bba challenge 2 – artos

Since this was a holiday weekend, I extended my own deadline for doing the second Bread Baker’s Apprentice Challenge, Artos, or Greek Celebration bread, and finished it today. I started last night by putting together Peter Reinhart’s standard poolish of flour, water and yeast. It sat overnight in the fridge, and I took it out ... Read More »

san marzano tomato taste test

If you watch chefs on TV lately, just about any time they use canned tomatoes, they seem to be using San Marzano tomatoes. This is a region on Italy that produces plum tomatoes. They’re more and more available at your local grocery store. I’d been told to watch out for imitations that state ‘San Marzano ... Read More »

a pretty good bbq 2009

Every once in a while, we find ourselves part of something that becomes more than the sum of its parts. This happened to me again last weekend, when the Dayton Vineyard hosted the 2nd annual Pretty Good BBQ. I got the idea to do this event about a year and a half ago. The Dayton ... Read More »

review pages

I’ve decided to set my reviews of products in their own section, so they’re easier to get to more than anything. I’ve been asked to do several reviews lately, so this allows those reviews to be accessible.  There’s a link now at the top of the page for ‘reviews‘ which goes to a master page ... Read More »

upcoming events

The next several weeks are going to be pretty hectic, so I thought I’d list what’s up in case any locals are reading (some are open to the public). First, this coming Saturday and Sunday (May 16-17) will be the Second Annual Pretty Good BBQ at the Dayton Vineyard. The north campus of the church ... Read More »

bread 1 from bread baker’s apprentice challenge

Nicole from Pinch My Salt came up with a great idea last week: to methodically work through Peter Reinhart’s The Bread Baker’s Apprentice.  The idea is to do one recipe a week, one after another with no bouncing around.  She mentioned something on Twitter about it, and, at first, there were two of us that ... Read More »

veggie pizza – will m. tofu make a comeback?

Monsieur Tofu felt that his first battle with Mr. Bacon was unfair. “How could ze contest be fair? Ze restaurant served ze bacon dipped in ze batter and zen fried! I cannot compete under zese conditions!” So last night, I fired up the XL Big Green Egg and got it going to about 600 degrees, ... Read More »

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