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Time to Make Ratatouille

Eighty degree weather notwithstanding, I can’t shake the feeling that summer is soon to end and that a short fall will in no time at all be heralding in dark, cold winter. But as far as the farmers’ market is concerned, these fears are unfounded: fall might be around the corner, but there is still […]

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Bread Math

Many factors affect the way bread turns out: what kind of flour is used, if and how long the bread gets kneaded, the amount of salt, natural yeast versus canned yeast, the ambient conditions, etc. ┬áOf these, none is more influential than the ratio of water to flour. Bakers express this ratio as a baker’s […]

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Bread Calculator

A quick calculator for making up bread recipes.

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Spartan Sausage Bread

While watching my alma mater make it into the national championship I was enjoying a treat inspired by many a dinner in Case Hall: Spartan Sausage Bread. It is just regular sausage bread┬ábut prepared in a Michigan State cafeteria, or in this case, by a Michigan State fan and alumnus. I’d like to think my […]

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Pushing the Limits of Lazy Bread

Bread in three hours.

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Pasta Machine? More like cracker machine

Tom makes various crackers.

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Cook’s Illustrated #97: Ciabatta Update

An improvement on my technique for making Cook’s Illustrated’s Ciabatta without a stand mixer.

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Cook’s Illustrated #97: Ciabatta

An attempt at Cook’s Illustrated #97’s ciabatta recipe. Pretty good, but kind of a pain.

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The Cost of Homemade Bread

Sure, baking bread at home is awesome. But does it save money?

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BREAD DAY

Since I don’t have to work on the weekend I avoid that nagging pressure to interact with the other humans by baking bread. The rhythm of bread baking is such that it is both leisurely and consuming. The first thing I did in the morning was cover 10 grain hot cereal mix with boiling water […]

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