Author Archives: Dazed & Infused

About Dazed & Infused

Failed science major turned to creative writing which led to a job as a bartender hack turned mixologist turned book editor turned writer who then went on to the world of International Corporate Communications. This is a bit getting back to his roots--that would be booze & science & rambling.

Ancho glad I’m finally updating this?

GUYS. I made a huge veggie chili the other day (househusbands need to stay relevant in this economy). Part of the process for me–whenever cooking up a giant vat of heavily spicy/flavorful anything–is digging through the spice cabinet and pantry … Continue reading

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Gone to Seed: Lime Basil Infused Vodka

I overdid things on the gardening front this year (“He Overdid It” will likely end up on my tombstone some day). Especially exciting for me were the multiple varieties of basil I had planted in both containers and along the … Continue reading

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Lime basil

Lime basil

Lime basil going to flower. Photo by Michael Paydos, 2012.

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Summer planning

This past week, I believe (think?) I’ve finished most of the gardening prep work for the year. One exception: I may buy a few more potted herbs for my herb garden.  This past week we have also finished off much … Continue reading

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How to make cider, for real

It’s been so long, what happened? Well, I bought a house, discovered the art of brewing, discovered the sport of power tools and home maintenance, and decided I really want a loft lounge in our victorian attic. But! I’d like … Continue reading

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I would like to introduce you to the newest member of my family

It is the Breville JE900 for those who are curious, and while they should be, they are not paying me for the plug. I agonized over various juicer options. Most Brevilles I found were $200-400 with some caveats (usually that … Continue reading

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Fire & Failure & Future

OK, pro tip: when you plan on making a bunch of new infusions, maybe don’t throw a big impromptu party. As a result, all the infusions previously posted were cracked open prematurely. I do have to say that the crab … Continue reading

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Sneak preview

Here are four infusions I got started last night: From left to right: 2 quarts of orange infused vodka, 1 quart grapefruit infused vodka, 3 cups intensely sour crabapple infused vodka, and lastly 3 cups of cantaloup infused vodka. The … Continue reading

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Hazelnut infused vodka

Frangelico is yet another popular liqueur that I love in theory, but always have trouble with how sweet it is. Hazelnuts are sweet enough on their own thanks. Thankfully, infusology gives us an alternative. Step 1: Get some hazelnuts Trader … Continue reading

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Herbal adventures

The photo is from the end of June. The neat truth about herbs–most are essentially weeds. Just now 2 weeks later and I have about triple the volume. What we’ve got a brewin': Basil Thai basil Mint Chive Parsley Cilantro … Continue reading

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