Sunday, July 29, 2012

Seven Snaps! 7/21/12 - 7/27/12

Representing Somerville at the San Jose Craftbrew Fest

Staked out next to the food bowls. For obvious reasons. 
This recipe was AMAZING! My version will be up on The Kitchn on Monday afternoon.

Hand-embroidered by my grandma. Ironing it out for a photoshoot made me sniffle.

Coffeehouse Co-workers 
Wish me luck with this one

Found this one while clearing out my photo cache. Hugs!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Survival Skills: How to Milk a Goat

I'm milking a GOAT!
A post I wrote on goat's milk over on The Kitchn this week had the happy coincidence of resurrecting these photos from Archive Purgatory. I'm totally milking a goat! If you look closely in this second photo, you can see a for reals squidge of goat milk as proof of actual milking. And sitting there with a goat teat in my hand? Because that would be weird.
But no, really, I'm totally cool.
As part of our tour of Redwood Hill Farm last April, we each had the opportunity to milk our very own goat. Hand-milking isn't really done anymore — far too labor-intensive and time-consuming. They have fancy pumps that mimic the milking action, getting the ladies milked and back to pasture lickety-split.

But just in case the apocalypse comes, I feel that it's important we all know how to properly milk a goat:

How to Milk a Goat

The first thing to know is that milking isn't so much a pulling motion as it is a squeezing motion. You're actually pushing the milk out of the teat with your fist.

Pinch the top of the teat right next to the udder between your thumb and first finger. This cuts off the milk from the udder. Then you wrap the rest of your fingers firmly around the teat, starting with your middle finger and ending with your pinkly. This squeezes the milk out of the teat and into the pan.

Let go of the teat and milk flows from the udder back into it. Pinch, squeeze, repeat. 

The milking pro

It's surprising how quickly you get into a rhythm. I managed a few tablespoons of milk as I was sitting there, but the guys at Redwood Hill Farms assured me that if I were responsible for milking a herd of goats twice a day, I'd get hone my milking skills in no time. No doubt.

You definitely want to pick me for your team come the apocalypse, is what I'm saying.

(Information for this post was gathered during a press trip to Redwood Hill Farm. All views and opinions expressed in this post my own.)

(Photos of me by Shauna Ahern of Gluten Free Girl; bottom photo by me)

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Seven Snaps! 7/14/12 - 7/20/12

A Day at the "Beach" - Dolores Park, San Francisco

Acrobatic kombucha scobies!

Old-school barbershop -- makes me wish I still wore my hair in a boy's cut.

People watching.


The most adorable dog is hiding behind that woman's red shoes. 
Grapes that look like constellations.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Seven Snaps! 7/7/12 - 7/13/12

Pizza for dinner!

My neighbors' mailboxes 
Hooray for bubble tea on a hot day. Also, for college friends going to grad school nearby. 
Grains for a batch of Rye Pale Ale

Speaking of brewing, I gave a talk at the San Bruno Library. I love spreading the Homebrew Gospel

Homemade mozzarella. Word.


Monday, July 9, 2012

Seven Snaps! 6/30/12 - 7/6/12

Lovely friends visiting from out of town.

Basil = Aromatherapy

First MacBook! I'll finally be able to multi-task again without crashing! Woot!

Office mate.

Cocktail hour is happening!

Something delicious with bourbon. Plus giant ice cube.

Keeping an eye on the squirrel situation.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Seven Snaps! 6/23/12 - 6/29/12

Learning the art of canning from Marisa McClellen of Food in Jars

Snooze fest!

Faux-hawk loaf

Quiet time

Peach hand pies!

So flip!

BBQ Rib Time! These were crazy good. Recipe will be up on The Kitchn this week.