Monthly Archives: June 2009
More crucial barbecuing has been going on at our house. I am rather inexperienced about the whole thing so I need to get some practice in before our big (relative term!) Fourth of July BBQ. Hopefully the attendance will beat that of last weeks picnic at Ginnie Springs (<—relative to this!).
But the absolute hit of the evening was the grilled yeast bread. Actually, it was leftover dough from our Saturday pizza which had been sitting in the fridge, developing its flavors. I tore off pieces and patted them into thickish flatbreads, brushed them with ghee and threw them over the heat, putting the lid down. Probably the bread would have done a little better had the coals been not so roasty, but to tell you the truth, I couldn’t stop eating this stuff. I was planning on making grilled pizzas on the 4th but decided to sub in this grilled bread. This way I can actually attend the party.
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I really didn’t want to be bothered with yet another cheap stone nor did I want to schlep my mozzarella butt over to Target for another budget purchase. So instead, I followed a longtime dream of mine; I went to the tile department at Lowes. I steered clear of granite since I don’t want to risk my pizza giving me lung cancer and headed straight to my second favorite stone, marble. If I had access to soapstone I would have surely went for that since it is totally non-reactive and heat resistant. I know granite has a tremendous capacity for heat, , but still, marble is no slouch, withstanding temps upwards of 800 degrees.
Two stones were purchased–a creamy unpolished 14 x 14 tile and a pinkish 12 x12 high polish tile. Total cost came to under 12 bucks. Also that day I bought a 14 inch barbecue which I will use with my 12 inch tile for grilling pizzas. Both tiles were initiated into service, however, Sunday in our oven as we readied ourselves for a Father’s Day outing to St. Augustine. My pizza stones on the cheap performed wonderfully and our lovely thin crusted pizza was packed for a day at the beach.
I know you are not a person, but an organization that publishes stuff. Nevertheless, please hear my plea.
Please make the BBT art calendar, particularly the Ekadasi/variant date thing, more user friendly.
I have blown too many Ekadasis because of my own user error in reading the calendar. Here’s a suggestion. How about highlighting the Ekadasi day and the variant date? Or how about marking the variant date right on the two boxes instead of some calendar small print footnote which, in my advanced age, find difficult to read.
Sure, there are online resources for finding out the correct date, but that would mean I would have to go on the computer…and anyone who knows me even a little bit knows I am hardly on this thing, what with being such a busy mom and all.
Who really likes the variant date thing? Pretty much no one who is subject to it’s rule. I’m not asking you to change the phase of the moon for me but just the calendar layout.
Fastingthewrongday V. Dasi
Recently I had a realization about my spiritual life, which in many external ways has seemed to flatline after a few years spent on spiritual hospice, easing the transition from one existance to another. This realization came to me spontaneously, while talking with a friend at the library about the rapid decline in her own spiritual health. Maybe she caught something from me. Tough to diagnose.