May 27, 2006

Curried Noodle Kugle

My mother always translated "kugel" as "pudding", but her standard one, sweeter and without nuts or seasoning, was always served as a main course side dish. Altho she was often inclined to experiment with recipes, a mainstay like this was always made the same way. That's why I stayed with the bow tie noodles (varnishkes) instead of the ordinary egg noodles which this recipe called for when we found it; radical change is all well and good but you have to remember the basics.

1 16 ounce container of sour cream
1 32 ounce container of small curd cottage cheese
6 large eggs
2 cups currants
1.5 cups chopped walnuts
6 tablesoon Indian (yellow) curry powder
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon ground pepper
1 12 ounce package bow tie noodles

mix sour cream, cottage cheese, eggs, currants, 1 cup of walnuts, curry powder, salt and pepper together. allow to stand to let flavors develop.

pre-heat oven to 350. butter a 9"x16"x2" pan.

cook noodles in boiling water. drain and add the previously mixed ingredients. mix well. pour into pan and sprinkle with remaining half cup of walnuts. bake for about 1 hour, until set.

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Call To Action

We in Wisconsin all need to contact our State Legislators and let them know how strongly we feel about cometh.

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May 21, 2006

Ooops, Missed It

I seem to remember mistakenly anticipating it over a year ago in a comment, when a blogosphere-married couple were proclaiming their anniversary. Thought about it on a regular basis since the beginning of the year. Somehow got the notion that it would be in May and missed making the blog announcement. As of the 21st of last month, my wee wifey and I have been married a long playing record. You've heard of them, right? Twelve inch disk, double sided, hold less data than a CD. Carries an actual physical analog representation of the sound vibrations. No encoding; no data recovery from even the slightest damage. Instead of the hundreds or even thousands of revolutions per minute at which a CD can spin, they ran at a single set speed of thirty three and one third revolutions per minute. This speed is part of the format definition, and so thirty three and one third, the number of years we've been married as of our previous monthaversary, is a long long playing record.

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May 20, 2006

Caramelized Onion Crostini

Beth Who Will Be Obeyed, facilitator emeritus of the Recipe Carnival, expressed great interest in my recently posted, attention intensive, caramalized onion recipe. When I scanned thru the slow cooker recipe collection looking for something to suit this week's Carnival of the Crockpot, this one jumped out at me. She can just wander into the kitchen every hour of an otherwise busy afternoon and still enjoy the same sort of luxury come serving time.

3 lbs onions -- peeled and thinly
- sliced on the vertical
- (about 6 medium onions)
3 tbsp melted butter
1 tbsp granulated sugar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cracked black peppercorns*
1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves
1 tsp balsamic vinegar
1 French baguette loaf, cut in 16 slices
2 cups shredded Swiss or Gruy√®�re cheese

*For a sharper pepper note, coarsely grind black pepper, to taste, after the onions have finished cooking.

To make crostini: Preheat broiler. Brush baguette slices on both sides with olive oil and toast under broiler, turning once.

1. In slow cooker stoneware, combine onions and butter. Stir well to coat onions thoroughly. Cover and cook on High for 30 minutes to 1 hour, until onions are softened.

2. Add sugar, salt and peppercorns and stir well. Place two clean tea towels, each folded in half (so you will have four layers) over top of stoneware, to absorb the moisture. Cover and cook on High for 4 hours, stirring two or three times to ensure that the onions are browning evenly, replacing towels each time.Turn off slow cooker. Stir in thyme and balsamic vinegar.

3. Preheat broiler. Spread onions evenly over crostini and sprinkle cheese evenly over top. Place on baking sheet and broil until cheese is melted and brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Serve immediately.

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May 17, 2006

Quote For The Day

Conversation overheard whilst strolling betwixt the two houses:

"You got any cigarettes?"
"Yeah...
at the house."
"Daannnggg!"

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May 16, 2006

The Opposite Of Burnout

If you deconstruct the word burnout, the logical opposite word is chillin. I haven't burned out; I never ran that hot. I haven't been chillin' either. I've been trying to get the smaller house detailed and get us moved in before my new job started. I'd been working toward a cut off date of the 21st, but I found out today that the network I am to help verify and optimise isn't close to being implemented. I've got an extra week, which means I've got a little time to blog every now and then. I probably won't say anything important, but if I ping blogrolling often enough maybe that "last updated April 6th" will get reset.

I'm also in good shape for the recipe carnival. The last two weeks I've been wanting to optimise a recipe we'd happened upon, but I never had enough to do around a kitchen to want a 400 oven running. This week the theme is slow cooker recipes. Everybody has a good one (post yours, send the link to recipedotcarnival at gmaildotcom) and I've got a bunch. I bet the next one will be grill-oriented. That won't give me pause either.

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May 13, 2006

NSFW

Not safe, but worth viewing.

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May 11, 2006

More Woe To Go

This report is not going to play well in the town of Lake Wobegone, where all the children are above average.

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May 08, 2006

Quote For The Day

Projecting GDP growth @ 2%, and getting an actual 3.5% isn't a 1.5% miss, its understating growth by 75%.
From the comments to this post.

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May 07, 2006

The Real Reason

Those who are unfamiliar with the traditions of online culture often presume that bloggers who post pseudonymously or nicknonymously (all off which gets labelled anonymity) are doing so in order to hide their identity. My primary purpose in blogging as a hybrid grain is to establish a unique unique identity. I will, however admit to doing some concealment. Because of the thickness of blood, I would would just as soon my brother find out that I am not someone who would find humor or truthiness in:

Rumor has it that President Bush is planning to bomb the Canary Islands. It's his plan to stop bird flu.

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May 01, 2006

Quote For The Day

The short term response to an uncertain future is to build in obsolescence.
How Designers Think Bryan Lawson
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Another Dumb One

Today's bumper sticker

Less Bush
More Trees
Are they unfamiliar with the complex inter-relationships of the forest ecosystem?

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