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Month: April 2011

Food Tip: Freezing Fruit

Food Tip: Freezing Fruit

Freezing fruit is a great way to make sure you have local food around all year long.  Plus, you can buy extra when it’s cheap at the farmer’s market and save some money.  Last summer I froze peaches, strawberries, and blueberries.  This summer I plan […]

AT&T Doesn’t Want More Customers

AT&T Doesn’t Want More Customers

I was going to depart from my usual snarky Tech Tuesday blog and talk about something that I like (whenever I figure out something that I actually like), but after today’s experience with AT&T, I decided to put off the non-snark until next week… Recently, […]

Garden Update

Garden Update

Our heirloom tomatoes are planted in their permanent pots on our deck.  They’ve been there for about a week now and are doing pretty well.  Hopefully they like their new home!  Next year, I’d like to start them a few weeks earlier than I did this year.  I think I’ll start the seeds indoors around the beginning of March.  Since this was the first year I’ve ever started seeds, I didn’t know how fast they would grow and when they would outgrow their starter pots.  Now that I’ve done it once, and I’ve got a pretty good idea of when we’re safely past the last frost, I think early March will be better timing for seed starting.

I also learn a new tip about cilantro.  Ben and I both love cilantro (not everyone does – apparently it tastes like soap to some people!) so we like to have it around.  When I’ve tried to grow it in the past, I’d never had good luck.  But I talked to a farmer at the farmer’s market and I learned that it just goes to seed really quickly.  If you keep it trimmed short, it will last longer, but still just doesn’t last as long as other herbs.  It was good to find out that I’m not necessarily doing anything wrong.  So this year, when the cilantro is past it’s prime, I’ll just have to buy another plant from the farmer so we have fresh cilantro through the summer.

Dolan

Dolan

Carl Dolan Memorial Classic I went to watch a bit of the Carl Dolan Memorial Classic Bike Race on Sunday.  Here’s one of the shots I took.  Not too exciting, but the exciting part is that I’m testing my WordPress Plugin.  If all goes well […]

Do Not Track

Do Not Track

Last week, I heard an article on NPR (which I can’t seem to find at the moment!) about different Web Browsers adding the “Do Not Track” feature.  Microsoft has added it to the next version of Internet Explorer, Mozilla to Firefox, and recently Apple to […]

Quiche

Quiche

Here is a super easy quiche recipe that Ben makes some times.  It’s great for dinner with a salad or for brunch.  We make the crust in our food processor using the recipe that came with it (okay, Ben does that too… the food processor is mostly Ben’s kitchen toy).  You can find a recipe that works for you or you could buy crust if making it is too much.  We’ll make a few balls of the dough for the crust at once and then put some in the freezer for later.  I heard Jamie Oliver give a great tip for rolling out pie crust once.  He said to roll the whole thing into a ball and then slice it into pieces of about the right thickness.  Then you just place the slices in the pan and kinds of press them together so they become one pie crust.  It’s much easier than rolling it out!

Here’s the recipe:

2 to 3 sliced mushrooms – put in the pie crust

2 to 3 handfuls of peas – put in the pie crust

4 eggs – beat together and then pour over the veggies in the pie crust

shredded cheddar – sprinkle on top

Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes.

You can switch up the cheese or veggies, of course, in whatever combination you like.  Follow the cooking directions for the crust if you buy it and the directions are different than here.  We use peas right now because that’s what we have in the freezer, but because you can switch quiche up a ton of different ways, this recipe is a go-to for whatever veggie is in season that we have to use up.

Quiche
Quiche
Writing a WordPress Plugin

Writing a WordPress Plugin

When Kim and I first started out blog, we poured over many WordPress Themes, trying to find the right one that suited our needs and that we liked the looks of.  One of the things that Kim really wanted was a “Photostream” of recent pictures, […]

Garden Day

Garden Day

Today was Garden Starting Day.  Not for the tomato plants we started from seeds, but for some other plants.  We bought a green pepper plant and some basil and cilantro plants at the farmer’s market this morning.  Then we went to Home Depot to get […]

The Best Blueberry Muffins

The Best Blueberry Muffins

Here’s a really great, and easy, blueberry muffin recipe.  The sugar and nutmeg on top make them a little special.  I tried this recipe out on some of the blueberries I froze last summer.  The muffins definitely didn’t last long!

 

Blueberry Muffins
Blueberry Muffins
Cloud Based Music? No Thanks.

Cloud Based Music? No Thanks.

Amazon announced last week a new Cloud Based Music service.  Okay, actually it’s not really a music service but a web based file storage service.  When you buy a song from Amazon, your MP3 file will automagically be saved in their “Cloud”.  You can also […]