Quick Update…

Just got back from vacation in New York and Cape Cod, so I’m doing a quick update of some new reviews I have running at Blurt Magazine. First up, San Diego’s The Donkeys – read it here. And secondly, the excellent solo album from Wilderness’ guitar player, known here as The Lord Dog Bird – read it here.

The Lord Dog Bird – \"The Gift of the Song in the Lion\'s Den\"


Glaciers of Ice – September Edition

New Glaciers of Ice column is up at Lost at Sea. This month, I cover GZA, Ras Kass, Doomtree Collective, Elzhi, and more. Read all about it here.


Pickles 3 – Pickle Party!!!!

This past Friday night, Hannah and I hosted our first Pickle Party. The selection included:

1) Olive oil pickle chips – cucumber vinegar pickles topped off with a few tablespoons of oil, which helps preserve the seal of the jar, but also adds a nice flavor to the batch.
2) Polish mushrooms – the addition of Allspice nuggets dominates the flavor here, but these button mushrooms were tasty.
3) British pub onions – a malt vinegar pickle. These were a bit too onion-y for my taste, but went well with cheese. I think they’ll be good to cook with as well.
4) Soy-cured beef – a Korean recipe, not really pickled, as such. Basically, this is beef simmered for a long time with soy sauce and sugar. One of my faves thus far.

soy-cured beef

soy-cured beef

5) Pickled eggs – not as spicy as I would have liked, but this is another fave, pickled in white wine vinegar.

pickled eggs

pickled eggs

6) Pickled asparagus – pickled in red wine vinegar and spiced with nutmeg, these were very nice.

asparagus

asparagus

Beverages included a variety of beer, champagne, wine (Eastern European selections), and, ultimately, as always, some whiskey. Most of the pickles were consumed, so it will soon be time to ferment a new batch. I can’t wait.

Sam's plate arrangement

Sam's plate arrangement

the spread

the spread

Hannah likes pickles

Hannah likes pickles


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