Woodworking
Olivia’s Bed – Delivery Day

Today, we delivered and set up Olivia’s bed and dresser.  There was some final assembly work and alignment of the drawers in the pedestal.  She was also taken with the idea of the cubby spaces underneath being the “lower bunks” for her stuffed critters. The new pulls match on the dresser and the bed drawers. […]

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Woodworking
Finishing Olivia’s Bed and Dresser

This finishing schedule is my go-to when I need robust color. I learned the basic technique a number of years ago in a class that was put on by the Wisconsin Woodworker’s Guild featuring Jeff Jewitt. Jeff also runs Homestead Finishing. I wanted the bed and dresser to look like they belonged together, however the […]

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Baking
Spent grain sourdough

I have been experimenting more with sourdough breads and have made a few more variants of the spent grain sourdough.  I think this is a bit simpler.  I have been baking every week or every other so the 2 step starter feeding is not necessary. When choosing your grains for the sourdough, consider that the […]

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Meats
Sous vide Pork Chops

Start with thick cut pork chops about 1.25 -1.5″ thick. Season liberally with Penzey’s Jerk spice blend and vacuum bag. Optionally add 1-2tsp honey per chop if you are grilling at normal height. Cook at 140F for 4 hours. Grill over a very hot fire or on the coals for 2-3 min per side to […]

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Meats
Sous vide Pork Loin

As you can see from my other  recipes, pork loins are a family favorite. They can be a bit touchy to get done evenly without becoming tough. So this made it a candidate for a sous vide cooking experiment.  After some research I decided on an overnight brine and Prepare the brine 1/2 c brown […]

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Meats
Schweinshaxe – crisp pork shanks

On many of our trips to Baraboo, WI to visit my Mom, we will stop at the Meat Market by the fairgrounds (It was Mueller’s way back when I was a kid). While waiting for a rib roast to be cut, which I will later cut into thick rib-eye steaks for sous vide cooking,  I […]

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