First time I’ve made this recipe: http://honestcooking.com/authentic-homemade-mexican-chorizo/
We couldn’t find ancho chile powder at our local Mexican market, so we substituted paprika+red chile powder+cayenne as suggested.
I made a 2.5 kg batch (5x the recipe) because that was how much pork shoulder I had. A bit too much cumin and way too much cloves and cinnamon for my taste. Next time I’ll make a 500 g (1 lb) batch, using half the cloves and cinnamon and dial back the cumin just a bit. Also, hopefully we’ll have some home-grown ancho chile powder to try!
I finally visited the BoardGameGeek site after a prolonged absence and got to fiddling with the widget generator. Here’s what I came up with: Thumbnails of the 5 games I’ve most recently played (and remembered to log on BGG!)
I haven’t figured out how to get the thumbnails to link back to the games, so I did the next best thing–the image links to my gaming history on BGG, and from there you can jump to each game on the list.
Brian brought some gingerbread cookies in to the office last week, and they were amazingly tasty! I asked him for the recipe (and permission to publish it here), which he graciously granted.
Following typical cookie recipe procedure, here are the ingredients…
- 1.5 cup butter, unsalted
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup white sugar
- half cup molasses
- one egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- one heaping tablespoon of finely-ground fresh ginger (or more?!)
- 4 cups flour
- teaspoon baking soda (I used to a half teaspoon in the version I brought in)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3 teaspoon cinnamon
- 4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon ground cloves
- I sometimes refrigerate the dough
- I flatten balls of dough on a bed of coarse sugar before baking, sugar side up, at 350 for no longer than 12 min. for medium-size cookies and 15 min. for extra-large cookies.
And if you need some decorating ideas for gingerbread men, check out this post by George Takai on Facebook!
SimplyRecipes has a giblet gravy recipe that looks interesting. I haven’t used mirepoix in my Thanksgiving gravy before, but that certainly sounds like a worthy addition!
I got one of my two Atari 800′s out and fired it up today. My 30-year-old computer is still kicking!
My wife and/or kids started typing on my old computer, and their opinion is apparent!
The old programming cartridges (Action!, assembler, and BASIC) still work, but I currently have no way to store any programs I write. (I didn’t even bother to test the old cassette tape drive, because I’m almost certain that the drive belt has disintegrated.) So my first project to resurrect this box will have to be some hardware and software for serial communication. The “software” will have to be burned onto an 8k EPROM for the right cartridge slot. Fortunately, Make Magazine just published a circuit board for Atari 8-bit computers in their most recent issue.
I’m enough of a geek that I’m actually looking forward to this!
Back in September 2011, I (and many other geeks) was introduced to NPR’s “Top 100 Science Fiction and Fantasy Books” via SFsignal’s amazing flowchart. I had already experienced about half of the books, but that still left quite a few books to push onto the TBR stack, one of which was Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series. He began this in 1978 with a novella(?) titled “The Gunslinger”. Over the next 20 years he expanded that first story to a novel, and published three more volumes of the saga:
- The Gunslinger
- The Drawing of the Three
- The Waste Lands
- Wizard and Glass
In the Foreword of the 2003 edition of The Gunslinger, he mentions that while preparing to write the final 3 volumes of the saga, he took the opportunity to go back and clean up the earlier books. Here is the complete saga, as (re-)written circa 2004:
- The Gunslinger
- The Drawing of the Three
- The Waste Lands
- Wizard and Glass
- Wolves of the Calla
- Song of Susannah
- The Dark Tower
The links above are for the post-2003 editions available through the Sacramento Public Library system.
About seven months ago, we got a notice from Sacramento County about our expired permit for the quilt shop. We renewed the permit (to avoid ever-increasing penalties), and now we’re just days away from having to call for an inspection or have the permit lapse again. Looks like it’s high time for me to get busy on the wiring and lights in the shop!
This is my adaptation of Martin Yan’s recipe for glass noodles with peanut sauce from A Wok For All Seasons, currently out of print. If you like this, I highly recommend that you ferret out a copy of the book! It’s filled with excellent recipes and useful tips.
Before assembling all the ingredients, put the chicken in the freezer for an hour or so. This will make it easier to cut.
I usually wait until everything else is ready before I cut up the aromatics (onions, garlic, ginger) so they don’t lose any flavor sitting on the counter.
- 2 T + 6 T soy sauce
- 4 t shao xing wine (or use dry sherry)
- 2 large boneless skinless chicken breasts
- ½ c smooth peanut butter
- ¼ c rice vinegar
- 2 T chicken broth (or water)
- 2 T sesame oil
- 4 t sugar
- 4 t chili oil
- vegetable oil for the wok
- 4 t fresh ginger (about 1″ piece), minced (see note)
- 2 cloves garlic, minced (see note)
- 1 medium red onion, thinly sliced (see note)
- 1 English cucumber, cut into matchstick pieces
- 2 medium carrots, cut into matchstick pieces
- 1 c roasted unsalted peanuts, coarsely chopped
- Cut the chicken into matchstick pieces
- Combine 2 T soy sauce and the shao xing wine in a bowl, add the chicken and stir to coat. Marinate for 15-30 minutes.
- In another bowl, combine the peanut sauce ingredients: 6 T soy sauce, the peanut butter, rice vinegar, chicken broth, sesame oil, sugar, and chili oil.
- Heat up your wok over high heat and add some oil. Drain any excess marinade from the chicken.
- When the oil’s hot, add the ginger and garlic, stirring until fragrant (about 5 seconds).
- Add the chicken and stir fry until opaque, about 1-2 minutes.
- Add the onion and stir fry for about a minute.
- Add the carrots and cucumber, stir fry for about 30 seconds.
- Add the peanut sauce, stir and cook until slightly thickened.
- Transfer to a bowl and sprinkle with peanuts.
Serve over rice or (even better) Chinese noodles.
Back in 2007 I wrote about RSS feeds for “Terms and Conditions” updates. But this week I have been traveling, hooking up to a lot of free wifi hotspots, and agreeing to a bunch of T&C’s, mostly without reading said agreements. (I know, it’s preposterous. I should be worried about becoming a HUMANCENTiPAD at this point.)
However, I have read enough of these T&C agreements to know that I agree with many of the standard clauses, e.g. I promise not to spam people, engage in illegal online activities, etc. Perhaps if these standard clauses were truly standardized, with well-known identifiers, I could pre-agree to them. Then it would just be a matter of checking the non-standard (or not-agreed-to) clauses.
This salad is cool and delicious on its own, and it also makes a great palate cleanser between courses. I used a 2mm (about 1/12 of an inch) slicing disc to cut the cucumber very thin, sort of like pickled ginger.
I’ve seen similar recipes with additional ingredients: Thai basil, oil, pepper, unseasoned rice vinegar. I have tried all these, separately and in various combinations. The recipe below is my favorite.
- 1 large English cucumber
- ¼ c seasoned rice vinegar
- 1 t sugar
- 1/8 t salt
- 2 T sesame seeds, toasted
- Combine the rice vinegar, sugar, and salt in a shallow bowl, large enough to toss the cucumbers.
- Cut the cucumber into lengths that will fit in the food processor. Cut each piece in half lengthwise.
- Slice the cucumber very thin. I used the 2mm blade on the food processor for this.
- Add the sliced cucumber to the vinegar mixture and toss.
- Let stand for a few minutes or up to an hour. The texture and flavor will change over time, so keep checking until it seems right to you. Cover the bowl and put it in the frig if you won’t be serving it right away — it’s better chilled than at room temperature.
- Heat up a frying pan (no oil!) over low heat. Add the sesame seeds and toss or stir them in the pan until you smell that wonderful toasted sesame aroma (about 1-2 minutes). Remove from the pan immediately.
- Drain off any excess liquid from the cucumbers, add the toasted sesame seeds, toss, and serve.