GNOIF’s Outrageous Slings And Arrows


GNOIF #31 recap — GNOIF’s Outrageous Slings And Arrows  (Medieval themed games. The title also hints at Cupid’s arrows around V-Day and also to Hamlet — possibly Shakespeare’s most famous soliloquy.)

Games That Got Played:  Five Minute Dungeon, Imperial Harvest, Sheriff of Nottingham

Games That Didn’t Get Played:  Avalon, Carcassonne, Castle Panic, Citadels, Guillotine, King […]

The 2018 Seed List, And New Containers


The seeds have arrived. The list from Territorial Seed:

Qty Item # Product Description Price 1 FL2438/S Bee Feed Flower Mix – Bee Feed Flower Mix 3.05 1 FL2432/S Beneficial Bug Flower Mix – Beneficial Bug Mix 3.05 1 FL2428/S Bohemian Rhapsody Flower Mix – Bohemian Rhapsody 2.95 1 HR1130/P Confetti Coriander/Cilantro – Confetti […]

A No-Knead With Barley Flour


On the left is a No-Knead Bread that substitutes 25% barley flour for the bread flour. The bread on the right is the normal recipe:

The barley flour bread was baked in a smaller container, which accounts for some of the difference. Overall though, the barley dough didn’t rise nearly as much as […]

The Pizza Bible, And Honey BBQ Chicken Pizza


I recently received a copy of The Pizza Bible by Tony Gemignani. (Subtitled:  The World’s Favorite Pizza Styles, from Neapolitan, Deep-Dish, Wood-Fired, Sicilian, Calzones and Focaccia to New York, New Haven, Detroit, and more). I requested it as a gift. I’ve been reading and listening to a lot of YouTube videos focused on breads […]

Spelt Flour In A No-Knead, And A Helpful Handling Idea


I recently decided to start experimenting with flours other than “regular” wheat flour, so I purchased some Spelt flour, Rye flour, and Barley flour.

First up:  Spelt flour.

Pictured is the No-Knead recipe, substituting out 30% of the Bread flour and using Spelt instead.

Notes On “2017 No Knead Tweaks”: 

When I started making No […]

Three Flatbreads, And Thoughts About Modernist Bread


Last week I listened to Francisco Migoya:  “Insights From ‘Modernist Bread’ – New Discoveries In The World Of Bread Science.” (On YouTube. I didn’t go to Johnson & Wales to hear him speak.) The video is at the bottom of this post. It’s an hour, but there is some interesting stuff.

Modernist Bread is a bigger set […]

Baguettes, And Another Bread Thing I’ve Been Thinking About


I think I’m learning more baking baguettes than I am most other things right now, and I think that’s because they’re encouraging me to look holistically at how I’m approaching bread baking —  I feel like I can make a focaccia or a No Knead and they’re relatively forgiving. Baguettes require more attention to… everything […]

EarthBox 2017 Recap — The Tomatoes and Tomatillos


The final 2017 garden recap post — The Tomatoes and Tomatillos.

The two “Verde” tomatillo plants had a pretty typical year — 14.6 pounds. Normal output is 15-20 pounds. I think it my have actually been too hot on the patio at times and it may have stressed out the tomatillos somewhat. It felt […]

EarthBox 2017 Recap — The Cucumbers And Zucchini


The Marketmore 64 cucumbers had a good year. I think that’s partly because we harvested them more aggressively, and the plants responded by making more, better fruit. (One box, 4 plants. 38.5 pounds of good-looking cucumbers. We elected not to count the weird stuff that grows after the plants are all but done for […]

EarthBox 2017 Recap — The Peppers And Melons


A recap of the 2017 peppers and melons.

The almost complete list of what we grew this year is here. (Missing from the post is one “Bell” pepper and one “Lilac” pepper). The “grand” total was 238.6 pounds, which is around our average. That total weight doesn’t include anything except for what was grown […]