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My Pizza Stone Tastes Funny and How to Wash It

I absolutely love my baking stone (I have a square pizza stone similar to this one because it is more versatile than a round one.) I use it all the time and for pretty much everything I put in the oven. ( Disclosure: I am including affiliate links for your convenience .) Which I learned is a mistake. The food I bake on my pizza stone is starting to taste weird. The stone smells and smokes when I put it in a hot oven. Why? Because baking and pizza stones are porous. That’s how they do their job of creating perfectly baked bread and pizza crusts. But the porous stone can also absorb and trap the fats and oils in the food baked on top of it. Over time, the oil heats and releases into the lovely seasoning you created by baking on the stone and makes your pizza or bread taste awful and/or fill your kitchen with eye watering smoke. Bleach! In other words, I should have used a metal baking sheet to make oven baked French fries and not my baking stone. Oops. Save this tutorial to

Easton Farmers Market

Last week I visited the Easton Farmers Market. Yep, it is a weekly farmer’s market at a mall.  Oh, excuse me; Easton Towne Center is an entertainment and shopping experience.

In other words a fancy, schmancy mall.

How so?

There’s a free storage area called the Veggie Valet where they keep your produce purchases from the farmer's market cold while you shop the other stores at the mall.

Still fun though.

Yummy food too. Lookit.






















I can't make Focaccia that looks this good at home!
































Pretty plants.



































Including this unusual double-headed daisy.






































The daisy’s name is Audery. Hee!

Cut flowers too.






















Vegetables as far as the eye can see.







































One of the typical complaints I get about shopping at a farmer’s market is of high prices.


I can't buy Kohlrabi this cheaply in a grocery store


I found the prices to be reasonable, if not a bargain, on most items.




Have you shopped your local farm market today?

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