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Kitchen: Brief guide to salt fermented pickles

For the record, these are salt fermented though i did a couple with vinegar and sugar which are great too. the salt does some kind of magic anaerobic fermentation creating pro-biotic goodness. The taste is clean and simple with the veggie taste and texture intact.

Basically:

chop up whatever veggies i have (in this case, carrots and daikon and onion)

stuff in a sanitized (not really sterilized) jar (stashed in hot water for a while on stove and handled with tongs)

toss in a garlic/onion and a bay leaf (there’s an enzyme which helps the crispyness)

top off with brine (basically 2 Tbps of non-iodized salt to 1 litre/quart water)

fill to top and/or put a cabbage leaf or something on top to push the veggies below water line

stash em in dark place for a few weeks, months – will be fizzy when ya open up

after open, stash in fridge.

there’s all sorts of complications you can add to the process but i am a simple boy. have done a load of batches now and all turn out decent. mild, clean, crispy.

and yes, someone has already sent me the Portlandia “pickle that” clip. thanks.

Baked Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

Baked Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

Podcast Publishing Recipe

So you have an audio file ready to go?

Did you Levelate it? Levelator http://www.conversationsnetwork.org/levelator

A complete show pack includes:

* Episode – 64 or 128K stereo mp3, levelated

* ID3 tags (title, description, lyrics, art)

* Album art (photo edited in PS or flickr/picnik)

* Blog post with show notes/links with footer

Now onto Publishing

First, ya gotta put the file somewhere – usually via FTP or web upload (archive.org)

Second, create a Blogpost for the epiosde (i use wordpress.com) add album art, description, related links, “show notes”

Third, in the blog post, create an absolute link to the .mp3 file – whereever it lives + add to a category

Fourth, preview, publish, hurrah!

Tuning your Feed

  • Create an account at Feedburner (feedburner.google.com) – This creates a multi-purpose “envelope” for your podcast feed
  • Includes different RSS standards, ATOM + Apple-specific stuff & stats, troubleshooting etc. & subscribe by email
  • Grab your new shiny feed from Feedburner and submit to iTunes music store
  • Wait, then one day you can share the absurdly long URL with others

Keys to a solid episode

1) Tell a story (often requires rearranging clips to create a narrative – add some music to give the folks time to reflect and chill as needed)

2) Remove douche-baggery (yeah sometimes there are false starts, stupid comments, missteps, self-indulgent crap and people calling “dave” – all that goes)

3) Sonically comfortable (export as AIFF, normalize/compress using Levelator, then convert to .mp3, listen and re-export til it sounds sweetopian)

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Pumpkin Lasagna, a sketch more than a recipe

Pumpkin Lasagna, a sketch more than a recipe.

from “What is Left” [note: not mine, just enjoyed the concept]

One-Bowl Microwave Macaroni and Cheese

One-Bowl Microwave Macaroni and Cheese serves just one

1/2 cup macaroni pasta

1/2 cup water

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup milk, any percent

1/4-1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese (or any other cheese that suits your fancy)

Combine the pasta, the water, and the salt in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on HIGH in 2-minute intervals until the pasta is al dente, stirring between each interval.

This should take about 6-8 minutes total. If the pasta absorbs all the water before the pasta is cooked, add another 2 tablespoons of water. Stir in the milk and the cheddar cheese.

Microwave on HIGH in 30-second intervals until the cheese has melted into a creamy sauce, stirring between each interval and 1-1.5 minutes total.

For a creamier sauce, add an extra tablespoon or two of milk and cheese.

Optional Add-Ins – Add any of these along with the milk and cheese. Diced onions, diced peppers, diced tomatoes, leftover meat (shredded or cubed), a few tablespoons of salsa, 1/4 teaspoon dried mustard, 1/2 teaspoon chili powder, 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika.