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No contest: spicy every time.
a sums & pieces for 13 Sep 02017
D’oh! Homer is Dead. Long Live the Bread

Born April 2016… died September 2017. Sigh. For those who have been refreshing this page DAILY to read the next chapter in my sourdough bread making saga, I’m sorry to say it ended in tragedy. After a limp, bread-weak summer, we watched Homer the Sourdough (sour… d’oh!) starter goopify himself in the fridge. I’ll blame myself. It was largely neglect, and lack of due care and attention. But I hadn’t invested as much energy in the poor guy as I should have despite providing dozens of mixed-result loaves since we’d hatched him over a year ago. As far as starters go he was pretty solid, though I was never entirely, one-hundred-percent satisfied with his effort. I’m sure that was all my bumbling, novice opinion however and with a year and a half of sourdough experience upon which to draw I’m posting today as a marker in time of the bumbling counter-redemption. Last night I washed out Homer’s cage and set the trap for a new culture… and hopefully my yeast-hunting excursions will be fruitful. I should know by the weekend. My second-born starter may be announced in mere days. Stay tuned and feel free to suggest a name in the comments.

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27 Jun 02017 | 5 minutes of your time

The seasoning process is a smokey, slow, nurturing effort where oil is carbonized to the steel…

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Decaffeinated

Every couple of years I do a coffee reset: I go cold turkey for a month or so and forego my ritualistic morning beverage, limit my caffeine to light teas, and struggle back to a baseline in an attempt to whatever levels help to de-jitter, de-stimulate my brain. It’s not anything magical: it’s just a biological balancing that I do when I hit a threshold of some personal bar of too-much-daily-intake. It’s been thirteen days as of today. And what I’ve learned in the last twenty-four hours is that a coffee reset and a daylight saving time switch do not mix. Glaaaaaaah!

I had a dream last night that I stood in line for a very long time for a bag of Doritos. My subconscious is trying to tell me something.
a sums & pieces for 23 Feb 02017
Alcohol... Blasphemy! I know, but I'm already kinda on the fence, and I only really drink socially anyhow.
a sums & pieces for 22 Feb 02017

food & drink 

27 Dec 02016 | 2 minutes of your time

You forgot about my sourdough experimenting, didn’t you?

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Running. (revved back up in 2017!) Bowing. (some beautiful music!) Cooking. (in a new kitchen!)
a sums & pieces for 27 Dec 02016

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17 Dec 02016 | 4 minutes of your time

I bought a tube of chocolate chip cookie dough from the refrigerated aisle of the local grocery store.

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food & drink | weather 

16 Dec 02016 | 2 minutes of your time

And Claire actually ate most of her serving… despite the beans.

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Not vouching for the taste... bacon, ginger, and caramel.
a sums & pieces for 16 Dec 02016

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