Thursday, October 10, 2013

October 10, 2013

Good morning! Decent day yesterday, I got some really COOL stuff in the mail (that means yarn), had breakfast on the veranda (that was NICE!), cleaned the house, showered & went to work. I listed the last of the home decor I had available to list & then took the dogs out, picked someone up from in town, had lunch out as I had hoped to (good timing), & since there was nothing left to list in the home decor category & my source of new stock was closed, I took a break out on the back porch swing & then sat down & watched a little of Mars Attacks & crocheted a little bit of my ripple afghan. It was nice to get even a few minutes of crocheting in. Yesterday's Sims game was the Graveyard career & my Sim Daniel has been working on his skills & raising their child Christine (2nd gen) who has now aged up into a toddler. This morning I took the dogs out & loaded up Diamond. My Sim Elizabeth (3rd gen) is in grade school & has been going to school & working on her skills.

At the height of the tulip mania in the Dutch Republic in the early 1600s, a single bulb of the rare Viceroy tulip was worth more than 4 fat oxen, 8 fat pigs, 12 fat sheep, 2 tons of butter, & 1,000 pounds of cheese!

Buy day-old bread, rolls & other bakery items. One day doesn't make a big difference in taste (& you'll end up freezing the leftovers anyway).

Cook's Illustrated:
Need a foolproof recipe for dinner tonight?  From Pan-Seared Thick Cut Strip Steaks or Crisp Roast Chicken to Grilled Salmon or Pasta with Creamy Tomato Sauce we have you covered.  Standing in the supermarket and don’t know which brand of extra virgin olive oil to buy?  Cook’s Illustrated reviews will tell you which brand took top honors for its “fruity flavor and excellent balance” and which brand “tasted like motor oil”. 
The Cook’s Illustrated app arms you with 50 of Cook’s Illustrated’s all-time best recipes, along with a collection of popular and practical supermarket taste test reviews, recipe videos, and kitchen timer and shopping list features.
A practical companion to a membership, the Cook’s Illustrated app gives premium members access to all of the members-only recipes, recipe specific videos, and ingredient reviews available on
- 50 of our all-time best recipes, covering appetizers and main courses to side dishes, breakfasts, and desserts.
- Recipes developed in America’s Test Kitchen, America’s most trusted test kitchen
- Browse recipes by cuisine or category
- Recipe overview videos for every recipe
- Dozens of taste test reviews for supermarket ingredients
- Shopping list feature expandable to accommodate additional items
- Start and manage multiple kitchen timers
- Organize recipes and taste tests in your “Favorites”
- members can log in to access all members-only recipe and taste test content
- Favorites content automatically synched up with members’ Favorites content organized online
- Share app’s free recipes and ingredient reviews via email or Facebook
Cook’s Illustrated, launched in 1993, is located just outside Boston where a team of more than three dozen test cooks, editors, and cookware specialists work in a 2,500-square-foot test kitchen.  Our mission is to test recipes over and over again until we understand how and why they work and until we arrive at the “best” version of a particular recipe.
We start the process of testing each recipe with a complete lack of conviction, which means that we accept no claim, no theory, no technique, and no recipe at face value.  We simply assemble as many variations as possible, test half a dozen of the most promising, and taste the results blind.  We then construct our own hybrid recipe and continue to test it, varying the ingredients, techniques, and cooking times until we reach a consensus. The result, we hope, is the best version of a particular recipe, but we realize that only you can be the final judge of our success (or failure).  As we like to say in the test kitchen, “We make the mistakes so you don’t have to.”
Along with developing recipes, our test kitchen team exhaustively tests kitchen equipment and does blind tastings of supermarket ingredients to tell home cooks which brands to buy…and which to avoid.  More than one million Cook’s Illustrated readers rely on Cook’s Illustrated reviews to make smarter decisions about which cooking products and ingredient brands to buy.
Cook’s Illustrated recipes, testings, and tastings can be found in Cook’s Illustrated magazine and cookbooks, online at, or featured on our public television show, America’s Test Kitchen.

Family matters take precedence early in the week, so keep a low profile or better yet, disappear.

Male mile runners of all time top 10:
  1. Dr. Roger Bannister, England, 1st man to run the mile in under 4 minutes
  2. John Landy, Australia
  3. Herb Elliott, Australia
  4. Peter Snell, New Zealand
  5. Michael Jazy, France
  6. Jim Ryun, USA
  7. Sebastian Coe, England
  8. Steve Ovett, England
  9. John Walker, New Zealand
  10. Hicham El Guerrouj, Morocco, set the record at 3:43.13 on July 7, 1999
Synergy is exciting. Creativity is exciting. It's phenomenal what openness & communication can produce. The possibilities of truly significant gain, of significant improvement are so real that it's worth the risk such openness entails.

Well, kind of nice to see we've finally gotten rid of voter apathy, right? Thanks to the candidates, it's kind of turned into voter hatred now. -Johnny Carson 1992

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