GARDENING, cont. Filled 3 garden boxes today and my arms feel good. Tomorrow brings the start of three days of rain. So the remainder of black dirt is now covered with silver tarps, and so shall it remain until either the rain stops (and I come up with a good place to put it after … More Daily Unknowables
FUCK YOU, DIVINITY I tried this year, damn it. I did not look out at the snow or rain or 60-plus percent humidity and say, And now I shall make divinity, because I am a fool. No, this fool planned. We had a dry day with no snow and no expectation of such. I had fresh … More Cookie Failures
Continued Adventures in Baking I made bread this weekend! Real live bread that you can knead and let rise and all that. I have this recipe for French bread that can be made in a few hours, so I tried that. Our house was warm and the sponge poofed up so high — it was … More Projects and Things
My friend Carin gave me a lovely Christmas present a while back: a set of rosette irons and a Scandinavian cookbook. I haven’t had much chance to do cookies or breads, much less a smorgasbord, but lately I’ve had a hankering for pancakes. What do you know? On page 5 of Julia Peterson Tufford’s Original … More Flap your Yapper
Warning: this post contains far too many italics, because bread. I love to bake bread. I have this great bread recipe book: The New Complete Book of Breads by Bernard Clayton. It is one of my favorites — not only does Clayton write clear and precise instructions, and include steps for food processors/mixers for those who don’t … More A Patriot Bakes Loyalist
I made A. the best-ever high-altitude chocolate cake from Hershey/The Runcible Spoon for his birthday recently, and frosted the absolute shit out of it, because that is what you are supposed to do with birthday cakes whether your recipient loves frosting or not. (Big reveal: A. likes frosting just fine, as long as it is homemade. … More Birthday stuff
While searching for potential cake recipes for my mom’s birthday, I came across the word “scant” in reference to an amount, like this: 1 scant cup flour. This is one of those words where like many people (I think) my mind just puts in the most common definition and works with the context. I thought okay, barely a … More Judgey search engines
Angel food birthday cake, December 2013.
Lemon krumkake recipe and batter, Christmas 2013.
Mom’s krumkake iron, Christmas 2013.