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Jun 11, 2010
I'm so so so happy that I have a kitchen again. After nearly 10 years living in my old place, I finally have a kitchen that I'm not just happy but enthusiastic to cook in again.
Friday I cooked dinner for <>. Tomato soup from scratch, Alton Brown's brilliant tweak on grilled cheese sammiches (with horseradish), grilled vidalia onions, and a spinach salad with cucumber and red bell pepper (with a simple vinaigrette).
Previous escapades include:
Cookies the first day I moved in, mostly for the smell.
One of my childhood favorites, chicken fricassee. Holy shit that was about the best dish I've ever eaten, let alone made. Top this off with baked pears in cream for dessert and you have a foodgasm. Two really.
Indian black eyed pea and potato stew.
Matzo ball soup, complete with jewproval (I've even been nicknamed "bubbie"!).
yin yang orange and purple mashed potatoes.
Boatloads of nommy pasta and simple sauces, tucked away in the fridge for quick and easy meals.
no knead bread that didn't quite rise and was the best focaccia I've ever had, once the fucker got out of the dutch oven it was cooked in.
The best damn oatmeal you've ever had. no really.
I've easily eaten more fruit in 4 months than I did all last year.
I've easily consumed more whole milk than I did in the last 5 years.
purple gnocci, both sweet and savory.
black eyed peas as well as black and pinto bean soups. corn bread to go with it.
chicken with tziki, skillet potatoes with onion, and greek salad.
Oct 27, 2009
I have the same birfday as John Cleese and John Gotti. How cool is that?
Oct 9, 2009
Today, just 6 weeks (and a day) after I started, I swam a straight mile.
Go. fuckin'. me.
Oct 4, 2009
I've now swam 10 miles in 5 weeks. rawr.
Considering that 5 weeks ago I hadn't (seriously) swam in approximately 17 years, and I was slightly worried that it would kill me, this is a feat. 5 weeks later and I'm pretty sure sometime in the next week I'll swim a straight-up non-stop mile.
Aug 9, 2009
I've been thinking about this a lot lately. Cycles of learning, building up, styling, and then tearing it down. Cycles of expansion and contraction. That is an explicit pattern I use with software development but it happens everywhere. When you get to the point that you master something, (or as it more often should be viewed: one revolution in the cycle) you take all those things you layered on, pulled in, experimented with, and reduce it down to the essence you truly value.
I've been doing that with software for years. I've been doing that with myself for years. I haven't sat down and re-scripted in ages, but I have multiple times and i may do so yet again. I've also been doing it with cooking lately... over the last 6 months or so. I've been buying all my spices down at world spice and I've been reducing down to essences I truly value:
Salt. Good flavorful salt. Sometimes multiple, but for now I'm sticking to one coarse general purpose flavorful salt.
Pepper. Fresh black wonderfully complex pepper. Only fresh ground. I'll never ever buy that shit is the grocery store ever again. (I also bought a great pepper grinder at the restaurant store on aurora). What a difference this has made.
True Cinnamon. Real cinnamon in whole stick, ground as needed. True cinnamon differs in flavor and intensity from the more common cinnamon (properly named cassia). They're both good, but I like cinnamon better for most things.
Those three have been my mainstay for the last 6 months. Throw in some garlic, shallots, onion, and olive oil to round out the supplies.
It is amazing what a difference buying real fresh spices can make. Everyone seems to intuitively understand that you need to buy fresh ingredients, but rarely do I see spices considered on that list. I've been reducing my flavors to the above list and enjoying my food more, not less.
I look forward to another revolution in this cycle.
Aug 8, 2009
I got a new stand for my bbq today so I set it up and fired up the charcoal. I tried beefalo for the first time and also cooked a regular new york steak to compare. I really like the flavor of beefalo, but the lack of fat means it is a tougher meat. Cut on a bias it is still very tender. I also grilled up half a sweet yellow onion in sea salt, (very) fresh black pepper, and olive oil as well as a sweet potato cut into 1cm strips and grilled straight up.
Now I smell deliciously like smoke and am happy and well fed.
nom nom nom
Aug 2, 2009
- 2 handfuls of ice and an inch of water
- 1/4 watermelon, w/o rind and chunked
- 1 lime, peeled
- 1/4 of the lime's peel, sliced into slivers
throw all in a blendtek blender. push smoothie. wait 15 seconds. drink. absolutely perfect for this weekend! nom
Apr 12, 2009
... I like sinners. ;)
Nov 11, 2008
I've done the kid thing. It was incredibly hard. I'm done with it. Let's add that filter to the list of things I can filter on. Let's take it one step further... I'd like to filter out the "Likes Kids" ones. That'll avoid an entire conversation and the inevitable knowledge that the relationship is doomed for failure down the road.
I'd also like the ability to filter by username... by pattern. Anything ending with "4u"??? Yeah. We're prolly not gonna get along very well. For that matter, how about anyone with a number on the end of their name? If you can't come up with something better than peaches5966, then yeah... we're prolly not gonna get along very well.
I'd also like to filter on profile content. Anyone that has "I'm looking for the one" or "soul mate" in their profile? Yeah. Let's not waste our time. Or tastes... if you put Rush as your favoritest band ever, do we even really need to talk? (:P)
And while I'm dreaming... image analysis... I'd love to be able to filter ppl w/ only face shots... you know what I'm talking about. I'm sure some women would love to be able to automatically filter based on facial hair or hair length. I love all sorts of hair, but I'd love to be able to give bonuses (red = x2, brunette = x1.5, etc).
Not that I ever expect any of these features to come to OKC. It seems to me that every single release makes the site worse, not better. They write it in C++ (read: way more difficult than it needs to be and much slower cycles for release) and don't seem to test much of anything. I still can't get personality ratings to record from quickmatch... ETA: apparently FF and safari users can't comment... see what I mean?
Oct 24, 2008
Is it acceptable for a country to spend more money on its defense program, military, or war budget than on its education or welfare programs?this is either an incredibly stupid/naive question or very poorly worded... even if we were doing our best on welfare and education, it would still be damn hard to spend more than a military budget (and still have a military). It costs a _lot_ to create and maintain a military. It actually doesn't cost all that much to create and maintain a good welfare or education system.
- I'm Not Sure