Winter Workshops Off to a Great Start

 

LaCreta Holland kicked off the Winter 2012 Reskilling Workshop series with a high-energy class about Cooking Winter Soups and Stews on Saturday morning.

Photos below. Recipes are at LaCreta’s website – Happy Valley Learn to Cook.

What did they make?

  • Creamy Parsnip Soup
  • Sausage, Lentil, and Kale (we used Spinach) Soup
  • Butternut Squash and Corn Chowder
  • Pasta Fagioli Soup
  • Classic Beef Stew
  • Potato and Carrot Soup with Cheddar Cheese

After the soups cooked, everyone sampled them. Maybe it’s a little odd to eat soup at 11 a.m., but very tasty!

In the afternoon, Cindy Grosso guided people through Making Mittens & Scarves from Old Wool Sweaters, providing pattern & pin kits with instructions; decorative buttons from an heirloom button box; moral support and chocolate for frustration mitigation.

Felting instructions were posted previously (Felting Old Wool Sweaters); mitten & scarf instructions will be up soon here and also at the main Workshops page.

Meanwhile, Ryan Elias demonstrated Home Beer Brewing – Part 1 of 2. The class now has a five-gallon bucket of fermenting brew farting gently in the pantry, awaiting Part 2 on Feb. 18 – Racking & Bottling. Instructions posted shortly – more process photos next time – the crew got so absorbed in their work, they forgot to take pictures.
Next up: Making Yogurt & Granola with Nynke Vanderburg
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