Creative living: Tinting fabric, drying tomatoes to be featured

Information on tinting fabric with crayons, oven drying tomatoes and making vintage paper crafts will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” 9:30 p.m. Tuesda and noon Thursday.

Evelyn Terhune is the owner of Ozark Crafts and she will demonstrate fabric tinting with crayons, which is a great technique that even younger children will enjoy. Terhune lives in Gilbert, Ariz.

Cookbook author and dietitian Carol Fenster will show several ways to preserve tomatoes to prolong their taste and good nutrition. Tomatoes are an important part of a healthy diet, whether it’s a Paleo diet, Mediterranean diet or many other diets. Her company is Savory Palate, Inc. in Centennial, Colo.

Extension Home Economist Shannon Wooton will demonstrate making vintage paper crafts, including paper wheels, pompom wreaths, subway art and more. She’s with the New Mexico Cooperative Extension Service and lives in Roswell.

Information on yogurt, making purses and training for triathlons will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” noon Tuesday and 2 p.m. Saturday.

Pat Baird, a registered dietitian and spokesperson for the National Yogurt Association, will explain why we should be eating yogurt every day. Baird lives in Greenwich, Conn.

Designer, author and sewing instructor Linda McGehee will show how to create purses with multiple zippers and compartments. Her company is Ghee’s in Shreveport, La.

College student Whitney Hobson knows the advantages of training and participating in triathlons, and she’ll talk about the history of triathlons, age categories, race distances and the original “Ironman.” Hobson is a former student at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales.

 

Steps to drying tomatoes

You can use grape, cherry or plum tomatoes. Wash and pat dry with paper towels and remove stems and leaves. Cut in thin slices, toss with just enough olive oil to coat (optional), and arrange on parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Sprinkle with salt, if desired.

Dry at 180° F to 200 ° F in conventional oven or 180° F in convection oven. Watch carefully to avoid burning. If using a food dehydrator, follow manufacturer’s directions.

When dry and shriveled, cool thoroughly on the baking sheet. Then refrigerate in clearly-labeled plastic bags for up to a month or freeze for up to three months.

Dried tomatoes can be used as as a snack or in salads, soups, stews, casseroles, and sauces. They can also be soaked in hot water to reconstitute them before use.

 

“Creative Living” is produced and hosted by Sheryl Borden. The show is carried by more than 118 PBS stations in the U.S., Canada, Guam and Puerto Rico and is distributed by Westlink in Albuquerque.

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