Pretzel Roll

Good recipe from Epicurious. These rolls are pretty easy to make and they go well with pulled pork or ham and cheese sandwiches.


2 3/4 cups bread flour
1 envelope quick-rising yeast

1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon celery seeds
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons (about) hot water (125°F to 130°F)

8 cups water
1/4 cup baking soda
2 tablespoons sugar

1 egg white, beaten to blend (glaze)
Coarse salt
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Combine bread flour, 1 envelope yeast, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon sugar and celery seeds in food processor and blend. With machine running, gradually pour hot water through feed tube, adding enough water to form smooth elastic dough. Process 1 minute to knead. Grease medium bowl. Add dough to bowl, turning to coat. Cover bowl with plastic wrap, then towel; let dough rise in warm draft-free area until doubled in volume, about 35 minutes.

Flour baking sheet. Punch dough down and knead on lightly floured surface until smooth. Divide into 8 pieces. Form each dough piece into ball. Place dough balls on prepared sheet, flattening each slightly. Using serrated knife, cut X in top center of each dough ball. Cover with towel and let dough balls rise until almost doubled in volume, about 20 minutes.

Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease another baking sheet and sprinkle with cornmeal. Bring 8 cups water to boil in large saucepan. Add baking soda and 2 tablespoons sugar (water will foam up). Add 4 rolls and cook 30 seconds per side. Using slotted spoon, transfer rolls to prepared sheet, arranging X side up. Repeat with remaining rolls.

Brush rolls with egg white glaze. Sprinkle rolls generously with coarse salt. Bake rolls until brown, about 25 minutes. Transfer to racks and cool 10 minutes. Serve rolls warm or room temperature. (Can be prepared 6 hours ahead. Let stand at room temperature. Rewarm in 375°F oven 10 minutes.)


Nice sketch page from Coroflot by Nicholas Womeldorff. The composition and the variety of fluid line weights is great even if the forms are perhaps a bit too SPY like. Nice restraint on the well focused but still interesting color palette.



A few weeks ago I posted about an upcoming visit to Emeril's Delmonico. I went to the one in Vegas NOT the original in New Orleans. It was a fun time visiting with my friend Ian but the food was mediocre and the service was disappointing. The place is way too big, boring and bland. It has none of the character or originality of Emeril's other restaurants. Even the now closed one in Atlanta was better. If you are in Vegas I would try his stadium restaurant or the Fish House.

Who is George Peppard???

I think that Jon must have been messing with me but he claims to not know who George Peppard is. Can this be? Perhaps this image from one of the best TV shows EVER will refresh your memory. He was Banacek, come on man.

A Team

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Kindle? Nook?

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better framing

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Old Man Logan

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from CES #5

itamtam winner of the ilounge award.

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Vista Pix.

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From CES #1

Logitech gaming mouse.



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