February 26, 2012

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Conway Salad Dressing

Pumpkin salad dressing from Conway New Hampshire

This is a fall foliage favorite in the White Mountains.

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups sour cream
  • 3 cups pumpkin
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/8 cup garlic powder
  • 1/8 cup of honey
  • 1-1/2 cups mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1/8 cup white wine
  • Pinch of salt/pepper
  • 1 chopped onion (optional)

Mix all ingredients until smooth.

January 26, 2012

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Portsmouth Salad Dressing

Cranberry Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

Close to Maine the Maine border but twice as good on a bad day

  • 1 can jelly cranberry sauce
  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 1/4 cups cooking oil
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons dry mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Directions

Blend all ingredients in blender (not cranberry sauce). Fold in cranberry sauce gently with whisk until blended. Makes 1 quart keep refrigerated.

January 26, 2012

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Little House Chopped Salad

Fast Chopped salad with Fast Citrus Dressing

All of these wonderful ingredients are small-diced and tossed lightly together at the last minute for a truly satisfying summer salad.

  • 1 cup diced grilled chicken breast
  • 1 cup diced seedless cucumber
  • 1 cup diced fresh tomato
  • 1/2 cup diced cooked bacon
  • 1/2 cup diced red onion
  • 1/2 cup crumbled Gorgonzola cheese
  • 1 diced fresh, ripe avocado
  • 4 cups of shredded Romaine lettuce

Prepare all of the above ingredients several hours before serving, including the dressing, and then it can be tossed together at the last minute in a wooden bowl for company.

Dressing

  • the juice of 1 large lemon
  • 1/2cup of extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons o Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon of local honey
  • salt and black pepper to taste
December 26, 2011

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Wood or Plastic Which is the Best Cuting Board?

Wood Cutting Board or Plastic?  The debate rages on, but new research says wood can be as sanitary as plastic, maybe more so.  That means you can feel free to choose the cutting board that best suits your cooking and serving preferences.

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December 26, 2011

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Are Wooden Cook Spoons Food Safe, Sanitary?

Wood spoons are safe for 100's of uses.  Since wood is naturally anti-bacterial, wood spoons and utensils are ahead of the game when it comes to being safe.  Hot water and a little soap will kill germs and keep your wood spoons safe for cooking. View full article →
December 26, 2011

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Most Bamboo Products are cancer causing

Did you know that formaldehyde used in most bamboo kitchen items is carcinogenic?

Price sensitive laminated wooden bowls boards are typically bowls made from Bamboo may not be not food safe. Please see the producer recommendations for food storage and washing. Check with your retailer to insure you purchase complies with Food Service and Table Top standards. If you're using decorated wooden bowls, laminated wood or pressed wood for anything other than wall decorations you are at risk.

Five questions to be asked immediately about laminated wooden ware:

  • Is your woodenware US laboratory tested and certified formaldehyde free?
  • Does your retailer insure compliance with Food service standards?
  • At anytime was MY purchase labeled not food safe or decorative only?
  • Will the retail store replace your purchase with a bowl that meets 93120-93120.2 title 17?
  • Are the producer and or distributor available for product safety data information?

California recently passed a standard for formaldehyde content in laminated wooden ware ("Standard93120-9320.12 Title 7")

Typically bamboo is harvested in a four inch Diameter after 4 years of growth. This phenomenal growth is a renewable resource but not large enough to be useful for wooden Salad bowls or larger cutting board or in some cases wooden utensils.

Several methods of production are used to create machine made wood. Bamboo is segmented or laminated together and then glued.

Wood Pulp, Saw dust or Bamboo fibers are most often crushed then pressed together using extreme pressure with Glue, Fillers, Dyes and Stain and reconstituted as a wooden slab or finished product.

Often originally labeled not food safe many of these bowls have flown under the radar of health agencies. The recent change is due to the recognition of the leaching effect of storing fruit nuts, vegetables in these bowls. Washing scraping most household activities associated with cleaning release harmful fibers of cancer causing material into the air.

November 27, 2011

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Maintaining Your Wood Bowl

Wooden bowls are easier to maintain and restore than you might imagine.  If your bowl or board is dried out, or sticky to the touch, follow our recommendations to bring new life to your wooden ware! View full article →
November 26, 2011

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Food Safe Finishes for Wooden Bowls and Wood Cutting Boards

We like mineral oil and beeswax best for non-toxic finishes for wood bowls, cutting boards and kitchen utensils.  Easy to apply, widely available and affordable.  Enough said? View full article →
October 26, 2011

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Cherry Wood Through The Eyes of a Wood Turner

A Bowl Turner Polishes a Cherry Wood BowlCherry is a premium American hardwood prized for its natural luster, attractive grain, and rich, warm glow. New Hampshire Bowl and Board works in cherry harvested from recycled furniture scrap and urban forests of New England. This wood has a consistently high quality of grain, color, and width. We also accept orders to make our bowls and boards in other domestic hardwoods, including Maple  and Black Walnut. Until the worldwide rainforest situation improves, we have elected not to work with imported woods.
Like all fruit trees, cherry belongs to the rose family and was used as early as 400 B.C. by the Greeks and Romans for furniture making. Cherry helped define American traditional design because Colonial cabinetmakers recognized its superior woodworking qualities. Today, cherry helps define Shaker, Mission and country styling. The wood from the cherry tree can be described in a single word: beautiful. Its rich red-brown color deepens with age. Small dark gum flecks add to its interest. Distinctive, unique figures and grains are brought out through quarter sawing. It has an exceptionally lustrous appearance that glows. The finish is satiny to the touch.
Due to a natural photosynthesis process caused by natural sunlight and oxidation the cherry wood will darken as it ages. After a period of time it will reach a warm reddish chestnut patina. This maximum colorization will vary from tree to tree. Cherry ranges from pale yellow to light reddish brown and often have darker areas of burl, which add character and contrast to the wood. These areas of burl or mineral deposit streaks are not defects; they are natural characteristics of cherry wood. Cherry is a hardwood but it is not as hard as oak or maple; it will scratch or dent if subjected to misuse. But due to cherry's unique colorization process the scratch or dent will color up to match the surrounding wood and will blend in quite nicely. Upon receiving a piece of new natural cherry furniture it is advised to rotate lamps or centerpieces as the area that is covered by the lamp will not darken as quickly as the exposed wood will. If this occurs remove the lamp and place the item near a sunny window the lighter area will quickly disappear.
October 26, 2011

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Why we use maple wood

Maple wood mortar and pestleWhen we think of maple, we think of woodenware. The extremely hard, tough surface of maple will take on a higher polish as it is subjected to wear and use. This is one reason why it is a remarkable material for woodworkers.

Naturally light in color, maple is the choice for light finishes. The grade known as white maple, when finished with white shellac alone or with white wax, makes a truly beautiful finish which cannot be duplicated by any other wood. Sometimes maple  is bleached before finishing making it even whiter. And maple, of course, is much used for furniture, especially the curly and the bird's-eye maples. For floors which are subject to much traffic, maple has no equal.  You'll find maple in school gym floors, dance floors, kitchens, bedrooms, halls, hand turned wood bowls and wooden kitchen boards.

Maple is a close-grain, very hard, fine-textured, tough and strong wood. The sapwood is very light in color, while the heartwood is a light brown. The grain figure is subdued but beautiful and quite uniform and interesting as well.

All maple is light in color, but the white, clear grade is especially light. It is the sapwood from the outside of the log, winter-sawed and end piled in sheds to prevent staining. It is ivory white and the finest grade of maple flooring and lumber produced. Birch floors and trim give an airy, cheerful color to a room which reminds one of the northern forests where the best maple trees grow.

Maple is common to England, Central Europe and North America. Curly maple is the wood which results from trees which have made a twisted growth and which peculiarity has been preserved by special methods of cutting the lumber. It has a curly, mottled figure quite similar to satinwood. Bird's-eye maple is sugar maple. The peculiar bird's-eye knots are presumed to be the result of buds or shoots which formed in the wood but were unable to penetrate the hard, tough bark and thus come out to form branches. Sugar maple when newly cut is a creamy white in color, but it darkens to a golden yellow with age. In finishing this bird's-eye maple the best practice is 'to put on a toner in the form of a water solution of tannic acid. This brings out the little eyes or knots interestingly. The toner is followed with a weak water stain.

Traditional wooden bowl producers in Vermont frequently worked in Maple.  They were the Weston Bowl Mill, The Bowl Mill also known as the Granville Bowl Company and Woodbury Bowl.

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