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Whatchamacallit 72: Cowboy Potholders

A few years ago one of my friends gave me these cowboy potholders as a (I believe) birthday present.

I love them – and they stay on my kitchen wall having never been used for their nominal intended use.

Instead they are beefcake I admire during pauses in cooking – a whimsical take on […]

Whatchamacallit 17: Saint Pascal Babylon / San Pascua Bailón

When my Father died in 2011, my Mother felt that it was important that I had a few things of his to call my own – Things that he held near and dear to his heart.

This is one of those things, a painting of San Pascula, the patron saint of cooking.

San Pascula […]

Whatchamacallit 16: A WMF Spatula

This is my second German spatula and it proves that strategically spending more money can sometimes pay off.

The first spatula started melting – never a good sign – back in Weimar, back when I had limited funds. I complained about it to a friend who then promptly guided me to a shop on […]

So, Tuesday was my birthday…

Tuesday was not a productive day at work: I’d baked two batches of Butterscotch Cookies and brought them to the office with me in order to celebrate my birthday.

As somebody who’s worked with a surprisingly large number of colleagues, the German tradition of bringing sweets to the office to celebrate your own birthday is […]

A Satisfactory Saturday

After spending the Tag der Deutschen Einheit, a day off, getting stuff done—I’m happy to report that I’ve also spent my Saturday getting stuff done.

In addition to a bit of freelancing, Wednesday included mundane chores like changing the filter on my bathroom fan. Honestly, this is not a complicated chore, but it does require […]

Vegetable Lasagna – Men’s Fitness Style

On my way out of the United States, I picked up the April 2012 issue of Men’s Fitness.

Normally this is the kind of thing that I’d let sit and age, remembering in June that I have it and want to read it. However, my trip to the doctor’s office needed reading material, and Men’s […]

18:00 CET: Makin’ Meatloaf

Looking into my kitchen!

When I woke up this morning I had no idea what I would be doing at 18:00 this afternoon.

My original plan post-work plan was to go shopping and pick up some goods for my upcoming trip, then hit up a grocery store, and then make my way home. But […]

I was poisoned! And it was probably my own damned fault.

It’s funny how sometimes your body knows that something is wrong—like mine last night.

After eating an early dinner (following a late breakfast), which consisted of an artichoke, some instant mashed potatoes, and a serving of fruit sorbet, my body said, “Time to go to bed!”

So I went – deciding along the way to […]

I have a date tomorrow, tonight I’m baking…

Don’t you wish I was coming over to your place tomorrow night for dinner?

Found at my neighborhood Edeka.

Two Consumer Questions: Crock Pots and Headphones

I have two questions about things I want to, or need to, buy in the next week or two.

First, my brother has asked if I have a Crock Pot. I don’t. However I’m willing to invest in one provided it’s not too expensive and it comes with recommendations. Do any of my German/European readers […]