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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…

Meatless Monday - Vegetarian Posole

Several years ago I took a trip to New Mexico which is a fantastic state.  The landscape is amazing, the people were extremely friendly, and the pottery was beautiful.  I fell in love with the place and long to go back.  While I was there I was introduced to Posole which is a brothy soup that is full of flavors like cumin and cilantro.  It's delicious but it's usually made with pork or the vegetarian version is made with beans.  I don't do beans.  This recipe doesn't have beans in it but if you wanted to dump a can of pinto beans into the soup while it was cooking I'm sure it wouldn't hurt anything.

I used sweet potatoes for this recipe because I had some from my garden.  You could use white potatoes but remember that baking potatoes tend to break down in the soup and will make the broth thicker, russet potatoes will hold together better, it’s just a personal preference.

I garnished these with Limed Pumpkin Seeds which are really easy to make by mixing the juice of one line with half a tablespoon of salt in a small bowl or ramekin.  Then toast the pumpkin seeds in a dry skillet.  Keep the skillet moving over the flame or stir continuously so the seeds don’t burn.  When the seeds are toasty brown pour the lime/salt over the seeds and stir until all the liquid is gone. Put the seeds in the ramekin and serve.

Veggie Posole  Soup by Future Relics
Vegetarian Posole


1 heaping tablespoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, chopped fine
2 teaspoons fresh oregano leaves
1 pasilla chile, dried, seeded, deveined and minced
2 quarts vegetable broth
1 lime juiced
1 bunch cilantro, stems and leaves separated, stems tied tightly
1 large can hominy, about 29 ounces,
1 small bag frozen corn, thawed if possible
2 zucchini squash, cut into bite size pieces
1 medium potato, cut into 1/2-inch dice
salt and pepper to taste
Pimenton or ground chipotle chile, optional, to taste
cotija or feta cheese
Roasted Pumpkin Seeds with Lime (*see recipe above)
1/4 head cabbage, shredded
cilantro leaves, chopped


In a soup pot, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add chopped onions, oregano, and pasilla chile and stir until onions and chile are soft and beginning to brown. Add one heaping teaspoon of ground cumin and stir, cooking for a few moments. Add vegetable stock to onion mixture, then lime juice, and cilantro stems. Bring just to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer, covered for about ten minutes.

Add hominy, corn, zucchini and potato and simmer.

Taste and adjust seasoning with salt, pepper and cumin. To add smokiness without much heat, add sweet smoked Spanish pimenton. For smokiness with more heat, add a dash of dried chipotle chile.

Prepare garnishes: small communal bowls of crumbled cotija or feta cheese, roasted pumpkin seeds, shredded cabbage, and cilantro leaves. Serve soup in large bowls.

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  1. sounds delicious, I happen to have some pumpkin (well squash) seeds.

    1. Perfect, let me know how you like it.

  2. First time I ever read the word posole is right here. It looks amazing!

  3. gawDAMN that looks GREAT :) I made your peanut sauce, coco rice the other day and DANG it was perfect :)


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