Homemade mayo is silly easy. I’ll post a recipe once I finish tweaking. (The dark color is from smoked paprika.)

Our daily bread


Tired of fiddling with dough, to make two loaf pans and then free-form loaves with the rest of the dough, boules are the order of the day. Half bread flour, half fresh ground (hard red winter) wheat.

I’ll post the recipe to Chow Review, it’s a new family favorite from the peerless first edition of BHG cookbook.

Spoon Butter


This butter is amazing. I’ve also seen it named spoon oil, but the texture is spot on for perfectly softened butter.

To make it, you’ll need a saucepan, a jar or tin can, and small containers if you plan to portion it out. Also, beeswax and mineral oil, in a ratio of 1:4 by weight.

I used a tin can, but it wanted to float if I put much water in the pot, so do what you like!

Measure your wax by weight, and put it in the tin can- set the can in the saucepan and fill the pan about a third of the way with water. Heat this water bath on the stove until the wax starts to melt, and slowly drizzle in mineral oil. I used two ounces of wax and 8 ounces of oil. Heat together until totally incorporated- you can use a wooden spoon to help stir it along if you need to. Just know that this will be nearly impossible to get off of anything it touches.

Pour into containers, and let cool. I used old altoid tins.

To use, scoop out a bit with your fingers and spread it into the wood. Let it sit overnight to soak in, then buff with a cloth. This is great for wooden spoons, bowls, cutting boards, butcher block, etc. It would probably make a nice finish on wooden toys, since it’s non-toxic. I’ve been asked if another oil like olive or coconut could be substituted- probably, but you’d need to mess around with ratios to get a nice consistency in the finished product. Also, you don’t want to be rubbing anything in that will go rancid quickly. Let us know in the comments if you’ve played around with this recipe!

2011 in review

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