Coconut-Gochujang Glazed Chicken With Broccoli is pretty good. We added Gochugaru (Korean pepper flakes) for extra heat. Would recommend serving as a rice bowl though. It begged for a bowl.

Billions of almonds waiting to be hulled.

Western Toad finally makes a reappearance in the backyard and it has GROWN. Wish I had something for scale.

The Annie Cat is so displeased that the game controller isn’t working right.

Excellent sourdough shape, crumb, and pretty good flavor (48 hour refrigerator proof).

Today’s obligatory wildfire smoke scene. Halide app made it dead easy to override auto white balance.

Winds started after midnight here and dramatically warmed the air from ~75 to ~87°F. Likely katabatic winds.

Blue Jay yelling at everything this afternoon. Maybe it’s angry at the wildfire smoke.

Can confirm.

Oof.

Good morning: light of sunrise reflecting off the smoke.

Today starts an oppressive heat wave. At least the humidity is low. The smoke from California fires is thin today so not getting much help from it.

A scrub jay checking out the new bird feeder. Birds haven’t taken to it yet. They’re still eating grapes and desiccated elderberries.

August Complex smoke this afternoon. Silver lining is the smoke cooled the air temperature down several degrees.

Our trio of Scrub Jays are leaving almond hulls behind. Maybe they’re giving us gifts for providing water? We do compost….

We love this homemade smoked beef salami — could use a bit more paprika but great first try.

A day of discovery making salami for the first time with a smoker we were given. Smells and looks great but it may be a bit loose.

Kimchi-Brined Fried Chicken

Kimchi-Brined Fried Chicken Sandwich Recipe by J. Kenji López-Alt is an excellent recipe — those with lower spice tolerance may want to drizzle the finishing sauce instead of liberally brushing. We did not make the sandwich, but served simply with white rice and kimchi.Kimchi-Brined Fried Chicken

Large ash flake that landed in my safe backyard — over a dozen miles away from the August Complex on the Mendocino National Forest. This had a lot of atmospheric lift to make it this far. You can see the leaf pattern!

Nothing but pleasant emotions with a view like this. I wish this were my backyard but so glad I had the presence of mind to take this photo. Hidden Lakes area, Lassen National Forest.

Overcome a poorly seasoned cast iron pan by cooking lots of fatty things like Guanciale.

The Annie Cat is not always relentless at being judgy. Sometimes she looks borderline benevolent.

Here’s some hope that our trio of Scrub Jays will eat our cultivated California native grapes.

Frosty garden grown hot peppers (from the freezer) about to become hot sauce. We harvest over the summer and freeze until ready.