October 4th, 2010
Week 4 ~ Wine, Friends, and Propane!
“I cook with wine; sometimes I even add it to the food.”
— W. C. Fields
52NEW ~ Week 4 ~ Fun with Wine, Corks and Improvised Tongs!
It has been a lot of fun the last 4 weeks on 52NEW! Challenges and lessons abound! This week I went for something that would just be a bunch of fun!
This weeks 52NEW is for my Dad, because if anyone in my family could do a magic trick, or find a funky new trick or kitchen gadget it’s my Dad. My Dad even has a gadget for making hard boiled eggs square so they are easy to stack.. I kid you not.
It looks like this:
But that is a story for another day.. I’m just giving you some background on where my interest in the silly comes from..
This weeks 52NEW will help you entertain the family this year at the Thanksgiving table! We will get the cork out a wine bottle without a corkscrew, get a cork that has been shoved into an empty wine bottle out, and learn about bottle tongs and how a small propane torch might come in handy for more than Creme Brulee this weekend as we make improvised “Bottle Tongs”!
I had some extra help as Andy and T.J from Sun FM’s sister station SILK FM came over to help, Erin Mammel is a friend who is also a nurse (good to have first aid handy) and of course my husband with the video camera.
There was a lot of laughter! Maybe someday I will share with you the out takes!
- Synthetic corks don’t act the same as “real” cork.
- Simple tricks can be a ton of fun
- Stainless steel does not hold heat long enough to crack a wine bottle neck, but a coat hanger can!
Enjoy the video!<a
Hey! That was great! Of course the camera had to move away when the bottle snapped off… but at least the flame was turned off!
Did you go through many broken bottles of wine learning how to do all these tricks?
I forgot to mention… guess what I just grabbed out of my kitchen drawer? A square egg maker just like the one in your photo!
Next time you’re here I will serve you some delicious square eggs. Oh. Wait… Aren’t you allergic to eggs now? Darn it.
Do you really have that???? You are the keeper of it all!!
that was great Susan. I’m going to be practicing these tricks soon!!
Make sure to let me know how it goes with the tricks Pam.. I think you could make some money on the “getting the cork out of the empty bottle one” or it might keep kids entertained for hours, as they try to figure it out!
Awesome! I have done the cork removal one before, but did not know that it didn’t work with synthetic corks…of course, where I grew up it was much easier because they don’t put corks in boxes of wine – but I digress…
The cork removal trick was very cool and I will be showing that one to all my friends out here and look very impressive doing that so thanks in advance for making me look so ingenious!
Breaking the bottle was pretty sweet too, but I am not sure that open flames and bottles of alcohol are things I should be putting together!!
Thanks for yet another awesome post!!
Now you do! Happy to save you any embarrassment!! Next up for you is to try the “bottle tong” trick.. I am sure where you live you could track down a pair.. when you do.. make a video, I want to see!
Susan I was getting a good laugh with watching the shoe and you getting the cork out, absolutely hilarious.
Thanks Lynn, we were laughing pretty hard as well! I liked the “magic trick” I figure parents can use it on the kids to get them busy while Mom and Dad are working on Thanksgiving dinner!
Sue, this was an awesome video, I want to try all of these out! We will be watching/ reading every week for what you do next 🙂
I love these vids!!! I want to do the shoe thing but haven’t they all gone plastic? And why again do we do the break the top off thing? Not sure there’d be a flame thrower around but it would sure be fun to try!! Maybe we will try at our staff party! Someone has to have fire, wire and St. John’s first aid although I may agree with Eric on the fire and booze combo! You do so well!!
If you try it at a staff party someone had better have a video camera handy!! (and a fire extinguisher)
i love it susan. thanks for sharing this. it was great to see you and steve on sunday.
It was SO much fun!! Thank you for putting it together! I will have the blog and vlog of my experience at Summerhill posted soon! I wish I had enough time to include everything we shot, what a wonderful bunch of people you work with!