Why is it that we are expected to paint our own houses, build our own decks, do our own taxes and yet people are floored when I actually make something like burger buns from scratch? They don’t call for blueprints and hardware and lumber from Home Depot – only flour, water, eggs and yeast. Easy. I can’t build a deck, but I can make a bun.
And isn’t that the true meaning of convenience? Not the availability of Wonder Bread buns at 7-11 24 hours a day, but the ability to make your own, from scratch, in about the same amount of time it takes to get in the car and drive to the store. (Minus rising time, of course, but you’re not actually doing anything at that point anyway, so it really shouldn’t count.)
If you have burgers on the agenda over the next couple months, and I know you do, try mixing up a batch of these instead of those crusty generic Kaiser buns that make far too much of a mess anyway. Making them is fun. It’s not difficult. And your burgers will be the best dressed ones at the party. (Even when it’s not a party.)
In other news: the bean book finally squeezed through its final round of edits! Sue and I have spent approximately a thousand hours over the past 48 on speaker phone marking up the manuscript with red pen and sticky notes. It’s sealed up in a box and leaning on the front door, even if the (presumably overworked) FedEx guy never showed to pick it up today. Maybe tomorrow.