French Press and French Ovens

Hi, my name is Megan, and I hoard Thick ‘n Chunky Salsa.

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…And beans and pumpkin.

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Well, I feel so much better now that that’s out there. I really feel like we can be open with each other now. So much so, that I feel I can confide in you that today is in fact my birthday. Yes, sir. And Yes, ma’am. Which is why I also feel no shame in confiding in you that last night I tried out this (quart) of beer. It kind of had a burnt coffee aftertaste, an unpleasant smell, but the flavor was okay. Just okay, nothing special, but the packaging was beyond adorbs.

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Today I used a vacation day and bought myself a birthday present. Or two. Muahahaha. Angel

A French Press coffee maker, and, to go along with it, a coffee grinder.

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New Cuisinart Burr Mill Grinder. Allows you to adjust the coarseness of your grind – fine, medium, coarse – you get the idea.

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I set mine to a coarse grind, and my beans looked like this once the Cuisinart was done with ‘em.

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Then I let my new French press have a go at the coarse grinds. This was how I prepared my French Press coffee, inspired by a recent visit to Café Zola:

1. Bring desired amount of water to a boil.

2. Once it boiling, remove pan from heat.

3. Coarsely grind coffee beans and place grounds in the bottom of French press carafe. (I used 1 T beans for every 4 oz of water).

4. Pour hot (not boiling) water over grounds.

5. After a minute or so, add the lid to the French press. Don’t press down yet.

6. After around 4 minutes (suggested by the Bodum instructions), gently press down on lever, while securely holding pot in other hand. Make sure the spout is in the off position to avoid burning yourself with spurts of hot water.

7. Once the mesh steel filter reaches the bottom, you’ll be left with strong, rich coffee, ready to drink! From what I’ve read, it’s best to not let the coffee hang out in the carafe with the grounds, or else the coffee will become bitter.

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MMM mmm MMM! I can totally see myself caffeinating myself with my French press on the weekends, but on busy work mornings I plan to stick with my beloved Cuisinart drip coffee maker (which also grinds the beans for me!).

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Once I was caffeinated, I was ready to tackle an organization project. The cabinet in the below picture, on the right, was one of my birthday presents from the hub (I asked for it!). Yesterday he assembled it, and today I was ready to fill it!

I’m oddly highly-entertained by organizing things so this was a fun project for me! Yay OCD!

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By the end of the afternoon, I had moved around all my kitchen cabinets, my pantry, and my guest bedroom closet, and now have many of my frequently-used items much closer at hand. Lugging the blender from the guest bedroom to the kitchen every time I wanted to make a smoothie was such a pain, and now it is right in the kitchen ready for Green Monster-making. Also, LC now has a home! Smile

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Speaking of LC, I must tell you about another of my birthday presents from the hub:

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A MINI Le Creuset!!!!!! Um…have you EVER!?!?!?!? I think my life is complete.

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Mini LC is a magnet. Some people fawn over puppies or babies. Personally, I prefer to fawn over mini Le Creusets. Because, let’s be honest, LC, is an important member of our modest little family.

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So anyways, back to the organization. I revamped my hallway pantry, and it’s now a bit more organized, with room to spare:

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And the BEST part of this whole project was that I was able to revamp my spice cupboards. Now, you may have noticed I am an avid spice user. Remember Spice Week? Well, one of the things that had been irking me in my little kitchen was that my spices were all kept in a high shelf that my vertically-challenged self had trouble accessing. NOW, I was able to rearrange some things and have moved all my spices down nice and low into this kitchen cabinet of honor. This makes me happy. Smile

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And that was how I spent the first half of my birthday! We have dinner plans tonight! Birthday cake

Note Currently listening to: Night Time – The xx.

 

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