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Wood for Ore?

August 23, 2012

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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, […]

Pub Gougères with Anchovy and Cayenne

July 8, 2012

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Add a notch to the spatula. Our recipe for “Pub Gougères with Anchovy and Cayenne” has been selected as a community pick on Food52 as part of their “meat as a flavoring” contest. Anchovies give this riff on traditional cheese gougères a bistro-pub feel and a bold taste. Salty, spicy and savory, these are best […]

Brewing Beer, IRA.

June 4, 2012

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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 […]

Now Entering District 12

April 11, 2012

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Like many people, I’ve just cottoned on to the greatness of The Hunger Games. It is a world where districts are dominated by their isolation from one another, where the only information that passes is what can be gleaned from the censored broadcasts of the games. This rolls two forms of oppression into one, combining […]

The Sausage Files

February 26, 2012

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The Kit: Landers, Frary & Clark # 2 Universal Food Grinder. My mother sent me this grinder just before the holidays.  (She had inherited from an older generation.) I haven’t been able to date it, precisely, but the history of the company and the grinder’s basic design is pretty interesting. The company made a wide […]

Better Basics: Baked Potato

February 5, 2012

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Growing up, I lived with my grandparents. This led to some interesting moments that are likely uncommon for people my age. I recall clearly the day they got their first telephone, for instance. We watched the Olympics on an older television in the upstairs room, black and white of course, that had a remote control […]

Too Many Cooks: Vinegar, part II

January 22, 2012

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And things were going so well! For a good while there, our vinegar was puttering away.  All signs pointing to Mother-hood. A distinctive, somewhat sweet vinegary smell.  Then-BAM!  Mold City.  Ugh. People seem to be skimming the mold off and trying again, so I’m giving it a go (as in skimming it out, adding wine, […]