May 25th, 2010


Why I don't do volume discounts

I keep having to explain this. Maybe from now on I'll just link to this post.

People ask me sometimes if they can get a volume discount. They've ordered half a dozen plushies, or several tails, or something of that nature, and they want to know if I can give them some kind of discount because of how much they're buying.

I pretty much always turn them down, and this is why.

When you commission something from me you are not paying for an item I'm selling. You're paying me for the time I spend making whatever you bought. You pay for materials too, of course, but the majority of the cost is the time. Basically you're paying the hourly wages of my job, as if you were my boss.

Now if your boss came up to you and said that he had extra work for you, and he wants you to work extra hours this week, but instead of paying you overtime for those extra hours, he wants a bulk discount on them, he's going to pay you less money per hour than your normal working wage. Would you do that? Would you take a job where the more hours you worked, the less you got per hour? Of course not! You'd be insane to take a job like that.

And I'd be equally insane to offer a bulk discount to people. I don't care to get paid less for doing more work. That's just the long and short of it.

Actually simple chowder

It sounds complicated, but honestly it's not.

2 tbs. chopped yellow onion
2 tbs butter
1 tbs flour
Lowry's Season Salt
white pepper (black pepper will do, but white is better)
dried parsley
1 large potato (I like yukon gold or russet)
1 carrot
1/2 stick celery
2-3 cups milk
4 tbs grated parmesan cheese
3 tbs white wine

Makes two servings.

Chop up the onion. Melt the butter in the bottom of your pot, then throw the onion in and cook on med-low until it's translucent. Add the flour and stir in thoroughly. Then add the pepper, salt, parsley and season salt. (I really do suggest using the Lowry's. If you haven't got that, it's just not going to be the same. You can make do with a little garlic, some parprika, and whatever else sounds like it might go, but honestly the stuff is awesome and it goes with everything, red meat, white meat, veggies, dairy, everything. It's the only time in my life I've actually used up a spice jar all the way to the bottom and had to buy another one, was a few weeks ago when I polished off the last of a jar of the stuff. Anyhow.) I haven't got exact ammounts for those, I just add a good sprinkle until it looks right. Mix all that up and let it cook for a minute or so. It should start to smell like heaven at this point. :D

Next slice up and add the carrot, celery and potato. Add milk until it covers everything. (I think it's around 2 cups, but I could be wrong. Doesn't matter anyhow. All the measurements here are imprecise, feel free to adjust them.) Continue to cook on med-low or low (just enough to get the milk simmering, but not enough for a full boil) stirring regularly until the potatoes are tender. Add white wine and parmesan and cook for another 1-2 minutes. I forgot the wine this time, but it came out just fine. That's optional. You seriously do want to include the cheese though. You don't want much, but it ads a lot to the flavor.

This is the best chowder I've had. And you can make it into any other sort of chowder you like, really. I'm sure it'd be great with some clams stirred in, and I plan on doing it as a corn chowder, using corn flour and adding corn kernels. It's just plain delicious, and is quite simple to make. And I frequently make it as a cheese chowder, with a generous amount of cheddar grated in right before eating. Don't do this if you're making extra to save for later though, the cheese goes weird when it cools. Add cheddar just to the bowl you're eating and not the whole pot, if you won't eat it all on the spot.