February 24th, 2012

Kneading, Cheap Cookin

Recipe: "Smokin' Apple Barbecue Sauce"

I made this a few nights ago.  We have since tested it on pork burgers, where it is excellent.  (I was surprised at how awesome this turned out to be; it's my first attempt at barbecue sauce, and is the equal of the best I've ever had.)  The ingredients probably cost about $3.  Enjoy barbecue sauce free of high-fructose corn syrup!

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Poem: "The Automaton Convocation"

This poem came out of the February 21, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by prompts from aldersprig, fabricdragon, siliconshaman, and e_scapism101.  It has been sponsored by janetmiles.  You can explore the Steamsmith series further via the Serial Poetry page.

This started with a request for more about the tommies, and references to the performance and the lyrics of "Herr Drosselmeyer's Doll."  I pulled in some previous research about the kinds of alchemy that various nations have favored, then looked up references for the titles, first and last names, and cities.  The result is a gathering of steamsmiths from across Europe, meeting in London to show off their best constructs.

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