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Noted: 5 Unexpected Ways to Make Your Polenta Better via Food 52

August 17th, 2014 Comments off

5 Unexpected Ways to Make Your Polenta Better via Food 52

5 Unexpected Ways to Make Your Polenta Better via Food 52

Polenta, sometimes referred to as “Italian grits,” most often serves as a trusty sidekick to spotlight-stealing protein, or sits smothered under tomato sauce and cheese. Make no mistake — it’s delicious in both contexts, but this classic cornmeal dish is far more versatile than tradition suggests. Here are our five favorite ways to give polenta a long-overdue chance to shine. 

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Noted: This Video Helps You Choose The Best Mixing Bowls for Your Kitchen via Lifehacker

August 17th, 2014 Comments off

This Video Helps You Choose The Best Mixing Bowls for Your Kitchen via Lifehacker

This Video Helps You Choose The Best Mixing Bowls for Your Kitchen via Lifehacker

You might think that there’s nothing special about mixing bowls. America’s Test Kitchen would beg to differ, and in this video they explain what you should look for—and what you should avoid—when buying good mixing bowls for your kitchen.

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Noted: Americans rediscovering a taste for hard cider via The Los Angeles Times

August 17th, 2014 Comments off

Americans rediscovering a taste for hard cider via The Los Angeles Times

Americans rediscovering a taste for hard cider via The Los Angeles Times

British transplant Jeffrey House has long believed in the appeal of a pint of fermented apple juice.

But when he landed in California in the 1980s, he found few Americans willing to venture outside the familiar territory of beer and wine.

Fast forward a few decades. Add drinkers who have been groomed by the craft beer movement. Throw in a dollop of gluten avoidance. Now, House’s business is producing 1 million gallons of hard cider a year under the brand Ace Cider, quadruple what he was making in 2008.

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Categories: California, Drinks, Food, LA, Los Angeles Tags:

Video: Making Hard Cider – Racking – Dog Days of Podcasting 2014 – 17/30

August 16th, 2014 Comments off

Update: The Los Angeles Times had this article on the resurgence of hard cider in America, Americans rediscovering a taste for hard cider.

Part of the Dog Days of Podcasting 

Video: Making Hard Cider - Racking - Dog Days of Podcasting 2014 - 17/30

My cider is finishing fermenting, so it is time to “rack” it off the spent yeast and add isinglass to help clarify the final product.

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Previously in the Dog Days of Podcasting 2014:

What is the Dog Days of Podcasting?

“Essentially, it is a challenge to do a podcast for 30 days in a row.

In 2012 Kreg Steppe was looking to give himself a little push in regards to recording his own personal podcast since he wasn’t recording it very often. That turned into a challenge for himself to record a show everyday for 30 days believing that after 30 days it would turn into a habit. Once it was mentioned to Chuck Tomasi he took the challenge too and they decided it would be a great idea to record starting 30 days before Dragon*Con, culminating with the last episode where they would record it together when they saw each other there.”

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Video: Turkey and Potato Curry – Dog Days of Podcasting 2014 – 15/30

August 14th, 2014 Comments off

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Video: Turkey and Potato Curry - Dog Days of Podcasting 2014 - 15/30

Today’s podcast is a look at one of our family favorites, Turkey and Potato Curry. This recipe is included in my Recipes in Rotation Cookbook and also available in this blog post, Recipes in Rotation: Turkey Curry with potatoes and sweet potatoes.

Turkey curry with potatoes and sweet potatoes

Ingredients
3-4 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 pound ground turkey
1 chopped onion
2 chopped garlic cloves
1-2 chopped fresh red chiles (optional) – I substitute a dash of red pepper flakes and cayenne pepper
1 Tbsp peeled ginger, grated fine
1 cup water
Salt and black pepper to taste
1 Tbsp garam masala
1Tbsp Curry powder
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
2 large Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
1 large sweet potato, peeled and cubed
2-4 Roma or other plum tomatoes, diced or 1 cup tomato sauce
1 cup fresh or frozen peas
1/2 cup (loosely packed) chopped cilantro or parsley

Directions

  • Heat the vegetable oil over medium-high heat in a large pot with a lid. When the oil is hot, add the ground meat, spreading it out over the pan.
  • Cook the meat without stirring, until it begins to brown.
  • Add the chopped onion and chiles. Stir and sauté for 4-5 minutes, or until the onion begins to color a bit. Sprinkle salt and pepper over everything.
  • Add the grated ginger and garlic, mix well and sauté for another 1-2 minutes.
  • Mix in the spices and cook them with the meat and vegetable mixture. Watch closely to insure they do not burn.
  • Add water, tomatoes (or tomato sauce) and the potatoes.
  • Stir to combine and cover.
  • Turn the heat down to medium-low and simmer for 15-20 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender.
  • When the potatoes are tender add the peas. Mix well and cover the pot. Cook 2-3 minutes.
  • Add salt and pepper, if needed, to taste.
  • Right before you serve, mix in the chopped cilantro. Serve alone or with flatbread or white rice.

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Previously in the Dog Days of Podcasting 2014:

What is the Dog Days of Podcasting?

“Essentially, it is a challenge to do a podcast for 30 days in a row.

In 2012 Kreg Steppe was looking to give himself a little push in regards to recording his own personal podcast since he wasn’t recording it very often. That turned into a challenge for himself to record a show everyday for 30 days believing that after 30 days it would turn into a habit. Once it was mentioned to Chuck Tomasi he took the challenge too and they decided it would be a great idea to record starting 30 days before Dragon*Con, culminating with the last episode where they would record it together when they saw each other there.”

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Video: Making Hard Cider – Day 1 – Dog Days of Podcasting 2014 – 13/30

August 12th, 2014 Comments off

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Making Hard Cider - Day 1 - Dog Days of Podcasting 2014 - 13/30

 

Making hard cider is very, very, easy and I show you how in this video. Things get very busy after only 1 day of fermentation. 

More information on Douglas E. Welch and Careers in New Media:

Previously in the Dog Days of Podcasting 2014:

What is the Dog Days of Podcasting?

“Essentially, it is a challenge to do a podcast for 30 days in a row.

In 2012 Kreg Steppe was looking to give himself a little push in regards to recording his own personal podcast since he wasn’t recording it very often. That turned into a challenge for himself to record a show everyday for 30 days believing that after 30 days it would turn into a habit. Once it was mentioned to Chuck Tomasi he took the challenge too and they decided it would be a great idea to record starting 30 days before Dragon*Con, culminating with the last episode where they would record it together when they saw each other there.”

Video: Making Hard Cider – Dog Days of Podcasting 2014 – 11/30

August 10th, 2014 Comments off

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Video: Making Hard Cider - Dog Days of Podcasting 2014 - 11/30

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More information on Douglas E. Welch and Careers in New Media:

Previously in the Dog Days of Podcasting 2014:

What is the Dog Days of Podcasting?

“Essentially, it is a challenge to do a podcast for 30 days in a row.

In 2012 Kreg Steppe was looking to give himself a little push in regards to recording his own personal podcast since he wasn’t recording it very often. That turned into a challenge for himself to record a show everyday for 30 days believing that after 30 days it would turn into a habit. Once it was mentioned to Chuck Tomasi he took the challenge too and they decided it would be a great idea to record starting 30 days before Dragon*Con, culminating with the last episode where they would record it together when they saw each other there.”

A little art – End of the Day for August 10, 2014

August 10th, 2014 Comments off

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Today was filled with a few errands, a trip to the brew store for yeast and such, recording and editing a video on making hard cider and then a lot of catch up with home stuff. It wasn’t all work, though. We took a few moments to check out what our local brewery is like on a Sunday afternoon, having only visited on weekend nights in the past. It was a great crowd. We were recognized when we walked in. (Not quite a Cheers-level NORM!, but close) Our usual order of business is chatting up the other locals in the club or playing a few rounds of WhirlyWord on the iPad while we enjoy our beverages. This was just a quick trip today, but we had a few moments to get in a 1/2 pint of the Session Gap — very refreshing on a hot day after our short walk — and a few peanuts, too. The food truck for today was the Carolina Meat Company. We didn’t eat there, but the smell was amazing.

Here are a couple of watercolor-like pictures I created with Waterlogue on the iPhone along with the original photo and a Instagram shot I created and posted while on-site. Whenever we go anywhere I am always looking for an opportunity to take photographs — both to use in their original format and in other apps, web sites and more.

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MacLeod Ale Brewing Co

 

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Noted: Top 10 Food Infographics to Hang in Your Kitchen or Save to Your Phone via Lifehacker

August 9th, 2014 Comments off

Top 10 Food Infographics to Hang in Your Kitchen or Save to Your Phone via Lifehacker

Top 10 Food Infographics to Hang in Your Kitchen or Save to Your Phone via Lifehacker

Sometimes, a chart or infographic is the best way to communicate complex topics—like what the different types of cuts of beef are (and how to cook them) and how to fix common cooking mistakes. Here are some of the most save- or print-worthy food graphics we’ve shared on Lifehacker.

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Noted: Better from Scratch by Ivy Manning via The Kitchn

August 3rd, 2014 Comments off

Better from Scratch by Ivy Manning via The Kitchn

Better from Scratch by Ivy Manning via The Kitchn

The angle: Skip the artificial ingredients and the price tag — make these pantry staples from scratch!

Recipes for right now: Dilly Beans, Strawberry Jam, Cheesy Crackers, Tea-Smoked Trout, Amaretto-Almond Butter, Membrillo, Granola Bars, Vanilla Marshmallows, Peanut Caramel Corn, Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

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