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June 8, 2011

new gadget

Kingston Technologies sent me a new gadget. I hoard these things, but a new one is always put to immediate use. It's a Kingston DataTraveler Locker, 8G. I've loaded it with ALL of my Market Fresh Chef recipe files. Since it arrived, I've updated it every few days, because I add &/or edit the database daily. It goes with me when I leave the house. Once in a while I need instant access to those recipes, and if my main computer at home is not on, I can't log in remotely to view the original flies on the HDD. I really like the personal security feature, and since I publish these recipes, they become protected content while on the stick. I received this to test & talk about because I am a BzzAgent for a word-of-mouth marketing company in Boston called BzzAgent. I've been getting new products to try and tell others about from them for quite a few years. It's interesting, if you like to be the 'first to know' in your circle of friends & family. This is not my first secure memory stick, I also have a Sandisk Cruzer; same size, but I find the security system to be cumbersome. That should make both the people at Kingston & BzzAgent pretty happy.

February 22, 2008

blog overkill

What's a lame blogger to do when she can't keep up with one blog? Start another one, silly wabbit! What kind of stupid idea is that? Well, it's mine, and I did it. I've been encouraged to check out blogspot, and here's the result.

January 11, 2008

an entry about nothing

I have not posted an entry in 2 months. I'm not really posting one now, either. This is about nothing at all. Just a test. I hope it passes muster.

I have inserted a photo of the chocolate fountain from The Chocolate Moose, which was invited to setup a table at the New York State Museum Chocolate Expo in December. It was fun serving 5000 chocoholics. Our table was in the Adirondacks. But we should have been setup under the stuffed moose. fountain_small.JPG

September 9, 2007

Wanna' Be

You know, I guess I'd better own up to the truth. I wanna be a Seattlite. But I'm not. I picked this header because it makes me think of where I wanna' be. I live in the Hudson Valley, not the Pacific Northwest. And until MT offers better choices or variety in their style library for "decorating" my blog, this is as attractive and meaningful as it's going to get.

August 27, 2007

The words have changed but the melody is the same...

MT upgrade, first entry, can see it by the dashboard lights...
Let's try a photo:Babu goes to the jam session.JPG
It is sad that Babu's lovely baby blues don't appear. Guess I need a better camera? He did hop into the guitar case the moment it was placed open on the hickory floor of the kitchen. He likes to get inside suitcases- the smaller the better. He also prefers dark fabric. Perfect to collect his fur and aggravate the humans.

Well, this is fun, no need for playing with html at all, if you don't want to!

July 23, 2007

In the balance of time...

Some of the flash sites out on the web are downright fascinating. This one is informative as well. Deeply so. Take some time to wrap your brain around worldclock. I guess bicycle production is the only positive number being crunched...that's a little sad.

June 27, 2007

priceless?

Since we've (read "I've") been writing about pictures lately, I just have to rave about an engaging photo my friend and mentor John took of his best pup Kodiak. He's already the most recent post on John's site, but bears repeating, IMHO.
I'll say no more, as a picture is worth a ...fill-in-the-blank!
Kodi-helper.jpg

Nephew Bill

There's more talent in my family than I can shake a stick at! My nephew Bill, who has been working for Variety out on the west coast for the past few years, has launched a new website for himself. It's clean, simple, and visually stimulating. Which is exactly what I thought about his art as it was proudly paraded before my eyes each Brithday, Easter, Confirmation, Graduation, etc., over the past 15 years. He's my husband's Godson and the apple of his mother's eye. One of the most interesting things about Bill, to me, are his tattoos - he has a full sleeve on one arm and each and every image is his exclusive design.

As much as I'd like to show off his talent by posting his URL, Bill says I can't because most of the work is copyrighted and the site is for ad design & record label companies "in the biz". I can't argue with him, it's his line of work not mine. Corporate America sure has it's quirks.

June 26, 2007

Point & shoot?

"No matter how advanced your camera you still need to be responsible for getting it to the right place at the right time and pointing it in the right direction to get the photo you want."
- Ken Rockwell

I just read this in an IDG Connect email. I navigate there once in a while and usually like what I see. However, the quote speaks to the photographer in me. Better charge that LIon battery and wake up the shutterbug. John was talking in his blog recently about how the digital age makes it more affordable to be an artist. Ditto for photography. I think it was Eisenstaedt who said he shot at least one thousand images for every one that was considered for Life Magazine. I devoured that big glossy monthly as a kid. And my kid shoots dozens of digital pics a day. Mostly of her nose, or her eyeball, or the cats. But the only possibility we'll ever see a great photo from her is by letting her take that liberty, and then doing a little juducious editing of the results once they get on a harddrive...which speaks to the point that technology offers a certain amount of financial freedom to the field of photography as art. Click away, no film to buy, view on an lcd in your camera, delete, upload to your computer, view, edit... But painter & photographer John takes the printing piece to a whole new level. I can't wait to see how it worked out at his show in July.

May 12, 2007

You're not from around here, are you?

I've played this game before, but due to forced boredom, I just tried it again. The "What American Accent Do You Have?" game. Check it out. Mine's right on, and here's the results to prove it:

What American accent do you have?
Your Result: The Inland North
 

You may think you speak "Standard English straight out of the dictionary" but when you step away from the Great Lakes you get asked annoying questions like "Are you from Wisconsin?" or "Are you from Chicago?" Chances are you call carbonated drinks "pop."

The Northeast
 
Philadelphia
 
The Midland
 
The South
 
Boston
 
The West
 
North Central
 
What American accent do you have?
Quiz Created on GoToQuiz

April 29, 2007

Sean French

Today is the 6th annual Sean's Run in Chatham. I have been donating my time maintaining the website for the past year. It's been interesting, to say the least, and the learning curve always keeps me smiling. It was created in FrontPage. Another "intuitive" monster of a (dead) program from Microsoft. I find minimal success just pushing things around in my usual style, while the NYC phonebook-sized manual keeps my coffee cup off the computer desk.

The good news is that it's not raining, something that has not kept the hundreds of runners away in the past, but it is overcast. There were close to 600 registered entrants as of late yesterday. I'll be cheering them on from my front porch while some crazy DJ plugs into that same porch to blast inspirational music over the neighborhood. We are on the race route. What sort of music would you like to run to today? Come to Chatham Village at noon, I think he's taking requests.

April 22, 2007

Hercules - fact or fiction?

I was one of many who got the email going around last month about the world's biggest dog. Truth be told, the picture of "Hercules" (or whoever) is really amazing. Here's a cropped teaser: Bigdog-crop.jpg
Are those huge feet really in the grass, or is it some sort of computer magic?
A little easy research might answer the question, or create more. I found the story debunked at snopes. What do you think? And what do you do if he chases cats?

April 18, 2007

Lazy lazy lazy.

I've been a very bad girl; not posting entries, not reading other blogs, all wrapped up in, well, whatever. I've no offerings or excuses; did some traveling, cooked and baked for some fancy family events, time has passed and I guess that's all I can say about it.

Oh, and the website for The Chocolate Moose is finally live!!!

March 11, 2007

punctuation citation

My inbox bears gifts at unexpected moments. This one should be passed on to my friend Kristy, over at dangerpanda. It's a little game, and comes from the website of an entertaining author and B.B.C. host in the U.K.. Here's the link, give it a try, and use your middle-school child, or a friend's middle-shool child, if you get a score lower than 82%. (Barely decent, in my opinion, if you consider yourself a blogger. Basic grammar skills are required.)

January 14, 2007

MT tips for beginners 8

Glossary Entry 7

Widget
Web Widget is a portable chunk of code that can be installed and executed within any separate HTML-based web page by an end user without requiring additional compilation. They are akin to plugins or extensions in desktop applications. Other terms used to describe a Web Widget include Gadget, Badge, Module, Capsule, Snippet, Mini and Flake. They are popular in blogs. Jackie, I don't know where you saw this in MT, so you might have more questions about it, as I find this definition rather vague.
Courtesy wikipedia.

MT tips for beginners 7

Glossary Entry 6 (This is a biggie that I still struggle with.)
Feedback - Comments & Trackbacks:
A crucial element of many blogs is the interaction they provide with the community. Movable Type provides functionality for two types of feedback:
Comments: Comments are replies by your blog’s readers to the entries that you create. Each entry can be individually configured to accept comments through a comment form typically found on each entry’s individual archive page. The comments are also typically displayed on this page.
TrackBack is a protocol used primarily to provide “remote commenting and notification” functionality for weblogs. For example, TrackBack allows a blogger to comment on an entry on their own blog and have an excerpt of the reply and link back to it sent to the original blog via a “TrackBack ping”. Once received, it can be displayed alongside the comments and other TrackBack pings on the original entry to create a distributed conversation. Each entry can be individually configured to accept TrackBack pings and Movable Type can be configured to automatically send pings to blog entries that you reference in your own.

Whether it’s one of your blog readers commenting on an entry which you posted or another blogger doing so on their own site via TrackBack, community feedback is one of the most compelling and interesting facets of blogging because its breaks down the wall between publisher and reader.

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MT tips for beginners 6

Glossary Entry 5
Templates:
The published weblog (what is seen on the web) looks quite different than the administrative interface you log into to make or edit your entries. Nearly every aspect of the blog can be customized by editing and manipulating the appropriate "templates". However, when you initially create your blog it uses a default "look and feel". Templates allow you to define the content, layout and structure for particular pages or entire classes of pages. *See page 94 in the pdf manual for info on different system templates.

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MT tips for beginners 5

Glossary Entry 4
QuickPost:
This link takes you to a screen from which you can set up a bookmarklet designed to provide you with a custom, abbreviated entry creation window where you can quickly compose and post an entry in just a few clicks. You can then make this page a browser "bookmark" or "favorite" by following prompts when you choose the quickpost feature. It's kind of like speedblogging.

(Speedblogging was my word, which I have since googled and found in other blogs. They post super fast, use no editing, no html; drag in links & pics. Usually reserved for purchased time online while traveling, perhaps at an internet cafe' or a borrowed laptop on a train. whew!)

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MT tips for beginners 4

Glossary Entry 3
Permalink (courtesy wikipedia)
A permalink is a URL that points to a specific blogging entry even after the entry has passed from the front page into the blog archives. Because a permalink remains unchanged indefinitely, its use avoids link rot. Most modern weblogging and content-syndication software systems, including Movable Type and Blogger, support such links. Other types of websites use permalinks, too, but the term itself is most common within the blogosphere. Permalink is a portmanteau word made from permanent link and is often simply stated so as to be human-readable.
An entry in a blog with many entries is accessible from the site's front page for only a short time. Visitors who store the URL for a particular entry often find upon their return that the desired content has been replaced by something new. Prominently posting permalinks is a method employed by bloggers to encourage visitors to store a more long-lived URL (the permalink) for reference.
Permalinks frequently consist of a string of characters which represent the date and time of posting, and an identifier which denotes the author who initially authored the item or its subject. Crucially, if an item is changed, renamed, or moved within the internal database, its permalink remains unaltered, as it functions as a magic cookie which references an internal database identifier.

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MT tips for beginners 3

Glossary Entry 2
Tags
Another popular method of classifying and organizing entries is through the use of tagging. Tags are simple words or short phrases that you attach to an item which describe particular facets of it. Tags provide extra metadata that can be used later to find a particular entry or other entries like it within the system. Tags are most effective when they are very specific. This specificity is gained through the use of tag combinations, which essentially form “tag intersections”. Tags can optionally be displayed on the published weblog where readers can click on them to find other entries that are similarly tagged. Authors can also add “private tags” which are prepended with an ‘at’ sign (e.g. @private). These tags are never displayed on the public blog so they are perfect for internal organization use.

To add, modify or remove entry tags for an entry:
1. Navigate to the entry listing table for your blog.
2. Locate and click the entry whose tags you wish to modify to open that entry’s editing screen.
3. Click into the Tags entry field. Add any tags which you desire in a comma-separated manner. If your tag contains your delimiter (a comma), it must be quoted. For example, in a comma-separated list, you would type something like: bayou, “New Orleans, La.”, dixie, cajun food.
4. As you type, you will be presented with possible auto-completion choices from the pool of previously used tags on the weblog. To select one, simply use the up/down arrow keys to navigate to the right tag and then either hit the Enter key or the Tab key, to select it.
5. Once you’ve satisfactorily entered or modified the tags for your entry, click anywhere outside of the Tags field.
6. Click the Save button to save the changes you’ve just made to your entry.

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MT tips for beginners 2

Glossary Entry 1

Categories (v. tags)
When creating or editing an entry, authors can assign one or more existing categories to an entry. One category can be assigned as the primary category which will be listed along with the entry in the entry listings. In addition, multiple secondary categories can be assigned to cast a wider net and allow entries to span classification. In creating categories, it’s best to make them as general and broad as possible and have very few. In this way, they provide a perfect counterbalance to the very specific and granual entry tags (described later). If you must make granular categories, it’s best to do so using a hierarchical subcategory structure.

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MT tips for beginners 1

This will be the first entry of a primer on blogging with MT. I created it especially for my friend Jackie. We were talking about her first blog the other day and she had so many questions I became tongue-tied. (Yes, I know, that's a small miracle.) So in doing my homework for her, I thought it might be useful to present it in this format. I hope you find it useful as well. I got most of these terms from the Six Apart Documentation and a few from Wikipedia.

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November 1, 2006

Gingerbread Moose

One of the things I like to do with my time is cook. Another is eat chocolate. Yet a third would be talking to people. This comes together nicely when I go to The Chocolate Moose in town to "work". It's really quite odd, calling it work. I don't get paid, not in the monetary sense, but I can eat whatever I please, and I do bring home the "factory seconds" for my family to enjoy.

Suzanne, the owner and chief inspiration for all things good and sweet that are found in the long antique confection cases, is entering a gingerbread contest. The edible artwork will be on display during December in the Jacob Javits Convention Center in NYC. (I remember meeting the man as a child.) I am pleased (and very excited) to announce that I will be assisting in the creation of the Moose's entry. I may even drive down next month to deliver it! We could be famous!!!

Back to reality. I have decided that I will chronicle the creation of the creation. See it all here, real soon.

algorithims schmalgorithims

Math has never been my forte', but that's what they say does the trick. Paste in about 500 words of text which you authored, and watch them predict your gender at this site. I prefer to believe it's magic.
ps. The mother blog is another mt3.3 site!

October 29, 2006

mt 333

Speeel chekin is goot. One of the new features in MT version 3.33. I like it.

September 27, 2006

Three Dee

I just got some new software. It's almost as exciting as getting a perfect-fitting pair of jeans! I suppose that means I am firmly planted on the road to geekdom, but they say that's not a negative phrase anymore.

I am going to be working on a large website for a really good cause. Sean's Run. I hope it will also encourage me to get back into running. Like my fellow blogger Kristy, at dangerpanda.com, I know it's not easy to do. And I really shold be doing it, as my waistline keeps reminding me...

Back to 3D. You can make text appear three-dimensional without having to know javascript or code. It's from Xara and they have the 3d generator on their downloads page. I do wish they'd give me the code so I could show you, but you can go there yourself by clicking here. Have fun! The program I got from Xara was MenuMaker. It is inexpensive and fast. It's what was used on the Sean's Run site. I'll be learning how to use it, too. Hmmm, cheap and easy...there's a bad joke about that, yes? Let's not go there.

August 26, 2006

zombify this

I just stumbled across this wierd website. So this is my test of it's best (or should I say only) feature: user types in a word, words, or phrase and gets the code to display the text in a zombie font. I have absolutely no idea of what use this is to me, but I thought it would appear really cool on my page. I guess you'll be the judge of that.

ps. The period is a nice touch. However I see they stuck their own link in the last line. I could easily remove it, but who am I to deny these hard-working artists some advertising?


Zombie Letters from e-zombie.com

July 10, 2006

in the news

I have arrived. So-to-speak. Jsw4.net has just published a press release affirming, or announcing my technology foray with them. I have been doing much of the same sort of computer tech work I did for the school: workstation repairs & upgrades, and such, but the new brain drain for me has been the learning of html. (More about that in another entry...) I also sell our web hosting. you know, blogs, websites & such. This multi-tiered arrangement is keeping me quite busy at times, and also gives me room for family or kitchen time, at other points when I need it.

Really, for me, this last stretch of 20 months has tossed many hurdles in my way (death of my mother/best friend, death of my favourite Aunt, death of my mother-in-law, and, most recently, inconcievable murder of a co-worker from the school where I worked for 5 years, Carolyn Lynch. This one's for you, Kristy. ugh. Here are three links to local news reports. I'm still in shock about this. NIMBY).

I am all about finding a balance these days, (maybe to keep from just falling right over!!!) and the chocolate feeds one need while the computers feed another. I think I could like this! So I am able to "work for chocolate" at The Chocolate Moose occasionally just for fun while thinking very hard about the computer stuff. I am looking forward to getting that Moose website all shined up and sparkling very soon. All in all, this seems like some sort of workable balance, and it's stacking up as a great summer, especially since the real summer weather has arrived alongside me!

June 10, 2006

art or just a free glass of cheap wine?

My first website design (not really mine, but I learned a whole lot about how it's done) was for Park Row Gallery. Tonight the owner of the frame shop, Jeff Risley, is having an opening for his 20 year anniversary entitled 20/20. My webdesign mentor has a few pieces in the show. So I will be polishing up my fancy shoes and walking up the street in a little while to check out the scene. Last time I was there and was introduced to one of the artisits, or friend of an artist, I was labeled the "Web Mistress" of the shop. The men who were doing the talking snickered, and then I fell silent, praying for someone else to walk in the door, or the phone to ring, or a painting to fall off the wall. These pregnant pauses in the mans world of computers have been hard for me to handle, for, as anyone who knows me is aware, I can't usually keep my mouth shut. However, the computer field is dominated by men, and as much as I love it, I am compelled to shut up most of the time. I think it's a good idea. Which brings me to the cheap wine. Add a couple ounces of vino at an art show and I bet I'll have a really hard time keeping the liplock on. Wish me luck....and no mistress jokes!

March 21, 2006

bad habits

You know how they say that you habituate an activity if you do it for about 3 weeks continuously? Like, if you get up and put on your walking shoes every day for 3 weeks, (presumably to go for a walk) it'll become a (therefore healthy) habit. Or if you STOP going to the cupboard (looking for junk food) every day, all the time, for about 3 weeks, you'll break the (very unhealthy) habit. Well, I was hoping that I had blogged often enough that I had habituated the practice. Not so. I got my head filled up with my two other new jobs, plus all the other stuff at home that keeps me on my feet, and blogging completely went away. The blog has left the building. Gone. Buh-bye.

I was more than a little surprised. I felt bad. (Well only an itsy bit. Remember I am free from guilt?) Mostly just surprised. I thought there would be a time when blogging would be just another thing added to my daily life that I did not have to think about, Just Do It, as Nike sez. So now I have to put it back into my active brain. Not a safe place to be. It's really busy in there, and I don't like messing with it more than neccessary. I am scared that my touch-typing speed will drop and I'll get lower scores on the IQ test I take every month. (Monitoring the death of brain cells & closed synapses...)

I will again call into play my faith, and see what unfolds "in the fullness of time" as my Master tells me. Nice way with words. I hope it pays off.

March 20, 2006

Ouch, My Head Aches

My head is full to overflowing with definitions and 'splinations of more stuff than I imagined could be shoved in there! xhtml what? Mt who? Tag you're it? I have faith that it will come together, but right now I feel like the Kindergarteners looked on the way home from their first day: overwhelmed.

I have faith in my brain, and even more in my instructor. And, at 45, I beleive in my ability to have patience. I WILL be building webpages. I just have to take the first steps and then, as Simon Cowell says on American Idol: "Well, then, off you go..."

February 17, 2006

when there's a storm, eat cake

First lightening & thunder just struck. The kitten is terrified. The older cats don't care, they've seen this all before. It is quite odd having this type of storm, considering it's Feb.17th in Upstate NY. At 11am the skies grew black. Half an hour ago husband called from Selkirk, 35 minutes southwest, to say they had rolling thunder and high winds. It has arrived, but now the speakers on the computer are broadcasting fuzzy static. There's no streaming radio going on, no audio cd in the drive. But it's hissing at me anyway. Maybe it's got something to do with the mouse...

When I went to the cupboard, yes THE cupboard, to get out the pound of chocolate I needed for a flourless chocolate cake recipe, a shower of little white paper bits came down. The exact size a mouse mouth makes when chewing through a bag to get at it's contents. The pasta flour was the victim, but the little devil did not get through to the plastic bag inside the paper. Lucky me. I think he's longing for the Crisco. There is no evidence that Tiggr has found him (or his accomplices) in the basement, I ask him all the time and he just meows at me. I wish I could speak his cat dialect a bit better. I am counting on the trap to do it's job.

Here's the recipe for the flourless chocolate cake. I have three, but this is by far the easiest. And it's a giant chocolate fix, especially for those who like bitter. Try it still warm. Texture is hard to describe. I used eggs from my neighbor's yard (con permiso, of course).

Flourless Chocolate Cake serves 10

16 oz best quality semisweet chocolate

10 tbsp unsalted butter

5 xlg eggs

Set oven 375°. Line bottom 8-10" springform pan w parchment. Grease inside. Chop choc. Cut up butter. Put both in double boiler, melt, stir lots, til smooth. Remove from heat. Beat eggs & a pinch salt in mixer til tripled in volume, 8-10min. Gently fold choc into egg til complete incorporated. Pour in pan. Bake 20min. Center will be little soft. Remove from oven. Let cool 30+min before cutting. Center may sink a bit as cools. Can refrig up to 2 days (sit at room temp 1hr b4 serving).

February 4, 2006

on the move

The mouse won't work. It's optical, and wireless. As if those were enough of an excuse... But it must be cajoled into action at every boot. Sometimes it loads it's .exe into the system tray, sometimes not. Most times we have to wiggle the plug on the back of the cpu. Plug and play would play it's little be-boop - bo-beep. Then, if we're lucky, a reboot gets it moving again. It would not be as much of a problem as an annoyance if we had reliable backup mice.

You see, the problem can all be blamed on cats. Really furry ones. You know, the type that have what the "professionals" call cotton-candy fur. We have some of those. And no matter what you do to avoid it, their invisible strands of fur get into everything. Which brings us back to mice. Computer ones. (The other genre will be another entry.)

I have three old-style roller or trackball mice. And I used to employ them for six-month engagements. After that amount of exposure to the flying fur they would begin to, how shall I say it? clog up. So I regularly openend up the mouse to clean it out. Just picture my workstation, with tweezers permanently ensconced next to the pencilcup. I would pick, scrape, blow and beg. But after six months the old mouse was shot. I actually think it was tired. So I would plug in the standby mouse. It would work pretty well, in fact we could forget about mice for a while and actutally get to the business of working with the computer.

Have you ever tried to use a mouse that won't move south? You can pick it up, bang it on the desk, shake it back and forth, but to no avail. You need to go down the page and it refuses to bring you there. Well, that's what happens when the fur gets into it. Tiny, long, transparent strands of cat hair wrap themselves around the scroll bars inside the mouse. I know this because I have comepletely dissassembled a mouse to find out for myself. You can't hardly see them, but they are there, doing their dangerous work of keeping the user form going to the bottom of a webpage or document. I can grasp blindly at the ends of the plastic bars inside the mouse and pull them out. Put it back together and voila', it works.

Now the optical wireless mouse won me over because it promised to bring the fur problems to an end. And it did, for about six months. There is no place for cottoncandy cat hair to get twisted up and wrapped around. So why won't this modern marvel do it's duty? I'll tell you more next time. For now I'll post a photo of one of the the culprits.

fur babu.JPG

January 28, 2006

really is the best

The crockpot mac 'n cheese recipe really is the best. I used a 4cheese blend (Mexican style) which was onhand for Taco night. I think it's much more forgiving in terms of which cheeses you can use as compared to the classic method. And there's no worry about that grainy-floury texture you sometimes get if the white sauce won't absorb all the milkfat from the cheeses, or you mess up the butter-to-flour ratio, or turn your head away for a moment and that's the moment the roux gets too dark. This is much less scientific. Sometimes my brain needs a night off, although I still want to cook every day. Leftovers were devoured at lunchtime today.

Going for a Pierre Franey Pork Medallion recipe at dinner, I hope the weather lets me get the grill out. They should cook up in just a few minutes. Now I must find something to do with broccoli, and all the leftover sides from the tacos: chopped tomato, black olive, shredded romaine, diced red pepper, sliced scallion. I am searching the 4000+ handcreated recipe database I have. I'll start with broccoli, under veggie sides. There's about 30 I have saved there so far. None of those include the cold salads, like marinated veggie plates, or green salads either. So I'll do a search in that veggie sides folder using some of the keywords, looking in the text files, not the filename, and using my ingredient list. If there's any good ideas out there, bring em on!

January 20, 2006

razorblades...

A friend stopped by to chat about some website-related things going on where she works. Got alot of tips while she was here for things she thinks her email program can do (it can) and how to do it right (she can). She even took notes. But when she was looking at the new kitchen, she commented that she has the same oven. I told her how much I dislke that fact that it never looks clean, and that the cleanser they tell you to use is no better than warn soapy water and lots of elbow grease. She says "razorblades." "Really?" I replied. Who knew? Is it in the usermanual? look here to see.

Personally, I feel that if I have to get out a lethal weapon to clean up my stovetop every time I use it (which is daily) I have got a problem. Does anybody have a better idea? I know they are selling a ton of these glass cooktops. They cook really well, but look lousy afterward. Help.