A drudge is someone who toils, a servant, gofer, even a “bottle washer”. I do toil in my kitchen and I certainly wash bottles, but it is all with great enthusiasm.
I owe much to my mother, who taught me basic kitchen skills as a kid. Nothing fancy mind you, but I knew how a kitchen and most of the tools in it worked. And to Toni, my loyal kitchen companion for the last three and half decades; cooking together is always an adventure. Toni spent one summer on Cape Cod, cooking her way through the CIA Cookbook. That’s the Culinary Institute of America, I don’t think the Central Intelligence Agency has a cookbook. Other kitchen inspiration came from Toni’s parents, both very good Italian cooks.
But my fearlessness in the kitchen comes from a baker. A few years back I took some bread baking classes from Amy Lozier, proprietor of Omega Artisan Baking in Columbus OH. She taught me to be a much better baker, but she also taught me to just keep tryin’ stuff. So I do.
the Kitchen Drudge, is my personal recipe blog. When I started blogging regularly for Bucket Brewery in Pawtucket RI, I knew I had to find a home for my other culinary musings. So here, you’ll find all my Bucket Beer recipes cross-posted, as well as other recipes and musings that don’t fit in at Bucket’s Kitchen.
your humble blogger & kitchen drudge,
A word about our logo image…
it is an excerpt from Morning Bakers by Ruth Gorton. The original was given to me by my dear friends Jay O. Sanders and Maryann Plunkett. I have used it without Ruth’s explicit permission, but I hope she will enjoy seeing it here. I get to enjoy it daily, as I toil in my kitchen where it hangs, lovingly.