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Nearing the end of yet another semester …

Wednesday, April 18, 2007


Well, the semester is almost over and, aside from next week, I am getting ready for another round of practicals. Yay. I have no idea what we will be required to do, but I have made some not-too-subtle-hints that only one item to present would be super nice of our teacher, and much appreciated among […]

Midterm Practicals and Things that Make me go “F*CK OFF!!!”

Thursday, March 22, 2007


Well, midterm practicals are over.  I did pretty well, I guess.  The kid in me loves the fact that it is over and I did ok, the perfectionist in me hates that I lost 5 points for salt.  SALT!!  Anyway, salt aside, it was good, and 145 out of 150 is noting to sneeze at.  […]

Bread, bread and more bread …

Wednesday, March 7, 2007


It is hard to write unique and witty commentary about school this semester because each week it is pretty much the same thing.  Night 1 – Mix pre-ferments, make quick bread, prepare ingredients for next night final dough, clean up and go home. Night 2 – Mix final dough, ferment, mix and bake quick bread, […]

Getting Things Done!!

Wednesday, February 7, 2007


Well!!  I will start with my good news to share this week this week! We got all the bread from Monday and Tuesday baked this week!!!   We also got out closer to our end time as well, so all things considered things were good!  One of the people in my group has gone missing and […]

Slacking off, Starters and School Stories

Wednesday, January 31, 2007


Well, I said I would take pictures of the pizza I made, but I didn't.  To be honest with you, I was so ready to eat when it was done I did not even give the camera one thought.  It was very tasty (like the last time) and it looked lovely.  You will have to […]

More Pizza, Sourdough Starter Update, and Weekend Baking

Thursday, January 25, 2007

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I will be making more pizza this weekend.  The first batch was so good, and my brother is coming over, I can't help myself.  I must make it again!  I think I will start the biga tonight, make the dough tomorrow night and stash it in the fridge for a good long ferment.  Slow ferment […]

Breads & Rolls – 1st full week

Wednesday, January 24, 2007


Lord am I tired.  Monday and Tuesday our class ran long by about 30 minutes.  This does not sound so bad until you consider class is from 7pm to 9:50pm and my drive home is 20 minutes.  I am a little exhausted. Night 1 –  We started with our 'sour' sponge for baguettes.  I say 'sour' because we […]

A Weekend Spent Baking

Monday, January 22, 2007


I tend to dive head first into projects that are of interest to me.  At the moment, and it should come as no surprise to anyone, my obsession is bread. Now, we are not talking about the homogeneous loafs of bland white sandwich bread that line the shelves at the super-mega mart.  What we are talking […]

More About Bread

Friday, January 19, 2007


Well, the pizza crust recipe from my text book ROCKED!!  Crispy and crunchy on the outside with a soft chewy inside with an irregular cell structure.  Perfect texture on the bottom of the crust too … crisp yet chewy.  This is my new pizza crust recipe.  Having to start the day before is well worth it!  […]

Pizza Dough

Thursday, January 18, 2007


I am making pizza for dinner, and I started the dough yesterday. The crust starts with a biga that was allowed to ferment overnight in a cold oven.  (As it has been in the 30's here the last few days, the oven is warmer than the counter, and I know how cold inhibits yeast production)  This […]

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