JesseHelfrich.net

Oh, hey. I’m an all-purpose journalist pushing nine years in the newspaper industry, most of that as a copy editor and designer. Currently, I’m Chief Copy Editor at The Hill newspaper in Washington, D.C.

I bake bread, drink bourbon and pet cats. I can make animals out of balloons. A Sharpie and Post-it notes are essential life tools.

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FOI: Chicken pomodoro





Food On The Internet: Paprika chicken al pomodoro over fettuccine and spring greens with citrus vinaigrette.

Every so often I get the chance to make a composed dish. The impetus for this one was a few cups of tasty leftover tomato sauce that needed a use. ... Read more »

Boy, that de-escalated quickly (back at last)





That's me there, about three years, 30 pounds, one job title and little more hair ago.

Sometime shortly before I scribbled that lopsided mustache on my finger, I'd given up on updating this website. It wasn't on purpose: The site was looking outdated, and I was busy acclimating to a new job, but at some point it just stopped occurring to me that this little corner of the Internet could use my attention. ... Read more »

Eye Sore



Warning: Due to copious amounts of ick, viewer discretion is advised.

The most common reaction to telling someone that you've lost sight in your right eye because of a massive corneal ulcer is, "Jesus!"

I've heard, been texted and emailed that single-word reaction a cool dozen times since a wicked infection moved into and subsequently wreaked havoc on my eye on May 29. ... Read more »

That's heavy, Doc.





Infrastructure? Where we're going, we don't need infrastructure.

Ever since the phrase "win the future" began winging around after President Obama's State of The Union address, I've had this image stuck in my head. So, much like how listening to a song sometimes dislodges it from your psyche, I made this. ... Read more »

Gifts of knowledge



As a newspaper designer, you know that the vast majority of your work is going to get balled up and thrown in the trash.

But even though I'm no longer gainfully employed as a newspaper designer, should that stop me from designing something that will be torn to shreds and forgotten 20 times over in the same timespan it took to create? Hell, no. ... Read more »

I'm reading

"The Bread Baker's Apprentice" by Peter Reinhart
This book has advanced my quest to master bread more than any other. Reinhart's got a flair for explanation, and his formulas are spot on.

I'm listening to

"Cheap Thrill" by Hank and Cupcakes. I first saw these two when they opened for a friend's band at the Rock & Roll hotel in Washington. It's a husband and wife, a bass guitar, and a drum kit. And it's awesome.

Other links

» "I Can Eat 50 Cadbury Eggs" — A personal photo project and fundraiser
» Charles Apple's blog — the journal of an inspiring visual journalist
» The CSS Zen Garden — how I taught myself Web design way back when