I’ve been trying to expand my baking repertoire beyond variations on my almost no-knead bread. Since I love the taste of popovers, I thought I’d make an eggy bread that’s somewhere between popovers and French bread. So I made some Challah, a Jewish bread.
I’ve been making leek and potato soup for years. I couldn’t tell you where the recipe came from; it’s cobbled together from several websites and magazine articles. I don’t ever cook it the same way twice. If I’m busy doing something else, I’ll slow cook it for hours until theRead more
I bought the wife a used Cress L-23 electric kiln for her birthday. Does anybody have any experience with one of these things? Any tips that’ll keep me from burning down my garage?
As I mentioned before, I’ve completely changed my meal planning practices. I used to buy meat in bulk at the grocery store and then plan my meals accordingly. Ever since we moved to Greenville, I’ve gone in the opposite direction. First, I hit one or both of my farmers’ marketsRead more
The wife signed me up for a second watercolor class at Furman. My technique is getting a little better, but I’m still trying to add too much detail. The excess paint muddies the image and bleeds over the white space that makes watercolor so unique. Maybe I’m just not aRead more
We just happened to drive by the Talladega Superspeedway yesterday about 15 minutes before the green flag fell. The tent city that surrounds the track was so big it took us about a minute to pass it all while traveling at around 60 miles an hour. The wife recorded itRead more
I remember trying to make ‘smashed potatoes’ once before and it not being a very good experience. However, Cook’s Illustrated recently did a piece on smashed potatoes that took some of the guesswork out of the process. I’ve made them with baby red potatoes and Yukon golds recently, and theyRead more
Bob Dylan was playing the arena at UNC Charlotte on Thursday night. As you know, I’m a bit of a fan. I bribed the wife into going up there with me by promising to take her sightseeing through the mountains all day on Friday. The show was great. Dylan variedRead more
For my birthday, the wife enrolled me in a watercolor class at Furman University. It ended last night, so I thought I’d post some pictures of my paintings. This was my first stab at watercolors since the second grade and my technique was a little rusty. Some of the paintingsRead more
I’ve been making homemade potato chips ever since the wife gave me a mandoline. I like my chips nice and thick, and I can control what goes into them when I make them at home. It’s taken me a while to perfect the process, but I’ve finally gotten to theRead more