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Garlic Grater Dish

Garlic Grater Dish Instructions

In case you misplaced your copy, or didn’t receive one, here are our garlic grater instructions with some ideas for how you might use your grater.

Stoneware Garlic Graters
Hand Made Stoneware Grater Dishes

This simple to use, hand-made dish offers a more efficient way to puree and grate foods like garlic in order to preserve flavor, use more of the food, and finish the job in less time. Just a few swirls around the plate reduce a clove of garlic to a flavorful paste perfect for dips, sauces, or your favorite recipes. The bumps in the center of the plate enable grating food and keeping your fingers safe at the same time. It works even with hard foods like chocolate and ginger that are normally tough to grate.. This tool makes grating a variety of foods easy and allows you to produce professional quality results with very little effort.

You can also use it to zest lemons and oranges, grind cinnamon and chocolate, or puree fresh ginger. It is simple to use. You can move in circles, up and down, or even side to side. Because the plate has some depth to it, you can also use it as a dipping plate. Grate garlic and then add some olive oil and other spices for a delicious way to enjoy fresh bread.

Garlic:  Moisten grater with cold water. Hold grater in one hand with your fingers around the edges. With your other hand hold the clove of garlic between your fingers (hold the base/root end). · Move garlic in any direction until near fingers. (Discard root end as it’s too acidic to eat). You have just made the finest garlic paste with much more intense flavor than minced garlic. Use a small, stiff brush to clean garlic out of ridges. Or leave garlic and add oil, spices and vinegar for dipping.

Other Root Vegetables: · Always moisten plate first for ginger, carrots, wasabi, taro, Jalapeños, horseradish, etc. For fibrous foods like ginger, move only back and forth directions. Use a brush to remove the pulp.

Hard Cheese, Spices, and Fine Chocolates: · Start with a dry dish. Hold the grater vertically over the dish or recipe, and move food over the grater until you have desired amount. Gravity will drop grated food down.

Dishwasher, microwave and oven safe—Made in Pennsylvania


New Burma Jade and Yellow Jade

New Burma Jade and Yellow Jade

New Burma Jade Necklace
New Burma Jade Necklace

This month we’re featuring two beautiful types of jade. New Burma jade encompasses a variety of green shades including olive, sea green, and peridot. New jade is a semi-translucent serpentine stone. It is found all over the world. Yellow jade is also a natural serpentine, whose shades vary from deep orange to creamy off-white. It also has a lovely translucent quality.

Yellow Jade Necklace with Pendant
Yellow Jade Necklace with Pendant

Jade has been associated with good luck for thousands of years. It is also thought to help one be “in touch” with oneself. Jade creates balance and stimulates ideas and creativity. It is said to good for the kidneys, nervous system and metabolism. As a “dream” stone, it helps one have insightful dreams. The Chinese believe that its benefits transfer to the body, so wearing it is highly recommended.

Irish Coffee in Style

Try one of these Irish coffee recipes in a beautiful hand-made stoneware Celtic Spirit mug.

Irish Coffee with Kahlúa

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Stoneware Celtic Spirit Mugs with Irish Coffee
Celtic Spirit Mug

Total Time: 3 minutes

Yield: 1 Cocktail


  • 1 part Kahlúa Coffee Cream
  • 1 part Jameson Irish Whiskey
  • Freshly brewed coffee
  • Whipped cream for garnish


  1. Combine ingredients in an Artists At Heart St. Patrick’s Day Spirit mug.
  2. Stir to combine.
  3. Top with whipped cream.
  4. Note:  Whipping the cream is an extra step, but really worth the effort.  If you’re not up to in, prepared whipped cream in a can will do nicely.
  5. Note: Adjust the strength to your taste by adding more or less coffee

Irish Coffee

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Total Time: 3 minutes

Yield: 1 Cocktail


  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 1/2 fluid ounces whiskey
  • 6 fluid ounces hot coffee
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar, or more to taste (optional)
  • 1/4 cup whipped cream


  1. Place sugar on a plate or shallow bowl.
  2. Lightly wet the rim of your Celtic Spirit mug with a moistened paper towel.
  3. Dip the rim in sugar to coat.
  4. Pour Irish whiskey into the prepared glass.
  5. Fill with coffee to within 1/2 inch of top.
  6. Add sugar and stir.

Top with whipped cream


If you have a recipe you’d like to share, please post in the comments or send us an email.

So much benefit in something so small

Garlic offers much more than fabulous flavor!

Garlic is a member of the onion family native to Asia and has been cultivated there for more than 5000 years.  As far back as the ancient Egyptians, garlic has been acknowledged for having sacred as well as strength-enhancing qualities.  Greek and Roman athletes ate fresh garlicgarlic before sporting events and soldiers consumed it before going off to battle.

Today garlic is loved worldwide for its culinary and medicinal properties.  Recently, many of its healthful properties have been scientifically validated.  Garlic has been credited for benefits to the cardiovascular system, weight loss, controlling infections, and iron metabolism, just to name a few.  Many studies are underway about garlic’s effect on a myriad of diseases and conditions.

Selection and Storage

For maximum culinary and health benefits, always choose fresh garlic.  Garlic should be plump and firm to the touch.   Store fresh garlic in a cool dark place which maintains its maximum freshness. It is not necessary to refrigerate garlic, and freezing reduces its flavor and changes its texture.  If stored properly, fresh garlic should keep for about a month.


To break the bulb into cloves, roll firmly on a cutting board.  Peel or tap the clove with a flat knife to loosen the skin.  If there’s a green sprout, remove it.

Grating or chopping garlic stimulates the process that creates its health-giving qualities.  Always allow the grated or chopped garlic to sit 5 minutes before eating, cooking or adding any other ingredients to the garlic.  Microwaving whole cloves actually causes them to lose some of their nutritional qualities.  So for maximum benefit, grate or chop and then let set for a few minutes.

Heat reduces the health-giving properties, so always add the garlic as late as possible and at the lowest heat possible.  Also, when roasting garlic, use a lower oven temperature, about 250F.


There are many fantastic recipes that use garlic.  One of our favorites is hummus. This particular version uses roasted garlic, which is of course, good all by itself on bread or in cooked dishes.

Roasted Garlic Hummus

  • 2 cups canned or cooked chick peas (canned ones are available with no salt added)
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • ¼ cup warm water
  • 1 large bulb garlic
  • juice of 1 lemon (approximately 2-3 tablespoons)
  • salt (approximated ¼ teaspoon)

Cut off the top of the garlic bulb to expose the tops of most of the cloves. Rub with olive oil, and place in Artists At Heart garlic roaster.  Place in 250 oven for 1 ½-2 hours.Garlic Baker

Allow to cool, then squeeze the garlic into a food processor.  Add rinsed and drained chick peas (garbanzo beans) and all other ingredients, and blend until smooth.  Scrape down bowl of processor.  If the hummus is too thick, add additional olive oil until desired consistency is reached.

Serve with pita, zatar bread or vegetables.  May be topped with toasted pine nuts, parsley or paprika.



Celtic Dragons

Pewter Celtic Dragon Pendant
Pewter Celtic Dragon Pendant

The dragon is a popular symbol of power and wisdom.

According to Trevor Mendham of Dragonorama, “Dragons were an important part of Celtic lore. The Celts were highly attuned to the land and dragons were believed to influence the land…. Areas frequented by dragons were believed to possess special power.”

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Purchase this Celtic Dragon Pendant on Artfire at http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/product_view/9813465

Blueberries and Ancient Egypt

In case you haven’t noticed, we LOVE a theme!  And this month we have two!  Blueberries and Ancient Egypt. 

Blueberries are in season, of course, and with all the recent rain, even the blueberry bushes in our overgrown garden are producing some lovely berries this summer.

Normally we would be heading off to the Blueberry Festival in Bethlehem the third weekend in July, but this year we have a happy family celebration that weekend.  Not to

Blueberry Bunch Earrings

fear though, we will be going to the Blueberry Festival in Chincoteague, VA the following weekend!

This will be our very first “away” show and to celebrate, we are making a vacation of it.  We are hoping to see the annual pony swim and auction and looking forward to a great festival and wonderful week.

In preparation for the festival, we have been busy making berry bowls and blueberry jewelry.  We even have a great recipe for blueberry cobbler for you!

On the party front, we have been focused on projects based on Ancient Egypt – including mummies, hieroglyphic writing and of course, jewelry.  We want to thank the wonderful management and staff at KinderCare on 17th street in Allentown for inviting us to create with their children.  The kids were super and made so many creative and fun projects!  We will be posting pics and some instructions for anyone who wants to try the projects themselves.

Orange Sodalite

Orange Sodalite NecklaceOrange Sodalite

Our beautiful stone of the month is Orange Sodalite. Sodalite is found all over the world, but this orange-infused variety comes from Brazil. It is named after its sodium content. It was discovered in Greenland about 200 years ago but didn’t become popular until Princess Patricia, on a trip to Ontario, chose it for the interior decoration of Marlborough House in England. Since then, its color has been called Princess Blue.

Sodalite has many helpful properties for its wearer. It encourages idealism and is good for meditation. It unites logic and intuition, as well as encouraging cooperation among group members.

Sodalite is also said to aid the mind by eliminating mental confusion and encouraging rational thought. It brings about emotional balance and calms panic. It enhances self-esteem and self-acceptance.

Physically, sodalite balances metabolism and boosts the immune system. It helps with insomnia, fever, blood pressure and throat ailments.

So once again, our stone of the month is not only beautiful, but also helpful and healthful in many ways.

You can purchase this necklace at http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/product_view/9533650. (copy and paste the url into your browser)


Mother’s Day Cash Mob

Happy Mother’s Day

From the Whitehall Chamber of Commerce:

If you are looking for a Fun Way to Shop for your Mom  

or Any Special Lady in your life,  

make sure to Stop by our  


TUESDAY, MAY 6 from 4:00-7:00 p.m.  

Vendors will be selling unique items 

Refreshments Served 

FREE Gift Wrapping

Items available for purchase from: 




LOCATION:  Whitehall CHAMBER OFFICE at the Lehigh Valley Mall

4:00-7:00 P.M.

For More Information



Dog and Cat Jewelry

German Shepherd Dog Earrings

Artists At Heart is happy to announce that we can create personalized jewelry for you or your dog or cat with the following charms:

Dog breeds include:  

Afghan         Airedale      Basset       Boxer     Bulldog      Chihuahua     Collie     Corgi     Dachshund      German shepherd    Greyhound   Labrador      Poodle      Pug     Schnauzer     Scottish terrier    Springer spaniel     Yorkshire terrier

We also have cats, I love my cat or dog, dog bones and bowls, and dog houses.

Pet charm bracelets

African Turquoise Gemstone

20140110_144318I think by now that everyone has had enough winter.  To help us think “spring” our stone of the month is beautiful African turquoise, a stone whose color will remind you of an idyllic time at the beach on a warm summer day.

African “Turquoise” is not true turquoise but rather a jasper that looks just like turquoise. It is mined in Africa and resembles turquoise in structure and shade.

Metaphysically, it is called a “stone of evolution” because it brings encouragement and develops positive change.  African turquoise can clarify expression and improve communication.  It also opens the mind to new ideas and possibilities. This stone is purported to be a good one for offering protection during travel.  African turquoise is also said to attract money and prosperity, while helping clarify one’s intended purpose in life.