Last night I attended the Rustic Breadbaking class at Cook's World. The class was taught by George de Pasquale one of the founders of The Essential Baking Company. It was an excellent class with a lot, and I mean a lot, of good information. I came home with dough covered hands and many pages of notes.

I recommend the class if you want to learn more about baking rustic and artesian style bread. Though I wouldn't recommend it for someone who doesn't bake bread now. For those people I would recommend the Baking 101 class first.

Tonight was the last session of the Baking 101 class I've been taking at Cook's World. We covered pies and tarts and during class made an apple pie, strawberry pie and fresh fruit tarts. There were three different kinds of crust involved and I feel a lot more confident about making pie crust. In fact I am going to bake a series of pies to practice all the different pie crusts and determine which ones I like the best. The question now is what kind of pie to make... Nothing too complicated as I want to focus on the crust instead of the filling. Apple perhaps...

After taking Baking 101 I would recommend it for anyone who would like to bake but doesn't feel very confident in the kitchen. I learned quite a bit in the class and the hands on aspect was a great help to get the techniques down.

Yesterday was the third of four sessions for the Baking 101 class I’m taking at Cook’s World. We covered yeast breads and in class we made Parker House Rolls, Rosemary Focaccia, Bagels and Cinnamon Rolls with a Lemon Glaze. The rolls and focaccia were very tasty. The bagels were ok but nothing spectacular. The cinnamon rolls were very good! I have never had them with a lemon glaze and it was very interesting and tasty. Next week is the final session and we’re going to cover pies and tarts.

During a break in class I signed up for two more classes. Rustic Breadbaking and Home Cheesemaking. There are several classes at Cook’s World I want to take but money being what it is I’ll have to save for them.

Oh, and yesterday there was a little game you might have heard about. Now that I’ve seen the whole thing I can stop hiding from the internet. I didn’t think the New Orleans Saints would win but I was rooting for them and I’m glad they won. The commercials were mostly lame this year. “Play Nice” and “The Griswalds” were my favorites.

Last night was the first session of the Baking 101 class I’m taking at Cook’s World. We covered cakes and during the class we made Vanilla Cupcakes with Orange Frosting, Cornbread Muffins, Lime Herb Poundcake and Apfel Streusel. They were all very tasty though the poundcake was my favorite.

The class is, as titled, very basic. I didn't learn anything new this time but I think that future sessions will have some new information for me. A few of my classmates learned quite a bit from the class as they didn’t have much, or any, experience baking. It is a hands-on class and the instructor had a few “volunteers” come up and help prepare each recipe. By the end of the class everyone had helped make one of the recipes.

Now to figure out which recipe I’m going to make this week for my homework. I'm thinking the streusel as it is another favorite of mine and transports easily so I don’t end up eating the entire thing.

I’ve just registered for the Baking Basics 101 course offered through the ASUW Experimental College. I know a fair bit about baking already but nothing beats hands-on training for me. I learn best by doing and this class is four weeks of doing. The class will cover:

  1. Quick Breads, Cupcakes, Muffins
  2. Biscuits, Scones, Fruit Cobblers
  3. Yeast: bagels, cinnamon buns, focaccia, dinner rolls
  4. Pies, Tarts

I hope you folks like baked goods. I enjoy baking too much and shouldn’t eat all the results.

Tonight was the first session of my clock repair class. Such a blast! I arrived early and the instructor was there so I got about an hour of one-on-one time before other people showed up. There are 8 people taking this class. 4 of us have never done anything like this before and the others have taken the class before. The class is a workshop setting where you have access to tools and the instructor when repairing your clocks. Not having a clock I bought one of the "mystery boxes" for $10. Inside was some junk, but a few decent clocks that should be worth repairing.

The one I am using for my project has a good movement although the case is pretty ragged. It's also missing the dial, hands and the lens. All parts I can easily replace. The key thing about the movement is it's well built and I should be able to refurbish it for years of service. I will post some pictures I took with my phone soon. This weekend I hope to take quite a few more with the better camera. Right now the movement is pretty grimy because the clock used to be in a place with a wood or coal fire. There is soot all over the movement.

So there's the first quick report about my class. Tomorrow I'll try to look up some details about my project clock and post a better writeup on the class.

My “Clock Repair & Restoration” class starts this Wednesday. In preparation I went and bought a couple of new notebooks. One has the standard college ruled paper. The other one has graph paper. Because there is very little information posted on the school’s website I don’t know what I might need in class. This is a strange feeling for me because I usually have some idea of what I’m taking. This is going to be an adventure. The other strange part is I don’t know anyone else who works on clocks. So you’re all going to have to listen to my geeking out about clocks, gears, cogs, springs and movements. :)

While shopping I couldn’t resist one of my other addictions. I like pens and pencils. In particular I’m real fond of Pilot G2 gel pens and Varsity fountain pens. The store didn’t have any Varsity pens I didn’t have, but they did have a new pack of G2s that had some colors I don’t have. Well didn’t have them… I have them now.

I also found some new, to me, pens from TUL. They had gel pens, ball rollers and highlighters. I was good and only bought a single highlighter to see if I like them. They do have an uphill battle to overcome my love of the G2 and Varsity pens. According to my searches the TUL gel pens compare favorably with the G2 and are a bit cheaper. I need to find out if the TUL pen uses acid free archival ink like the G2 does.

Shhh… It’s an addiction… It doesn’t have to make sense…

I'm getting excited... Next week my clock repair class starts. No clue what I'll be stepping into but here I go on the journey.
Today I registered for the Clock Repair and Restoration class at North Seattle Community College! So excited to be getting my hands on gears, cogs and springs. I wish there was a better description in the course description but I don't care. Full steam ahead!

Free time?

Apr. 10th, 2008 03:55 pm
hollyking: (ahead full)

I’m about to head out from work to have drinks with my co-workers and VP of Engineering. After that it’s the monthly Eastside Amateur Radio Support (EARS) meeting. Friday after work I’m heading to the Microsoft campus to take the MicroHAMS General Class License Course. The course runs from 7-10pm on Friday, 9-5pm on Saturday and 9-1pm on Sunday. At 1pm on Sunday I’ll be taking the Gernal examination and if all goes well I’ll get a new callsign in a week or so.

Next week I have to start cleaning out stuff and packing for our move in June, finish up the net control script to start hosting the EARS weekly nets and continue preparing the training class on traffic handling.

No Knots

May. 24th, 2007 12:12 pm

I just received a call from the Center for Wooden Boats. It seems I'm the only person who registered for the basic knots seminar this Saturday. So they cancelled it and asked me if I wanted a refund or if I would rather move my registration to the next class on the 18th of August.

Dang.

It’s no secret that I want to have my own sail boat. I was hoping that 2007 would be the year when I would finally learn how to sail. Sadly being fiscally responsible has made that difficult. Instead of letting that get me down I’m going to take some cheaper classes that will teach me other skills I need to own a boat.

So I just registered for the Basic Knots class taught at the Center for Wooden Boats. This is the first class in a four part series that teaches the knots and rope skills. Thanks to the fact that the classes are spread out and fairly inexpensive I should be able to attend them all.

I should probably pick up some rope to practice after the class. I’m going to wait to see what the instructor recommends, but does anyone have any good local sources of rope?

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