Monthly Archives: September 2010

On Children and Animals

If you ever doubt that humans have an inborn sense of compassion, watch a toddler with an animal.  Little kids are inherently curious about animals and I argue that any fear of critters comes from adults and those around them. 

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Dressing Up

I have many, let’s call them, “eccentricities”.  One is that I like to dress up.  As Fernando Lamas says, “It is better to look good than to feel good,” and I take that a step further.  When you look good

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Monday Miscellany

My ciabatta is off, and no, that’s not a medical euphemism.  I realize my recipe for no-knead undead ciabatta on the bread page was coming out too dry.  Think, Uncle F$#k-Up!  The hydration is supposed to be 100%.  This means

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Hurt Feelings

Last night Toddler Harbat had a tough time getting to sleep.  I read her stories, then we snuggled until she was just about asleep. “Send Mama in.” This is a standard ploy, even if Mama has already spent half an

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Wheat Bread Revelation

Sometimes it just hits you.  And by ‘it’ I mean that brick a mason just nudged off a ledge with his boot forty feet above you.  Other times, inspiration hits you.  For me, inspiration comes from applying things I already

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How to Destroy Your Bathroom, Pt. 4

Sometimes I don’t know when to call it quits. Saturday I went for an epic trail run—scaling massive hills, technical climbs and descents, the works.  I should’ve been out of commission for the rest of the day, but sitting in

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I am Old

There are times in your life when you look up from your work and think, “Something’s changed.”  This week my wife and I celebrated our eighth wedding anniversary.  Earlier this month I ran into someone I want to undergrad with

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Banneton

I know, you’re thinking of that weird European store with the asexual models, but I’m talking about bread proofing baskets. These have been on my wish list for a long time but have always been something of a luxury. Sure,

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Pizza, Done Right

Here’s the first pizza I ever made, from stem to stern, crust to toppings, all handmade: I still think about the taste:  peppery olive oil, fragrant thyme, and the pleasing bite of a partially charred onion.  What made it so

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Product Design

I imagine a conversation like this: “Sven, we need a grease spatter guard design by the end of the week.” “Ja sure.  What is a grease spatter guard?” “You know, you’re frying kippers and you don’t want the oil to

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