Thursday, February 22
Saturday, February 10
Thursday, September 8
- 20 oz baking flour (about 2.5 cups, but use a kitchen scale)
- 12 oz water
- 2 tsp salt
- 1-2 tsp yeast
Blend in counter-top mixer on 1 with paddle to combine, maybe a minute
Switch to hook for 10 minutes on 2 -- though kneading for 5, resting for 5, and then kneading for 5 more may or may not do something.
Put in a covered bowl to rise for about 2.5 hrs, till it doubles in size
Knead out the air, let rest for 15 min under dish towel
Shape into a boulle, let it rise again for an hour in a 5-7 quart Dutch oven
Preheat oven to 450
After an hour, coat loaf with olive oil and a light sprinkling of coarse salt
Cut an x into the top, cover Dutch oven and bake.
After half an hour take lid off Dutch oven and bake until brown and crisp.
It's possible you may want to turn the heat down a bit at some point, as the bottom tends to get a bit toastier then the top.
The advantage of the Dutch oven is you don't have to worry about spraying the loaf with water or getting the oven humid with a pan of water.
I added a tablespoon of rosemary garlic infused olive oil to one of the loaves last night and it was awesome, but it makes the dough a bit wobbly.
Wednesday, March 16
- 2 large cans tomatoes – peeled or diced
- 1-2 8oz cans tomato pastetomato paste,
- 2 lbs ground meat – I like to mix beef and bison or lamb
- 1 brown onion
- half head of peeled garlic
- 4 tsp sugar
- half a bottle of red wine, not too sharp or sweet
- oregano (fresh/dried)
- basil (fresh/dried)
- maybe a bay leaf or two
- olive oil
Mix meats together in bowl, and season it with salt pepper, and dried herbs if you are using them.
Chop the onion in a medium or coarse dice. Use enough olive oil to cover the bottom of a large stock pot a couple-three millimeters deep. Sautee the onion over medium-low heat until translucent, tennish minutes. Maybe throw a few diced garlic cloves in there about five minutes in, but don’t let it brown.
Add ground meat, sautee until thoroughly browned, stirring every couple of minutes. Once browned, add the tomatoes and one can of tomato paste. It’s ok to add a bit of water if you use that to get residual tomato product out of the can. Add the rest of the garlic, either pressed or finely diced. Add the sugar (or honey) and wine. If you have bay leaves, throw 1 or 2 in there as well.
Cook for an hour before bothering to taste it, stirring occasionally. Putting the lid on will help things cook down faster, though later you will want to at least crack the lid so the sauce can cook down.
Adjust seasoning as you continue to cook it, though be careful not to over-salt. Best if you have time to let the sauce cook for 4 hours or so, but if you don’t have that much time, you can use the additional tomato paste to thicken the sauce. Finely chop the fresh oregano and chop or shred into strips the basil, if using. Add the fresh oregano to sauce in the last 20 minutes or so. Either add the basil directly to sauce just before serving, or serve in a bowl as a condiment if you have picky eaters (children).
Remember to fish out the bay leaves – you don’t want to hear the screams of children with a bay leaf on their plate.
Wednesday, December 2
Wednesday, November 11
"What?" I said.
"You were just babies in the war -- like the ones upstairs!"
I nodded that this was true. We HAD been foolish virgins in the war, right at the end of childhood.
"But you're not going to write it that way, are you." This wasn't a question. It was an accusation.
"I -- I don't know," I said.
"Well I know. You'll pretend you were men instead of babies, and you'll be played in the movies by Frank Sinatra and John Wayne or some of those other glamorous, war-loving, dirty old men. And war will look just wonderful, so we'll have a lot more of them. And they'll be fought by babies like the babies upstairs."
So then I understood. It was war that made her so angry. She didn't want her babies or anybody else's babies killed in wars.
--Kurt Vonnegut, veteran war baby, from Ch. 1 of The Children's Crusade, aka Slaughterhouse Five
Friday, September 4
Wednesday, August 26
I think Allen Klein was a bit of a louse to extort 100% of the publishing, but that was kind of his schtick.
Monday, June 15
Thursday, June 11
You civilians will never understand.
And I probably make it harder on myself than it needs to be,
But it just feels like if you are not really digging into that box until it hurts,
It's like telling Mingus, "Fuck you."
Tone is eighty per cent.
Groove is seventy per cent.
Note selection is like ten per cent.
Anyone can play the right note.
Play the wrong note and make it groove? That's
A fucking musician.
Wednesday, May 27
Monday, March 9
It is a popular feminist trope that men have daughters and then have their "Road to Damascus" moment where they are suddenly (sort of) feminists. And I get that it is shitty that someone wouldn't be a feminist before having a daughter -- I have never NOT considered myself a feminist, though I'm certainly not an activist, or probably doing close to enough. But I love strong women, support equal salaries, try to be a good partner to my wife, etc. I am not clueless about male privilege.
But I think it is a legitimate thing that men with daughters get exposed to sexist dynamics they might never have had to consider before, especially if (like me) they grew up without sisters. In a recent two-week span, I had a female colleague at work complain to me about one of her superiors telling her to smile more -- classic workplace sexist bullshit that you pretty much expect will happen at some point. I was sympathetic and supportive of my friend (who told the guy off, as an awesome-sauce gal would), but assumed this was just a symptom of a dying breed of horrible douche-baggery.
But then this weekend, we went to our local diner, which our daughter has gone to since she was an infant. But this time she was wearing a crown because she was pretending to be a queen all Saturday. Suddenly, the staff was treating her like a little princess, and even calling her that. And our incredibly sweet server, who we've known for over a decade, who has a college-age daughter of his own, who he is very proud of and has work with him one day a week or so, asks Mila to smile.
The penny dropped for me. No one asks little boys to smile. No one asks grown-ass men in a work environment to smile. It is an infantilizing behavior, and it starts when women are three and four years old. I had never seen this before. No one has ever asked me to smile. I would never ask a growed-ass woman to smile. And I saw that our server's intention was not patronizing in the way that my coworker's superior was. But it was equally thoughtless, and pigeonholing, and sexist. And it wasn't even something that I could respond to -- it wasn't a malicious kind of sexism, just the clueless sort. The sort our daughter is going to encounter and internalize throughout her entire life. And that sucks.
A woman's smile is not for you. Perhaps you just want to spread happiness wherever you go. One sure way not to do that is to implore women and young girls to smile.