The 2012 Baseball Hall of Fame Ballot

By Blaidd Drwg

The 2012 HOF ballot has been released. Here is the list of player for your review:

Jeff Bagwell Jeromy Burnitz Vinny Castilla Juan Gonzalez Brian Jordan Barry Larkin Javy Lopez Edgar Martinez Don Mattingly Fred McGriff Mark McGwire Jack Morris Bill Mueller Terry Mulholland Dale Murphy Phil Nevin Rafael Palmeiro Brad Radke […]

The BCS Needs To Go

By Blaidd Drwg

The process is entirely to skewed to hand out bids to the “power” conferences and really goes out of its way to prevent deserving teams from getting into the big bowls in favor of lesser teams from the big conferences. There are 10 spots in BCS bowls – numbers 1 and 2 […]

Average Would Be Nice

by A.J. Coltrane

Offense Defense Mariners (runs) 30th of 30 15th of 30 Seahawks (points) 26th of 32 15th of 32 Seahawks (yards) 28th of 32 11th of 32 Seahawks (rushing) 27th 8th Seahawks (passing) 25th 15th

(Stats current as of November 26 pm.)

The first Seattle team to “win” will be the team that […]

Alton Brown’s Frittata, Sorta

by A.J. Coltrane

Saturday morning frittata very loosely based on Alton Brown’s recipe.

4 eggs

1 red pepper, diced

1/4 lb breakfast sausage, broken up

About 1/4 cup each grated cheddar and parmesan.


Cover and heat sausage & red pepper over medium-low heat until cooked. Beat eggs with cheese, salt & black pepper. (It won’t take […]

Jamie Oliver’s English Onion Soup

by A.J. Coltrane

Jamie Oliver’s English Onion Soup, mostly. Using chicken stock and the bread from the “7 Hour Rustic Bread” post to finish. The bread went under the broiler, which seemed to work well enough:

I didn’t really follow his recipe though:  1/2 red onion, thinly sliced. 1/2 large leek, thinly sliced, salt, pepper, and […]

7 Hour Rustic Bread


by A.J. Coltrane

This is another attempt at a “same day rustic bread”. The last batch didn’t get mixed adequately. The recipe is the same as the last time, with some modifications — this recipe uses 1-1/4 tsp salt to 3c flour. (The salt was increased to .42 tsp per cup from .375 per cup.) This was […]

A Rustic “Long Rise” Bread

Out of the oven -- not very brown on the outside.

by A.J. Coltrane

This bread came about as an attempt at a rustic bread that’s “longer- rise- without- having- to- wait- overnight”. It’s rooted in the Lahey-Bittman No Knead Bread, as well as Peter Reinhart’s Pain a l’Ancienne in his book The Bread Baker’s Apprentice.

Both the Lahey and Reinhart breads call for an overnight rise — […]

Easy Cracker Recipe

The completed crackers. More rosemary would have been a good thing.

by A.J. Coltrane

The recipe below is from this allrecipes post. I’ve added a few modifications and suggest some other options.

1 3/4 cups whole wheat flour

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

3/4 teaspoon salt

1/3 cup vegetable oil [I used canola this time]

1 cup water

salt for sprinkling

[I added some minced rosemary […]

Recommended Game: Mr. Jack

by A.J. Coltrane

Title:  Mr. Jack  – Pocket Version

Game Type:  Deduction/ Bluffing strategy game.

Number of Players:  2

Complexity of Rules:  Low

Time to Play:  15-20 minutes

The Concept:  One player plays as Mr. Jack. The other plays as the Inspectors — Holmes, Watson, and Puggsly the Dog. The “board” is a 3×3 grid of tiles. […]

Bittman — Lahey No Knead Bread: The Third Time’s A Charm?

The 3rd loaf.

by A.J. Coltrane

The first time I tried No Knead Bread I used quite a bit of extra flour on the work surfaces. I was happy with the taste, but less so with the appearance. (Really, I was completely happy with it the first time, almost giddy really, but there’s always room for improvement.) The […]