Sunday, May 19, 2013
"Comparison is the thief of joy."“Comparison is the thief of joy.”
- Theodore Roosevelt
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Salmon and tomato skewers on the grill
I found this simple recipe that makes a light but flavorful start to a meal. Summer is for grilling after all.
Check out the ingredients:
1 lb. salmon fillet cut in 1-inch cubes;
24 cherry tomatoes;
3 tsp. fresh rosemary, minced;
4 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil;
2 tsp. lemon juice;
3 garlic cloves, minced;
1 Lemon, sliced;
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper;
12 bamboo skewers;
This is going to make your mouth thank you. I love cherry tomatoes, and any vegetable roasted becomes more delicious.
For more instructions and kitchen prep, check out the source: http://feedly.com/k/ZUeq20
Get your mushrooms out of the dark!
Studies now show that mushrooms, exposed to sunlight, will convert it into the essential vitamin D just like our skin does.
What’s even better? They will do so even after they are harvested, and cooking won’t reduce the levels of vitamin D!
So get your mushrooms (yes, the plain old store kind), and set them out in the midday sun for some extra vitamin D. Much better than a pill (but not quite as good as actually getting out in the sun yourself).
Read more here: http://feedly.com/k/11NH7kv
Friday, May 17, 2013
Mushroom and bacon risotto... sort of.
Avoiding carbs but want some delicious Italian comfort food?
Look no further.
Bacon, mushroom, onion, celery, cloves and chicken stock combine with “riced” cauliflower to make a great first course. (Easy, too)
Full recipe and prep at the link at the bottom of the post.
2 heads of cauliflower, cut into small chunks (bottom stem and leaves trimmed off)
4 to 6 pieces of bacon, cut into small pieces
1 small yellow onion or large shallot, finely chopped
2 stalks of celery, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped or thinly sliced
3/4 pound mushrooms, sliced thinly (340 g)
1/2 cup chicken stock (120 ml)
Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, butter, finely chopped fresh herbs (optional toppings)
Mushroom bacon risotto: http://feedly.com/k/13Ujvux
Grilled pork and apple skewers
Think “pork chops, and applesauce”, expect on a stick… and yummy like nobody’s business.
Grilled skewers are fun, and easy to make, and the combination of pork and apples is really tasty.
(See link at bottom for preparation and full details).
Pork and Apple Skewers Recipe
makes 6-7 skewers
Prep Time: 1h15 min.
Cooking time: 20 min.
1 ½ Lb. boneless pork loin, cut into 1-to2 -inch cubes;
1 green apple cut into 1-inch cubes, (skin on);
1 large red onion, cut into 1-inch cubes;
The juice from 1 medium sized orange;
2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil;
1/3 cup balsamic vinegar;
4 garlic cloves, smashed;
¼ cup raw honey; (optional)
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste;
Follow link for preparation details: http://feedly.com/k/10dBcSP
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Chicken Asparagus Carbonara
I love Italian food, but for personal reasons I know longer eat pasta.
So what can I do?
Adapt, that’s what. This dish is delicious and nutritious, and uses spaghetti squash as the pasta. It’s actually pretty easy, even though cutting open the squash is daunting.
Yum city: http://feedly.com/k/YqiImM
Skirt steak with chimichurri sauce
Parsley, garlic, oregano, red wine vinegar… Hopefully this is starting to sound delicious.
I’ve never cooked skirt steak before, but I at least plan to create some of this chimichurri sauce in the kitchen soon.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
LG 55" OLED TV with a curved screen, for only $13,500
That’s my jaw hitting the floor. I can’t imagine paying that much for a TV.
But they’re apparently pretty awesome.
They’re curved to provide an IMAX like theatre experience (I guess).
What if they stopped making Plasma TVs?
Would it affect you if they stopped making plasma TVs?
Major players in the TV market like Samsung and LG have eased back on mid-range plasma production, leaving the field to Panasonic, but Panasonic keeps dropping hints that they won’t make Plasma TVs forever (and then taking it back).
What’s the next big TV advancement? OLED? That’s years away per analysts.
Does it matter? Can picture quality get that much better than it is now? (I mean, would it be so much better that a regular person like you or me would even notice?).
Thoughts like these are discussed in the following article. If you’re a serious video enthusiast, check it out: http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-33199_7-57579313-221/the-end-of-plasma/
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Lifefitness monitor repair
Today we worked on (and fixed) a LifeFitness TV monitor that goes on the top of a fitness treadmill or stationary bike.
I assume it displays readout text over video, based on its inputs, but we didn’t have the exercise equipment to test it. (Whew!)
We’ve yet to find a part source for these fitness monitors, but we were able to revive this monitor (model LCD-0201-06) with electrical know-how and some common electronic components.
Considering that the cost of replacement for these is about $700 apparently, I’m glad we were able to save this lil’ TV, for a fraction of the replacement cost. Yay!