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Pumpkin Pie Fest part II: the pies

On Sunday, I baked five of the six pies. I ran into two issues that prevented me from baking pie #6 on Sunday: I ran out of both pumpkin and eggs. (This was perhaps because my shopping list was based … Continue reading

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Pumpkin Pie Fest part I: the pastry

When you’re baking a whole bunch of something, it pays to arrange things assembly-line style, so that you’re not constantly moving ingredients from cabinet to work area and back, and so that the tools, measures, and bowls that are needed … Continue reading

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Chocolate tasting results: championship week 2

After three months, hundreds of dollars, and numerous trips to various stores, it has come down to this. Quoting once again from our wiki: I guess the members of our panel like generic supermarket chocolate, because the runaway winner was … Continue reading

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Chocolate tasting results for (extra dark) championship week 1

We held the first of two championship tastings Monday, concentrating on the 70% end of our “extra dark” range. As I wrote on our wiki: In order to keep the championship round at two weeks, we ended up with eight … Continue reading

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Chocolate tasting results for week 7

I was expecting week 7, chock full of artisanal chocolates from boutique American makers, to be the culmination of our two months of preliminary heats. Boy was I wrong: This tasting was a bit of a disaster for the artisanal … Continue reading

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The network nightmare that ate my week

A few hours ago, I sent the following “dear colleagues” email (lightly edited to remove some private details) to all my users at work: This has been a very trying week. For those of you whose work was disrupted this … Continue reading

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Week 6 chocolate tasting results

I noticed that I forgot to post the results of our sixth weekly chocolate tasting. From our wiki: Once again, one of our “reference” chocolates took top honors: the Jelina Noir 72% that we had previously tasted back in week … Continue reading

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Week 5 chocolate tasting results

This week’s chocolate tasting was a tough one, compromised somewhat by low attendance and a very similar set of chocolates. My summary from our wiki: With only six participants, abd seven very similar products, it’s difficult to name a clear … Continue reading

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Week 4 chocolate tasting results

Yesterday we held our fourth weekly chocolate tasting. This week’s theme was “Taste of Somerville”, and the local products were widely panned. My summary of the results: This tasting was a bit of a challenge for the panel; Shirley described … Continue reading

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Week 3 chocolate tasting results

We had our third weekly chocolate tasting today, finishing up (for now) our set of mixed-origin chocolates with some boutique and artisanal products — which, surprisingly, did not rate especially highly. I summarized the results this: Contrary to week 2’s … Continue reading

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