Archives: October 2013

NaNoWriMo 2013

I’m participating in National Novel Writing Month again this year. I’ve undertaken this challenge in 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2012, and I “won” twice – in 2011 and 2012 by writing 50,000 words each year. That novel is pretty close to being complete, but needs some major revisions and finishing work, and I’m pretty

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Jamaican Jerk Pork Slow Cook

Borrowed from Complete Slow Cooker Cookbook, Carol Heding Munson I’m trying this out today; first time I’ve made this.I’m going to serve this with brown rice and some steamed veggies. Medium Crockery Pot Makes 4 Servings 2 cups (480 mL) fat-free beef broth 2 teaspoons dried minced onions 1 teaspoon dried thyme 1 teaspoon garlic

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Skipping Ender’s Game

Geeks OUT wants you to Skip Ender’s Game, and they have some compelling reasons why. As I’ve noted here back in 2005, Orson Scott Card is a homophobic nut who has said some terrible and dangerous things about gay people. Geeks OUT compiles a larger, more complete list of how he had harmed gay people:

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Potential Web Hosting Replacements for Media Temple

After yesterday’s announcement of GoDaddy buying Media Temple, (more about this on TechCrunch) I’ll need to move. But it’s going to be a couple months before I can do that, so these are some notes about hosts to research when I get some free time to make the switch. These were all recommended to me

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GoDaddy buys Media Temple and I lose my mind

I was checking my email this afternoon, all unsuspecting, and suddenly this crap bomb appeared in my inbox from my web hosting provider Media Temple: I am proud to share some momentous news with you today. GoDaddy, the Internet’s largest platform for small businesses, has acquired (mt) Media Temple. We will continue operating as an

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Grilled Flank Steak with Onions

From Weight Watchers Prep time: 10min Cook time: 25min Serves: 6 Value: 5 PointsPlus® Value Ingredients 3 Tbsp red wine vinegar 1 Tbsp olive oil 2 tsp dried oregano 2 tsp minced garlic 1/4 tsp black pepper, freshly ground 1 1/2 pound(s) uncooked lean flank steak 3/4 tsp table salt, divided 1 large uncooked red

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Homemade Italian Breadcrumbs

From Alton Brown on the Food Network. Ingredients 4 ounces stale bread, cut or torn into 1-inch pieces 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt Directions Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Place all of the ingredients into a blender carafe, cover and pulse until coarse crumbs form, about

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Stephanie’s Apple Crisp

Stephanie makes this from a recipe she picked up online in 2004. I can’t find the original online anymore, so I guess this one now officially belongs to Stephanie. Fruit Mixture 4 cups sliced, peeled cooking apples (about 1 1/3rd pounds or 3 to 4 medium) 3 tablespoons apple juice Crumb Mixture 2/3 cup firmly

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Classic Baked Acorn Squash

Stephanie has made this recipe several times in the past, so I know it’s good. I’m going to try it out with the acorn squash I bought yesterday. From Simply Recipes Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 1 hour, 15 minutes Yield: Serves 2 to 4, depending on how much squash you like to eat.

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Spaghetti Squash with Lemon and Capers

We have one of these, so I’m going to give this recipe a shot. From The Food Network. Ingredients 2 large spaghetti squash 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil Salt and pepper 8 tablespoons sweet butter 2 tablespoons capers, drained 1/4 cup diced zucchini (rind only) 1/4 cup diced red bell pepper 4 tablespoons fresh lemon

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Beer Slow-Cooker Chicken

4-6 Chicken Breasts or 1 Whole or cut up Chicken 1 Can of any kind of Beer 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder 1/2 tsp Basil 1/2 tsp Paprika 1/2 tsp Black Pepper 1/2 tsp Kosher Salt *You can use whatever spices you like Put all ingredients into crockpot If frozen cook on high 4-5 hours or

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Crockpot Chicken And Noodle Soup

Borrowed from Creatively Domestic via Pinterest. 5 cups of chicken broth (boxed or can is fine) One 10.75 oz can cream of chicken soup 1/2 cup onions, chopped fine 1/2 cup celery, chopped fine 1/2 cup carrots, chopped fine 1/2 cup green onions, sliced One 15 oz can of whole kernel corn, drained Salt and

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Commonly Prepared Meals

Originally published on: Apr 11, 2005. I’m updating this list because Stephanie is going back to work next week, and I’m going to take over many of the cooking responsibilities because she has a long commute. I’ve been looking at various recipe and grocery shopping apps, but I haven’t discovered quite the right combination that

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Todd Rokita embarrasses Indiana twice (at least)

Indiana State Representative Todd Rokita (R) has been making the news cycles recently to discuss his ignominious role in the government shutdown. He’s blissfully unaware of how ridiculous he sounds in this soundbite that gets prominent discussion on The Daily Show yesterday evening: But what takes the cake is Rokita’s sexist remarks to a CNN

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Some government shutdown reading

First – let’s be clear on who’s responsible for this debacle: The truth of what happened Monday night, as almost all political reporters know full well, is that “Republicans staged a series of last-ditch efforts to use a once-routine budget procedure to force Democrats to abandon their efforts to extend U.S. health insurance.” (Thank you,

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