Monthly Archives: January 2011

Daily Breadstory: French bread

Here’s the problem.  Once I figure out how to make something, I no longer want to buy it, even if it’s a lot more convenient to.  For instance: bread.  It might be a different story if there were an amazing … Continue reading

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Time Machine Friday: Garlic

The garden is buried under a layer of snow.  We’re having a bean-barley stew for the 870924356th time this month.  And I’m out of garlic.  Let’s get in the time machine. Summer 2009: preparing the back lot for planting.  It … Continue reading

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Lightbox

So K made me a lightbox for my birthday. Several months ago I drew a very sketchy plan on the back of an envelope and voila, here it is! It even has a handle so I can tote it around … Continue reading

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Tortillas

If the same houseguests from last week are back for round two, you should make them burritos for dinner.  Throw some brown rice and Cajun seasoning in the cooker, grate some cheddar, boil some red beans with cumin, and saute … Continue reading

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The coldest weekend of the year

Sorry for the lack of posting!  I was in Hamilton, NY taking a Wilderness First Responder recertification course through my alma mater’s Outdoor Education program. I chose the coldest weekend of the year to travel statistically speaking, and it lived … Continue reading

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Time Machine Thursday: Roofstory

Let’s take a trip back to May 2009… When the building was still a fixer-upper.  When we finally started dealing with the leaky roof. There were six different layers of roll roofing.  We’d asked several roofers to give us an … Continue reading

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Picklestory Part II

Remember last week when I decided to make pickles? The day I made the pearl onion pickles, I ran across a pickling recipe involving a salt brine instead of a vinegar-based solution.  So I ran up a quick batch of … Continue reading

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Houseguests

How to host your visiting friends when you’re 25: Clean the house.  Get out all of your cleaning products.  ALL OF THEM: If “all of your cleaning products” means the jug of white vinegar, you’re kind of a hippie. You’re … Continue reading

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Makeovers

We spent yesterday at K’s parents’ house.  I got to document his sister giving the dog a makeover. A simple cardigan can make any animal seem much more distinguished, wouldn’t you agree? Meanwhile, the guys were busy with another kind … Continue reading

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Tricks of the trade

If you’ve got pesto, tomatoes, a can of white beans, pasta, and garlic, you have the kind of thing I’d make for dinner last summer.  Lunch would be something that didn’t involve firing up the stove – it’s hot enough … Continue reading

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