So... Here is the leetle cheese that I just pulled out of my cheese press:

It's a Monterey Jack with dill and a pinch of onion powder... It is currently drying on a plate in the cupboard. When it is completely dry, I will wax it and put it in a cooler in the basement to age.

Replacing the Jack in the cheese press, I have placed my first attempt at cheddar... Alas, i fear this experiment may be made of fail. A taste of the curds as I was flipping the cheese revealed them to be a bit on the bitter and grainy side.... Additionally, I fear that my press was not rated for cheddar (Requiring 50 lbs of pressure on the curds... The hoop keeps tilting and squirting curds out the bottom... It's a little disturbing.) I'll see how 3 months of aging does for it... I hear there's some kind of "magic flavor change" at the two month aging mark...

And speaking of aging cheeses, I have ordered black wax in which to dip my cheeses to protect them during the aging process. (I've got a wax stamp for letters that I intend to mark my little cheeses with too... Soon I will have a bunch of little goth cheeses hanging out in my basement. :) For some reason this idea makes me extremely silly happy. Hopefully they will be tasty cheeses that I will be pleased to call my own, but only time will tell.

Oh, OH! And I also started a gallon of ginger ale that should be ready for drinkin' by the May Day Moot. I hope it doesn't suck... I also hope I don't sample it all before the moot....

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You should find a hobby. Really, it's a shame you just sit around twiddling your thumbs so much...

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I know, right? I had to come up with something else to do while my hand heals up, because the shows I record to play while I work on crafts are starting to back up in the DVR. I have 140 hours or so of NCIS, Bones, and Numb3rs crafting that needs to get done, so that Zig will be able to record UFC Fights while he's at work...

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Homemade root beer is very tasty. Perhaps you can try your hand at that.

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I've never liked root beer, but the same site that has the ginger ale recipe also has one for root beer if you'd like to give it a whirl!

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I didn't know it was that easy to make root beer and ginger ale. I guess I thought it was more labor intensive.

The dude with the recipes is quiet a guy.

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You are a domestic goddess!
Goth cheeses! Hee Hee!

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Oh my's beautiful. When do you get to taste it? More to the point, when do your friends get to taste it?

Tell me the date of your wedding again, plz...I have forgotten to write it down anywhere.

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June 27th is the Wedding. The cheese, unfortunately, won't be ready until around... Pennsic.

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Just so you know, the ginger ale is going to be slightly alcoholic. Not a big deal, unless you are serving to alcohol sensitive people. That's the main reaosn why I haven't made a batch of rootbear for my father in-law yet.


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