Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Keep the Music Going

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Keep the Music Going

 

Dear friends,

This has been one of the most difficult weeks any of us can remember. I know you are all reeling from the dramatic shift in our way of life. You might know that of the many hard hit groups of people, those in the arts have been hit particularly hard. Opera houses and orchestras all over the world have shuttered and artists are out of work and suffering. I, along with several other artists and colleagues in the business, have started an initiative called Keep the Music Going, a series of live streaming and recorded videos featuring many of your favorite musicians, for the purpose of raising funds for organizations that directly help artists that are hurting most. This will also provide those of you who love and support music a place to connect with the art form that you so love.

For now, the easiest ways to connect with #keepthemusicgoing are to click here to subscribe to this email newsletter where we will be sending our new videos several times per week and announcing live streams, or to click here to subscribe to my YouTube channel. At the moment we are requesting folks donate to agmarelief.org and artistrelieftree.com both of which are giving financial aid directly to artists. We will be expanding our list of organizations as time goes on. Also, this week we will roll out keepthemusicgoing.com which will be a place for you to see all the performances, and also to learn more about the wonderful organizations we are working with on this initiative.

This world needs music now more than ever, and its artists need us more than ever. By lifting each other up through our talents and resources we can come together and keep the music going.

Sending you all much love and appreciation,
Ryan McKinny, Bass Baritone

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Sourdough Ruchbrot

Get it? "W" slash?

One week until I'm deep in the heart of Texas! I thought I'd make the best of my last week here in Switzerland by trying out some flour that is only available here: Ruchmehl. 

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Disaster Recovery - White Spelt "City Bread"


Sometimes making bread can be a spiritual, meditative, mindful experience. Sometimes I address the flour, the water, the salt, the levain with respect and gratitude and let it guide me, full of thankfulness while I watch the dough metamorphosize into bread. This was not one of those times. 

Sunday, November 25, 2012

36 Hour Post Thanksgiving Sourdough Comfort Loaf


After an awesome expat Thanksgiving my wife has inexplicably left town to have a "weekend with her girlfriends" in "Barcelona" while the kids and I eat leftovers for two days. (She may in fact be hiding in a nearby hotel, taking a very long nap. I have no proof either way.) 

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Wonderbread is Dead. Long Live Wonderbread: Three Hour, No Knead, White Bread


At the time of this writing Wonderbread is due to shut down operations in the US. This food product, lacking in any nutrition or flavor which includes twelve different kinds of rat poison American food icon will be missed by dozens, if not scores, of people across the globe. Happily for the picky toddlers and toothless elderly of the world, fluffy, soft, white sandwich bread (New and Improved! Now With Flavor! 100% Less Radioactive Shelf-Life Extending Preservatives!) is extremely easy to make at home.


Saturday, November 17, 2012

San Joaquin Sourdough


Along with txfarmer's 36 hour baguettes, one of the other well known sourdough formulas on The Fresh Loaf is David Snyder's San Joaquin Sourdough. David is one of the regular posters over there and he puts out beautiful loaf after beautiful loaf. He has posted several iterations of his "SJSD" formula and you can find the one I used here. Check out this one too, look at those ears!

Sourdough Bread Bowls with Chicken Corn Chowder




It's getting cold here in Basel and I'm homesick, so I made my version of comfort food: chowder in a bread bowl. Chowder is one of those things that just makes your whole body feel warm no matter how sick, cold, grumpy or cranky you might be. Plus if you eat your bowl, there are less dishes to clean.