Monthly Archives: March 2014

On canned tuna and tuna salad

Canned fish is an odd thing in general, a relic of a previous era when there was no practical way of transporting highly perishable foods over long distances, so it had to be preserved (by drying, salting, or smoking) or … Continue reading

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Fun with SQL: The U.S. city with the most AM stations

A friend asked me a radio trivia question with a surprising answer: what U.S. city has the most licensed AM radio stations? (This question had apparently stumped him when a friend asked him, and now he was trying to stump … Continue reading

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PSA: How to make buttermilk from regular milk

My blog stats are showing a lot of people ending up here after searching for “how to make buttermilk from regular milk”. You can’t. Buttermilk — real buttermilk — is made from cream, not milk. You can only make a … Continue reading

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Diane St. Clair’s Old-fashioned Spicy Gingerbread

There are two very different desserts going by the name “gingerbread” in this country. One is a stiff, rolled-dough cookie, which is commonly used around Christmastime to make gingerbread houses and other constructions. The other, far less common (at least … Continue reading

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A very frustrating day of (not) cooking

I had planned to post here tonight about two different recipes from Diane St. Clair’s The Animal Farm Buttermilk Cookbook: a gingerbread and a lasagna. I never had time for the first, and the second was a near-complete failure. Here’s … Continue reading

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Making your own (cultured) butter is crazy simple

(With apologies for the click-bait post title — I just couldn’t resist.) Continuing my series of food posts from Diane St. Clair’s The Animal Farm Buttermilk Cookbook, I was going to be making her buttermilk lasagne today, but ran out … Continue reading

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Diane St. Clair’s Buttermilk Fried Chicken and Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes

Continuing my exploration of Diane St. Clair’s The Animal Farm Buttermilk Cookbook, today I made shallow-fried chicken and mashed potatoes. I’m not usually one for fried chicken — don’t get me wrong, I love fried chicken, but it’s not exactly … Continue reading

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Diane St. Clair’s Buttermilk Meat Loaf

I recently picked up a copy of Diane St. Clair’s The Animal Farm Buttermilk Cookbook. St. Clair and her husband operate a dairy farm in Orwell, Vermont, and supply butter and buttermilk to famous restaurants and gourmet food stores around … Continue reading

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That’s how it’s SUPPOSED to work (quote)

From Diane St. Clair’s The Animal Farm Buttermilk Cookbook: Recipes and Reflections from a Small Vermont Dairy (Andrews McMeel, 2013): We also eat meat, and we raise all of the meat that we eat on the farm. There is no … Continue reading

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