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Wine Batch #2

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I bottled my second batch of wine!

It’s another kit wine, this time from “Cru Select.”  It’s a Chilean blend of Malbec, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, and I call it Chilean Mystery Blend because I don’t know the percentages of each, nor really anything about the grapes’ origins.  On the provided labels, the description says this: “Opening with dark roasted notes of coffee and chocolate with a hint of blackberries, fermentation on Cabernet Merlot Genuwine Winery Dried Grape Skins and French oak completes this monumental taste experience.”

I have more pictures and notes and such after the break, but the takeaway here is that in 10 days or so, I’ll have a new wine in rotation at the Casa Fredonia.

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Big Bear Survuvalism!


It snowed at least 18″ on Saturday and Sunday up in Big Bear Lake, meaning that the skiing got both better and worse.

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I racked my wine yesterday

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I don’t have any pictures yet, but I racked.  In less than 2 weeks, we’ll have bottled wine, which is exciting.  If I ever get paid again, I’ll be buying a new thing of juice and starting another batch.  Pictures and details will eventually make their way onto the forum, of course, but I’m just excited about the fact that more wine is about to make its way into my coffers.

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Soup Week – The Thrilling Conclusion

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So the week of soups comes to its thrilling conclusion, culminating in what Casey said was her favorite soup: Custom Tortilla Soup.

Steak Tortilla SoupIt’s custom because I didn’t want to make chicken tortilla because we had awesome chicken noodle earlier in the week and I didn’t want to compete with my own product.  What I decided to do was to buy Skirt Steak, do a mexican-style marinade on it (salt, pepper, chili powder and lime juice, refrigerate for an hour or more), then pan-sear the steak and use the juices as part of the soup.

Pictures and more notes post-break.

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Soup Week – Broccoli Cheese Soup

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So I made Broccoli Cheese Soup.  It was yummy!

Last night’s Red Kidney Bean soup was pretty aces as well.

Taking recommendations for tomorrow’s soup as we speak.  Might go to the Betty Crocker cookbook for suggestions, too.

After the break, there’s a bigger picture of tonight’s soup as well as a couple of musings about the start of this cooking theme project.

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Soup Week Continues

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Two days down of my year’s first culinary experiment, and so far, I’m a happy camper. (Soon, I’d like to be a *real* camper, but that’s another story.)

Beef StewFirst, as you probably saw on Facebook, I made Beef stew.  Took forever to make, but turned out great. Glass of wine, helping of stew, Cowboys loss… great way to start the week.

Yesterday, I made a ginormous batch of Chicken Noodle Soup. Took less time (~3 hours) but was every bit as good.  My first try at making chicken noodle soup and it turned out okay – victory!  Emily came by just in time to get the first round straight from the pot, which was also nice.  Of course, 7-quarts of soup makes enough for an army (or at least more than enough for three people), so I ended up freezing at least half of it.  Someone remind me that it’s there.

After the break, there are a couple pics of the chicken noodle process and upcoming soup week notes.

soup week, motherfucker
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welcome to soup week!

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Welcome to 2012, the home of culinary experimentation.

I’m going to play with themes-by-week this year, and I’m starting with soups.  After the break, I’ll post my current thoughts on soups that I may make and I’ll solicit ideas for other soups and other weeks.

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Happy end-of-2011


I’ll be happy to see this one end, if only because of my mood at the moment.

Soup week is around the corner, though, and that’s more than enough incentive to get crackin’ on the new year.

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Merry Christmas!


It’s Christmas again – we’re reveling in holiday cheer here in beautiful, sunny Las Vegas.

I’m stuck in a bit of a debate with myself about whether to go home or stay here once the holiday is over, and I think you can help me with this decision.

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haven’t been better about posting


The internet is out at the office, so what do I do?

Write a blog post!

Thanksgiving came and went with nary a mention (Happy Thanksgiving!), and Scott & Sharon spent the weekend (with Drew & April spending a couple of days as well), also with nary a mention.

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gender role reversal week


Here in the Cahuenga Pass, it’s traditional gender role reversal week!

For example, I’ve spent much of the day baking, or preparing to bake (or cleaning up from baking) a few loaves of bread.

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travellin’ notes


since last I’ve updated, there’s been a trip to Vegas (Monday through Wednesday), some ill-lit and hasty shooting, a brief talk at CSN that may be the start of a trend for PCW, the purchase of two of the oldest 1U servers still in working order, lots of computer nonsense, a little bit of wine drinking, lots of money spent and probably nothing really of note.

I saw in stark terms how much I have yet to do on myriad projects, and how much I have to learn, and for the first time (I think), I immediately thought of going to someone younger than me to show me how to do some tech crap because I don’t really know how to do it and would rather be shown than teach myself.

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hello again


  • I put a second batch of wine into primary
    Which means that I’ll get it into secondary sometime this week (Friday? Saturday?) and then it’ll sit till God Knows When.
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Compound Cabernet

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wine labelBottling: complete!

If you’re interested, you can read the entire story right here.

The wine is good, if a little fruity and low-alcohol, but for an all-natural wine that I made in my house, it’s awesome.

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no photo today (yet)


So here’s one of those bullet list updates that will someday win me blogger-with-vision awards because it does away with all of those unnecessary things like transitions, complete sentences and proper punctuation.