The wife and I have been busy experimenting with my homemade pizza oven. In a perfect world, I’d have ten lids and make a series of ovens, each one an improvement over the last. But we don’t live in that world, so I’m figuring out how to best cook inRead more
For everyone who’s planning on firing up the grill and/or barbecue this weekend, here are some recipes that you might want to look over. Thanks to Google search and Pinterest, these already get pretty heavy traffic around Memorial Day and the 4th of July. I just thought I’d put themRead more
When the wife was recently in New York City, she bought me the Presidential Cookbook at Bonnie Slotnick’s. It’s a collection of recipes enjoyed by the first families up until publication in 1895. That’s the era of Grover Cleveland’s second adminstration, the only time a President served a second nonconsecutiveRead more
As most people know, I like old things. Not too long ago, the wife’s mother passed down her old electric waffle iron that she got from her grandmother (the wife’s great-grandmother). It’s a Manning-Bowman model from 1941, which means it was manufactured just before all US industry shifted to theRead more
Encouraged by our recent experiments with butter and mozzarella, we decided to make some homemade mayonnaise. I’ve never been a huge fan of mayonnaise, but I’ve been enjoying it a little more than I used to. I’ve mixed all kinds of ingredients with it to balance out various sandwiches andRead more
A few weeks ago, my wife and I tried our hand at making mozzarella cheese. This kit from Leeners.com cost $25 and will make 6 pounds of cheese: The kit cost over $30 after shipping and handling, and we'll have to buy six gallons of fresh milk. That might soundRead more
For Valentine's Day this year, the wife and I cooked live lobsters. I wanted them to do battle for the privilege of being cooked last, kind of like my own personal Thunderdome, but the lobsters, sluggish from their fridge-induced coma, just flexed a little.
This weekend my wife and I decided to try our hand at making butter. We heard it was easy, but weren’t sure what to expect. All you need is cream and a stand mixer. We poured in one pint of heavy whipping cream and set the speed on low forRead more