Kitchen Crafts 'n' More - Issue #67
- Kitchen Crafts n' More
July 20, 2002
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1. Reader's Questions
2. Help from Readers
3. Craft Recipes
4. Traditional Recipes
5. Around the House
6. This Week's Joke
~...~A Note from Christina~...~
Summertime is in full swing, and this issue is filled with delicious
summer inspired dessert recipes. All are perfect for a delicious
warm weather treat. Your family will love them!
You'll find LOTS of reader's questions this week, so if you have an
answer to a question please send it in to me and help out a fellow
Kitchen Crafts 'n' More reader.
Enjoy, and have a wonderful week!
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THIS WEEK'S RECIPE INDEX:
* Bath Gel
* Herbal Bath Salts
* Carrot Soap from Scratch (from Sugarplum.net)
* Regional Recipe (from Baltimore, Maryland) - Chicken Divan
* READER REQUESTED RECIPE - SUPER SOUR Lemon Pie (thanks Beverly!)
* Strawberry Banana Ice Cream
* Toasted Coconut Ice Cream
* Crust Variations for Cheesecake
* Rhubarb Cream Delight
* Frozen Lemon Squares
* (LO FAT) Chocolate Raspberry Mousse
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I love to crochet and want to start making and selling my crafts.
Does anyone have a suggestion as to how much I should charge for my
pieces of work. They range from fridgies to afghans.
A DRIED PASTRY CRAFT QUESTION
Another subscriber asks:
"I have been wanting to find a way to put a hard clear finish on dried
pastry's (donuts, turnovers etc) but when I try the finish soaks into
the item and though I let it dry and between each andtry many coats
they always end up very very fragile and the dough still is flakey,
and sheds and deteriorates. I can't figure out how to get one that
is thick enough to make it somewhat protected and somewhat durable to
handling. Does anyone have any suggestions, I'd sure appreciate it."
GRAY HAIR HELP
"I began graying in my early 20's, and by now (age 45) am
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HELP WITH STRESS PILLOWS AND JAM RECIPE REQUEST
"I would like to teach my beginning sewing students to make some of
those stress pillows that were featured a few issues back. My
question is has anyone made them using aromatic herbs or lotions with
the rice? I want to make sure whatever goes inside can be safely
I am also looking for recipes for jam other than the standard
strawberry and peach."
GETTING OLD OLD FORMULA STAINS
"I have a bunch of baby clothes that I am trying to get the formula
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staining on them and now when I took them out to use for my next
baby, they have yellow stains on them-yikes, why did this happen and
what can I do??? Please help, these are the cutest clothes and I am
just sick about it. Thanks in advance."
BREAD RECIPE REQUEST AND MORE
Beverly (who supplied the delicious pie recipe in this issue!) wrote:
" I need a recipe for I think it is
sourdough? bread....Yes, from scratch. I guess this is what you call
it. Do you know when you buy frozen bread from the store and you
freeze it and then you take it out of the freezer and let it thaw and
when it thaws it rises and then all you have to do is bake it? well,
I'd sure appreciate a recipe for this kind of bread..........I love
it! and I want to make it from scratch! Is sourdough bread what
this is called? I'm also interested in menenite(sp?) recipes as we
all know they bake from scratch and they have excellent recipes!
also, if someone is interested I have a yeast bread recipe that can
be made in about an hour. its a no roll recipe and turns out VERY
fluffy. you can also use it for drop biscuits! really easy.
"How do you remove an ingrown hair on the male's face? It is called a
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From handmilled soaps to bath oils and craft supplies,
we've got your craft ideas right here.
Bath Gel (from about.com)
1/2 cup water
1 packet unflavored gelatin
1/2 cup baby shampoo
Heat the water to the boiling state and then dissolve the gelatin in
it. Add the shampoo very slowly and stir just to combine. Pour the
mixture into a fresh jar and allow to set in the refrigerator. Scoop
out a little as required for the bath.
Herbal Bath Salts
2 cups sea salt
2 cups baking soda
1 cup oatmeal ( finely ground)
2 tsp. of your favorite dried finely ground herb mix
Place all together in your food processor and mix it up. Use a few
tablespoons in warm running bath water and relax and enjoy.
Carrot Soap (Found at Sugarplum.net)
10 ounces Palm Oil
4 ounces Coconut Oil
2 ounces Olive Oil
2 ounces lye
4 ounces water
4 ounces carrot juice
Mix lye and water. Set aside to cool. Melt oils together, set aside
to cool. When oils are at 110* and lye water is at 100*, gently pour
lye into oils. Add jucie to mixture, stirring contantly. Mix until
soap traces, pour into prepared moulds, allow to stand covered and
out of drafts for 48 hours. Remove form moulds, cut as needed, and
allow to age open to air, 2-3 weeks.
Quote of the Week
"The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else
We're always looking for more of our reader's favorite recipes!
Please send them in at christinam@.... Lots of thanks to
all of our wonderful contributors!
Thanks to Dolores for this one!
l pound chicken breast. cooked and diced
2- 10oz. boxes frozen broccoli, cooked and drained
l cup mayonnaise
l tsp. lemon juice
1 small can cream of chicken soup
1 small can cream of mushroom or cream of celery soup
l cup dried onion rings
Mix mayonnaise, lemon juice, soups, and chicken, set aside. Place
broccoli in a 1-1/2 quart casserole dish. Pour chicken mixture over
broccoli. Top with onion rings. Bake at 325 degrees for about 45
minutes. Simply delicious.
Beverly from Havana,Arkansas sent this in and says: "I've made this
homemade and simple recipe a few times and it is preeeeeeeeetttyyy
LEMON MERINGUE PIE
1 1/2 cups sugar
7 Tablespoons cornstarch
1 1/2 cups water
3 beaten egg yolks
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel (a little more if you like)
2 Tablespoons butter
1/2 cup lemon juice (either hand squeezed or from a bottle)
1 9" baked pastry shell
3 egg whites
1 teaspoon lemon juice
6 Tablespoons sugar
a dash of salt
Mix frist 3 ingredients in a saucepan, stirring in water. Bring to a
boil over medium heat,stirring until thick for a bout 5 minutes.
Remove from heat; stir small amount of hot mixture into egg yolks.
then return to hot mixture. Bring to boiling and cook 1 minute,
stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Add lemon peel and butter,
slowly stir in 1/2 cup lemon juice. Cool to lukewarm, stirring
frequently. Pour into cooled pastry shell.
Beat egg whites with 1 teaspoon lemon juice to soft peaks. Gradually
add 6 Tablespoon sugar beating until stiff peaks form. Spread over
filling, sealing to edges for the pastry shell. Bake in oven (350
degrees) 12 to 15 minutes. Cool before serving.
Hope this helps. from 100% scratch and so easy to make and I
guarantee he'll love it! Beverly McConnell.
Tropilicious Beachin' Strawberry Banana Ice Cream
Sixteen-ounce package frozen strawberries in sugar (thawed)
Eight ounce half and half
Eight-ounce heavy cream
Three quarters of a cup of sugar
Turn your freezer onto the highest settings for two days to make sure
your ice cream canister is COLD.
Blend the Banana, Strawberries and half-and-half in a blender. Blend
smooth for smooth ice cream or pulse on and off, leaving a few small
pieces for chunkier ice cream!
Stir in the heavy cream and sugar. Chill. Pour into your ice cream
machine and crank your heart out! When it's thick and frozen, it's
Tropilicous Toasted Coconut Ice Cream
One fifteen-ounce can of coconut milk (w/no coconut extract)
Eight ounce Heavy Cream
Three Quarter cup of Sugar
One half cup of Coconut Flakes (Toast them on a sheet pan in a three
hundred degree oven)
Turn your freezer onto the highest setting for two days to make sure
your ice cream canister is COLD.
Blend the Coconut milk, heavy cream, and sugar in a bowl. Chill in the
refrigerator. Pour into your ice cream machine and crank your heart
As it thickens and is almost done, stir the toasted coconut flakes
in. When it's thick and frozen, it's done!
Crust Variations for Cheesecake
30 graham cracker crumbs, finely chopped
3 Tbsp sugar
1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
1 1/2 cup chocolate wafer cookies, finely ground (24 cookies)
3 Tbsp sugar
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1 1/2 cup Round gingersnaps, finely ground (30 cookies)
3 Tbsp sugar
1/4 cup butter or margarine
3 oz pecans, almonds, pistachios, hazelnuts, toasted, and finely
3/4 cup plain or chocolate graham crackers, finely ground
3 Tbsp sugar
1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
In bowl combine all ingredients except butter. Stir in butter until
well blended. For nut crusts, press crust in pan and bake in oven
preheated to 325 F for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned. Let
cool completely before filling with cheesecake batter.
Cookie "Pat" Pie Crust
This is really good with chiffon & whipped cream type fillings as
well as strawberry filling with a glaze. You can also heat a can of
peach, apple or cherry pie filling & thicken it with tapioca or
cornstarch, when cool, pour into cookie crust.
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup margarine-softened
1/4 cup finely chopped pecan
1/4 cup powdered sugar
With hands, mix all ingredients to form a soft dough.
Press firmly & evenly into bottom & sides (not on rim) of 9 inch pie
pan. Bake 12 to 15 minutes in preheated 400º oven. Watch carefully so
it doesn't get browned. Cool before filling with your favorite fluffy
or unbaked filling.
Oreo Cookie Crust
2 c. crushed Oreo cookies
1/2 c. melted butter
Mix well and press into pie pan. Chill
Shredded Wheat Crust
'....This crust is an alternate to a graham cracker crust...I got
this out of a low-fat cookbook and thought it was so interesting. I
am going to try if if I can think of anything to put in it!
2-1/4 oz shredded wheat, crushed
2 Tbsp margarine, melted
1/4 tsp grated orange or lemon peel
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
sweetener or sugar, if desired
Heat oven to 350°
Mix all ingredients till crumbs are moistened
Press crumbs onto the bottom and sides of pie plate forming a crust
Bake 8 minutes
Frozen Lemon Squares
Celebrate summer with this cool and creamy dessert!
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Servings: Makes 6 to 9 servings
1 1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup margarine or butter, melted
3 egg yolks
1 (14-ounce) can Eagle® Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk (NOT
1/2 cup lemon juice from concentrate
yellow food coloring, optional
whipping cream, whipped or whipped topping
Preheat oven to 325º. Combine crumbs, sugar and margarine; press
firmly onbottom of 8 or 9-inch square pan.
In small mixing bowl, beat egg yolks, EAGLE BRAND, lemon juice and
food coloring if desired. Pour into prepared pan.
Bake 30 minutes. Cool. Top with whipped cream.
Freeze 4 hours or until firm. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.
Garnish as desired. Freeze leftovers.
TIP: Dessert can be chilled instead of frozen.
1 pkg sugar-free raspberry gelatin (.3 oz)
2 T unsweetened cocoa powder
1 T 1 1/2 t granulated sugar
1/2 c boiling water
1 c orange juice
2 t grated orange peel
1 1/2 c reduced-calorie nondairy whipped topping
1 1/2 c fresh or thawed raspberries
In medium bowl, combine gelatin, cocoa and sugar; add boiling
water; stir to dissolve. Stir in orange juice and peel.
Refrigerate 30-40 minutes, stirring occasionally, until mixture
mounds slightly when dropped from a spoon. With electric mixer,
beat gelatin mixture 3 minutes. Gently fold in whipped topping.
Divide evenly among eight dessert cups. Refrigerate at least 2
hours, or until firm. Garnish with raspberries. Makes 8 servings.
Nutritional information: 66 calories, 2 g fat, 1 g protein,
12 g carbohydrates, no cholesterol, 30 mg sodium.
AROUND THE HOUSE
Tips and Hints to Simplify Your Daily Life
GARLIC SMELL BE GONE!
Get rid of stinky onion and garlic hands after cooking with these
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________________THIS WEEK'S JOKE___________________
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Here's a really cute joke from Susan, our regular joke woman around
here! When you're really NOT feeling like doing housework, read this
list and feel better. :) Yes, yes, we all hate housework (although
it's necessary) and this is funny tongue-in-cheek stuff that will
make you giggle.
EXCUSES FOR NOT DOING HOUSEWORK
Vacuuming too often weakens the carpet fibers. Say this with a
serious face, and shudder delicately whenever anyone mentions Carpet
Dust bunnies cannot evolve into dust rhinos when disturbed. Rename
the area under the couch "The Galapagos Islands" and claim an
Layers of dirty film on windows and screens provide a helpful filter
against harmful and aging rays from the sun. Call it an SPF factor of
5 and leave it alone.
Cobwebs, artfully draped over lampshades, will reduce the glare from
the bulb, thereby creating a romantic atmosphere. If your husband
points out that the light fixtures need dusting, simply look
affronted and exclaim, "What? And spoil the mood?"
"Watching the dust floating through the air is my hobby. I count each
piece and name them."
In a pinch, you can always claim that the haphazard tower of unread
magazines and newspapers next to your chair provides the valuable
Feng Shui aspect of a tiger, thereby reducing your vulnerability.
Roll your eyes when you say this.
Explain the mound of pet hair brushed up against the doorways by
claiming you are collecting it there to use for stuffing hand sewn
play animals for underprivileged children.
If unexpected company is coming, pile everything unsightly into one
room and close the door. As you show your guests through your tidy
home, rattle the door knob vigorously, fake a growl and say, "I'd
love for you to see our den, but Fluffy hates to be disturbed and the
shots are SO expensive!"
If dusting is REALLY out of control, simply place a showy urn on the
coffee table and insist that; "THIS is where Grandma wanted us to
scatter her ashes..."
Don't bother repainting. Simply scribble lightly over a dirty wall
with an assortment of crayons, and try to muster a glint of tears as
you say, "Junior did this the week before that unspeakable
accident... I haven't had the heart to clean it..."
Mix one-quarter cup pine-scented household cleaner with four cups of
water in a spray bottle. Mist the air lightly. Leave dampened rags in
conspicuous locations. Develop an exhausted look; throw yourself onto
the couch, and sigh, "I clean and I clean and I still don't get
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