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Friday, 9 January 2015
And the beet goes on - stovetop pan roasted beet, or potato, for one.
Topic: Recipes
A) Leftover beet with butter, cold slice. It was the middle slice and was 'baked' in my little make-do fry pan oven.
B) The root piece tasted good.
C) With the pickled beets juice, and the last couple pieces of pickled beets. (Christmas present from a friend.)
D) Taste. See that skin around the edge, like the crust on a slice of bread.
E) Gone except a touch of woody skin and the top.
All delicious.
A)pan roasted beet 01

B)pan roasted beet 02

C)pan roasted beet 03

D)pan roasted beet 04

E)pan roasted beet 05

Stove top pan roasted beet or potato.

Inspired by an unusual baked potato looking like a piece of bread served me at a Christmas dinner. I loved the slice of breadness of it so went home and tried my own version. It works for  potatoes, and now beets it turns out. Since I cook single servings, don't use a toaster oven, microwave, and certainly not a big oven for one vegetable, I often use the cast iron fry pan on the stove top. I finally realized that aluminum pie pans, leftover from commercial pies, make a great little oven inside the covered fry pan - the closest thing to  cooking with dry heat - baking.

  For a potato - slice it in 1/2" slices the long way (end to end, rather than around its equator. That will be two slices for a small potato, and three for a large potato. Keep the skin on, (after you wash the potato well). The middle slice ends up with the skin around the edge.  Place slices, skin side down, in the pie pan in the fry pan, which has been preheating at #3, (is the gauge on my electric stove - moderate or just above low). Cover with another pie tin. Then cover the fry pan too.

  It will char after a while. I have not timed how long. I just try to check it. The slices need to get flipped. If it ends up being cooked thru already, then no need to flip. (You do know how to check for doneness w a knife or fork?!) When done, serve lots of ways. Even just ketchup is good! Butter & salt; vinegar; salad dressing; cheddar cheese; caeser dressing; sour cream.

For a beet - wash well. Cut the same way (as the potato) - root to top, 1/2" slices. Keep the skin on. It takes longer to cook than a potato. When done, spread butter on the openface side. Slice down almost all the way thru the skin, so the butter will seep into the cuts. Sprinkle of salt would probably be good. I have been adding a wonderful pickled beets juice leftover from a friend's homemade pickled beets. You can use vinegar. The surprising discovery here is that the skin tastes good with the beet. Just trim off a few 'hard' bits if there are any. The roasted beets are delicious.

Posted by Catinka Knoth at 4:41 PM EST
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Thursday, 1 January 2015
Happy New Year 2015!
Topic: Seasonal/Holiday
happy new year 2015 sheep

Tablet drawing, 1/1/15.

Posted by Catinka Knoth at 3:20 PM EST
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Wednesday, 24 December 2014
Christmas Starflake and Poem, 2014, card
Topic: Seasonal/Holiday

A Christmas Poem

Let us for a Babe seek

Further within than a star 

and beyond,

And with such a strong bond,

That of this light we sing,

To celebrate a birth

That forevermore will ring

Round a wondrous earth,

And to us all speak.


Let forth the spark burst

To answer that thirst,

And forever shine light

Through darkest night.


Catinka Knoth

December 21, 2014 

Christmas 2014 card and poem by Catinka Knoth

2014 starflake & Christmas poem card, 2014 - higher res version

Posted by Catinka Knoth at 7:12 PM EST
Updated: Wednesday, 24 December 2014 7:15 PM EST
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Saturday, 20 December 2014
Winter Scenes adult art workshops, January 2015
Topic: Art Class
Press Release:
Winter Scenes Adult Art Workshops with Catinka Knoth at Rockland Library

Rockland - Catinka Knoth  will lead an art workshop series for adults, 
on creating scenes such as evergreen trees in snow, lacy snow covered branches,  buildings in a snowy landscape, winter animals, and winter sports. Each week will be a different subject. Classes meet 11 a.m.  Mondays, January 5, 12, and 26, at the Community Room, Rockland Public Library, 80 Union St.  (The library is closed January 19th, for  Martin Luther King Day.) Led by Knoth, participants will  create their own winter scenes. Each week is a different subject. Knoth provides the classes  free of charge, with materials supplied. Friends of Rockland Library host the workshops, which are open to the public. FMI Knoth at 596-0069 or Rockland Library at 594-0310.

1/05    Evergreens in snow
1/12    Penguins & winter sports
1/19    No class - Library closed for Martin Luther King Day
1/26    Winter scenes

Knoth will provide instruction and guidance in drawing and creating 
winter scenes of January.  Participants will work with pencil, colored 
pencil,  crayon, and sometimes papercutting, with a focus on drawing in color.

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 

Posted by Catinka Knoth at 8:14 PM EST
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Arctic Animals, Polar Bears, Penguins & Winter Scenes - kids' art classes
Topic: Kids Art Class
Press Release:
"Let's Draw Winter Animals and Scenes!" January Children's Drawing Workshops at Rockland Public Library, 2014

Rockland -  Children will draw winter animals and scenes this January, 
at Rockland Public Library's ongoing drawing workshops led by artist 
Catinka Knoth. Participants draw along with Knoth as she demonstrates how to draw a variety of subjects. Winter subjects may include arctic animals such as polar bears, penguins, snowy owls, hares, and foxes; houses in a snowy landscape, and winter sports. Each week is a different focus.

Tuesdays  4-5 p.m.  "Let's Draw Winter Animals and Scenes!"
1/06        Polar Bears
1/13        Penguins
1/20        Arctic Animals
1/27        Winter Scenes and Sports

Wendy and Keith Wellin sponsor the workshops, which are free and open to the public, with all materials provided, and geared for age 6 and up, Knoth expects participants to be able to work independently for the most part. Library policy is that children age 10 and under  be 
accompanied by an adult. Classes meet every Tuesday, 4-5 pm, in the 
Community Room, Rockland Public Library, 80 Union St. The Friends of Rockland Library host.  FMI - Jean Young, children's librarian, 

Posted by Catinka Knoth at 8:09 PM EST
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