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Ground Breaking

Reuse, recycle, reduce. We hear these ideas all the time and I tend to think they are good ones. It comes in especially great when someone gives me an old kiln.  That is exactly what happened when the electric kiln that we used for cone 6 glaze firing gave up the ghost at Callanwolde. It’s a good size kiln, much bigger than my electric kiln but I’m not interested in rewiring this one. You may remember I did that with my electric kiln when I installed the kiln sitter (you can read about that here) which I got from another free kiln.

My plan for this kiln is to make it a reduction kiln since that is the look I like best for my pots. I am even considering adding a stoke hole so I can feed some small piece of wood into the kiln for some ash and wood effects.

Before I can start converting it into a gas kiln I need to build a kiln shed. My current kiln room is fine for the electric kiln but it’s too crowded to add flame to the mix. I’m designing a simple lean-to type shed that will have a m…

Creamy Curried Cauliflower Soup

Sometimes the weather influences how and what we eat.  Warm weather makes us seek fresh, cool foods like fresh fruit and salads, cooler weather makes us want a meal that comes to the table steaming hot from the oven.  Spring and fall are transitional seasons where we want some of each and some in between stuff.

The other day I planned to make a Roasted Cauliflower Salad but the week turned cool and rainy before I could make it.  This weather calls for soup.  If you're a regular reader here you know I like to make some soup.  I looked online for a recipe and quickly found one that called for all the ingredients I had in my house plus it sounded delicious so it was the one I tried and I'm so glad I did.  This soup gave the warming quality that I desired while also tasting fresh and light and, most importantly, delicious.  I quickly determined that this recipe was a keeper and one I thought you might love also.  You can find it here:

You may notice that it's not only vegetarian but also vegan.  I think it's perfect the way it is, I would not change a thing.

Creamy Curried Cauliflower Soup

It's been suggested that I mention who made the pottery in my recipe pictures, I'll try to remember but you also may recognize a few of the artists I dine with.  The soup bowl and the grate plate was made by me, the wine goblet by Cynthia Bringle, the blue serving bowl is Alice Woodruff's and the square bread plate is unknown but really beautiful.

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  1. Definitely soup weather once again. Jeff made a big pot of spicy sausage and arugula soup the other night, it really hit the spot.

    1. That sounds good Michèle, I bet it could be made with soysage if you wanted a meatless version.


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