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I can’t stop raving about this cookbook. I love fresh bread, but had never made my own. I had a hand-me-down bread machine, but it was old and caught fire the first time I tried to use it. I stumbled across this book and suddenly, I’m making my own actual bread on a regular basis without all the trouble and fuss of a bread machine or the tricky science of rising and kneading and all that jazz. You mix the standard bread ingredients–flour, yeast, water and salt–and after an initial rise, the dough is refrigerated for up to two weeks. Anytime you want bread, you cut off a piece of the wet sticky dough, allow it to rise briefly and bake it up! So it’s just like traditional home-baked bread, only easier AND more convenient.

So far I’ve made round freeform loaves, crusty white sandwich loaves in a pan, and this incredible pizza dough that Tony used to make wood-oven pizza in his new Green Egg. Delicious!



WELL. Here we are at the new blog. With new news! Well, a little news. We got the second set of drawings from Pete, the kitchen designer (who, by the way, has been great to work with so far). He designed and quoted our kitchen with three separate elements: the perimeter cabinets, the hutch (a freestanding piece on the currently blank north wall), and the island. So we can configure the kitchen as our budget allows. The hutch, at over eight feet tall, eight feet wide and twelve inches deep, cost almost as much as the entire run of perimeter cabinets! Who knew?! So, as lovely as it would be, we’ll probably not install that at this time. The island? Maybe, maybe not. We may use an old 48″ round table that was our dinner table growing up, put that in the center of the kitchen to double as workspace and dining space.

The cabinets we are planning on are from DuraSupreme, and I was so excited to have a look at them in the showroom. They really are beautiful, sturdy, solid. They look “crafted” more than manufactured. And they have these soft-close thingies on the drawers so that when you close them, they kind of magically siiiiigh closed the last few inches–you can’t slam them! Fun! We picked the quarter-sawn oak door, in a simple recessed-panel style:


We haven’t picked a countertop yet. Or appliances for that matter. We have to get our order placed in the next two weeks to hopefully take advantage of a promotion DuraSupreme is running, to save 12% on the cabinets.

It looks like we’re going to pull out (sounds so easy, doesn’t it??) the old chimney and put windows all across the back. You can see the chimney in this ooold picture, right in the middle there. It goes all the up from the floor through the ceiling. Taking it out would allow us to run cabinetry all across this wall, instead of being interrupted in the middle there, as well as adding another window (squeeee!). This of course all depends on having the contractor get another good look at it, but we’re hoping it’s feasible.


This is a crazy process, so many decisions (so much money! yikes!). We’re trying to keep it all in perspective and focus on making this place OUR HOME. I can’t wait to really get started, and I really REALLY can’t wait to be finished.

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