Lispian Random meanderings on whatever catches my fancy

Food & Drink
Gourmet vs. Gourmand

Getting to middle age was probably a big deal back a few hundred years ago, but today it’s just a pain, literally. This week I got to enjoy more middle-aged pain courtesy of diverticulitis and doctor ordered rest and a clear liquids-only diet. That meant I had lots of time to sit around and watch […]

Baking Bonanza
Baking Bonanza

I was under the weather much of the period before Christmas, during Christmas and after Christmas. To add to my joy I seem to have come down with the flu, ruining the start of January and my return to the office where I get to do some wickedly cool work on data analytics. In all, […]

Dave’s Killer Bread
Dave's Killer Bread

As any regular reader will know by now, I love to bake. I’m not a big fan of cakes — or as Chef Faure said during a pastry course, “Gateaus. I’m sick of gateaus” :-). I prefer puff pastries, croissants, tarts, mille feuilles, breads, etc. They’re just so much more interesting to make — and […]

Pekazza’s! My latest culinary invention/adventure
Pekazza's! My latest culinary invention/adventure

I’m not sure if this happens to other folks but every-so-often I just get tired of eating the usual stuff we make. It’s not like there’s a small repertoire cooking-wise, but sometimes I just grow tired of what we have and we tend to opt for take out when we get into that situation. But […]

Useless Warranties
Useless Warranties

My KitchenAid lift stand mixer died a few weeks ago. Since it was out of warranty I figured I’d check online to see what the most likely problem was. The most common problem was a stripped gear, which I personally found to be rather an odd occurrence for a mixer that is supposed to be […]

Chipotle Sauce

I make this sauce all the time. And I get asked for the recipe quite a bit. It’s a variation on one I saw at America’s Test Kitchen. I prefer this one. You can use it as a marinade or as a sauce. I’ve used it when making an omelet. Simply put some on the […]

Boulangerie II
Boulangerie II

  This has been a long time coming. I had hoped to get this up a few short days after taking the course at Le Cordon Bleu but work and life got in the way and before I knew it months had passed. They say better late than never. The course was offered the week […]

Red Fife and Loaves

My wife has had a persistent skin condition that no amount of attention by dermatologists seems to have helped. After reading Wheat Belly I wondered if the problem wasn’t modern wheat. In way of experimentation, and because our family loves bread so much, I decided to try to create a loaf with a heritage variety […]

Baking Adventures: Lemon Tart Cheesecake

Everyone has their own way of relaxing. Some fish, some golf, some play hockey and I, well, I bake. Recently I baked a cheesecake for friends. It seems to have gone over well. They want the recipe. I figure someone else might be interested in it as well, so here it is. It’s actually a […]

Pepsi Throwback
Pepsi Throwback

Here’s something I hope stays for good, Pepsi Throwback. When I saw it at the local Metro the other day I was stupid happy. And though some folks — unrepentant health nuts, mostly — will bitch about Pepsi simply attempting to lure more people into drinking soft drinks, I enjoy Pepsi for oddly medicinal reasons: […]

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