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Fire Juice

I thought of this recipe one day after swimming in lava.

April 17th, 2019 | Recipe | , , , | Comments: 1


      ground ginger
      ground turmeric
      ground cayenne
      apple cider vinegar
      orange juice


  1. Mix equal parts of the dry ground rhizomes and spice in a resealable container like a Ball jar.
  2. In an 8 oz. drinking glass (or bigger, whatever) add some of the dry mix. Use about 1/4 teaspoon if you’re a wimp or about a full teaspoon if you have something to prove.
  3. To the dry mix add about a teaspoon of honey and around an 1/8 cup to 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar. Stir to combine. The dry things combine best if the wet things are room temperature.
  4. Once combination has been achieved, pat yourself on the back then fill the rest of the glass with orange juice. Again, there are options here: Use pulp-free OJ if you’re a wimp or just dump in whole puréed oranges if you have something to prove.
  5. Add some whiskey if you think another dimension of fire sounds nice.


What does this fantastic elixir cure?
Boredom and a random selection of ailments found on WebMD.

How long does this keep?
Why, for the love of all that’s tasty, does everyone always ask how long things can be kept?! Just eat and drink the delicious things.

Why are none of the measurements exact?!?!
The thing about recipes is that no one ever follows them exactly. Even if I told you precisely how to make this drink, you’d still alter it somehow. Use the ingredients you have. Substitute something for another. Try a new idea. Have fun!

ground rhizomes and spice in a Ball jar

Equal parts ground ginger, turmeric, and cayenne

drinking glass containing some apple cider vinegar

About this much apple cider vinegar…

fire juice assuming its final form

…to this much orange juice. (8 oz. glass pictured)

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Big, Bright, and Hot

Just wanted to point out how huge the Sun is. That’s all.

Me playing slide guitar in front of a bonfire. Photography by Ben Gilliom.

Indiana is hot today – really hot – maybe a record setter. News outlets are saying that in Colorado wild fires are crawling across mountains and consuming neighborhoods. The heat and fires have me thinking about something I often think about: how big and hot the Sun has to be for it to be this hot and bright here on Earth.

Being a country boy, I’ve attended a fair number of bonfires. Some of them have featured quite enormous, roaring fires. Yet, no matter how big the fires have been, the heat and light quickly drop off just yards away and the night remains dark, cold, and unaffected.

I haven’t measured this myself, but I’m told that on average the Earth orbits somewhere around 92,960,000 miles from the Sun. That’s a long way away (approximately 1 astronomical unit). The Sun is so far away that it takes about 8 minutes for the Sun’s light (which coincidentally travels at the speed of light 299,792,458 miles/second) to reach us here on Earth. So compared to the bonfires I’ve seen, I think about how big that burning ball of fire we call the Sun must be for it to be this hot and light out here. Amazing.

Even more amazing: compared to other stars in the Universe, the Sun isn’t even a very big star.

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