Thursday, December 31, 2009

wil's internet radio station is back on line after all these years.
i'm sure sir patrick stewart would approve.

Friday, December 25, 2009

It was nice to get holiday videos from various relatives/friends/strangers.
Makemebad and his wooden aligator.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

just watched seasons 1-3 of "the guild".

underwear pervert superhero movie trailer. kick-ass, coming april.
the gimmick of this one is they're kids.
that's the green band trailer, rated g. the red band trailer has this great
theme song, a punk version of the banana splits theme by the dickies.
it got yanked from youtube. this one has an age gate and an ad.
i cant get the song out of my head but i don't mind.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

also these are two good blogs for recipes of the vegan variety:

my current plans for xmas dinner: ramen and grape soda. an anti-feast.

heartsonfire !!WPnW8gQ3srA 12/23/09(Wed)00:43 No.1436816

Missed a post?

Dec. 1st: "Bread Baking: An Artisan's Perspective" by Daniel T. DiMuzio:http://www.mediafire.com/?wjtytojjher
Dec. 2nd: "Wine For Dummies: 4th Edition" by Ed McCarthy and Mary Ewing-Mulligan:http://www.mediafire.com/?wjmmtdwnwzf
Dec. 3rd: "The Chef's Companion" by Elizabeth Riely: http://www.mediafire.com/?r2mzft2qylz
Dec. 4th: "The Ultimate Chocolate Cookie Book" by Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough:http://www.mediafire.com/?k2jzyj2c1gz
Dec. 5th: "Professional Cake Decorating" by Toba M. Garrett: http://www.mediafire.com/?xkzznmijoml
Dec. 6th: "Molecular Gastronomy: Exploring the Science of Flavor" by Herve This:http://www.mediafire.com/?zjmyjnmymdm
Dec. 7th: "The Good Housekeeping Cookbook" by the editors of Good Housekeeping:http://www.mediafire.com/?inmhllytmny
Dec. 8th: "Club Cuisine: Cooking with a Master Chef" by Edward G. Leonard and Ron Manville:http://www.mediafire.com/?ztrznvrxkmj
Dec. 9th: "Cook the Perfect..." by Marcus Wareing: http://www.mediafire.com/?u1zzgzmkdob
Dec. 10th: "In a Roman Kitchen: Timeless Recipes from the Eternal City" by Jo Bettoja:http://www.mediafire.com/?dhmdmqyjeko
Dec. 11th: "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" by Julia Child, Louisette Bertholle and Simone Beck: http://www.mediafire.com/?3znmgmmfy2n
Dec. 12th: "How Baking Works" by Paula I. Figoni: http://www.mediafire.com/?omdqtgyw1tg

>> heartsonfire !!WPnW8gQ3srA 12/23/09(Wed)00:44 No.1436817

Dec. 13th: "Street Food: Exploring the World's Most Authentic Tastes" by Tom Kime:http://www.mediafire.com/?jzezoy4amb4
Dec. 14th: "The Sweet Spot" by Pichet Ong and Genevieve Ko: http://www.mediafire.com/?qaryjtr2z2g
Dec. 15th: "The Glorious Foods of Greece" by Diane Kochilas: http://www.mediafire.com/?u3gyk2gjjzm
Dec. 16th: "Glorious French Food" by James Peterson: http://www.mediafire.com/?4ejydmmndhn
Dec. 17th: "Good Housekeeping One-Dish Meals" by Anne Wright and the Editors of Good Housekeeping: http://www.mediafire.com/?azmzfmawju4
Dec. 18th: "The Sotheby's Wine Encyclopedia" by Tom Stevenson: http://www.mediafire.com/?wmndwqyjn5l
Dec. 19th: "The Appetizer Atlas" by Arthur L. Meyer and Jon M. Vann:http://www.mediafire.com/?1nmmirnztmh
Dec. 20th: "The Modern Baker" by Nick Malgieri: http://www.mediafire.com/?ynmjzmmz4tz
Dec. 21st: "Professional Cooking: 6th Edition" by Wayne Gisslen: http://www.mediafire.com/?y2wkmg1tzr3
Dec. 22nd: “Aquavit: And the New Scandinavian Cuisine” by
Marcus Samuelsson: http://www.mediafire.com/?y1mxmznd0i4

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

this time it's personal:
An anonymous reader writes "BBC reports that Dr. Aaron Davis of the Royal Botanical Gardens claims 'almost three-quarters of the world's wild coffee species are threatened, as a result of habitat loss and climate change. "Conserving the genetic diversity within this genus has implications for the sustainability of our daily cup, particularly as coffee plantations are highly susceptible to climate change.'" slashdot.

Groups laud Cox in carp fight;
it's sad that i know what that headline means and who cox is.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

mcdonalds will offer free wifi starting next month, to compete w panera.
meanwhile i got to try one of those wireless phone cards for a laptop, nice.
i predict the mcdonalds offering will help push wider adoption of free wifi by chains, as an intermediary step towards ubiquitous internet.

Monday, December 07, 2009

=rats, haven't figured out how to cut and paste on the mac.
someday, there'll be a recipe here for parker house rolls.

1 cup whole milk
2 pkg. dry yeast
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/4 to 1 tsp. salt
1/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
4-1/2 to 5 cups flour
more melted butter

Warm the milk in a small saucepan over low heat. Mix 1/3 of the milk with the dry yeast in a small bowl and let sit until bubbly, about 15 minutes. In a large bowl, combine remaining milk, melted butter, salt and sugar and beat until the sugar is dissolved. Then add the beaten eggs and bubbly yeast.
Add flour, 1/4 cup at a time, beating on high speed of stand mixer. This step should take at least 5 minutes. When the dough gets too stiff to beat, stir in rest of flour by hand, if necessary, to make a soft dough. Turn out onto floured surface and knead for 5 minutes, until smooth and satiny. Place dough in greased bowl, turning to grease top. Cover and let rise in warm place until light and doubled in size, about 1 hour. (I have also covered the dough well and placed it in the refrigerator overnight. This works really well. Let the dough stand at room temperature for 1 hour before proceeding with recipe.)

Punch down the dough and roll out on floured surface to 1/2" thickness. Cut with 3" round cookie cutter. Brush each roll with melted butter and fold in half to make half circles. Pinch edge lightly to hold, so the rolls don't unfold as they rise. Place in 2 greased 13x9" pans, cover, and let rise again until double, about 45 minutes. (If you refrigerated the dough, this will take longer, about 60-75 minutes.)

Bake rolls at 350 degrees F for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pan immediately and brush with more melted butter. Don't use the same butter you used when forming the rolls - melt some fresh just for this step. Makes 24 rolls

A Parker House roll is a shape of bread roll made by flattening the center of a ball of dough with a rolling pin so that it becomes an oval shape and then folding the oval in half. They are made with milk and are generally quite buttery, soft, and slightly sweet with a crispy shell.
They were invented at the Parker House Hotel in Boston, and are still served there. Fannie Farmer gives a recipe in her 1896 Boston Cooking-School Cook Book for them.
these were one of my mom's holiday special dishes. this isn't her recipe but seems similar.

meanwhile, i've been doing more geneology. my mayflower ancestors include
resolved white,
his parents william and susanna. one could count his stepfather what'shis name.
john howland, 13-yr old elizabeth tilley, her parents tilley and joan hurst.
howland was a servant. fell overboard but climbed back in. after his master died the first winter, he became prosperous. 10 kids, 80 grandkids. he was one of the group that paid back the pilgrim's loans 7 years later. fur trading was main source of income. pioneered maine.
myles standish, through his son who came on the next boat. rose standish might or might not have beeen his mother.
steven hopkins. not only on mayflower, but was at jamestown around 1611. ship to jamestown sprung a leak, they made it to bermuda. his was convicted there of mutiny, sentenced to hang, pardoned. i think he was the one who got rich trading with the swedes in delaware, tobaccco food etc. am also descended from lord de la warre, came to jamestown circa 1610 as the governor or vice-governor. my rice ancestors -deacon rice emigrated 1640 - come from a line that includes one executed for treason at the tower of london for being on the wrong side of anne boleyn, and includes the Dukes of Norfolk who come from Richard the Lionheart. So I spend my days hanging out at coffeeshops on ancestry.com, and i cook for my mother - she's oveer her surgery but still likes company. Today the first suprme court opinion, tomorrrow might bring Citizens United.

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

word for the day: exomoon.
what i'm reading:
almost finished "lbj the way he was" frank cormier (AP reporter)
finished murder must advertise a peter whimsey novel
currently reading maugham's kipling anthology.
i might only have read 20 books this year.
i didnt blog them all but if i get time i'll try to get a list together.
i did so little this year. earned less than $10,000.
only worked on a couple of cases well 4.
getting my new house together took some time and a lot of money,
but still. didn't blog much, haven't written any novels, haven't really even unpacked.
i did a few items on my to do lists, but the lists have probably gotten longer rather than shorter this year.
i recently settled a case where i'd been falsely accused of a misdemeanor. that was a distraction although it's nice to stioll have a clean record. i haven't taken my cle's this year or last year, so i'm currently not practicing law, just doing some pro se stuff.
i have a case ready to go if i catch up on my cle's. and another case about rlupia in boone county indiana.
i just tried some new amsterdam gin - it tastes like gin, but that's about all i can say for it. the store brand tonic tastes a bit off.
first drink i've had in a week.
the "stop the beach" case was argued today at the supreme court.
i've filed a motion to intervene at the indiana supreme court, in rokita v league of women voters.
i don't expect it to be granted.

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