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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…

Roasted Corn, Edamame and Quinoa Salad

As the warmer weather approaches it's nice to have filling salads for dinner.  The leftovers are great for lunches also.  The trick with keeping the lettuce nice for leftovers is to wait until just before you eat it to add the dressing.  If you dress the salad when you serve it at dinner the dressing will make the lettuce go all funny in the refrigerator over night.  I don't think this will kill you but it doesn't really seem all that appetizing. So keep the dressing in a separate container from the salad until you're ready to eat it.

Roasted Corn, Edamame and Quinoa Salad by Future Relics Pottery
Roasted Corn, Edamame and Quinoa Salad


For the Quinoa:

⅔ cup water
⅓ cup quinoa

For the Salad:

3 cups corn
1½ cups shelled edamame (thawed if previously frozen)
1 cup chopped red pepper
½ cup chopped cilantro
6 green onions, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
Romain or spring mix lettuce

For the Dressing:

6 tablespoons lemon juice
¼ cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
2 tablespoons smooth dijon mustard
2 tablespoons olive oil


To prepare the dressing, combine lemon juice, soy sauce, mustard and olive oil in a medium bowl. Whisk well to combine and then pour over vegetable mixture. Chill before serving to allow the flavors to combine.

Roast the corn on the a grill (if it's on the cob) or in a cast iron skillet until you start to see brown on the surface.  If using corn on the cob, remove the kernels from the cob once they are cool enough to handle.

Place water and quinoa in a small saucepan and prepare according to package directions (which will probably indicate that you will bring them to a boil and then simmer, covered, for about 10-15 minutes or until the water is absorbed). NOTE: If your quinoa is not pre-rinsed, then before you add it to the saucepan, you will need to rinse it in a sieve, swishing it with your fingers until the water runs clear.

Meanwhile, in a colander, rinse and drain the edamame. Transfer to a large serving bowl. Add the remaining salad ingredients and prepared quinoa.

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  1. when the hot weather gets here I'll live on salads and add this to my list; what is the purpose of rinsing the quinoa?

  2. The hot weather will be here in Georgia in a few days, but it may be a few more by you.
    All quinoa has a bitter-tasting coating on each seed that protects it from being eaten by birds in the field. This is called saponin and must be removed before it is cooked and eaten. Some quinoa is pre washed before packaging, some is not.


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