Fun Facts About TENCEL
It’s made from natural cellulose found in wood pulp.
The fiber is economical in its use of energy and natural resources.
It’s fully biodegradable.
How to Take Care of Tencel
We love wash-at-home garments. Here are the simple basics for keeping Tianello clothes looking their best.
Liquid detergent is best; when using powder make sure it is fully dissolved before putting clothes in the machine (not directly on the garment). Do not use detergent with bleach mixed in it or bleach itself. Woolite not recommended It is best to wash your garment with similar colors.
Remove from the washer and tumble dry immediately .
Do not hang dry since it can occasionally produce streaking from residual dye.
Garments should be tumble dried on medium heat and removed promptly from the dryer to avoid wrinkling. Tumble drying your Tencel garments softens the fabric to its original touch.
Read the full article on Tencel garment care from Tianello.
Fresh Egg Pasta Instructions from Cuisinart
Make your favorite homemade pasta recipe quickly and easily with your Cuisinart mixer and pasta attachment.
Place the flour and salt in the Cuisinart™ mixing bowl. Insert the flat mixing paddle. Mix dry ingredients together on speed 2. Add eggs one at a time and continue to mix on speed 2 for about 1 to 2 minutes. Replace the flat mixing paddle with the dough hook and knead the dough on speed 4 for 3 minutes.
Remove dough and wrap in plastic. Allow to rest for at least 15 minutes.
Assemble pasta attachment to the stand mixer. Turn machine to speed 3. Run the dough through the machine. Place small, gumball sized pieces (no larger than ¾ inch) of the pasta dough through the hopper. Should any pieces get stuck in the feed tube, gently tap with the back end of the wrench.
Be sure to separate pasta strands once cut from the extruder. Lightly toss bundles of pasta with cornmeal to prevent sticking.
From the Republic of Tea
Heat Your Water
It begins with the water—the element that brings tea to its full potential. Fresh water yields a better cup. We recommend using filtered, spring or bottled water.
Fill your tea kettle with fresh, cold water and heat to a rolling boil—unless you’re making green tea or 100% White Tea. In that case, stop short of boiling to avoid “cooking” the delicate tea.
If you’re using a teapot, warm it first by swirling in a splash of steamy water and pour it out.
Plan on about one teaspoon of tea or herbs or one tea bag per six-ounce cup. If using whole leaf tea, place tea in infusing basket or teapot.
Time Your Steeping
Pour the water over the tea, cover if in a pot, and infuse to taste. Different teas take well to different infusing times. Experiment to find your ideal time, but take care – don’t steep for too long or you’ll find your tea has gone bitter or acidic.
White: tea bag 30 – 60 seconds, full leaf 2 – 3 minutes
Green: tea bag 1 – 3 minutes, full leaf 2 – 4 minutes
Black: tea bag or full leaf, 3 – 5 minutes
Oolong: tea bag 3 – 5 minutes, full leaf 5 – 7 minutes
Red/Herb: tea bag or leaf, 5 – 7 minutes
Enjoy Your Hot Tea
Remove the tea bag or infuser, or use a strainer for the leaves. Pour the steaming tea into a cup and let it cool for a moment.
Sip. Let the infusion please your palate. Enjoy the nuances, the complexity and character. This is drinking tea.
Brewing tips from the Republic of Tea. Whimsical owl mugs by Tag.
Set an elegant table at the holidays, or any time of year.
Chargers, sometimes referred to as service plates, are essentially oversized plates that can help dress up your dining table. They will bring texture, interest, and color to your tabletop, plus they’re a quick and easy way to mix things up in the dining room.
Play with textures. Chargers are available in a wide range of finishes, including metal, glass, and natural textiles. Look around at what you’re already using to set the table and think about mixing and matching.
Linens: If you have a runner in a flat weave, try chargers with an opposite look and feel, such as a tactile basket weave style. Likewise, if your linens have a soft or nubby feel, consider metallic or shiny chargers for contrast.
Dinnerware: Another idea is to mix chargers with complementary dining and service plates. Sophisticated white porcelain is elegant atop crisp metallic chargers, and handmade stoneware will look great against natural, textured chargers. Other materials to consider include glass, pewter, and silver plate.
As with any lifetime investment, it’s important to take the best care possible in order to prolong the life of your knife.
Shun recommends that you protect your investment by hand washing your blades with gentle dish soap. Don’t use soaps with citrus extracts or bleach; they can promote corrosion. Rinse and towel dry immediately. Let the knives air dry for a few minutes before returning them to storage. Never leave your knife sitting in a sink full of soapy water. It does metals no good to be submerged in water for prolonged periods of time, and it’s a danger to you when you reach in.
Micro-corrosion, which can result in tiny chips or missing pieces in your knife’s cutting edge, can occur because moisture is left on the cutting edge. Moisture weakens the stainless steel and promotes micro-corrosion. If moisture is left on the cutting edge repeatedly, even normal use in the kitchen can result in small chips in the weakened sections of the edge. To guard against this, wash your knife immediately after use and dry it very thoroughly with an absorbent cloth or towel. Please take extra care to safely dry the sharp cutting edge of your Shun, keeping your fingers away from the edge.
After you have washed and dried your knives, store them in a block, knife case, in-drawer tray, or sheath. We do not recommend storing the knives unsheathed in a drawer, as this can be a potential hazard to the blades as well as your fingers.