Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Exotic Reuben Sandwiches

What not to do--

Here is how it sets up.  Leftover corned beef and a husband who wants Reuben sandwiches for supper.

I get all of the ingredients out:  corned beef, cheese, rye bread, Russian dressing, sauerkraut, and a tub of butter.

I heat up my cast iron griddle.

I start my assembly of two sandwiches:
  1. Butter one side of each slice of bread.  Since I emptied the butter tub, I use it to place one slice of bread buttered-side down on the tub and one on the small  yellow lid totally covering the little lid.
  2. Place sauerkraut on each slice of bread.
  3. Place thin slices of leftover corned beef on top of the sauerkraut.
  4. Place slice of cheese on top of the corned beef.
  5. Poured a little Russian dressing on top of the cheese slice.
  6. Place another slice of bread with the buttered side up on top of the sandwich.
Now, I pick up each sandwich and place them straight onto the hot griddle.  

After about 3 minutes, I use a spatula and turn the sandwiches over.  First sandwich, no problem.  Second sandwich, after I turned it, I noticed this yellow foam on it.  Funny, I thought.  I didn't put anything yellow on it.  I assumed that for some strange reason the butter had turned yellow.  Wrong thought. but that was what I thought.  This was after two days of working on taxes.  After another 3 minutes or so, I removed both sandwiches to our plates.

We began to eat our sandwiches.  I kept the one with the hint of yellow.  The yellow was quite crunchy.  I thought that maybe the cheese had melted and became crusty.  For some reason, I returned to the kitchen and the brain finally kicked in.  There was my empty butter tub but where was the yellow lid.  Oh no, I thought, I just ate plastic.  Luckily, I had only taken a small bite.

There was no odor or anything.  Just a little yellow foam.  No real mess.  Later in the evening, there was a kind of plastic smell in the air. 

Tonight, I think I might have qualified for "Worst Cooks in America". 

Friday, March 9, 2012

Book Review: The Principles of Knitting

Gina Mitchell had purchased this book and had brought it to the shop to show everyone.  It is what one would call a coffee table book.  The book weighs in at 4 pounds 8.8 ounces and is roughly 8 1/2" x 11" in size and a depth of 2".  It is an impressive book.  After looking through her copy, I had to have one for the shop. 

What does this book have to offer?  Everything.  There aren't any flashy slick color plates. June Hemmons Hiatt's, The Principles of Knitting,  is 712 pages of comprehensive reading on all aspects of hand knitting.  The publisher describes it as, "The definitive book of knitting techniques.  

  • Pages 37-71 just cover numerous methods of casting on with detailed explanations and advice on which cast on should and should not be used.
  • Selvedges and Steeks are explained in detail.
  • Several methods of knitting, right or left handed knitting and more.
  • Pages 80-93 cover casting off.
  • There are chapters on shaping (increasing and decreasing), short rows, picking up stitches, openings (pockets and buttonholes)
  • Surface decoration
  • Increase and decrease patterns such as in lace.
  • Charted stitch patterns
  • Color Work 
  • Pattern Design
  • Yarns and where they originate.  
  • Tips for working a project and fixing errors.
I only touched the surface with my list of items.  

I am getting ready to teach a class in Stranded Knitting and the chapter on Color Work is a valuable resource for my class.

I am very happy that I added this book to my library and thankful that Gina brought it to my attention.