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Friday, 14 November 2014
Apple tart stovetop baking experiment
Topic: Recipes
apple tartApple tartlette for stovetop

a kind of pie crust but made with unheard of Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO). 

Preheat covered cast iron fry pan on stovetop while preparing the ‘cookie/tart’. What temp? Number 3 setting of the electric stove (the low side – as hot as can be with out getting the pan burning).

Mix together in small container:

3 very heaping cutlery teaspoons flour

pinch of salt

rounded cutlery teaspoon sugar

Add two splashes EVOO (c. 1 T.?)

Mix well with fork (so that oil is thoroughly distributed). Probably can use fingers after awhile, but I did not try that this time)

Add splashes of cider, or cold water, while mixing quickly as possible. This has to be done by feel. One has to develop a feel for how much one needs. One does not want to develop the gluten, so mixing must be quick but thorough. The liquid needs to be distributed at the start by how you pour it in. As soon as the dough starts pulling together form it together a bit more with your fingers and use it to grab up all the stuff on the sides of the container.

Shape this onto a piece of tin foil. I did not pregrease it but found it would have been better if I had. It can stick. Shape into whatever cookie or tart shape you want, about 1/8” – 3/16” thick. Create a lip all around the edge to hold in the juices.

Lay in ¼” slices of a macintosh apple, skin on is fine and lovely, in whatever arrangement you want.

Mix c. 1 ½ t. butter, 1 ½ t. dark brown sugar, 1 ½ t. flour, c. ¼ t. cinnamon – this should be like a soft cookie dough but not glopping or droppable. (t. = my approximations of standard measuring spoons)

Dot it over the apples.

Cover lightly and loosely with a little piece of tinfoil as a tent

Create a little tinfoil raiser for your baking sheet by folding a piece of tinfoil in half and z folding it. The little tinfoil baking sheet sits on top of this so that heat can circulate in the fry pan and act somewhat like a little oven.

So, set the ‘tart’ onto the foil ‘grate’ and with a spatula quickly slide it into the fry pan and put the cover back down. You can only raise that cover for a second or you will lose too much heat. 

Let this ‘bake’ c. ½ hour. You cannot check too often because you will lose too much heat in the checking. After 15 minutes, the apples should be looking soft. The butter, sugar, flour mix did not mix with the apples as desired. It did not matter though. It is done when it seems to be! If the apples look cooked. The crust only burned where some apple juice leaked over the lip of the crust.

Remove from the heat and let sit tented while it cools. 

The first half of the tart tasted pretty good once it cooled. The remainder went into the fridge wrapped in plastic wrap. It tasted odd the next day. On the second day it was delicious. So perhaps let this sit covered in the fridge a couple days before eating!

Posted by Catinka Knoth at 3:30 PM EST
Updated: Friday, 14 November 2014 3:31 PM EST
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Sunday, 9 November 2014
Animal Coloring Book PDF, (revised posting)
Topic: Coloring Pages

Spring peepers, bears, raccoons, penguins, arctic animals, baby animals, birds and more! Some of my whiteboard kids' drawing class demonstrations as a 30 page coloring book to download from my Etsy Shop. The printable digital download is $9.95.

Animal Coloring Book - printable PDF at Catinka's Etsy shop, Catinkarts

Yes, if you poke around you can also find it for free (or donation) on my website for awhile. We'll leave that as a puzzle for you to solve though!

animal coloring book by Catinka Knoth, cover

animal coloring book images

Posted by Catinka Knoth at 4:17 PM EST
Updated: Sunday, 28 August 2016 1:28 PM EDT
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Wednesday, 22 October 2014
Themes for November Children's Drawing Classes at Rockland Library, 2014
Topic: Kids Art Class

Press Release:
Rockland - "Let's Draw in Celebration of Native American Heritage
for the ongoing free drawing classes led by Catinka Knoth at Rockland
Month, Thanksgiving, and the Coming of Winter!" is the November program
Public Library. Children will explore such motifs as woodland animals;
Native American designs, lodging, hunting, and game; and foods and
family gatherings. Knoth leads children age 6 and up in these "follow
along" sessions every Tuesday, 4-5 pm, in the library's Community Room,
80 Union Street. Children 10 and under should be accompanied by an
adult. Knoth expects participants to be able to work independently and
encourages adults to join in the drawing fun. Local patrons Wendy and
Keith Wellin sponsor the program, which is free with all materials
supplied, and hosted by Friends of Rockland Library. Contact Jean
Young, children's librarian, at 594-0310 for more information.
11/04 Let's Draw Deer!Bears, Chipmunks, and Squirrels!
11/11 No class - Library closed for Veteran's Day
11/18 Let's Draw Native American Designs and Motifs!
11/25 Let's Draw Turkeys, a Pilgrim Feast, and a Cornucopia for

Posted by Catinka Knoth at 5:33 PM EDT
Updated: Friday, 24 October 2014 7:36 PM EDT
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Woodland Animals and November Themes Adult Art Workshop Series with Catinka Knoth at Rockland Public Library, 2014 
Topic: Art Class
Rockland - Catinka Knoth will teach drawing woodland animals and themes of November, with a focus on drawing in color, 11 a.m. most Mondays, November 3, 17, and 24, in the Community Room, Rockland Public Library, 80 Union St.


Knoth leads participants in working with colored pencils and crayons to create their own colored drawings of woodland animals and November themes. Students will use a variety of exercises and methods to help develop new ways of seeing, observing, and designing. Knoth provides the classes free of charge and open to the general public, with materials supplied; Friends of Rockland Library host. FMI Knoth at 596-0069 or Rockland Library at 594-0310.


Knoth will give instruction and guidance in drawing November's themes. Each week is a different motif, as follows:



11/03 Deer
11/10 No class
11/17 Woodland animals
11/24 Wild turkeys & pheasants


Knoth paints watercolors of Maine and whimsical animal scenes, which she offers as cards and prints. She teaches a free weekly children's drawing class at Rockland Public Library, sponsored by Wendy and Keith Wellin. For more information about Knoth's work visit www.catinkacards.com.


Posted by Catinka Knoth at 5:29 PM EDT
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Monday, 6 October 2014
Apples & spheres, adult art class, 10/6/14
Topic: Art Class
Apples & spheres -  drawings and exercises, adult art class, 10/6/14. Concept practices w different light directions on spheres in pencil. Group or clump of reddish spheres. Final drawings from my reference photo of an apple bough against the sky. What a display here! Bring on the apple recipes and the apple proverbs.

  Crayon drawing:

  apples N spheres lesson 1

  Reference photo by Catinka Knoth, c.2008

  apples N spheres lesson 2

  Spheres demo drawing

  apples N spheres lesson 3
<  Class art

  apples N spheres lesson 4

Posted by Catinka Knoth at 4:13 PM EDT
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