Creative Living Nov. 16

Information on making fall decorations and gift items, incorporating pesto in meals and making pumpkin-head dolls and jack-o-lantern boxes will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at noon Tuesday and at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Connie Moyers, New Mexico State University Extension home economist, says fall is her favorite season, and she’s going to demonstrate some fall decorations and gift items, including fat quarter pumpkins and zipper pins. Moyers lives in Clovis.

Did you know pesto can be used as a salad dressing? Marcie Rothman, cookbook author and chef, will demonstrate several unusual ways to incorporate pesto into a meal. Since it comes frozen, pesto can be used year ‘round. Her company is Five-Spot Press and Western Research Kitchens in San Diego, Calif.

Denise White, owner of The Cat’s Pyjamas in Scottsdale, Ala., shows how to make a pumpkin-head doll and some cute jack-o-lantern boxes for the fall season. She’ll show how to do the cutting, sewing, stuffing and assembling of the doll, as well as painting the face and making the clothes.

Information on preparing a Sunday brunch and a display of very unusual clocks will be the featured topics at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and at noon Thursday.

Restaurant owner and chef Joseph Wrede will demonstrate preparing a Sunday brunch that will impress family and friends alike. His restaurant is Joseph’s Table in Taos.

Phil Miller of Howard Miller Clocks will show and talk about some very unusual clocks, including a talking clock, “clocktail table,” ship’s bell, business card clock and many more. He’s from Zeeland, Mich.

Pesto Panini

2 slices Ciabatta bread or rustic bread slices

1 ball fresh Mozzarella, drained and sliced

4 ounces Armanino Basil Pesto

2 tomatoes, sliced

Spread Armanino Basil Pesto on the inside of both halves of the Ciabatta bread. Layer the mozzarella slices and tomato and close. Brush with olive oil and grill until cheese is melted.

Pesto Mashed Potatoes

4 medium Russet potatoes, peeled and quartered

2 tablespoons Armanino Basil Pesto

2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, shredded

2 tablespoons butter (optional)

1/2 cup milk or chicken broth

Cover potatoes with water and cook until tender. Drain, add butter, Armanino Basil Pesto and cheese. Begin to mash. Add milk until the desired texture is reached. Serve warm.

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