Eight-Panel Door Build

We’re renovating our 1855 house. Yesterday I built and installed a wooden door inspired by the antique four-panel doors in our house. The idea of a door is a wide, thin panel. Unfortunately trees don’t grow that way. Before the modern, hollow veneer doors, carpenters assembled doors out of boards and panels. In fact, the … More Eight-Panel Door Build

Canadian Fruitcake — Don’t Knock It till You Try It

I was confused why fruitcake was maligned on sitcoms while growing up. I thought I liked fruitcake until I tried some store-bought versions and discovered gumdrops and other adjuncts in what should just be fruit, flour, eggs, and sugar. If you’ve never tried a fruitcake you like, this might be something for you. When serving … More Canadian Fruitcake — Don’t Knock It till You Try It

Chronic Wasting Disease

Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) is spreading among elk, moose, and white-tail and mule deer in North America. The affliction is a type of transmissible spongiform encephalopathy. “Mad Cow” Disease (bovine spongiform encephalopathy) is the best-known disease in this family, as is the human-borne Creutzfeldt–Jakob Disease. It was first found in a deer-research facility in Colorado … More Chronic Wasting Disease

Support an Innovative Nonprofit on #GivingTuesday by Donating to the Low Technology Institute

Last year, an estimated $168 million was donated to nonprofits and charities on Giving Tuesday, following on the heels of the Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday. We can all think of worthy organizations that deserve our support, but I’d like to give you five reasons why you should consider donating to the … More Support an Innovative Nonprofit on #GivingTuesday by Donating to the Low Technology Institute

Sobaheg — Surprisingly Flavorful Historical Soup

A few weeks ago, I posted a story about what the first Thanksgiving meal looked like, which was based on the work of a food anthropologist, Julie Lesnik. Among the many foods available at that time and place — including venison, waterfowl, cornbread but no potatoes or cranberries — was a stew called “Sobaheg.” Anything … More Sobaheg — Surprisingly Flavorful Historical Soup