Archive for April 28, 2016

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Blueberry Scones and a Vacation

We’ve been gone. For the last week and a half, we’ve been sipping tea (and Guiness), eating soda bread (and scones) in Ireland. Our first vacation in far too many years. After traipsing through a rainy Dublin for two days we headed west, to County Clare, where we stayed four days in a cottage on a hill. It was an incredible and cathartic nine days, a little respite from the grind of daily life here at home. Though, of course, we were also happy to return to normalcy in Virginia. But, as the dust settles on our luggage and passports–I can’t help but long for the green hills. Discovery: irish...

Chicken Bone Broth and a Reset

  Sometimes the day is too much. And something about the passing of a minute grates on your soul. You lay awake nights. Something, somehow, doesn’t quite align. Like the pieces of a puzzle that make up your life simply won’t fit together. And in each one of those days you feel not quite like yourself. But at that same time questioning more deeply what exactly that would mean. At these moments when you feel like an outsider, a tourist in your own life. It’s time for a reset. A realignment, a change of perspective. During these times I tend to shift inward. I move away from small talk and outings, loud noises and...

Basic Sourdough Bread

Here it is. The product of much study. Bread from the sourdough starter, with which, successful results took me a journey of much failure to produce. I can happily say that today I produce consistently good loaves with my sourdough starter and the method below, though it did take some trial and error. This recipe (and method) originates from Chad Robertson’s Tartine Bread book. The original recipe was printed in the New York Times, though, I’d say, as with any recipe, that the secrets lie between the recipe lines. This is my take, commentary, and experience on the country loaf: I will say, that for any serious baker, a scale...