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Loaded Potato Soup

I just made a single serve batch of the best soup I think I’ve ever made. Recipes don’t really mean much to me, but here is a general idea of how I made it.

You will need:

  • One large baking potato
  • 1/2 T butter
  • 2 slices of bacon
  • Diced onion (sweet and / or green, i used both), to taste
  • Dollop Sour Cream
  • Salt, Pepper, other favorite seasonings

Ok, this is all very vague on purpose. Everyone likes loaded potatoes prepared differently, so just gather what you like on a baked potato and proceed. Here is how I did it:
In a large boiler or sauce pan over medium heat, cook
Diced bacon, adding onions about halfway before the bacon is done.
Remove the bacon, onions, and whatever else you had sauteing, set aside.
Add peeled, diced potatoes with water to cover. Cook over high heat until potatoes become soft and mashable.
Drain potatoes, reserving some of the liquid.
Puree potatoes with half of bacon and onion mixture, butter, cheese, sour cream and anything else you want smoothified, adding reserved boiling juice as needed to reach a nice creamy consistency.
Return puree to boiler with remaining bacon mixture over LOW heat. DO NOT BOIL.
Heat through, stirring constantly.
Eat.
Praise me.

Asian Night!

Squash miso soup, broiled squash, and Asian inspired salmon patties…. Oh yes.100_0889

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Super Cat Stove Test

Start here.

Several months ago I saw these plans for a super cheap, super light stove that could boil water in a few minutes.  I like light and cheap.  It worked so well in the field that I thought I would do a quick demo.

I used a catfood can with two rings of holes.  100_0850100_0851100_0852100_0853

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thats boilin son

boiled

ruh roh

 

Summary:  these things are cool as hell.

Ethercodes.com

Ethercodes is a real time, collaborative programming tool. Think of it like a community notepad that compiles. SWEET!.

General Tso’s Chicken

General Tso’s chicken is one of my favorite things to eat, ever. I stumbled upon this recipe a few days ago, and HAD to try it. I made a few modifications…

To the marinade, I added red pepper flakes and powdered ginger and split the sesame oil with Mongolian fire oil (basically sesame oil infused with hot chilis). I also let the chicken marinate in the fridge for several hours rather than the 10-15 minutes the recipe calls for. Also, I used boneless, skinless chicken breasts rather than thighs, only because that is what I had on hand.

Instead of dried chili’s, I used two fresh habanero peppers (diced) and three large hot banana peppers (sliced). Next time, I will double the sauce mix, as it could have used just a little more.

This might just be the best thing I have ever cooked. SO GOOD!

swimmin!

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hello world

Testing the worpress app for blackberry… This might be enough for me to blog again!

Salt and Vinegar Broiled Fingerling Potatoes | Umami Girl

Salt and Vinegar Broiled Fingerling Potatoes | Umami Girl.

I recently cooked this recipe. If you like Salt and Vinegar chips, this is a must. This recipe is AWESOME!

Programs I Typically Run While Working

Throughout a normal workday, I have tons of different programs running at any given time.  Here is a snapshot of the programs I typically run, and why:

  • Dev
    • Visual Studio 2005/2008

      My primary development environment. I’m normally working in Asp.net 2.0+ w/C#. Of all the different development platforms I have worked in, this is by far my favorite.

    • SQL Server Management Studio 2005/2008

      C# wouldn’t be much fun without a back-end, now would it?

    • Notepad++

      Windows Notepad is great. Notepad++ is greater. There are several other Notepad replacements developers use, but I find this one does everything I need. It comes with tons of preinstalled macros that allow you to check differences between two files, insert rulers, auto-format html, highlight syntax, convert between character formats, and on and on. You can even quickly and easily record a macro of your own. Macros in Notepad++ are crazy easy….new post?

    • Excel

      When I have a ton of SQL queries to write that require some sort of auto-numbering, I find it can be easiest to use a spreadsheet to generate the scripts.

    • TortoiseSVN and AnkSVN

      If you aren’t using version control, you’re doing it wrong.  If you’re using Visual Source Safe, you’re better off than using nothing.  I have been using Subversion for a bit now, and it has proven to be exactly what I need. Throw in the fact that Dreamhost offers Subversion hosting, and I’m SOLD!

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Birmingham Folk Festival

My good friend, Ashlee Jean, is organizing the 2009 Birmingham Folk Festival.  In fact, she is the president.  I am looking forward to the festival.  It was a blast last year.