Honey Wheat Bread recipe

I make this Honey Wheat bread as our normal bread loaf for everyday use.  I generally put it into the bread maker on the dough cycle, then pull it out, split it into 2 loaves and proof it again before baking.  I could bake it in the bread maker, but I don’t like the shape of the loaf that comes out, it’s not terribly practical for use. Read More »

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Chili recipe

I’ve made this chili a few times for friends and family, and even taken it to the wife’s work, as well as mine for a chili cook off.  Unfortunately, at my office it lost the chili contest (though not a reflection on the recipe).  Here are the basic ingredients(based on what I can get at my local grocery store, HEB):

* 2 x 28 oz. Cans of Crushed Tomatoes (sometimes I use the ones with garlic included, sometimes not.  Usually I get organic)
* 2 x 15 oz. Can of Bush’s Chili Beans (Medium or Mild).  Or make your own.
* 2 Green Bell Peppers Read More »

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Twitter Updates for 2009-12-03

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Awesome updated shots of celebs in their memorable roles

Empire’s 20th Anniversary/Birthday gallery has shots of stars recreating some of their most memorable roles.

For example:

Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (Photo: Sarah Dunn) from Empire Online

Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (Photo: Sarah Dunn) from Empire Online

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Lumberjack Commandos will beat your Ninja Assassin

Found at http://thechive.com/

who needs a Ninja Assasin when you have Lumberjack Commandos?

who needs a Ninja Assasin when you have Lumberjack Commandos?

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4.5 TB NAS build Part 1

Finally, I got a chance to work on my NAS build, since I’ve been on vacation for all of last week.  The goal I was shooting for was to build at least 4TB of RAID 5 storage, with at least a gigabit network connection.  Since I already have a 2 TB IDE-based NAS built on a Poweredge 2400 platform, and since I have a bunch of PE 2400 sitting around, I decided to go ahead and build another NAS out of one of them.

The Poweredge 2400 has several nice features Read More »

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Ebay Book Overload

Yikes.  I really really seem to have an Ebay buying addiction.  Sigh.  I could try to rationalize it, but I’m sure there isn’t really a rational reason.  I just like to find things and buy them.  Oh well, moving on to the actual post…

So, I decide that I wanted some books for my birthday this year.  I forget at this point what actually triggered it, though I do know I ended up with a set of  Will and Ariel Durant‘s “The Story of Civilization” and Name Your Link

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Tasty Bite Madras Lentils

I was searching for something to write and decided the only thing of interest I really did tonight was try the Madras Lentils (lentils, red beans and spices in a creamy tomato sauce) I got at Costco last week. The box had 4 smaller boxes, which they called an entree size, and I think it ran about $7. So, I grabbed one out of the box since the wife decided she was skipping dinner, and I was hungry. I was surprised that it was fully ready to eat, though if I had read the box better, I’d have known that :).  It’s all natural, vegetarian, gluten free, contains no MSG or preservatives, and is kosher.

It came in a foil pouch, which of course means no microwaving in the pouch.  It took about 2 minutes to fully heat it in a glass bowl slightly larger than the portion.  It reminded me of a chili more than anything else.  I can see this as a good vegetarian option for chili, with a few additional spices (and/or hot sauce), nacho topping or even hot dog topping!

I will have to try and reproduce this soon, because it would make a good alternative for my other Lentil Chili, with a few modifications.

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Big Box Retailer paper

I decided I would post this paper, from February 2007, since I can never seem to find it when I am looking for it.  Of course, at the time I wrote it, I thought I was pretty clever.  Now in re-reading parts of it, I realize I must have grown as a writer as I inwardly cringe.  Still, the data is valid, and it does make an interesting read (at least in my opinion). Read More »

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Kenny Shopsin says Eat Me

I’d never heard of Shopsin’s General Store before, nor had I heard of Kenny Shopsin, but someone, somewhere in cyberspace recommended “Eat Me: The Food and Philosophy of Kenny Shopsin” on last Tuesday (I know because that is the day I ordered it along with “A People’s History of the United States” by Howard Zinn, recommended by @EthanSuplee).  I suspect it was someone on Twitter, but since I can’t find it(search sucks for posts older than a few hours), I don’t recall.  So, if you recommended the book on Twitter, thanks.

I had lived in New York, though not Read More »

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