encouraging the impractical and impossible

just do it

there are many of us working in or with the poultry industry from Va Tech. given the horrific tragedy, some students have come up with a GREAT idea, as a show of support for their fellow students and the university community.

this weekend will be the Penn State Blue&White weekend, a celebration of spring (and spring football) at Penn State. some students have started a facebook group calling for everyone to wear the maroon and orange. other schools are joining in.
even Wilkes University.

this weekend; everybody is a hokie.

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2007.04.17 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

world’s best appetizer

ok, it’s getting late on a friday — and a boy’s mind turns to food and beverages. this is the BEST snack and goes particularly well with your favorite adult beverage… it’s called “Tarongia” (in italian). essentially a giant deep fried pizza crust topped with good stuff. as with all things eaten on weekend; it has zero calories.
here’s our version.

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2007.03.23 Posted by | what's for dinner? | Leave a comment

concise, or abrvtd

as techie as we all think we are, netlingo can be 1bamf or, at least, bau.

i’m not a big wired reader, but a recent article was interesting.

the premise:
Hemingway once wrote a short story in 6 words: 
“For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”

my personal favorite, by Alan Moore:
“Machine. Unexpectedly, I’d invented a time”

my contribution:
“Blog? Starry eyed, but blank screen.”

maybe twitter and stikkit have it right?!

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2007.03.14 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

2007.02.25 Sunday

Sunday’s are pasta day around our house; but, sometimes you just don’t feel like making a HUGE pot of gravy (or, is it, sauce?). No time? No motivation?
Here’s my 20 minute solution. Angel hair pasta with Shrimp.

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2007.02.27 Posted by | what's for dinner? | Leave a comment


if you like to eat, and are not watching “the minimalist” (by Mark Bittman) on the NYTimes website, you are missing a good time!

a recent video on mackerel, prompted this meal:

start your rice!  for this dinner (for 2), i used 1 1/4 cup water (plus a splash of canola oil, pinch of salt, 2 dashes white pepper) and 2/3 cup of basmati rice.

while that’s simmering; put enough olive oil (yes, use extra virgin… ) to cover the bottom of a 12in skillet, and thinly slice 3-4 cloves of garlic and your best tolerable amount of crushed red pepper (i use lots…).  set the pan aside.

place in another pan (i used a 10″ nonstick saute pan);

  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup white wine (bittman used sake… i didn’t have any!)
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • zest from 1/2 lemon
  • 8-10 paper thin slices of fresh ginger
  • 4 sliced garlic cloves (though you could just crush them)
  • 2 teaspoons crushed red pepper
  • ‘some’ freshly ground black pepper (ok… we like it hot!)

here comes the fun part:

heat the 12″ pan with the sliced garlic and olive oil, til the garlic begins to brown (pay attention: don’t burn it… if you do, just start over!).  as soon as it is a loverlytoastybrown, add in one bunch of trimmed, washed (but not drained) broccoli de rabe. the excess water will stop the garlic from burning, and you can begin to turn and saute the broccoli de rabe. after the leaves and small stalks begin to wilt, add about 1/4 cup H2O or chicken stock.  cover and steam til the larger stalks are as tender as you like (my dad likes it gray and mushy;  we prefer it green and crisp/tender!).

now… bring the other pan to a simmer and add your favorite white fish (we had two lovely catfish fillets (only $4.99/lb).  simmer til just done (about 8-10 minutes).

the 2nd best part is to assemble your plates.  a scoop of rice, a pile of, and a fillet on top. spoon a bit of the simmering liquid on top then garnish with a sprinkle of sesame seeds and green onions (if you like them).

the 1st best part is to eat. : )
(i suppose i should include some pictures in subsequent recipes… it was really a lovely plate!)

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2007.02.21 Posted by | what's for dinner? | Leave a comment

latest in science readings

i had a tendency to place my ‘professional’ readings in other places… but, this seems like to be as good a place as any — and i can post from anywhere…

check out in search of memory by eric.kandel. aside from the fact that i always enjoyed his seminars when i postdoc’d at columbia, this book reminds me of an old favorite, the understanding of the brain by sir.john.c.eccles! [ok, ok, i know it dates me.. read on]

i definitely read richard.dawkins,
how a scientist changed the way we think; which was a treat — but, i refuse to read the language of god by francis.collins. [on principle… even if he did show up on].

i also re-read 2 books over the past couple of weeks… first off was the island of the colorblind by oliver.sacks — author of an anthropologist on mars — i suppose i like his work because he illustrates the remarkable adaptiveness of human biology and the human spirit.

speaking of the human spirit, i also picked up my old dogeared copy of b.f.skinner‘s walden two. i’ve probably read this book 20 times (pretty scary, eh?) and it always causes me to check out the twin oaks community in virginia … just to make sure it’s still there…

2006.12.19 Posted by | curiosity | Leave a comment