Nobody Told Me “Enchiladas” Really Means “Leftovers”

by A.J. Coltrane

There’s a first time for everything, and last night’s first time was Enchiladas — the homemade, non-nuked variety.

It’s not like they’re hard to make, but I don’t think I’ve ever had leftover chicken, leftover spicy tomato sauce, cheese that needed to be used, corn tortillas … all at the same time. […]

“00” Flour Pizza

by A.J. Coltrane

Another “00” flour pizza.

300 grams flour. ~62% hydration. 2% salt. A glug of olive oil. A splash of hard cider. Eight minutes in the mixer. Two days in the refrigerator.

Prior to baking:

Toppings: A whole bunch of lightly sauteed mushrooms, some lightly sauteed sweet onion, and roasted red pepper on a […]

Start Yer Engines

by A.J. Coltrane

Today was “prep the Earthboxes for summer planting” day. Translated, that means: “Remove anything leftover, mix in dolomite, saturate the soil, and cover with plastic.

It actually wound up being a little easier this year, since I’d already removed the fertilizer strips from all but one box. The carrots, radishes, cilantro, and […]

Slugs 1, Coltrane 0

by A.J. Coltrane

Little did I know…

In mid-December the winter vegetables were about as big as they were going to get. On March 11 I decided to start harvesting. The March 11 link shows the one harvest of mache before it bolted. The pak choi bolted too. I was surprised that they bolted that fast. […]

2015 Bracket Of Peril — The Results

by A.J. Coltrane

The Results!

Because I may have messed up in my admin Group duties, this year we have an official winner, and an unofficial winner.

The official winner is JD, with 1160 points, good for the 90.4th percentile.

The unofficial winner is Annie S., who had an entry that didn’t get entered into the […]

Peter Reinhart’s Double Celebration Challah

by A.J. Coltrane

From the Bread Baker’s Apprentice — Peter Reinhart’s Double Celebration Challah. The “Double Celebration” indicates a double-decker of braided dough — a smaller braid sits on a larger braid. I increased the recipe by 1.5x because we were feeding a crowd:

Ingredient Measure Baker’s % Bread Flour 27 oz 100 Sugar […]

Vegas, Day 4.

by A.J. Coltrane

Vegas, Day 4. Sunday. The last day of sports gambling before we fly out on Monday.

By Sunday morning I should be done placing bets. What that means is that I don’t have to focus on the games as intently, since I’ve already invested what I’m going to invest. It’s a good day […]

Vegas, Day 3.

by A.J. Coltrane

Day 3 was Saturday. For the afternoon, a member of our group decided to rent a cabana upstairs by the pool. No kids allowed anywhere near us. We had our own TV in the cabana and an iced bucket of beers. The party drifted in and out, with some of us taking advantage […]