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DIY Instant Cocoa: How to Make the Best Hot Chocolate (Plus, It’s Mind-Blowingly Easy) via YouTube

May 10th, 2017 Comments off
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DIY Instant Cocoa: How to Make the Best Hot Chocolate (Plus, It’s Mind-Blowingly Easy) via America’s Test Kitchen

May 10th, 2017 Comments off
Nothing like a tasty cup of hot chocolate to get your day started or relax at the end of the day. Here is an easy method of making a great hot chocolate that uses real chocolate instead of powder. — Douglas
 
 
 
Here’s how to make homemade hot chocolate—it’s super-convenient to make a cup whenever you have a craving. Made with real chocolate, our homemade version of gourmet hot chocolate is just as easy to make as the pre-packaged stuff and tastes infinitely better. 
Think of it as a go-to hot chocolate concentrate—and all you need is a microwave. No fancy equipment required.
 
Watch DIY Instant Cocoa: How to Make the Best Hot Chocolate (Plus, It’s Mind-Blowingly Easy) via America’s Test Kitchen



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On YouTube: Negative Words That Turned Into Positive Words via Arika Okrent

May 8th, 2017 Comments off
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On YouTube: French Phrases Hidden in English Words via Arika Okrent

May 4th, 2017 Comments off

On YouTube: America’s Test Kitchen DIY Bacon

May 3rd, 2017 Comments off

America’s Test Kitchen DIY Bacon

On YouTube: America's Test Kitchen DIY Bacon

Bacon. You love it. You want it. Need to take it to the next level? Learn how to make your own bacon (no smoker required!) from a slab of pork belly with the Test Kitchen’s Bryan Roof.



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Checklist – 7 Prompts to Help you Pause and Take Better Photos via Digital Photography School

May 1st, 2017 Comments off
Most times my photography is a haphazard affair — simply shooting whatever appears in front of me and hoping for the best. There are times, however, when I like to take a little more time and pay a little more attention and try to come ups with photos that are closer to the “art” end of the spectrum. Checklists — like this one — give me thinking points to make me slow down and consider what I am trying to do when I take photos and, hopefully, improve their quality. How about you? What do you do help you take better, thoughtful, considered photos? Do these tips help? Let me know in the comments! – Douglas
 
Photography is one of those professions or hobbies that you simply need to practice in order to improve. Once you have learned the basics and the theory, it is as much about trial and error as anything that you can read in books. With that practice comes experience which, over time, becomes almost like your blueprint for taking photos. The more you practice the quicker you learn and ultimately it all works subconsciously. To start you off on your process, here are 7 questions to ask yourself before you take a photo.
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On YouTube: Whole Phrases Hidden in English Words by Arika Okrent

April 29th, 2017 Comments off

This is part of an excellent series by Arika Okrent on language. I have subscribed and look forward to seeing new videos in my YouTube daily watching list. — Douglas

Whole Phrases Hidden in English Words by Arika Okrent via YouTube

Why say a whole sentence when just a word will do? You might never have noticed that these English words contain whole phrases within them. Produced for Mental Floss

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9 Books To Read If You Struggle With Anxiety via Romper

April 29th, 2017 Comments off

I have had issues with anxiety all my life and I have recently begun looking for some ways of mitigating its effects. Here is a collection of 9 books (plus 2 recently recommended to me) to help you cope when anxiety in your life gets to be a bit too much. — Douglas

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Recommended to me, but not included in the linked article

I am currently reading My Age of Anxiety and I am in the 4th week of the Mindfulness program as outlined in the second book

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10 Bits of Cooking Savvy We Picked Up Hanging Out in the Kitchen via Food52

April 28th, 2017 Comments off
I have learned most — if not all – all my best cooking tricks from watching others, whether that is television chefs on the Food Network or Maria Gaetana in Agira — looking over her shoulder while she fried up cotoletta vittelo (Veal Cutlets) for pranza while all the other uomini (men) stood outside on the balcony smoking.
 
So, as a reinforcement of learning by watching, here are 10 great ideas you can apply in your kitchen — hopefully to great success! — Douglas
 
 
In the same way that I’m in awe of friends who have learned new languages by “immersion”—but how do you start, I’ve wondered? And what keeps you from just, you know, staying silent for all of eternity?—I am also confounded by older, wiser, better cooks who tell me that I’ll learn to cook by, well, cooking.
 
But how? It never seemed to add up. I’ve held a brain in biology class, and it really isn’t very much like a sponge.

And yet, when I think back to how I cooked five years ago, and think about the knowledge that I seem to have osmosed, I’m shocked to realize that just the act of cooking is also an act of learning. Nearly every recipe—even those not billed as life-changing—has a valuable tidbit or takeaway that can be applied to other future recipes.
 
Read 10 Bits of Cooking Savvy We Picked Up Hanging Out in the Kitchen via Food52



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3-Ingredient Happy Hour: The Blackberry Lavender Fizz via Lifehacker

April 26th, 2017 Comments off
It’s time for Summer cocktails and this combination of blackberry, lavender and gin could be your porch sipper of the season. While I wouldn’t normally drink lavender soda by itself, I can see how it brings a unique note to the cocktail. Here in Los Angeles we can easily find Dry Lavender Soda at a nearby BevMo or other liquor stores. Yet another cocktail to try out. I think I have a list here somewhere. (LAUGH) — Douglas
 
Basically, I wanted something that was a little fruity, a little floral, and as pretty as an Easter egg. Though it initially seemed slightly ambitious, I was able to craft such a beverage using just three, flavorful ingredients, and the result was quite the porch-pounder. Bonus: This beverage can be built right in the glass, saving you time and dishes.
 

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