Creative living: Making jeans, chicken stock to be featured

Information on making your own jeans and preparing chicken stock from scratch will be the featured topics on "Creative Living" on Tuesday, February 26th at 9:30 p.m. and on Thursday, February 28th at 12:00 noon. (All times are Mountain.)

Rae Cumbie is a custom dressmaker and artist in wearables as well as President of The Assn. of Sewing and Design Professionals. She is going to demonstrate how to make your own jeans — you pick the fit and add the details. She lives in Baltimore, MD.

Cookbook author, chef and teacher, John Vollertsen (known as Chef Johnny Vee) believes in using the freshest ingredients available at his Las Cosas Cooking School in Santa Fe, NM. He's going to demonstrate chicken stock preparation as he prepares a simple Tuscan Chicken soup with Cannellini Beans and Escarole.

Information on stumpwork stitchery by machine and preparing food gifts will be the featured topics on "Creative Living" on Tuesday, February 19th at 12:00 noon and on Saturday, February 23rd at 2:00 p.m. (All times are Mountain.)

Cindy Losekamp, a sewing expert, will show a hand sewing technique that originated in the 1400's and was originally called raised embroidery. Losekamp will show how it has been adapted for machine use. Her business is Sew Artfully Yours in Trenton, IN.

Using a gingerbread theme, Connie Moyers, New Mexico Cooperative Extension Agent, will show how to make gifts from the heart that can be enjoyed year 'round. She lives in Clovis.

Tuscan chicken soup with cannellini beans and escarole

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 small onion, diced

1 medium carrot, diced

3 cloves garlic, minced

6 cups chicken stock

1/2 teaspoon fresh oregano

1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

1 can cannellini beans, rinsed

1 cup canned fire-roasted diced tomatoes

1/2 cup orzo or other small pasta

6 leaves escarole, chopped

Salt & fresh ground pepper to taste

Parmesan cheese

Extra-virgin olive oil

Heat olive oil in a 4-quart saucepan over medium heat. Add onion, carrot, and garlic and sauté until lightly browned. Add chicken stock, oregano and red pepper and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer 10 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Stir in cannellini beans, tomatoes and pasta and return to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer 15 minutes or until pasta is tender. Stir occasionally. Add escarole and allow it to wilt slightly. Season with salt & pepper and serve garnished with Parmesan cheese and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. Serves 6.

"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, Albuquerque.

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