Come home soon, children! Eat the bread:

Dr Oetker Nostalgia

This morning I was cleaning cookbooks—note, please, that the kitchen is the worst possible place to keep cookbooks, they get totally nasty and greasy—and I found this: For those of you who do not read Suetterlin with ease, the title…
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Let Them Eat Bread!

With my husband away for two weeks, my frustration with the bread situation here has come to a boil. We make our bread. By “we”, I mean mostly my husband (it used to be mostly me, but now I have…
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Beyond the Pale

I’ve been out of step with modern fish eating for some time – whenever I order tuna or salmon, I hasten to add that I want it actually cooked all the way through. I had lunch with a friend recently…
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High altitude jam

We have a bumper crop of black currants. Anybody got good advice on what aspect of jam making (with commercial liquid pectin) needs to be modified for altitude? We’re at 1517 meters/4979 feet.


Last night’s bedtime reading was the Upton Tea catalog. Tea descriptions are so intriguing: tippy. golden, flowery … and what’s “Orange” about pekoe? Some more tea reading: Flowery, rustic, tippy, smokey Tea Education drinks – teatime Tea Glorious Tea

What’s in that drink?

Should have known better. My normal Starbucks/Peaberry/Vic’s drink is a 12 ounce non-fat latte, pretty inocuous. Yesterday I tried Starbucks’ new chocolate drink, the Chantico (why do they give things these weird names?). Tiny cup. Drink is apparently a melted…
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Cooking for Engineers

Mrs. OotFP, you’re going to love this! What a wonderfully elegant way to present a recipe. Via Confessions of a Girl Geek, while trying to figure out why Spam Karma is turning off email notification of real comments.

Saint Barbara’s Day

Well, I didn’t bake Kletzenbrot, but I did bake Silesian pepper cookies: Combine over medium heat, and stir until the butter melts: 1 1/2 cups honey 1 cup sugar 2 tbsp butter Let cool. In a large bowl, combine: 4…
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Hummus recipe?

I’m jonesing for hummus. Anybody got a good recipe to share?

The truth dawns

We’ve been married twenty years, and I think I may finally be convinced that he’s not kidding when he says he doesn’t like garlic. Maybe I should throw the garlic press away, as penance. (It’s such a nice one, though…
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Farmers’ Market

Today at the Farmers’ Market I bought 5 pints of raspberries (three are already frozen, one is eaten, one for tomorrow), two loaves of bread including one really excellent German rye (I wish I had noticed the name of the…
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