[121/365] fiend

I lied. I bought a new knife, and it wasn’t crafted by the descendant of a samurai sword maker. Well, not that I know of, at least. Still, this Shun 8″ chef’s knife was handmade in Japan, which is an improvement over most of my blades.

I should also come clean on something that we all know by now: I’m a terrible blogger. I have made brisket not one but two times, and I slow cooked lamb on another occasion. These are major accomplishments for me, as I tend toward vegetarian food at home. I took pictures… hopefully I can will myself to post them. Ha. Right now it’s just too nice out to think about the internet.

I hope Spring has arrived wherever you are, or something equally lovely.


Maiden Voyage

cape gooseberries
paper lantern
[088/365] the other white meat (it's so hard to say goodbye)
my electrical hazard sunbeam has officially been retired, as much as it treated me well, and my mother before me. i have a new beefcake blender-beau.

I finally took my new blender for a spin last week. I made a whatever’s-in-the-fridge smoothie, and it was delicious. I’m not sure of actual measurements, but the approximations below should yield a pretty good snack or breakfast.
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Blade Problem


I finally hung my second magnetic knife block the other night.

I really love knives. I love the way they slice and chop, I love the way they look, and I love the way they feel to hold. Looking at all (well, many) of my knives lined up in two rows, however, reminds me that my collection is borne more of a compulsion to acquire than careful selection.
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Pen Tests


Pardon the long gap between posts. I don’t think I mentioned this before, but I’m moving. To New York. In a few weeks.

Lots has to happen before 11/23, and between finishing up projects at my current job, packing, trying to see all my friends before I leave, and squeezing in a week at my mom’s in NM, I’m really not going to have a lot of free time prior to the move.

In the interim, behold the espresso cups I just bought, that I have been wanting since they came out in 2004. I spent more than I care to admit on them, but they conjure memories of going to an art supply store with my Pop as a kid, and I’ve been in love since the moment I saw them.

Are there any dishes or implements that you had to have because they remind you of someone? I’d be interested to hear about said items.