Our brand-new Instant Pot Book

We've written THE Bible for every model of Instant Pot. Yep. Every. Model. Including the new Max machines. The recipes are written so that you can use whatever buttons you've got. They're written so about a third of them can be used with EITHER the pressure cooker or the slow cooker mode. They are 350 of them--including some of the most innovative "road map" recipes you've ever seen. And the book is priced to sell. Check. It. Out. Here. (Or by clicking the cover of the book for a link.)

Our Class For Aim Healthy U!

We're so exicted to announce our new class with Aim Healthy U! It's all about SHORTCUT COOKING. We've partnered with the folks at Clean Eating Magazine and at Vegetarian Times and we promise to get you in and out of the kitchen faster while cooking delicious, clean meals. Click this link for the course. And put in the discount code of MARK50 to get fifty dollars off the enrollment fee. We'll be with you every step of the way: in the videos as well as in Q & As online. We can't wait to meet you! Let's get cooking.

OUR CRAFTSY CLASSES

 

Bruce's first knitting class! It's all about a combination technique for purling in Continental knitting that will get you knitting faster than you can believe. Click here.


We're so proud of our pressure-cooker class, one of the most popular classes on craftsy. Click here. Bruce works with a stovetop cooker; Mark, with an electric one. Along the way, they make incredible meals: glorious chicken soup, a crazy-cheesy casserole (in 5 minutes!), an Italian-inspired stew, and even (yes) cheesecake.

To get a discount on Bruce's Craftsy cooking class, click here. And you'll learn how to be a better cook in 7 simple lessons. He covers the differences between low temperature and high temperature roasting, stove top and oven braising, as well as pan frying, sauteeing and making amazing pan sauces. The recipes along the way include a Southwestern Braised Brisket and Skillet Rib Eye Steaks with a buttery chipotle tomato sauce.

THE GREAT BIG PRESSURE COOKER BOOK

Our newest. 500 recipes. Every one, for calibrated for both stovetop and electric machines. Multiple sell-outs on QVC. Lots of recipes, lots of fun.

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Vegetarian Dinner Parties WINNER OF THE 2015 IACP PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD!

Join us as we explore the culinary possibilities of vegetables without any health or ethical claims. (Although if you're a vegetarian, we've got your back! Over half the recipes are vegan, to boot.) Go ahead. You want to throw a dinner party. And you want to see these recipes. They're some of the best we've ever crafted.

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We want to cook for you! And it can happen. Please join us at one of these fun events.

We've recorded a full class on shortcut cooking for Aim Healthy U! You can cook along with us. We're there to answer questions. We've got a zillion shortcut tips. I mean, you need this. Here's a link to get you registered in the class! Use the DISCOUNT CODE BRUCE50 to take fifty bucks off the price of the class.

THE GREAT AMERICAN SLOW COOKER BOOK

Do you know why you're not using your slow cooker enough? Because up to two-thirds of the recipes in any given book aren't written for your model size! But we took care of that. With over 500 recipes, we've written a book that sizes out every one for almost every size of machine. And it's not just math. We've done the testing and worked out the ratios. You gotta see it to believe it.

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Bruce's Second Knitting Book!

BOYFRIEND SWEATERS presents nineteen patterns for women based on guy's styles and designs--or put another way, nineteen patterns for men that women will want to wear. (There's some pretty sexy photography, too!) Here's where to buy it:

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Our Whole Grains Book

We move whole grains to the center of the plate! Experience whole grains, not as nutritional wonders, but as culinary superstars. Click on one of the links below to buy the book:

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    Feb272012

    Adjusting A Pattern To Fit Your Taste

    We've all done it—finished a sweater, following the pattern to the letter. It fit! Hurray! It even looked great. But every time we see it we think, hmmm, if only the shoulders were a tiny bit wider, it would drape so much nicer. Or the button band could be just a tiny bit wider. 

    Published patterns, like recipes, are really good jumping-off points, and as a designer and a chef, I can tell you that I am never insulted when someone skews my creation to fit their own taste. Want to make my stew with chicken instead of veal? Go for it. Don't like the stripe I put in a sweatshirt? Leave it out.

    That's exactly what one KNITS MEN WANT group member did with my striped hoodie from my book KNITS MEN WANT. Here's the original from the book:

     

    It looks beautiful on her son in solid blue.

    The basic pullover from my book is a classic design--as simple as can be:

    One KNITS MEN WANT group member added strips for her guy. And it's lovely.

    But some changes aren't so simple. I recently began a colorwork cardigan for Mark from Interweave Knits magazine. 

    I chose different yarn and colors than the designer--my colors are more subtle and I used a thicker yarn for the lighter color so it would give the color work a 3-dimensional quality. But I also made another subtle change to the pattern. Notice the solid bar of lighter color that begins the color work section. I knitted it so that the color work seems to come directly out of the basket weave pattern. 

    The original pattern requires a short section of brown stockinette before beginning the color work. While that looked nice, I thought it could be more finessed. So I ripped it out and began again. It was easy to do on the back, although I had to shape the arm holes within the color work section which otherwise would have been clear of it, and the right front required reading the color chart backwards. 

    It's possible that the designer tried the sample this way, maybe even liked it herself, but sometimes there's just no room to add more charts and more complicated instructions to a magazine page with limited space.

    If you find a pattern that you like but think it could be enhanced by a little modification, go for it. Not sure how to do the math or make the changes? If you buy the yarn at your local yarn store for the project, they will most likely be happy to help you with the changes. Bought the yarn elsewhere? Then spring for a 30 minute private lesson--most LYSs offer them. 

    And by all means, share your changes with the designer (I for one love to see what folks are doing with my patterns) and with the knitting community on ravelry.com. We just never know where ideas will come from.

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    Reader Comments (1)

    I purchased Knits Men Want and started on the hooded sweatshirt. I started on the back, have done the 3" of 1x2 rib and increased the 4 stitches on the last row. Now what? Do I go into a stockinette stitch or the ridge pattern? No direction. Thank you for any assistance you can provide me. Grace Post

    February 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGrace Post

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