Fresh-O-Matic!

Just read this delightful article about steamed hoagies, and recalled using a Fresh-O-Matic steamer.  Right out of high school, starting in University, I started a  weekend gig as a prep guy in a Mom and Pop hamburger stand in Big Bear, California.  The owners patiently showed me the ropes, and over two years built meContinue reading “Fresh-O-Matic!”

Spicing Up the Kitchen

Ellen Bennett is the Marie Kondo of kitchen organization.  She has lots of clever ideas, my favorite one is this: I found a good quick-drying paint marker at my favorite art supply store yesterday, and started labeling.  It works! Update (30 July 2019):  Two caveats: (1) them little bottles ain’t cheap, so it’ll take aContinue reading “Spicing Up the Kitchen”

Holy Gadget Overload, MathMan!

The Geek Press put me wise to these cool mathematics-themed drinking glasses: Of course, I had to see what else was featured on The Gadgeteer; it’s a cornucopia of high-tech geekery!  I’m totally stealing the idea for this pistachio tower, one of the few no-tech items I spotted. Not into gadgetry?  Check out their non-stopContinue reading “Holy Gadget Overload, MathMan!”

Trash, White Trash, and REAL Trash

Writing in Oxford American, Chris Offutt’s Trash Food almost gets it right: My thoughts and feelings were completely irrational. I knew they made no sense. Most of what I owned had belonged to someone else—cars, clothes, shoes, furniture, dishware, cookbooks. I liked old and battered things. They reminded me of myself, still capable and functioningContinue reading “Trash, White Trash, and REAL Trash”

The Urban Chicken Movement Turns Dark

This is what happens when city folk “play country:” Live poultry in backyard flocks are linked to several multistate outbreaks of salmonella infections that have now sickened 212 people in 44 states, federal health officials warned Monday. Health officials advise washing with soap and water right after touching live poultry or anything nearby. They alsoContinue reading “The Urban Chicken Movement Turns Dark”

Silicon Valley meets the Urban Chicken Movement…

…and does it in style. It’s not uncommon here to see chickens roaming in their owners’ homes or even roosting in bedrooms, often with diapers on, according to Leslie Citroen, 54, one of the Bay Area’s most sought after “chicken whisperers,” who does everything from selling upscale chickens and building coops to providing consultation toContinue reading “Silicon Valley meets the Urban Chicken Movement…”