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Archive for September, 2011

Storma a-comin’, Ma! Get to the cellar!

September 30th, 2011 Comments off

Weather? In LA? Really, how silly do they think I am? Wait. What’s that? Thunder?!?! Here?!?

Screen Shot 2011 09 30 at 2 26 29 PM

Radar graphics courtesy of Weather Undergrounds WunderMap

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Video: Unboxing the new KitchenAid Mixer I won at Techmunch

September 29th, 2011 Comments off

As a tech geek/food geek, what better thing to do than create an unboxing video for the amazing KitchenAid mixer I won at the Techmunch Food Blogger Conference.

Big thanks to and KitchenAid for providing the opportunity to win such great appliances. Woot!

Here are some chocolate chip and oatmeal cookies I made with the new mixer tonight.

Chocolate Chip and Oatmeal Cookies


Categories: Cooking, Food, Podcast, Show, Video Tags:

Photo: Douglas @ Techmunch Food Blogger Conference

September 29th, 2011 Comments off

I Like This – September 27, 2011

September 26th, 2011 Comments off

A collection of interesting items I found in my daily reading.

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Video:Panel: Tips on Creating and Distributing Mouthwatering Multimedia Content

September 26th, 2011 Comments off

Techmunch Panel: Tips on Creating and Distributing Mouthwatering Multimedia Content

Watch “Tips on Creating and Distributing Mouthwatering Multimedia Content” from Techmunch – iTunes Ready Video

Moderator: Douglas E. Welch (@douglaswelch), New Media Consultant & writer/producer of A Gardener’s Notebook. More at


Sara O’Donnell (@averagebetty), Producer and Host of

Diane Cu (@whiteonrice), Photographer and Publisher of White on Rice

Sandi McKenna (@McMedia), Host of Midlife

John Trefry Video Producer, (formerly Video Producer for Videos) and founder of


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I’ve made an iPad Cookbook via!

September 25th, 2011 Comments off

Cookbook cafe

At the Techmunch food blogger conference on Friday, announced their new cookbook app for the Apple iPad — Cookbook Cafe!

Cookbook Cafe allows anyone to produce a personal, organizational or fund-raising cookbook and deliver it directly via the iPad. I was asked to create one of the first cookbooks for the app and it is now available in the store (Don’t worry, it’s FREE right now!)

Sharing Christmas with Friends includes some of my cookie recipes, but also the recipe for my Super Secret Christmas Chili!

If you ever wanted this recipe, this might be the easiest way to get it.

Please check out the app on your iPad and give it a review and rating in the iTunes store. This will help spread the word!



Here are some screenshots of my cookbook in the iPad App. Thanks to Ric of his help in grabbing these!

Can’t see the slide show – Click here to watch it on Flickr

Categories: Books, Food, Fun, New Media, Recipe Tags:

Kindle Books now available for check out from the LA Public Library

September 22nd, 2011 Comments off

Kindle lapl

This started to roll out here in the US yesterday, but I see today that the LA Public Library now has the ability to check out Kindle format books via its online eBook Catalog.

Even if you don’t have a Kindle, you can download free software to read Kindle books on almost any device including Windows and Mac computers, iPhone, iPod Touch and Android device. I have “checked out” several eBooks via the existing methods, but I think this Kindle method will open up the number of titles available and also make them easier to download and read.

Event: Island Fox at Santa Barbara Zoo Science Day

September 21st, 2011 Comments off


Oct. 1, 2011 the Santa Barbara Zoo will be hosting a Science Day event. Friends of the Island Fox will be one of many community presenters with family-friendly science-based activities. The goal is to offer teachers a variety of science activities that can be replicated in the classroom. 

For more information see the website Teachers and their families can get into the Zoo free with preregistration.

Friends of the Island Fox

Visit their website for current island fox information;

Follow them on Facebook or on Twitter @ifoxtweet

Categories: Event, Fun, LA, Los Angeles, Nature/Outdoors Tags:

Food: Pancakes!

September 21st, 2011 Comments off

I have never been much of a pancake fan before, but lately I have been having cravings for them. I like my pancakes light and fluffy, so I went looking for a recipe with just those qualities. I found one (among many) over on — Fluffy Pancakes.

This photo is an example of a fresh batch just off the cast iron griddle that always sits atop our stove — perfect for just such a meal. If you have a hankering for pancakes, this recipe works very well. It only makes about 6 average-sized pancakes, but the recipes is easily doubled or tripled if you want to make a larger batch. I do add a bit more milk than the recipe calls for, just to make them a little bit lighter.

Homemade Pancakes

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I Like This – September 20, 2011

September 19th, 2011 Comments off

A collection of interesting items I found in my daily reading.

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