Showing posts with label doug firestone. Show all posts
Showing posts with label doug firestone. Show all posts

Monday, April 20, 2015

Browned Butter Chocolate Chip & Pretzel Cookies or you deserve a little something on a beautiful Spring evening

Browned Butter Chocolate Chip & Pretzel Cookies 

by Me and Herb
cookie photo the next morning, made later during the night when lighting was all crazy

makes 3 dozen truly super terrific cookies


  • 1 c. unsalted butter
  • 1 1/4 c. light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs plus 1 yolk
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 2 cups plus 2 Tbsp flour
  • 1 cup crushed pretzels
  • 1/2 c. chopped pecans
  • 2 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips

  1. Preheat oven 350ยบ 
  2. Line your cookie sheets with Silpats or parchment paper
  3. In a medium saucepan, melt 1 cup unsalted butter over medium heat, this takes around 20 minutes be patient for the browned butter makes the cookie.  When butter is melted, continue to cook, stirring butter constantly until it becomes a light caramel color.  Remove from heat and allow to cool for 10 minutes.
  4. In bowl of stand mixer, mix butter and sugar until combined, then add eggs, one at at time, extra yolk and vanilla.  Continue mixing until light in color, making for a thicker batter. 
  5. Add in baking soda, salt and flour.  Mix on low until combined, then mix in crushed pretzels and nut mixture, then semi-sweet chocolate chips with your wooden spoon.
  6. Using medium cookie scoop, 2 ounce, drop dough on lined baking sheet about 2 inches apart, baking until just golden at the edges, about 8-10 minutes.  Centers might not seem done, but, remove the cookies and allow to cool for 3-4 minutes on baking sheet before moving to your wire racks to finish cooling.
Tip:  to quickly crush nuts, place in a heavy plastic bag and smash with your rolling pin :)

wonderful Grand Re-opening at Firestone Forge April 18th, 2015 that my family and I attended

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Traveling with SDAJ---- Potter County Artisan Center

While participating in a show at the Penn Wells Hotel in Wellsboro for the Pennsylvania Forestry Commission, we also had a chance to visit other PA Wilds trail stops on the trip home Sunday of last weekend.
227 North Main Street, Coudersport, Pa. is where you will find the Potter County Artisan Center

Doug Firestone of owner/operator of Firestone Forge located in
Germania, Pa. part of the PA Wilds Artisan Trail
President of the Board for the Potter County Visitor Association, Doug Firestone, was very instrumental in setting the plan in motion for PCAC.  Firestone, an artisan himself, understands how important a center such as this would be in not only revenue for PCVA but, in turn teach artists how to be knowledgeable in all facets of the work from social media promotion to book work. 

    "Last fall we relocated our office to the building we are now in, the Penn-York building. With the additional space we decided to start the artisan co-op.
     We are teaching them business practices, they put their time into the store, and assist in every part of the business. We have a management committee, a promo/marketing committee, and also a facilities committee. We basically allow them to make the decisions with a little guidance from us. It was also created to try to help the downtown, Coudersport, by attracting artisans to create their own businesses in the downtown," says Firestone.

Other board members were part of the decision making including Dave Brooks executive director and Allison Brooks communication manager of Potter County Visitor Association with also 40 locals attending to talk and brainstorm late January..  

excerpted from-  an original article appearing  in the Potter Leader Enterprise, Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The goal of the Artisan Center is to exhibit the wonderful talent in the region and provide an opportunity for area artisans to display and sell a wide variety of unique products. The center will host a variety of locally made products: jewelry, paintings, herbal products, accessories, photography, garden and yard art, wood and metal works, locally produced foods and more. The artisans themselves will staff the center, so customers can meet the people who created the items they purchase. 
David Brooks, executive director of PCVA, said that everyone involved is excited and optimistic about the prospects of the center. “Ever since the center [based on a similar plan] opened in Emporium, we’ve been wanting to do this. We’ve been looking for a building where we could make this happen for about six or seven years. We’re just happy to have the opportunity to finally do it.”
PCVA and the Chamber moved into their new location last fall. By sharing the building space and expenses, both entities are able to enjoy a better location with very little increase in cost.

Elaine Russel, curator and on the management committee, was tending the gallery the day we were there.  In the above photo she is at her creatively fabulous display.
From the PCAC website:
Whether beading a prayer mala, cutting envelopes from old book pages, or photographing scenic Potter County... Elaine Russell glories in the world around her. A professional photographer since 1986, her work has been published in magazines, books, used in advertising, showcased in galleries... and collected across the country. 
As a fine art jewelry fabricator, she has been striving for excellence since 1995, specializing in prayer beads of all faiths and sterling wrapped gemstones.  And as a mixed media artist... she has found new life for recycled and salvaged goods since 2005.
Wife, mother, and retired nurse; Elaine grew up in Coudersport... and after traveling cross country for 20yrs... she is happy to be back home.
Elaine has written a daily blog since 2008; which you can see at
You can contact her at 
or through her Etsy store:

Elaine gave me an update on their artist count to date, which is 29.  With the Center's grand opening April of this year, that number is very impressive!
Here are some displays at the artisan center, from the back entrance.  I love those lockers!
Public Art, as in this mural you see above, on the Potter County Artisan Center building, can be found all across the 12.5 county region known as the Pennsylvania Wilds along the artisan trail.

\\\Please click on any of those links above for more information about all the amazing artisans, trail stops and public art in this region of the state.  You will not be disappointed!

Thank-you Elaine and Doug for all of your help on this post!  You two are such assets.


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