is heated to make a dye bath

we also started some sun dyeing experiments

we also started some sun dyeing experiments

weld on polypay fiber (top) and Jacob handspun (bottom) madder on Jacob and Hog Island handspun (center)

weld on Polypay fiber (top) and Jacob handspun (bottom) madder on Jacob and Hog Island handspun (center)


Off the Shelf

I’m relying on podcast listeners to provide some direction for my summer reading. Vote for your favorite choice in the Ravelry POLL.  A read-along for the top pic will begin on June 24th and continue until September 1.

Vote for your favorite on Ravelry, or leave a comment on this post.

  1. Color: A Natural History of the Palette by Victoria Finlay
  2. H is for Hawk by Helen McDonald
  3. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
  4. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt