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Archive for June 3rd, 2007

Cooking notes: onion marinade & hot pepper sesame oil

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First, the onion marinade. The Wife heard this on the radio today, and I’m eager to try it.

Put a yellow onion in the food processor or blender and reduce it to a thick slurry. Add some Tabasco sauce if you want. Marinate meat in this for not more than 30 minutes, then grill. Especially good on pork.

Second, the hot pepper sesame oil. I use this in stir-fry often, and I’m tired of paying around $6 for 5 oz. So for $4 I bought 8 oz of sesame oil, and I have some Tien Tsin peppers coming from Penzeys. Their suggestion:

To make chili oil: (commonly used in small amounts for stir-frying) Heat 2 TB. peanut or sesame oil. When very hot, add 10 peppers, fry until brown (3-5 minutes). Remove from heat, add ½ Cup peanut oil. Stir, pour into glass storage container, strain peppers out if desired. Serve table-side with a small spoon. Great mixed with soy sauce for a hot dipping sauce, use 1/3 Cup soy, 1 TB. chili oil, and a dash of ginger and garlic. Mix in 1-2 TB. in 1 Cup ketchup for BBQ sauce.
60,000 Scoville heat units

Only I will not use peanut oil, just the sesame oil that I bought. I could even add 1-2 jalapeños for a smoky flavor.

Written by Leisureguy

3 June 2007 at 2:10 pm

Healthbolt’s handy menu planner

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Download Healthbolt’s menu planner (.PDF file) and print it and fill it out each week to plan what you’re going to be eating. It helps avoid spontaneous diet disaster (SDD).

Written by Leisureguy

3 June 2007 at 9:12 am

Posted in Daily life, Food, Health

Best Web 2.0 note-taking apps

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Very useful:

If you’re like most of us, you deal with piles of unstructured information every day: phone numbers, ideas for later consideration, snippets of information from the web, recipes, phone messages…the list is endless. For the web worker, moving this information into an online notebook can be an attractive proposition. Rather than tie yourself to one computer, or even one operating system, you can get at your notes from anywhere that has a web browser handy. Not surprisingly, there are a fair number of choices in this arena these days.

For this roundup, I stuck to online applications that let you save freeform notes in some sort of organized fashion for later use. I skipped over others that are primarily designed as tools to annotate web pages, such as noteClip, and bookmark managers like, BlueDot, and Chipmark.

… [list and description of the various apps]

Overall, which direction you go depends on how highly you weight various factors. My own recommendations: Google Notebook for dependability, Stikkit for integration, Zoho Notebook for flexibility, or Notezz! for simplicity.

Written by Leisureguy

3 June 2007 at 8:17 am

Ad photos vs. Food photos

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This post contrasts the ad photos of various fast foods with photos of the food as served.

Written by Leisureguy

3 June 2007 at 8:09 am

Posted in Business, Food

Depressing: Democrats hide earmarks

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So much for transparency, openness, and honesty from the Democrats:

After promising unprecedented openness regarding Congress’ pork barrel practices, House Democrats are moving in the opposite direction as they draw up spending bills for the upcoming budget year.

Democrats are sidestepping rules approved their first day in power in January to clearly identify “earmarks” — lawmakers’ requests for specific projects and contracts for their states.

Rather than including specific pet projects, grants and contracts in legislation as it is being written, Democrats are following an order by the House Appropriations Committee chairman to keep the bills free of such earmarks until it is too late for critics to effectively challenge them.

Rep. David Obey, D-Wis., says those requests for dams, community grants and research contracts for favored universities or hospitals will be added to spending measures in the fall. That is when House and Senate negotiators assemble final bills.

Such requests total billions of dollars.

As a result, most lawmakers will not get a chance to oppose specific projects as wasteful or questionable when the spending bills for various agencies get their first votes in the full House in June.

The House-Senate compromise bills due for final action in September cannot be amended and are subject to only one hour of debate, precluding challenges to individual projects.

Obey insists he is reluctantly taking the step because Appropriations Committee members and staff have not had enough time to fully review the 36,000 earmark requests that have flooded the committee.

What Obey is doing runs counter to new rules that Democrats promised would make such spending decisions more open.

Written by Leisureguy

3 June 2007 at 6:38 am

Posted in Congress, Democrats

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