Required Reading & The Art of Time Management

The JoysToo often someone asks “what do you do?” to which I honestly lack a clear explanation.  I mean, I know exactly what I do but for some reason the absence of a traditional work schedule really throws people for a loop.  I cook here, I teach there, sail on occasion?  God forbid I mention Grain & Grain.  The whole  flour and wood concept is lost on so many people that I rarely get into it unless I sense a kindred spirit.  But this is changing.  There is a small group of people out there who have taken my class and get it.  We make time to take time!

Neither bread baking nor spoon carving are things you do in a hurry.  It’s all about patience and intentionally setting forth on a journey to a happy ending.  Don’t get me started on “quick breads” as I find little joy in batters that are done within an hour.  Yes, yes, Banana Breads and such offer fleeting happiness but  nurturing a dough for a day or two excites me in the same way as an expectant mother with an ultrasound!  Anyone in the vicinity is forced to look at my precious and hear me coo over the potential of a seemingly sticky blob.  (I wonder what she will be like when she is all grown-up baked???) The flavor in bread is developed over time as the ingredients start to ferment and release the sugars.  Don’t rush it by adding more yeast.  Add less and slow down.

No seriously, slow down!  The search for “meaning” in our days is lost without craft.  Hobbies is how them early pioneer folk spent their days back when distraction wasn’t a matter of contention.  I like to think the days were rewarding thanks to accomplishment and those accomplishments began from scratch.  Whether they were making dinner or making tools, the time was spent making not taking.

Reverence for WoodIt’s hard not to “take” when the world seems to offer up every possible need at convenience but more and more I wonder if convenience isn’t where it’s at.  When has that mother ever said raising her child was convenient?  Joy is derived from the time and intention you put into your craft.  It’s everything between the beginning and the end, the passionate engagement in process that delivers you on the doorstep of mastery.  I am no expert and hope never to become one for if I did, what would become of my practice?  Would I seek to stop learning?

Find your thing and make it! Or maybe it’s not your “thing” but make it anyway.  Make anything for the sake of making and leave the taking for another day.  Time never waits till you’re ready and the clock is ticking…

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Grain & Grain Class Starts 2/26/15

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Grain & Grain 101 is starting-up this Thursday at Cape Cod Tech in Harwich, MA.  Come warm up and learn the art of making fresh artisan breads.  Each week will focus on a different recipe which each participant will make and take home.  And while we wait for all the deliciousness to rise and bake we will carve our own wooden spoons.  Cooking skills and cooking tools?  Yes!  This is a twofer not to mention mad skills for the apocalypse!!!  There is still time to sign-up but you better hurry!  Click here for details.

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Teacher Work Day

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Class starts tomorrow and preparation is underway.  A Chocolate-Maple Porter is brewing away and these spent grains will make their way into the final bread on our last day of class when we make these beauties…

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and celebrate our finished spoons!  Yes, this is the best way to spend your winter on Cape Cod.  Come, come! Sign-up for Grain & Grain at Upper Cape Tech in Bourne, MA.

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There is still time to enroll but the clock is ticking.  Class starts in less than 24 hours. Click here for details!

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Just Pizza

Come and get it!  Free slices tomorrow at KAM Appliance.  Come on your lunch break or come for the day.  Just making pies for the public so if you want to get in on the action you should come over and join the fun.

focaccia

Or maybe…

Pizza

Both good.

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Update: Sunday 12/7/14- Operation Cookie Swap

Dear Miele Coffee Machine ,

In case you have felt neglected prepare yourself for an onslaught of use tomorrow as we run the Charles Dickens out of you at the holiday cookie swap at KAM. With all your fancy gadgetry we expect nothing but greatness in serving-up the finest eggnog cappuccinos!  Because really… why wouldn’t you?  You have always been one to impress our guests so I know you won’t disappoint.  And seriously, what could go better with cookies?  I knew you would understand.

Love always,

C.M.

Eggnog Cappuccino

For a full listing of the event details click here.

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2 Days of Reindeer Games

Things are getting cozy at KAM Appliances this weekend.  We have two days of free workshops for the public thanks to Miele International, our kitchen host for the ultimate in holiday fun.  Chestnuts will be roasting, nog will be sloshing, and festiveness of all kinds will be waiting  for you!

Roasted ChestnutsEVENTS:

Sunday 12/7/14- Operation Cookie Swap

From 11 AM to 3 PM  a holiday cookie exchange will be in effect!  We will be making some “naughty” biscotti  for those in need of a chocolate fix along with some plush coconut macaroons that are gluten-free for all to enjoy.  The idea is that everyone will bring a dozen of their own favorite cookies with the intent to swap them with the other attendees.  After swapping everyone goes home with an assorted stash to package-up and send to friends and family or just eat as they wish.  We don’t judge.  ;)

Alternatively, anyone unprepared to swap, in need of recipe support or just wanting to have a play day in the kitchen, please  don’t hesitate to drop-in!  This is our day to make a mess in a casual cookie environment.  Give your kitchen a break and come make a mess in ours!

Things to bring:

  • A suggested 1 dozen of your favorite cookies (for those wanting to participate in the swap)

Event details:

  • When: Sunday, December 7, 2014
  • Time: 11 AM to 3 PM
  • Location: KAM Appliances- 201 Yarmouth Rd, Hyannis, MA 02601
  • Cost: Free

Monday 12/8/14- Curried Squash Soup w/ Bread Bowls

Curried soup, blah, blah, blah.  The real excitement is eating your soup out of a homemade bread bowl!  Come to KAM on Monday and learn how to impress this holiday season by serving up hearty soups in artisan bread bowls.  The Miele kitchen has a steam oven feature that produces commercial quality crust and is begging to be toyed with.  Come experiment on-site in a casual bread making workshop and I will give you tips for how you can get similar results at home.  All materials will be provided.

Event details:

  • When: Monday, December 8, 2014
  • Time: 11 AM to 3 PM
  • Location: KAM Appliances- 201 Yarmouth Rd, Hyannis, MA 02601
  • Cost: Free

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Holiday Workshop: Rosette Apple Pie with Bacon

If you are looking for a reason to skip work tomorrow, well… this pie is it!

Rosette Apple Pie

Thanksgiving is just around the corner so why not get a jump on dessert with this impressive Rosette Apple Pie with Bacon. Does is taste as good as it looks? Who cares! This little biddy is a stunner and will be the talk of the table all night. And yes, of course it tastes good! Come on people, pie with bacon? Tasty is a no-brainer but seriously, would you look at this thing?!!! This is glorious kitchen craftsmanship and you get to be the star.

Tomorrow from 10 AM to 3 PM at KAM Appliances in Hyannis along with Miele International, culinary school will be in session. This is a FREE WORKSHOP so don’t hesitate calling in sick. A case of the Mondays never looked so good.

Things to bring:

  • 8 large apples (gala, honeycrisp or anything with red skin)
  • 1 pie plate (so you can take your gem home)

Everything else will be provided so come on over and lets get cooking. There is no “official” start times so you can drop in when you want just know that the process can take few hours so plan accordingly.

Event details:

  • Time: 10 AM to 3 PM
  • Location: KAM Appliances- 201 Yarmouth Rd, Barnstable, MA 02601
  • Cost: Free

How ya like them apples?

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