It’s not every day that I’m watching a random mock biography about a faux-German with a hit French pop song, and all of a sudden Stephanie shoots across the screen on a scooter. For reals. The best part is, Stephanie…
We opened our first jar of jam for breakfast this morning, and made butter with some leftover cream we had in the fridge.
Last weekend, after picking strawberries as part of Farm Fresh to You’s spring farm tour, we headed further up CA-16 to Cache Creek Canyon Regional Park, at the north end of Capay Valley. Thanks to info gleaned from Yolohiker.org, we…
During our last cheese school class, Alpine Cheese and Alsace Wine, Wil Edwards, one of the instructors, talked about having worked at Harley Farms for a number of years, a goat dairy located an hour south of San Francisco. He…
Tonight I stumbled upon this amazing butter at Real Foods on Polk Street. I can’t wait to try it. The fine-print reads: This butter, with fragrant and delicate flavor, is produced with pasteurized creams from the milk collected from Parma…
There are seven quarts of raw milk on my kitchen table, courtesy of Claravale Farm in Paicines, CA (via Whole Foods).
I saw these goose eggs at the Harley Farms Cheese Shop last weekend, and I just couldn’t pass them up. We got a half dozen for $20. Apparently geese lay an egg every three days, and only for a few…
I tend not to take pictures of food unless there’s a story or something remarkable about the dish, but if the light is right… This is the Bagara Baingan curry (thus, “not a dosa“) from Dosa on Valencia, which specializes…
I could take my request stats for all time, sum them up by URL, and show you a list of my top ten requested posts ever. But that tends to skew towards the one-hit wonders, the posts that got traction…
Both ready for waxing and several months of aging. Stephanie made the Gouda with unhomogenized whole milk, using our new, cylindrical cheese mold. After pressing, it soaked in a brine for a day, and then for the last three weeks…
Made for a work potluck last weekend using this recipe.
Yesterday I had a day I’d been dreaming about for awhile. It was warm out. We were up early. We walked down to the farmers market. I made a point of really taking my time. We got heirloom tomatoes, basil,…
Stephanie and Justin riding the cable car over Nob Hill
PENTAX K-7 $1300 (available sometime in July) PENTAX DA 15mm F4 ED AL Limited $600 PENTAX DA 35mm F2.8 Macro Limited $530 To preorder or not to preorder, that is the question.
I walk to work everyday, which means my Vespa ends up seeing very little action during the week. But when I get to Spear St, I’m enticed by a block-long row of parked motorcycles and scooters, of all shapes and…
I just subscribed to a magazine. An actual, printed-on-paper, sent-through-the-mail, quarterly magazine. Stephanie picked up the Spring 2009 issue of Culture and it looked so good, I also ordered a back-issue of their inaugural Winter 2008 issue. Doesn’t that look…
We picked up some fresh basil from the Farmers Market almost two weeks ago, stuck it in a glass of water, and it grew roots!
Last weekend Stephanie and I drove down to Bakersfield to go whitewater rafting on the Kern River. We’d discovered the Kern coming home from Death Valley last year and made a point of going back to go rafting—which neither of…
At WordCamp San Francisco today I learned that WordPress celebrated its 6th anniversary this week. That and my badge, which proudly stated that I had spent “5 years with WordPress”, made me think back on my early history with WP.…
Just used the UTF-8 Database Converter to upgrade my WordPress database’s character-set from latin1 to utf8. A number of people have reported data truncation problems (which may be due more to an issue with MySQL than the plugin itself) so YMMV. I made sure to test it on a backup copy of my database to ensure that that wasn’t a problem. #
Check out this recursive google fun #
Blog post title of the day: When the Engineer Gardens #
An Office in the woods (not sure how practical, but it sure is purty) #
A different sort of “Cable Car” #
It’s a shame that our country allowed such atrocities to occur, even in the face of a vocal and vehement opposition. No style of government is immune to the bad judgment of individual actors or popular opinion, but I am proud to be part of a country that investigates those wrongs and seeks to put them right. #
Trailer for the blog that became a book that became a movie: Julie & Julia #
This just cracks me up: Intel Rockstar (bummer, cause that’s not actually Ajay Bhatt) #
Amazing video for RJD2’s “Work It Out” featuring dance/performance art by Bill Shannon on crutches #
To say this is “trippy” would be an understatement: Fluid Sculpture by Charlie Bucket #
Peter Atwood’s next knife/multi-tool is pretty cool: Fixer #
Neologism of the day: BabyBuntu #
Hey Andy, what do I need to do to find out about this kind of awesome in advance: BBQ & Bourbon #
Did you know that the shape of a stick of butter is dependent on which side of the Rocky Mountains you live on?
The dominant shape east of the Rocky Mountains is the Elgin, or Eastern-pack shape. The sticks are 4¾ inches long and 1¼ inches wide, and are usually sold in somewhat cubical boxes stacked two by two.
West of the Rocky Mountains, butter printers standardized on a different shape that is now referred to as the Western-pack shape. These butter sticks are 3¼ inches long and 1½ inches wide and are typically sold packed side-by-side in a rectangular container.
This is brilliant: thumbnail calendar (I wonder how regular nail growth is?) #
Homogenized whole milk in Canada is called homo milk. No joke. I am dead serious. #
I have to say I respect John Battelle immensely. For knowing what he does well and for being completely honest about what he doesn’t. The Start of Something, Again #
Photo of the day: Atlantis Solar Transit (more here) #
The second iteration of the New Firefox Icon for the upcoming 3.5 release looks pretty hot #
Did you know there’s a neighborhood in NYC called DUMBO? #
Who new such a thing existed? Himalayan Salt Plates for serving, cooking, seasoning #
For my turophiles: I Was a Murray’s Cheese Cave Intern! (also see: part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6, part 7) #
Love this: Oven radiator (we use ours for drying gloves) #
The first full, non-teaser photos of the upcoming Pentax K-7 #
The International Museum of Women presents Kiva co-founder Jessica Jackley as part of their “Extraordinary Voices, Extraordinary Change” speaker series on May 27 #
I want to ride a Google Maps Trike #
Not sure how I missed this article: 10 iconic California cheeses #
Washington State University makes its own cheese in a can called Cougar Gold (watch it being made) #
Don’t mess with Steph: French-off at the farmer’s market #
Given how much The Online Photographer talks about him, I should probably try to catch Looking In: Robert Frank’s “The Americans” at the SFMOMA #
Gotta love this: Pentax K-7 size comparison #
Really enjoyed skimming through Tiny Art Director just now #
Check this out: A Low Impact Woodland House #
If I only had a smoker, I too could make homemade bacon #
This looks pretty awesome: Robert Downey Jr. as Sherlock Holmes #
Got to check out the blogs linked to from this article: The latest travel trend? Becoming a nomad
off the grid and on the map: Tales of Steve and Jill is probably the best #
I’m embarrassed to say it, but I totally got sucked into Rocketboom’s Know Your Meme archive tonight #
Slow-mo car crash, literally #
Side by side posts on Boing Boing kind of make you go “Hmm…” Netherlands runs out of criminals, has to shut prisons and Manga collector faces 15 years in jail because some of his comics included sexual images of children #
I’ve run across two posts in as many days about working with your hands: Soulcraft: The Real Reason We Love To Cook and Shop Class as Soulcraft both triggered by an excerpt in the New York Times from the forthcoming book by Matthew B. Crawford, Shop Class as Soulcraft (maybe I should read this book) #
Excited to see The Thermals at Bottom of the Hill tomorrow night, after an insanely full day of WordCamp! Also glad I got tickets a month ago, as both are sold out. Hard to believe it’s been 2 years since I saw them for the first time. #
I don’t do many step by step “how to cook X” posts, but I think the photos in my Meyer lemonade post came out quite nicely #
You stay classy, California: Nearly all Bay Area state parks would close #
So you want to learn about photography? The Leica as Teacher, Why It Has To Be a Leica, Variations on a Theme (probably the most interesting series of posts that unfolded in my little corner of the blogosphere this week) #
Annoying is: “mainstream” media stealing your Creative Commons licensed content and using it without attribution, even when you have a clearly articulated Attribution Policy.
Exhibit A: CBC’s now defunct Search Engine podcast used a tshirt design of mine to illustrate this episode: Russia’s Citizen Propagandists. Image source: In Soviet Russia, blog hacks you!
Exhibit B: The Barnesville Herald-Gazette used a picture of some NC BBQ I took (and ate) to illustrate an article: How to make North Carolina BBQ. Image source: The obligatory plate of North Carolina barbecue
Two cool, unrelated videos: Sorry I’m Late and 1 + 1 = 3 #
Just ordered a limited-edition, three-year-aged, Vintage White Extra Sharp Cheddar, in celebration of Tillamook’s 100th anniversary #