Wednesday, November 5, 2008

What Big Stones You Have There!

I am happy that our front walk is now finished. I was able to keep large stones from the property and build a pretty nice walkway. Even though they were somewhat heavy it was well worth the wait. Can you tell I am so proud?

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Long Time Gone...

It has been awhile since I have posted anything, so let me catch you up on the goings on.
I was able to spend the weekend at Snowshoe with P.G. and Mark. We went to see a motorcycle race on the mountain and just to have the weekend to enjoy a few beer and cook.

We have added two decks out at The Whiskey Path. We could not have done it without a great group of friends and family.

I will add more at a later time after I get all the photos sorted out. It has been busy but fun out our way, how is it with you?

Sunday, September 7, 2008

D.C.- Where the "Unwashed and Well-Read" meet the "Very Stylish and Well-Bred"

We have returned to the Whiskey Path from Washington, D.C.  The Gourds show at The State Theater was incredible.  The energy was amazing and the crowd was as eclectic as the music.  

The Gourds refer to themselves as "Unwashed and Well-Read" and the crowd at the show was more "Very Stylish and Well-Bred" , we were told that this was a typical D.C. crowd ,but it was fun all the same.  

The accordion player from the band looked just like our friend "Red" from Sam's Uptown Cafe in Charleston, WV and Kev Russel shaved his head and beard.  The set list was great, even though, we did not get to hear "Burn the Honeysuckle" it was well worth the trip and look forward to the Rodney Crowell show next month in Pittsburgh. 

Friday, September 5, 2008

Unwashed And Well-Read

Tonite we are leaving the Whiskey Path for Washington, D.C. to partake in the Unwashed and Well-Read music of The Gourds. This has been a show that Melissa and I have been waiting for and we are both very excited.

Hopefully we will have photos and a few stories to share when we return.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

"No Knead" To Pay $7 For Bread

Out here at the Whiskey Path we are about 20 minutes to the nearest grocery store and about an hour away from the nearest bakery so you are somewhat forced to become resourseful.

Melissa and I get a magazine, Mother Earth News, which is great. It covers everything from the best solar products to excelent recipes.

The following reciep is for a No Knead "Artisan" Bread, you know, hard crust soft center. I will admit the first few times I tried this I walked away covered in flour swearing I would never do it again. With a few changes I have made it work for me, and hope it will work for you.

All you need for this adventure is a cast iron dutch oven, glass bowl, flour, salt, yeast and water. It needs to "rise" for about 12 to 18 hours so, start it in the morning before you go to work or on the weekend.

A funny story before I go. I was making a two loaves of bread for an auction for the Fletcher Family Reunion. I mixed everything up and had it sitting outside to raise. Melissa and I were watching the X-Files DVD when we heard what sounded like a car door slamming. I got up and went to the door to see what was going on. I saw nothing, but thought that while I am up I might as well bring the bread in. I found one loaf in its bowl where I had left it, the other was pulled down onto the porch steps with a racoon paw print in it. I only had one loaf for auction, which my Mother bought.


1/4 tsp. active dry yeast

1 1/2 cups warm water

3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting the countertop.

1 1/2 tsp salt

Cornmeal or wheat bran for dusting Dutch Oven

1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in water. Add flour and salt stiring until blended. The dough will be shaggy and sticky. Cover bowl with plastic wrap. Let the dough rest at lease 8 hours, preferably 12 to 18 at about 70 degrees.

(I have two different size Dutch Ovens, for the larger I triple the recipe.)

2. The dough is ready when its surface is dotted with bubbles. Lightly flour a work surface and place dough on it. Sprinkle it with a little more flour and fold it over onto itself twice. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let rest for 15 minutes.

(Keep the plastic wrap from the bowl to cover it with. I say this because I never remember to do it myself.)

3. Using just enough flour to keep the dough from sticking to the work surface or your fingers, gently shape into a ball. Generously coat a clean dish towel with flour, wheat bran or cornmeal. Put the seam side down on the towel and dust with more flour bran or cornmeal. Cover with another towel and let rise for about 1 to 2 hours. When it is ready, the dough will have almost doubled in size and not readily spring back when poked with finger.

4. Al least 20 minutes before the dough is ready heat oven to 475 degrees. Put heavy covered pot (cast iron, enamel, Pyrex or ceramic) in the oven as it heats. When the dough is ready, carefully pull out the oven rack, remove the lid. Slide your hand under the towel and turn the dough over into the pot seam side up. The dough will lose its shape a bit in the process. Give the pan a firm shake to help distribute the dough evenly, but don't worry if it's not perfect; it will fix itself as it bakes.

(Sprinkle some cornmeal or wheat bran in the bottom of the cast iorn before heating.)

5. Cover and bake for 30 minutes. Remove lid and bake another 15 to 20 minutes, until loaf is beautifully browned. Remove bread from Dutch Oven and let cool on rack for at least an hour before slicing.

(With all cooking it will take longer for the bread to be done if cooking in glass or Pyrex)

This bread is so very good.

Bye for now.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

A Trip To The Market

This morning we loaded up the car and headed to the Farmer's Market.  It is nothing like Capital Market in Charleston, but it is still better than the produce section at Kroger.

Melissa and I go here every Saturday to get fresh Peaches and Apples from Romney, WV.  We get fresh pork and beef from Southwestern PA and Goat Cheese from McHenry, MD.  The veggies are execlent and for the most part, just as cheap as Kroger.

We are now back at The Whiskey Path hiding from the traffic of the WVU Football Game.


Thursday, August 28, 2008

A View From The Front Porch

I walked outside this morning with a cup of coffee to survey the weather here at The Whiskey Path. To my suprise we had vistors. I thought that by the time I got inside to get the camera that our guest would have fled, however, as you can see they were more hungry than scared. What a way to start the day, a cup of coffee and some guest for breakfast.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

The Whiskey Path

In the time of Prohibition folks from around the surrounding area (West Virginia and Pennsylvania) would walk the "Whiskey Path" to come to the Stewartstown area distilleries. That path happens to be on the property that my wife and I own.

Melissa and I have been out here for going on two months now, and I am still waiting to see a ghost from those times. We are lucky enough to also have a Mason-Dixon Line Marker as well, even though we have not gone out to find it, we are still waiting to see a ghost from that time too.

We moved into a very history rich area. The property we have touches on Cheat Lake. Before the Lake Lynn Dam was built and the valley flooded my great grandparents farm touched on our boundaries.

I hope to keep this updated with the goings on in our lives, share stories, recipes and a photo or two. Until then...