Monthly Archives: March 2011

In which the guest narrator battles the Law of Conservation of Mass–and wins

Greetings and salutations, readers of Friends and Hammers, I am MC Casual BlogStyles, the ersatz blogger who has been foisted upon you during Allifer’s absence.  I am younger, less well-read, and somewhat less domestic and resourceful.  In addition to being … Continue reading

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Treasure trove

I’ve come into possession of my grandmother’s recipe box. Besides being the cutest thing I’ve ever seen, it’s packed full of the good stuff: recipes.  Handwritten recipes, typewritten recipes, recipes clipped and saved.  Some are of the “Jell-o and/or cream … Continue reading

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One for the weekend: Pollen

I’m in the South all week.  I’d forgotten about the pollen. Everything is covered in yellow powder.  And apparently I’ve lost my pollen tolerance, having been away for six years.  Who knew? It is nice to see trees in bloom, … Continue reading

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Pulp fiction: an ode

I’m leaving town tomorrow, and I’m mostly worried about what I’m going to read on the plane – as if I’m not going to spend the 6am flight asleep anyway. I love to read.  And I really love to read … Continue reading

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To cure what ails ya

I’m sure you’re all on tenterhooks wondering how the pertsovka came out.  Well, friends, I’ve never had real pertsovka so I can’t speak to how authentic the taste is.  But if we’re talking medicinal properties, that’s another story.  In retrospect … Continue reading

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A different kind of beer bread

Here’s the thing.  When I eat something I love, I get the recipe.  Obviously, I don’t do this at restaurants – more like family gatherings (my aunt’s killer potatoes gratin) or a friend’s house or maybe a favorite casual eatery … Continue reading

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One for the weekend: Potato shots

One of my favorite websites, The Hairpin, posted a recipe for a very special St. Patrick’s Day cocktail: the Potato Colada.  I loved the idea of hollowing out potatoes into drinking vessels, so I made potato shot glasses to serve … Continue reading

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Kombucha time

I first tried kombucha at my beloved Hamilton Whole Foods in Hamilton NY, the world’s best small-town whole foods grocery and deli.  I’ve always found commercially produced kombucha a little too vinegary, but when my housemates started brewing their own … Continue reading

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In case you didn’t know

I’m at least a little bit crunchy.  You know, crunchy.  Hippie.  Granola.  And although I could tell you the difference between kombu and kombucha, voted Green Party for governor, and have an enduring soft spot for Birkenstocks, I never really … Continue reading

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Making vodka better

My little sister is making limoncello.  Here’s evidence via laptop camera. Coincidentally, one week later up in the frozen Northern tundra we came into some cheap vodka and since we don’t like plain cheap vodka, I looked into infusion possibilities.  … Continue reading

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