How did I get to be so old without learning about this? https://twitter.com/Brink_Thinker/status/1219287571517378560 Thanks to GV at American Digest for putting me hip to Kevin W. and his remarkable Facebook page. Continue reading I Learn Something New Every Day
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 me up into a virtuoso burger flipping short-order cook. One of our go-to gadgets was the Fresh-O-Matic steamer, good for frozen buns, a quick order of hot dogs, and the occasional pastrami on white. In retrospect, I’m baffled at the banality of 60s and 70s California … Continue reading Fresh-O-Matic!
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 a while to put together a nice set like those in the picture, and (2) if you’re labeling a glass container destined for the refrigerator, make the label long enough to completely wrap around and stick to itself, else condensation will eventually slide the label right … Continue reading Spicing Up the Kitchen
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-stop smartphone reviews. Continue reading Holy Gadget Overload, MathMan!
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 functioning despite the wear and tear. and Nevertheless I’d felt compelled to mislead him [my Oxford friend] based on class stigma. I was ashamed—of my fifteen-year-old Mazda, my income, and my rented home. I felt ashamed of the very clothes I was wearing, the shoes on … Continue reading Trash, White Trash, and REAL Trash
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 also advise not letting live birds inside the house, especially where food or drink is prepared, served or stored. Also, no kissing or snuggling with birds only to then touch your face or mouth. You shouldn’t have to tell people this. Tip from Drudge, who don’t … Continue reading The Urban Chicken Movement Turns Dark
Texas is awash in margaritas, both frozen and on the rocks. Most are made with some sort of evil bar mix, shaken by hand or machine, and dished up in glass with a salted rim. As Dan Jenkins wrote about chicken-fried steak, “Pretty good. But not real good.” Inspired by reading a recipe on the back of a liquor bottle, I’ve concocted a Better Margarita, for folks who want to go beyond the mediocre. Ingredients (to make 2 doubles) In a large shaker half-filled with ice, add 4 shots of good (not excellent) white tequila 1 shot of triple sec … Continue reading My Ultimate Margartia
Eintopf. And now I realize the annual “charity” fundraisers are just carrying on the tradition of Winterhilfswerk. Tip from Debby Witt at National Review. Continue reading It’s not a Crock Pot meal, its an…
…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 to backyard bird owners. Her services cost $225 an hour. Want a coop and walk-in pen (known as a run)? You can expect to pay $4,000 to $5,000 for a standard setup. Fools and their money. But as Kid Creole and the Coconuts sang “Whatcha gonna … Continue reading Silicon Valley meets the Urban Chicken Movement…
Holy hellfire sh*t! It turns out tequila is a health food! It’s a probiotic, no less. I say ¡Salud! Continue reading Me gusta tomar Tequila