Month: September 2013

Pot Roast

Eddie came home from Central Market recently to discover a few items mistakenly mixed into our groceries. One of these items was a bag of strange looking carrots that looked more like tiny orange beets. He immediately said “these would

Less email … more communication

I’ve been looking into various data visualization methodologies since graduating from college in 2008. I started using Processing during that course work after reading “Visualizing Data” by Ben Fry, a Java based library, to map out earthquake data pulled from

Bitter Melon Quinoa Salad

A coworker’s brother dropped off a crop of vegetables from their mother’s garden at work last Friday. This included something I’d never seen before, “bitter melon;” a beautiful bright green vegetable that looked like a bubbly cucumber. He recommended stir

Apple Pie with vodka crust

I happened upon a pie dough recipe that called for vodka and used words like “fool proof.” Naturally I was intrigued. The trick with the alcohol is to prevent gluten formation in the dough which can make it difficult to

Chicken & Udon Noodles with hatch chillies.

A friend of mine recently reminded me of the simple pleasure of Chicken & Noodles. For most of us it’s wrapped up with memories of being comforted while sick with a steaming bowl of protein and vitamins. This was the

Olive Oil Bread

Baking bread always reminds me of Thelma. She was a strong loud woman who I had the luck to call grandma. Her recipe called for 9 cups of flour, sugar and a lot of Crisco. When we would drive out

Pizza Night

While Columbus Ohio is no New York or Chicago it does have a fair number of great pizza shops. Rotolo’s, Panzera’s, Dante’s to name three of my favorites with a solid nod at some High Street shops in the OSU

Shepherd’s Pie

Mom used to make this dish for all of us, as I recall, during the Autumn and Winter months back home in Ohio. It was always one of those everyone focused on their plates kind of comfort food meals. Some

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