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Saturday, June 16, 2018

Penne with Shrimp and Morel Mushrooms

Adapted from Bon Appetit

4 1/2-ounce packages dried morel mushrooms
2 1/2 cups very hot water
1/2 cup olive oil, divided
2 pounds uncooked large shrimp, shelled, deveined
2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary, divided
1 1/2 pounds crimini (baby bella) mushrooms, thickly sliced
5 garlic cloves, peeled, pressed into small bowl
1/2 cup dry white wine
1 1/4 cups heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup mascarpone
1/2 cup prosciutto
1 1/2 pounds penne
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/4 tsp pepper flakes
fresh grated Parmesan
Place dried morels in medium bowl; add 2 1/2 cups hot water. Soak until tender, about 35 minutes. Lift out morels, squeezing liquid back into bowl; reserve liquid. Cut any large morels in half.
Heat 1/4 cup oil in large skillet over high heat. Add shrimp; sprinkle with salt, pepper, and 1 tablespoon rosemary. Sauté until just opaque in center, about 3 minutes. Transfer shrimp to bowl. Add 1/4 cup oil to same skillet; reduce heat to medium-high. Add morels, crimini mushrooms, garlic, pepper flakes and 1 tablespoon rosemary. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Sauté until mushrooms are browned, about 8 minutes. Add wine. Cook 1 minute, scraping up browned bits. Add cream, mascarpone and 1 cup mushroom soaking liquid, leaving any sediment in bowl. Boil until sauce thickens enough to coat spoon, about 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, cook pasta in large pot of boiling salted water until tender but still firm to bite. Drain and return to same pot.
Add mushroom sauce, parsley, and shrimp to pasta in pot. Toss over medium-high heat until warmed through, adding more mushroom soaking liquid (leaving sediment in bowl) if pasta is dry. Season with salt, pepper and Parmesan.  Sever hot with garlic bread

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Finally a Box Loom for a Texas girl!

 You'd think I'd have made a Texas themed weaving tool by now....  well better late than never.  This is a complete Handywoman Box Loom set and includes all 10 heddles!!!! oh did I mention a bag.  There is one more thing...but that is a secret and the weaver who gets this one will get a little surprise :).

7" Sampler Rigid Heddle Loom Set.

I have had so much fun testing this one.  I made one of these a couple weeks ago for a weaver friend and ended up making one to test and well...I've been testing for a few weeks now :).
I had to take a few days off waiting on a part for one of my monsters so I made another set much like the set for my friend...  and it's just as cute I think.  I'm keeping my prototype (I do normally sell those) because it fits in my lap so nicely and I can weave while watching TV and to top that off it warps up in a matter of minutes so for me (who has so little time) that is a BIG plus!  Here she is...a complete set.  This one will not last long but I do hope to find time to make more.

Next to the prototype.

And this one is my friends, with her favorite design engraved on the side.

Handywoman in Handwoven Magazine!

It is so exciting, Interweave featured my rigid heddle loom shuttles in the "Goods" section of the May/June 2018 Handwoven magazine!!!  I may pass  out so I hope the floor is soft!  My favorite magazine too!  YIKES

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

New Handywoman Shuttle, End of Warp Shuttle

So if you are like me, and I think most of us crafty people are.  You hate to was an inch of yarn..  Yeah it is undeniably impossible not to waste some but why not find ways to waste less?  So to introduce you to my newest addition the my standard floor loom shuttles (although this could be used with a rigid heddle loom too. )  My Pencil shuttle or end of warp shuttle.  These are from exotics and the Snakewood one sold right away even though it was a pricey little shuttle.  Snakewood is extremely expensive to purchase but I just had to do it at least once.  I was I must admit scared to death to mess up this extravagant wood purchase but all went well and she was a beaut!

So what you see here...from left to right.  Olivewood, Bocote,  Bolivian Rose, Snakewood and Purpleheart.