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Wood for Ore?

August 23, 2012


Hiking a few weeks back, we got into a speculative debate about low-impact lifestyles that rely on woodburning (vs coal, oil). What’s the equivalency between using ‘standard’ utilities and wood? How much wood would I burn through to run a laptop for, say, a morning? Catan aside, how would this trade really work out? Well, […]

Brewing Beer, IRA.

June 4, 2012


Whew.  What a month.  Busy with family, finishing a dissertation, and a vacation.  Plus all the other projects are bubbling along nicely, sometimes quite literally.  Take, for instance, the batch of beer in the basement.  The airlock on the carboy is glugging along about once every 8 seconds or so as the gases made by […]

Better Basics: Extracts

January 29, 2012


Over the holidays, Dustin’s grandma sent us some of her recipes, including an old-school anise candy recipe that I’ve been curious about for a while now. We had anise seed and star anise around the house from previous cooking ventures, but none of the anise extract that we’d need for candy making. Being us, this […]

The growth-cycle of garlic.

June 25, 2011


Today is a cool summer day here in central PA, with a high of a heavenly 75 F. Even so, I can hardly conjure up the memory of those chilly days last fall that found us on our hands and knees poking garlic cloves into the ground. At that time of year, the garden is […]

Food in the News

March 29, 2011


Reservations about where some of these acts and announcements will end up notwithstanding, I’m glad to see these six things taking shape.  Let’s hope this momentum builds. Bittman points out that there are now 6,000+ farmers markets nationwide (up from 1,755 in 1994) — and, 898 run during the winter.  We’ve been lucky to have […]

For Those About to Chop, We Salute You…

March 15, 2011


So what are we about, and why do we want to do a blog?  Well, with the rise of organic, local, and sustainable food culture in the U.S., we wanted to share our experience with people who are just beginning to exploring these new options for eating.  We also are here for those people who […]