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Creating A Quilled Outline

Most of the projects in this book involve creating a card outline drawn from a template, which is then filled with a variety of coiled or curved shapes. Below is how to set up the outline using a heart shape as an example. [Author: GMC Group]
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Quill A Bent Drop Shape

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Quill An S Shape

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Coil Using Your Fingers

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Coil Using A Quilling Tool

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Quill An Open Coil

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Ale Cake

Adding a bit of bubbly to your cake doughnut batter helps make the crumb both lighter and crisper, due to the carbon dioxide and alcohol. MAKES 8 TO 12 TRADITIONAL DOUGHNUTS OR 25 TO 35 DROP DOUGHNUTS ACTIVE TIME: 15 MINUTES | READY IN: 40 MINUTES [Author: GMC Group]
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Straight Stitch

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Sheet Moss Letters

“Moss is nature’s carpet.” —Anonymous When a good friend recently asked me to help her design her wedding décor, I immediately thought of moss. Something about the deep green color and the texture of moss evokes the feeling of lush, dense, verdant forests that smell of earth and new life. Moss has a rustic elegance that makes it perfect for creating monogram letters to be used on a head table at a wedding. When used in home décor accents, moss adds a rich, natural feel that works beautifully wi...
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Top Stitching

Top stitching gives a decorative finish and holds layers neatly in place. This is used for several projects, such as the Festival Flag. [Author: GMC Group]
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Zigzag Stitch

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Three Little Birds Pillow

Get ready to paint! The stamps themselves utilize simple shapes for making the impressions. But you’ll add the details—the eyes, beaks, and feet—using black fabric paint. [Author: GMC Group]
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Recycled Drum Kit

This drum kit is made from reused tins, tubs and lids and is a fantastic way to make something great from rubbish. Have a rummage through your recycling and select the pots, tins and lids that you’d like to use. Large tins for paint or formula milk are great for drums, and yogurt pots or soft cheese tubs add different tones to the kit. Give them a little tap with a chopstick to see what they sound like before shortlisting them for your kit! The drums are covered in masking tape, which is then re...
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My Lovely Garden

Whether working with a spade and wheelbarrow, or relaxing on a lounger with a lemonade, for many people their garden is a place of refuge and pure relaxation. Sometimes, even a small balcony garden can be enough to make you happy – our studio has a roof terrace that we’ve filled with lots of flowers and plants. This art print is to remind you of your blooming garden or balcony all year round. For this design, we chose to use rough A4 (8¼ x 11¾in) watercolour paper. A size 10 paint brush is best...
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Grilled Peach Toast With Pimiento Cheese

Tradition is an aesthetic in modern cooking. My ancestral tree has its roots in West Africa, where the indigenous cuisine’s pairing of savory items with sweet is as ancient as the continent itself. From simple dishes of toast and honey or sweet potatoes with bitter greens, sweet and savory have long been the hallmark of traditional coastal African cooking. Great pimiento cheese is all about spice. Red peppers and hot sauce are essential to cutting through the richness of the cream cheese and Ch...
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Collard Waffles With Brined Trout And Maple Hot Sauce

Brining fish is not a new technique. . .just an underutilized one. Most recipes call for curing the fish to reduce moisture content. Brining not only raises the moisture content but provides flavor in a less time-consuming manner. While both techniques are great, I think brining is the way to go for this recipe. In this recipe the collard greens factor in in a surprising way. The cooked collard greens get finely chopped and folded into the waffle batter for a savory surprise. Serves 4 [Aut...
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Shrimp And Grits With Grits Crust And Shrimp Butter

Utilizing grits as a coating for the shrimp speaks to the grain’s versatility. Grits used in this manner are a great coarse substitute for cornmeal in most dishes. Where cornmeal is finely milled, grits add toothsome crunch to a dish and are a better-suited breading for protecting leaner proteins such as shrimp or mild fish such as flounder. Serves 4 [Author: GMC Group]
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Cherry Almond Cake

You might not expect all the flavor combinations in this little cake to produce such a wonderful result, but they do. Almond extract has a way of both tempering and enhancing the sweetness of the cherries, and a tad of Amaretto liqueur brings it all home. TIME: 1 hour SERVES 8 [Author: GMC Group]
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Strawberry Berry Cake

Make this pretty cake whenever you can find great looking fresh strawberries and blueberries. Of course, summertime is ideal for finding the best berries, but you can make this any time of year with a 12-ounce bag of frozen mixed berries. During the summer months, be sure to serve this cake with lots of fresh fruit, too. TIME: 1 hour SERVES 8 [Author: GMC Group]
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Oreo Cake

I like to make “cookie dump cakes” whenever I get a craving for something cake-y and chocolate-y and want something fast. All it takes is the cake mix, ingredients called for on the box, and a bunch of crushed cookies. Oreos are a good choice because they are intensely chocolate and hold up well through the baking. TIME: 1 hour SERVES 8 [Author: GMC Group]
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Soup Dumplings
 (Xiao Long Bao)

MAKES ABOUT 40 [Author: GMC Group]
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Garlic Eggplant

This dish can go in any number of directions depending on the ingredients. Normally, I brown a little bit of ground pork to flavor the eggplant. I’ve also used good bacon or some diced Chinese sausage. Often, I’ll make it without any meat at all. I like using the long, thin Chinese eggplant, but this recipe works just fine with the standard eggplant you find in your grocery store. Adjust the amount of chili sauce and garlic according to how pungent you like it. Sometimes, I’ll add a splash of r...
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General Tso’s Chicken

I always say that there’s nothing inherently wrong with crispy chicken cutlets in a thick, spicy, sticky-sweet, and salty sauce, but General Tso’s chicken isn’t Chinese. (There is a documentary about this topic called The Search for General Tso.) It does have the spirit of Chinese cooking, in that it combines textures and balances flavors, which is why it works. While it may not be authentic to Chinese cuisine, this dish is delicious. Because customers demanded General Tso’s chicken, we had to f...
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Coin Bracelet

It’s not easy to make a bracelet without using lots of clay but this lovely project achieves it with just one 10g pack! The ‘coins’ are cut from a sheet of clay with circular, mini-cookie cutters. These are widely available from craft and cake-decorating shops and are definitely worth the investment. [Author: GMC Group]
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Zucchini Linguini With Pistachio And Pea Pesto

Serves 4 Hands-on time: 15 Minutes Total time: 30 Minutes Zucchini noodles, or “zoodles” as they’re often called, are all the rage these days. You can find them precut in the grocery store (shortcut!), you can buy a vegetable spiralizer or you can use the method below, which only requires a vegetable peeler for flat, linguini-like noodles. However you zoodle it, they make a nutritious side dish that would be great served with just about any protein. In this recipe, the zucchini linguini (almo...
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Spinach Balls

Makes 48 Hands on time: 15 Minutes Total time: 45 Minutes Imagine the most delicious spinach dip you’ve ever eaten. . .in ball form. That’s a weird way to describe this appetizer. These cheesy Spinach Balls are as decadent as a rich and creamy dip, but without all the heavy, thick cheese. They are formed into “pop-in-your-mouth” bites that make them the perfect party recipe. Trust me, even those little people who fear “green things” (my children) will crave this snack. Especially if you can conv...
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Homemade Samoas

Makes 42 Hands-on time: 1 hour Total time: 2 hours, 10 MINUTES Two things have remained memorable from my time as a Girl Scout (or Brownie, rather) and those are the hideous, uncomfortable, brown pants I wore when everyone else in my troop wore skirts, and, of course, selling cookies. The latter—being a positive memory—inspired me to make my own version of their popular treats. Samoas, or Caramel deLites as they’re also called, were my favorite Girl Scout cookie. What’s not to love about rich, ...
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Cucumber Sub

Think of this as a ketofied tea sandwich. Feel free to try an equal amount of another protein, such as smoked whitefish, hard-boiled egg (see The Perfect Hard-Boiled Egg [page TK]), or leftover chicken. Makes 1 serving per serving (trout): 390 calories, 25g protein, 28g total fat, 2g total carbohydrate [Author: GMC Group]
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Keto Chicken Enchilada Bowl

Mexican-themed bowls are my absolute favorite, which is why I love this one. Go ahead and personalize this by changing the veggies and seasonings. Makes 2 servings PER SERVING: 200 calories, 19g protein, 10g total fat, 5g total carbohydrate [Author: GMC Group]
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Pizza Bombs

Pizza is one of the world’s favorite foods, so there is a good chance that this may be one of your favorite fat bombs! Makes 16 poppers per serving: 163 calories, 4g protein, 17g total fat, 2g total carbohydrate [Author: GMC Group]
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