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Midnight Diner: Tokyo Stories is the next great show from Netflix Japan via The Verge

April 19th, 2017 No comments
I enjoyed Midnight Diner immensely and I recommend it to anyone I know who subscribes to Netflix. It’s in Japanese, with English subtitles, so you can’t just have it on in the background, but each 30 minute episode is worth the time focusing on it and immersing yourself in this tiny little Japanese world. I am eagerly awaiting the next season. Check it out! — Douglas
 
Terrace House has become Netflix Japan’s breakout international hit — and with good reason — but for my money it runs second place to another of the streaming service’s Japanese shows. Midnight Diner: Tokyo Stories follows the owner and clientele of a tiny Tokyo restaurant, telling short, touching stories of family, friendship, and humanity in the heart of urban sprawl.

 
PS…Another great Japanese show I enjoyed on Netflix was Atelier.

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Strawberry Rhubarb Cobbler with Cornmeal Biscuits and Honeyed Cream via Joy the Baker

April 19th, 2017 No comments

Strawberries, Rhubarb, biscuits and cream. Not much more to say about this except YUM! — Douglas

 
I swear… as soon as we wind our clocks forward and tack that extra hour of daylight to our evenings, I’m sure it’s summer.  I’m sure it’s time for a new pair of (now age appropriate) jean shorts, time for pink wine and pink sunsets, time for me to start chasing the sound of summer waves crashing on summer beaches.  

Time, really… for me to hold my horses.  

Because spring. Because there’s this easing into summer that usually involves lots of spring rain and surprisingly crisp days and just blooming flowers. In these gloriously crisp and blooming days we get welcome early strawberries and right-on-time rhubarb.  It’s only natural that we combine the two in some sort of pie iteration.
 


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Perfect Stamped or Rolling Pin Cookies via Savoring Time in the Kitchen

April 16th, 2017 Comments off
While the rolling pin mentioned in the article is custom made, there are a host of stamping rolling pins that can be used with the included recipes, including a few available on Amazon which I have linked below. I have a few individual cookie stamps, but using a rolling pin to stamp an entire set sounds like a great idea. — Douglas
 
I do not excel at cookie decorating.  It’s time consuming and, normally, I’m not a fan of icing on cookies anyway.  Cookie stamps or rollers are the perfect alternative to having a ‘cute’ cookie but one that doesn’t takes a lot of time to decorate! The problem with stamped or pressed cookies is often the design isn’t clear because the cookies either spread out or rise too much and the cookie design disappears.  

This past month, I received a special surprise from my very long-time and dear friend, Monique of La Table de Nana.  It was a beautiful, wooden rolling pin engraving with the name of my blog.  You can visit Monique’s post here to find out more about the artist and the lovely variety of engraved rolling pins.  They are the perfect gift for a friend or family member who enjoys baking!

More cookies stamps

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Advanced Shooting Modes: What They Are and When to Use Them via Digital Photography School

April 15th, 2017 Comments off

No matter how many photos I take, I am still learning every day. This article lays out some very basic — but very important — lessons about photography and how to best use your camera that I definitely need — and you might too!

Are you ready to get off Auto? When most people get started in digital photography, the first thing they do is set the shooting mode dial on the top of the camera to Auto. It makes sense to let the camera make decisions about things while you’re just getting used to using it.

15 Tortellini Recipes That Will Reaffirm Your Love for Pasta via Brit + Co

April 13th, 2017 Comments off
Several recipes I plan on trying from this article including Sausage Pesto Tortellini Casserole, Crispy Tortellini Bites With Creamy Tomato Sauce and One-Skillet Chicken Sausage Tortellini — and probably a couple more. Yum! — Douglas
 
Pasta is a staple for a reason. Whether you’re making romantic pasta recipes for your significant other, enjoying a bowl of gluten-free goodness all to yourself, or making some in the slow cooker for the fam, there’s so much to love in every al dente bite. But if you’re looking for something easy, chances are you’ve had more than your fair share of simple spaghetti and penne with red sauce. Don’t let yourself get bored — swap the standards for tortellini, so you can continue to enjoy pasta night just as much as ever. These 15 recipes show how easy it is to use tortellini to make even the quickest weeknight meals fulfill all of your pasta dreams.    

This $10 Digital Thermometer Is an Amazon Best-Seller via Kitchn

April 12th, 2017 Comments off

A great kitchen tool at a great price. Something we should all have in our cooking toolkit. Never guess if something is done again! — Douglas

A kitchen thermometer is an essential kitchen tool. You can pick up a super-inexpensive one at the grocery store if you need it, or splurge on the $100 instant-read thermometer, or you could take the middle ground. Right now on Amazon you can buy a ThermoPro digital thermometer for just $10. It normally costs $30, so that means it’s close to 70 percent off right now.

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Get Inspired By This Jaw-Dropping Cardboard Armor For Kids via Geek & Sundry

April 11th, 2017 Comments off

This is an amazing example of cardboard crafting. The final look is absolutely wonderful and would please almost any cosplayer, big or small. — Douglas

Get Inspired By This Jaw-Dropping Cardboard Armor For Kids via Geek & Sundry

Superdad and artist Warren King says on his Flickr page that he used mostly Amazon shipping boxes, storage and moving boxes, and packaging for the armor, then gloss spray paint on top. But, what’s even cooler than the finished product is actually seeing the work that’s underneath it. Looking at the steps taken to create this suit of armor, you can truly see the artistry with just the bare cardboard.

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Recipe: Fizzy Blueberry Ginger Mocktail — 3-Ingredient Recipes via The Kitchn

April 10th, 2017 Comments off

You don’t always need alcohol to enjoy a nice drink. This “cocktail” is on my list to try soon. — Douglas

 
If your go-to non-boozy spritzer is seltzer with a splash of fruit juice, then this blueberry ginger sparkler is one to keep on your radar. It’s full-on fizzy and hits your tongue with subtle, fruity flavor followed by a warm notes of ginger. Here’s how to make this refreshing, booze-free drink.
 
Find more cocktails in these books from Amazon.com

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15 Super-Satisfying Grain Bowls That Will Keep You Full via SELF

April 9th, 2017 Comments off
Another great collection of recipes to try – this time centered around all sorts of grains. My favorites include Kale and Sweet Potato Brown Rice Bowls, Healing Bowls With Turmeric Sweet Potatoes, Poached Eggs, and Lemon Dressing and Chicken Pesto Bowls. What are your favorites? Which ones are you going to try in your own kitchen? — Douglas
 
 
If you’re trying to eat healthier, you want filling fare that won’t leave you reaching for chips an hour later. Consider grain bowls. The hearty alternative is a tasty and easy way to both spice up your lunch (or dinner, or breakfast) and ensure satiety. Because they’re always loaded with complex carbs, lean proteins, and lots and lots of veggies—aka the satisfying nutrient trio—they basically guarantee you won’t wind up starving a couple hours later.

Read 15 Super-Satisfying Grain Bowls That Will Keep You Full via SELF


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On YouTube: Spanish Garlic Soup – Sopa de Ajo Recipe – Bread and Garlic Soup

April 8th, 2017 Comments off
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