Freeform Rum Bread


I had some free time to kill last weekend, so I thought I'd try my hand at some recipe-less baking. Like most of my baking, it came out a bit on the dense side - I need to learn to accept a wetter looking dough. But in this case, that wasn't a bad thing. The final consistency was a lot like pound cake. A very, very rummy pound cake.

  • 4C all-purpose flour
  • 2tsp baking powder
  • 1C brown sugar
  • 1tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 vegetable oil
  • 1C milk
  • 3/4C dark rum
  • 1/2tsp cinnamon
  • a handful of raisins - say half a cup

Ham-burgers with Cajun Mayo

Cajun burger

An unexpected grilling opportunity meant a chance to throw together some random burgers. These ham & havarti stuffed hamburgers came out alright, even if I did overcook them a bit. The Cajun mayo definitely worked though. Amounts are mostly approximation. I didn't measure; you don't have to either.


  • 1lb ground beef
  • 1/2 medium onion, diced
  • 2tsp worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2tsp salt
  • 1/2tsp black pepper
  • 2T tomato paste
  • 2oz ham (I used pizza-sliced Canadian bacon)
  • 2oz havarti, shredded
  • Buns
  • Green bell pepper

Peace Coffee Stout

Peace Coffee Stout

The emphasis is more on the coffee than the stout in Peace Coffee Stout (5.2%). It's definitely a stout, but the coffee flavor in powerfully dominant - in a good way. While very flavorful, this brew is surprisingly light for a stout. A more pronounced than expected carbonation likely lends this lightness.

Verdict: a solid entry. Not necessarily a depth of winter cold sort of beverage, but a real breakfast beer contender. The world needs more of those.

(No cribbage)

Potato Pancakes

Potato pancakes

We had some potatoes left over from the Storyhillfest trip, so I decided to try my hand at making some potato pancakes. They came out pretty decently. I may try using a little less flour next time, since the dough/batter never truly comes together anyway. Less flour would be a little crisper, I think. Nevertheless, a simple recipe for cakes that are tasty in their own right or could serve as the base for a more elaborate dish. My favorite topping was salsa, although I tried cayenne pepper sauce, jelly, and jam, too, and wasn't disappointed with any of the combinations.

20/20 IPA

20/20 IPA

The 20/20 IPA (7.1%) is a very hoppy brew with 20 different hop additions at 20 points during the boil. Rather than being grassy or floral in flavor, the wide variety of hops yields a rounded, bright sort of bitterness. The sweetness is surprisingly strong but provides a suitable balance to all those hops.

Verdict: Very good. Worth having again.

(Cribbage: won)

Gifts: A Treatise

I'm really not a big fan of gift purchasing, and Drew over at Deadspin really nailed the sentiment. It's nice to know I'm not the only one who never buys cards or gives a shit about getting them.

Storyhillfest Pictures


A collection of pictures from Storyhillfest 2009 in the Hyalite Mountains near Bozeman, MT.