Taking a Big Risk?

I mentioned my Jane Austen idea to a colleague and it turns out that someone else is doing something very similar at another school.  This, of course, piqued my interest, and what started out as a random though may find itself become a full blown, legitimate event.  I may just go ahead and map out…

And a Cup of Beer?

A couple of weeks ago, the Little Woman and I went to an area restaurant that features locally produced craft beer in its menu offerings.  I am not a drinker (of anything, including the meads I’ve made over the years), but the Little Woman is; she loved the place.  I loved the food, but had…

Feed Me!

I chose not to sleep. Yeah, I know; I didn’t want to throw off my sleep schedule, especially since that’s becoming a joke as it is.  So I stayed up and tackled some of that work I’d been complaining about. 

Cheeseburger Pizza?

Well, I did it. Made a “Double Cheeseburger” pizza this afternoon and it pretty much turned out as expected. 

Pizza Love

I’ve been making Chicken Alfredo pizzas as of late and I’m starting to get addicted to them.  I made two significant changes from my earlier recipe, though – I’m no longer using Pillsbury dough for my crust.  A local bakery sells its own in-house pizza dough which is quite tasty.  I don’t pre-bake the dough,…

Austen Gets Dressed

Okay, this is my last (for the time being) Jane Austen themed post.  Remember, I’m not that much of a fan, but the era is one of my favorites, and given my recent posts on education, are a couple of additional sites to which I wanted to give a shout out. 

Austen Eats – Again

Previously, I mentioned my unorthodox idea about teaching late 18th/early 19th century Euro-American history via a Jane Austen-themed event.  I even posted a link for late 18th/early 19th century foodstuff.  Well, here’s another – the blog that accompanies those films. 

Austen Eats

While this is only tangentially related to my Jane Austen posts, I thought that it’d be a cool addition, especially for those who are really into Ms. Austen’s world…

More Time with Jane Austen

With my recent discussion on Jane Austen, I thought that it might be appropriate for me to list the materials that I would use in preparing the event. 

An Evening with Jane

Just had the strangest idea yet. (And if you knew just a tenth of what I come up with on a good day, then you’d understand the profound nature of that statement.) 

Happy Class

My students absolutely loved the Manchet.  Their sole criticism mirrored my own – too much salt – but otherwise, they enjoyed it and asked me to bring more at some future date.  Actually, they were tickled that I made Renaissance-era bread for them. This is why I love teaching.

Manchet, 1615

I’m teaching a course on the Renaissance and Reformation, and aside from looking at slide-shows of art and listening to recordings, there’s not a lot that I can do to enliven my students.  Or is there?