Monthly Archives: June 2011

Spirit animals

For some reason, spirit animals have come up in conversation recently.  I remember the first time I ever thought about my spirit animal was in the Loj, the Colgate outdoor interest residence, after we discussed the immortal question: “If you … Continue reading

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One for the weekend: Mugwort

Apparently mugwort is a very useful plant to have around; among other things, it gives you craaaazy dreams.  We learned this the other day at a medicinal herbs workshop where we also learned to make a jewelweed salve for skin … Continue reading

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Fairy wine

My introduction to the fine people of the Buffalo Barnraisers began in February when I went to a bread workshop.  While we waited for the whole wheat bread to rise we were treated to homemade lilac wine.  I knew that … Continue reading

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Crackers!

Peter Reinhart might as well have titled his The Bread Baker’s Apprentice something like The Bread Baker’s Indispensable Bible, honestly.  I have some blogquaintances who are baking their way through the whole thing alphabetically, which seems like a great way … Continue reading

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A wonderful journey to the scrapyard

Today was a little dirtbaggier than some days.  Today we took a trip to the scrapyard! Granted, the trip wasn’t epic in terms of distance.  It’s half a block away (which means that our street is often full of both … Continue reading

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One for the weekend: a secret weapon for breadmaking

So you’re making a batch of bread at home and need to let it rise under plastic.  You could tear off a whole new sheet of plastic wrap, or you could wrap the bowl in a plastic grocery bag: these … Continue reading

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Strawberry Jam: for real this time

I’d been waiting to make something out of The Blue Chair Jam Cookbook and once our strawberries started producing, the game was on.  After a week of saving them up in the fridge, we’d gathered enough for a 2/3 recipe … Continue reading

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We can bake the night away

So I’ve said how I bake with Fancy & Delicious now.  Last Friday was our first bake night for the summer bread season in our new space: before my time F&D used to bake in an outdoor clay oven, but … Continue reading

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One for the weekend: the perfect snack

So I bake with Fancy & Delicious now – more on that later!  We were up all night Friday baking bread to sell at the farmer’s market, and after coming home and sleeping till 2pm I harvested the rest of … Continue reading

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Remedies

While I was in central NY, my allergies got so bad I couldn’t breathe through my nose (my TMI, my blog) and C. put me under a towel over a pot of steaming water with a few drops of peppermint … Continue reading

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