Sunday, March 27, 2011


I bought this book over a month ago.  It was supposed to inspire Brent because he had previously expressed interest in this area.  Well, after it sat around for a couple of weeks, I decided to take a crack at it.

My first loaf was cooked in the Dutch oven inside the regular oven.  It was a garlic rosemary round loaf (also called boule), and I severely overcooked it.  The inside, however, did have that yummy, unique taste and texture that you pay $6.00 for at the farmer's market.

The tricks to these breads include the following:
1.  These are no-knead doughs, meaning you just mix the ingredients by hand and let the dough sit overnight.  The glutens form and the yeast works during this prolonged waiting period, thus eliminating the need to proof the yeast and knead the dough.
2. Some of the breads are cooked in a Dutch oven inside the regular oven.
3. Some of the breads are cooked on a baking stone and utilize steam in the oven by pouring water in a hot pan on the bottom rack.

We've tried lots and lots of various breads since that 1st attempt.  Almost all have been delicious.  Only a few have been photographed.

Rosemary Focaccia - everyone's favorite
Also, the fattiest with tons of olive oil
Garlic Boule in the Dutch oven 
Rosemary Garlic Boule
Kalamata Olive Loaf                      

Three Cheese

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Evil Goatheads

Today, I had to deliver some cards in a nearby neighborhood.  It was lovely outside.  There is construction happening in the nearby neighborhood, so delivery by bicycle seemed the perfect idea.  I couldn't find one of the addresses.  Each time I thought I was close, I had to wrap around a block to get to the other side.  I ended up traversing across an old field that used to be a drive-in movie theater.  As soon as I reached the sidewalk, I saw trouble.  Goatheads.  Covering both tires.

Goatheads are evil.  At least rose thorns are accompanied by a flower that is not only beautiful, but also smells wonderful.  Even a cactus is a pretty plant.  What do goathead weeds have to offer?

The bad news:
1) I never did find the house.
2) I have to buy two new tubes.
3) I ended up walking home with this.

The good news:
1) It was a short walk.
2) It was perfect weather.
3) I know a guy who can fix this.  I'm pretty sure he'll give me a discount.

Sunday, March 6, 2011


The other day, Oli and I were walking through the grocery store parking lot.  A little girl, maybe about 4 years old, was lounging in the very bottom of her shopping cart.  She yelled out in a sing-song voice, "Look Mom.  Those two have matching hair."  I laughed.  I said to Oli, "One of us really should get our hair cut."  Guess who has the hair appointment tomorrow?


Two boys and I