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 LinkMatthew Henry‘s Commentary on the Bible.  Very nice books, and quite glad to have them.  The next purchase was a set of 64 books from Read More »

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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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