my half of last night's dinner was an experiment: grits with miso butter stirred in. i call it a success! it went really well with jj's spicy pork

a thing that you should never, ever do is take a loaf of greenlee's schedule-1 cinnamon bread, soak each slice in a mixture of egg, ice cream, and rum, and fry it up like french toast

ok @jjwolverine just replicated *perfectly* this appetizer of fig jam & goat cheese on toast from my favorite wine bar (sadly off limits since march)

but he made the fig jam himself from figs in our yard!

i tried to make marshmallow treats out of honey bunches of oats with almonds. it did not work

however it tasted like an amazing oat brittle

if you haven't seen alton brown make rice krispies treats during the pandemic, it's truly amazing and worth watching:

last night's cooking project: i made slider buns and @jjwolverine made tiny turkey burgers and cole slaw

in the south, cole slaw is uniformly white, with _maybe_ a bit of orange carrot peeking out... so this was weird (and tasty!) to see cole slaw with a bunch of new colors

turns out each slider bun is about 1oz of flour. i made 9 from 8oz (1/2 pound) but the corner ones were a bit sad -- it's hard to make dough stay in a square!

it’s so shockingly easy to make lemon frosting

nothing good can come of this


my current cocktail is "the second wave":

- 1/2 shot homemade blackberry syrup
- 1/2 shot fresh lemon juice
- 2 shots bourbon

alcohol kills germs.

biscuits looking a bit sad? let me ask you: do you have some macerated strawberries? then I have some good news

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ok excuse me EXCUSE ME what the fuck is going on here

are we making cotton candy?

4 egg whites aren't even 1 cup, how the hell is this anything but "sugar with some eggs floating in"

(... my usual meringue recipe is 4 egg whites and 1/6 cup sugar and i like it fine... is this because i don't drink mountain dew?)

basic biscuits:

- 2 cups flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, frozen and grated
- 1 cup cold buttermilk (or: 1 cup milk with 1 tbsp lemon juice stirred in)

1. use center rack of the oven. pre-heat to 425F.
2. mix the dry ingredients, then stir in the frozen grated butter.
3. fold in buttermilk until the dough can stick together.
4. turn out onto a lightly floured surface, roll into a rectangle, then fold it into thirds, like folding a letter. (you can lightly dust the surfaces with flour to keep it from sticking too bad.) repeat this rolling and folding 5 or 6 times.
5. cut into rounds, place right next to each other on a sheet, and bake for 15 minutes.
6. biscuits!

biscuits are great with jam but even better with sausage gravy.

we were feeling decadent and had bacon fried nice too. all part of this balanced breakfast!

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i wouldn't say i'm very good at biscuits, i just like eating them. i have extremely warm hands, so my trick is to:

1. freeze a stick of butter
2. grate the frozen stick with a cheese grater
3. freeze the bowl of grated butter again

that seems to keep the butter from melting too fast when i mix in the buttermilk to make the dough. if i'm not in any particular hurry, i'll combine the flour and other dry ingredients with the grated butter and re-freeze *that" too.

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