Stewart: Creating vegetarian holiday
Q. A few of my Thanksgiving guests are vegetarians. What can I serve instead of turkey as an alternate main dish?
A. While stuffing and mashed potatoes are delicious, they shouldn’t be expected to take the place of an entree for vegetarians. Consider adding a main dish featuring a seasonal vegetable, such as stuffed acorn squash. A filling of whole grains, nuts and cheese adds protein and makes it extra satisfying. For this recipe and more hearty vegetarian options, check out “Meatless,” from the kitchens of Martha Stewart Living, or visit marthastewart.com/ thanksgiving-vegetarian-mains.
Q. How should I “dog-proof” my driveway and walkways during the winter months?
A. Two indispensable cold-weather supplies — antifreeze and ice-melting salt — are hazardous yet alluring to dogs: Many dogs like the smell and taste of antifreeze, and they lick the salt off their paws. Since both of these substances can be lethal if ingested, try to maintain a safe environment for your dogs, said Louise Murray, DVM, vice president of the ASPCA Animal Hospital in New York City. If antifreeze spills or drips from your car (it’s a bright green liquid), thoroughly clean it up. If you use salt on icy spots, look for pet-friendly versions, said Lisa Peterson of the American Kennel Club, such as Safe Paw Ice Melter. Dog booties will also protect their tender paw pads from salt. And if you fear your dog has eaten either of these substances, call your veterinarian immediately.
Q. What can I do with extra roving and yarn from felting projects?
A. Craft simple pumpkins with the leftover roving and yarn, a foam ball, and a scrap of rope (proportional to the size of the ball). Press the ball’s top and bottom against a surface to flatten; wrap the roving around it until completely covered. Insert a T pin on top. Tie the yarn to the pin and wrap it around the ball. Hot glue the rope over the pin.
Q. Is it possible to salvage honey that has crystallized?
A. Don’t discard crystallized honey. You can dissolve the crystals by microwaving glass jars for 15-second intervals, or placing plastic ones in a pot of water over low heat, shaking them often.
Q. Are there any recipes I can prepare in advance and keep on hand for unexpected guests?
A. Try this: The next time you’re making cookies, make extra dough and freeze batches as flat disks in plastic wrap. The dough will thaw quickly (in about 30 minutes), and you’ll have the option of fresh cookies if company stops by.
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