improvised almost a gallon of apricot/pluot “umeshu”
infused a bottle of Hendrick’s gin with cucumber and persimmon
devised the Tomcat Collins with the aforementioned gin (recipe posted soon)
hosted the “Squash Blossom” dinner party with the lovely TSB (we may not be together any more, but we still throw one hell of a dinner party), where I served the aforementioned cocktail the following hors d’oeuvres
deep-fried two kinds of cheese-stuffed squash blossoms (chevre and mascarpone) with 4 dipping sauces (southwestern salsa, spicy tomoato, lemony aioli and a green onion sour cream).
I forgot about an old project I played with in grad school. I dug up old images from a repository of ephemera on the Library of Congress website, and repurposed them into whimsical little things with no relevance to their original intentions. This photograph of a munitions storage area from the Civil War seemed dreary, so I livened it up a little.
This isn’t about ideals; it’s about abbreviations. I kind of hate myself for the title grammar, but I’d rather be awkward than wrong. Wait, I’m not sure that’s true.
Anyway, I’m at a nerd conference and at this and other moments when I’ve worn my URL on a name tag, people ask me what Nermo means and I create an elaborate, absurd fiction.
The truth of the matter is that I found it by searching expiring web address registrations with 5 characters excluding numbers and dashes. Let’s face it, all the real 5-letter words are taken, so I was happy to find something that looks like it could be a word.
I’m calling you all to suggest a good meaning for Nermo as an acronym. Maybe the letters N-E-R-M-O can acquire meaning actually relevant to the site.
TSB and I are renting a gorgeous house in wine country with two other couples this weekend, with the intent of getting out of the city, spending Saturday tasting wine and spending a few days just having fun. The girls snatched up menu responsibilities for Friday and Saturday dinners before I had a chance to interject, but I love to cook for a crowd and I don’t suffer from hangovers, so I’m taking on post wine-tasting Sunday brunch.
I’ll be serving duck hash with poached eggs, a perennial winner, which can be prepped ahead and quickly sauteed in the morning. In the news lately, science supports bacon’s hangover healing powers, but I’ve already covered savory/crispy, so I’m making a braised pork belly, which I butchered myself in class over the weekend. I still have a ton of marmalade, so I think I will feature it by offering crepes, toast and yogurt with kumquat marmalade along withmimosas and spicy bloody marys.
I made sausage, egg and cheese sliders on homemade biscuits with TSB this sunday. Those towers were almost too tall to eat. I had her sample my marmalade with vanilla yogurt and got the nod of approval.
I’ve been distracted of late (spring is always so busy for my “real jobs” and so my passion projects tend to get the red-headed stepchild treatment), so I haven’t done much in the realm of designing furniture, but this morning I had an image in my head that I need to get on paper.
Actually, paper was the tough part, so I ended up using 3-D modeling software to “sketch” the dresser I was picturing. It’s a chest of drawers that swing on a pivot rather than sliding out, and the outside of the dresser is a rhombus, rather than right angles, but the inside spaces of the drawers are regular rectangles. Take a look at the pictures to get the gist. I realize I need to do a little structural work, but this is just a concept. Thoughts?
I’ll recap BaconCamp soon, but for now, I need to follow up on the silkscreening.
I had a blast, printing about 20 BaconCamp t-shirts and then, upon refilling my ink bottle, the screens locked up and wouldn’t print. I had to send away another 20+ unsatisfied baconistas, promising to print more in the coming weeks.
If you want to order one, they will be $10-12 and all proceeds will still go to the American Heart Association. Once I am done giving midterms today, I’ll figure out how to make this happen. In the meantime, just email me and I will reply to everyone with ordering details once I have them.Click here to order.
I also want to credit Pete Hottelet for the fantastic Bacon Camp logo that we printed on one side of the shirts.