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On YouTube: Simon’s Cat – Dinner Date: Just Desserts

May 27th, 2017 Comments off

A recent addition on of our favorite online animated cartoons via YouTube. Especially funny for cat owners! — Douglas

On YouTube: Simon's Cat - Dinner Date: Just Desserts

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It’s finally time for Simon to serve dinner to his date but Simon’s Cat seems to have other plans! In his cheekiest move yet the cat brings a special guest to join the couple at the table…WATCH NOW to discover who.



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The transformative power of doing absolutely nothing via Quartz

May 24th, 2017 Comments off
Something to remember when life gets a bit too crazy. — Douglas
 
 
On a recent Sunday, I found myself overwhelmed. It was my last free day between several consecutive weekends of travel, visitors, and weddings. The morning had ticked away, and my boyfriend and I had groceries to buy, paperwork to file, a house to tidy, and something to do at Home Depot. As I contemplated how to productively use the afternoon, my chest tightened. I stepped outside for a gulp of fresh air. There, an idea struck.

“Let’s go to the beach for two hours,” I said. “Then we can do our stuff.”

I was still feeling stressed while I packed my bag, and even while we sought out a spot on the sand. But eventually—maybe when I spotted some dolphins past the breakers, or dunked into a cold, oncoming wave—the stress dissipated. I didn’t do much reading at the beach, or really much of anything. I mostly stared at the water, got wet, laid on a warm blanket, then moved to a chair. After two hours, we folded up our blanket, drove home, and divided and conquered our tasks for the rest of the afternoon. And you know what? They weren’t so painful. It was actually kind of pleasant to surrender to the rhythm of paperwork, while the sun sank lower in the window.
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12 Ways to Take Brownies Where They’ve Never Been Before via Food52

May 22nd, 2017 Comments off

Check out these ways to kick up your brownie game. — Douglas

 
Where do your brownie loyalties lie? Are you Team Fudgy, Team Cakey, or Team In-Between-y?

I’m a fudgy-as-a-truffle gal myself (Alice Medrich’s Best Cocoa Brownies are my old faithful, preferably straight from the freezer)—but today, we’re not here to discuss that age-old question.

Instead, we’re here to take you brownie purists and turn you into brownie hedonists!!!! eccentrics. Your ordinary brownies might be extraordinarily good, but consider these tweaks—in the form of swirls, sprinkles, drops, and swooshes (smears, if you prefer)—for when you want to give your brownie a night on the town, complete with facial glitter (that’s still a thing, right?) and a thick coat of mascara.
 
Read 12 Ways to Take Brownies Where They’ve Never Been Before via Food52



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200+ Free Art Books Are Now Available to Download from the Guggenheim via Creators

May 21st, 2017 Comments off
What are you going to read today?

Free books?!?! Yes, Free books!. Art books, at that. What are you waiting for? — Douglas
 
 
Tomes of work by Picasso, Kandinsky, Lichtenstein, Flavin, Klimt, Rothko, and more are as good as yours.
 
A veritable art history degree’s worth of books digitized by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum are now available for free.

There’s Wassily Kandinsky’s 1946 treatise, On the Spiritual in Art; books about movements from the Italian metamorphosis and Russian Constructivism; thousands of years of Aztec and Chinese art; and catalogs of work by the many greats to pass through the Guggenheim’s Frank Lloyd Wright-designed halls. Formerly locked in paper prisons (a.k.a., hard-copy books), analysis of work by Pablo Picasso, Roy Lichtenstein, Dan Flavin, Robert Rauschenberg, Gustav Klimt, Mark Rothko, and more is now free to roam the web as PDFs and ePubs.

On YouTube: Jammy Rice Pudding Recipe | Now Cook It from SortedFood

May 20th, 2017 Comments off

Rosanne loves rice passing, but I am not the biggest fan. Still, this recipe looks delicious and easy so it might just push me over the edge into making our own batch at home. The addition of the jam makes it even better. — Douglas

On YouTube: Jammy Rice Pudding Recipe | Now Cook It from SortedFood

This is the best rice pudding recipe ever thanks to the homemade blackberry jam you make to go alongside it. You’ll achieve a rich, creamy rice pudding in no time at all!

Rice Pudding Recipe

How To Make Jam

 


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The Best Bourbons for $20 and Under — Spirit Guides via The Kitchn

May 19th, 2017 Comments off
I’ve always had a sweet spot for bourbon as my go-to tipple, though I’ve never been one to chase the high-end of the market. Some of the most famous bourbons area unavailable no matter what the price, but I always look for something that shows off bourbon’s char and natural sweetness and goes down smoothly. I can foresee myself working my way through this list, just to expand my bourbon experience — and test out my taste buds. — Douglas
 

Living in Louisville comes with responsibilities; my 502 area code seems to confer with it bourbon ambassadorship. And while most of us around here just seem to have a good measure of bourbon coursing through our veins, I actually did study to become a Certified Bourbon Steward. However, being a bourbon enthusiast can get expensive, so I’ve learned how to do it without too much damage to the checking account. I’m always on the lookout for that sweet spot of price and flavor.

Here are eight favorites you’ll find on my bar — all for $20 or less. Pro tip: Serve them from a vintage crystal decanter and people will think you’re sharing your special stash.

 

Read The Best Bourbons for $20 and Under — Spirit Guides via The Kitchn


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A Trusty Trick for Cooking Without a Recipe (& Anxiety) via Food52

May 17th, 2017 Comments off
I’m always looking for tips, tricks and rules of thumb for cooking and this article contains some great info. Learn how the fat you choose affects the taste and style of your dishes and more. — Douglas
 
Say you are making a beautiful carbonara. You’ve got the bacon crisping, the Parmesan shredded and at the ready, the pasta water simmering away, and—oh no. You used up all the olive oil making Maialino’s dreamy Olive Oil Cake! And all you’ve got on hand is… coconut oil. Drat. That won’t work!

Sure, it’ll fill the oily void, but the flavors of the dish will be all off. You might run out to buy more olive oil, or you might think of this instead as an opportunity for culinary experimentation. Up to you. Either way, it’s easy enough to tell that coconut oil isn’t exactly what the dish is calling for—and it’s certainly not what a nonna would reach for. At the same time, butter would be unusual in a stir-fry, and sesame oil very peculiar in a sauce for sole meunière.
 
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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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