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A New Home

The planning and consideration took the better part of year but the actual process of locating and purchasing a house too only three months. The refinishing of floors and cleaning took just over a week. unfortunately the unpacking of boxes and stowing of things is taking a horribly long time. However, slow and steady progress is being made. Before too much time passes I hope to return to this website.

In the past year, before the move, I’d been making fresh mozzarella cheese and ketchup from scratch…. then there were the pickles, lots and lots of tasty pickles… 

More content will be forthcoming, I promise, but first boxes must be unpacked and pre-drilled, self-assembled, Scandinavian sourced furniture needs to be assembled. 

Your patience shall be rewarded-


Raise a Glass

Originally posted April 1st, 2007 by Tim Adamec

Today was going to be the launch date of the first Food Geeking podcast. Early this afternoon, our good friend Joe Murphy lost his fight against cancer. Kris and I have decided to postpone the launch of the podcast out of respect for Joe, his family and his many, many friends.

Joe was a familiar voice to listeners of The Kick Ass Mystic Ninjas, The Dragon Page: Cover to Cover, Slice of Sci-Fi, and Michael and Evo’s Wingin’ It. His voice, intelligence, warmth and wit has touched many lives throughout the years both in the studio and via the podcasts in which he participated. Joe will be sorely missed.

Kris and I ask that Joe be remembered not through mourning, but through a toast. While Joe is not here to hoist a tankard with us, his legacy endures in all of us. Please join us in raising a glass in tribute to a rare individual and fine friend: Joe Murphy.

Starbucks and Over-roasting

Originally posted March 14th, 2007 by Tim Adamec

As we get ready to record and launch the first Podcast, I’m noticing food-related articles around the Web more often. The Economist recently ran an article about Pepsi and Starbucks trying to revitalize their brands. This response highlights my biggest problems with Starbucks:

In Starbucks’ case, it’s not the ambiance that puts off consumers, it’s the coffee. If only they roasted it a bit less. My colleagues agree that if they had another option they wouldn’t buy Starbucks but, since there is a Starbucks on nearly every block around our office in the District, our options are limited.

I’ve had several questions from people I know asking why Starbucks torches their coffee, and the answer is “Consistency”. Starbucks wants a consistent cup of coffee, just like McDonalds wants the Big Mac to taste the same wherever you go, so they over-roast it to remove any minor flavor variations in the beans. I prefer Seattle’s Best Coffee over Starbucks, as they roast for flavor rather than consistency.

With Starbucks locations on every block, as the commenter points out, it’s a bit difficult not to grab a cup from them. Even though the coffee has some problems, it’s still better than Foldgers.