Thursday, February 28, 2013

The Daily Bread

AG Holder, Banks? What Banks?

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Meanwhile, Attorney General Eric Holder has yet to jail a single Wall Street Executive in the mortgage-backed securities fraud scandal that crashed our entire economy in 2008.  The AG however is very tough on first time recreational marijuana users and medical marijuana clinics. 

Eric Holder:
“You will hear soon. We’re in the last stages
Eric Holder - Caricature
Eric Holder - Caricature (Photo credit: DonkeyHotey)
of that review and we’re trying to make a determination as to what the policy ramifications are going to be, what our international obligations are — there are a whole variety of things that go into this determination — but the people of [Colorado] and Washington deserve an answer and you will have one soon.”
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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The Daily Bread

recipe and directions here
The daily bread neatly sliced by Linda. 

Photons Per Mile

Chain Saw Cuts

The only good thing about the upcoming sequester are the defense cuts.  Sequester is a bad name for chainsaw spending cuts.  We pay our legislators to make decisions, they decided that the best way to reduce our deficit is across the board spending cuts.  Limousines for admirals and child care nutrition all cut equally?
John Boehner has been saying where is the President's plan?  He said the same thing today.   Perhaps, Mr. Boehner needs to get out of the sun, the President has a plan, he's sent the Speaker a copy and its on the White House web site HERE.   Republicans in congress are obfuscating and pretending senility in order to protect unconscionable tax breaks for oil companies, banks and the super wealthy.  Would you want to say, "I'd rather cut child care nutrition than eliminate the 4 billion dollar subsidies for oil companies". 
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Monday, February 25, 2013

Egg Flower Soup

We have always enjoyed egg flower soup in Asian restaurants but we never thought of making it.  Recently, my niece Linda sent me a recipe for Egg Flower Soup from a recipe book currently out of print: Gourmet Guide to Chinese Cuisine c1965 Diana Wu Liu & Lily Wu Tang.  The soup was very easy to make and was delicious, so much so that I made the soup twice this week.  Dried Shitake mushrooms soaked for 10 minutes in luke warm water then sliced were the meaty hit in this soul warming soup.  The following recipe is adapted from Diana and Lily's recipe.  Thanks for the recipe inspiration Linda. 
Egg Flower Soup

6 cups chicken broth
3 eggs – slightly beaten in a large serving bowl
4 large Chinese dried mushrooms, prepared and diced
1 tsp gourmet powder (MSG)
1/2 package frozen peas (12 oz pkg.)
1 bunch of green onions sliced
1 vegetable bouillon cube
1x2 inch piece of ginger sliced
3 garlic cloves sliced
2 stalks Bok Choy thinly sliced
2 T corn starch in 1/4 cup water
 1. Boil chicken broth 2 minutes with vegetable bouillon cube, garlic and ginger
2. Add gourmet powder, mushrooms, Bok Choy and frozen peas.
3. Cook 4 minutes
4. add green onions and corn starch, cook one more minute
5. With a large spoon start stirring the soup in one direction until a strong swirl is present, remove spoon and very slowly pour a small stream of the beaten eggs into the swirling soup mixture.  This method creates the beautiful "egg flower" in the soup.  Stirring the soup after the eggs are added to the soup can break up the delicate egg flowers.
5. Gently ladle soup into bowls and serve hot.

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Apple Pie

Apple Pie Recipe Here
Steaming hot apple pie fresh out of the oven!

Sunday, February 24, 2013


Three meat chili, hamburger, lean pork, lean beef with pre-soaked kidney beans.

Of course, Chili needs corn bread, shown here in our new wonderful Le Creuset baking dish my wife gave me for the holidays. 

Friday, February 22, 2013

Happy Friday

Credit: Eckhard Slawik (
The Large Magellanic Cloud is one of our closest galactic neighbors lying only 157,000 light years away.  The LMC is a small irregular galaxy visible to the naked eye south of 20 degrees North, meaning you can't see it in the U.S.  The LMC is home to one of the most active star making regions in our local group of galaxies- the Tarantula Nebula and the closest supernova to earth in years, supernova 1987A.

Full Size Image and Wallpapers here

Hubble zooms into the Tarantula nebula

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Almost Friday

It's been a long week. My niece Mikayla showed me this great video and had to share it.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Panasonic SR-DE103 Rice Cooker Review

For the holidays my wife bought me this lovely Panasonic fuzzy logic rice cooker.  Before writing a review of our new rice cooker we wanted to give it a good work out for a while.   We wore out two regular Panasonic rice cookers over the last 20 years.  We eat rice two or three times a week with stir fries, Mexican, Indian, etc.  The results are in, we love our new rice cooker.   The difference between a regular rice cooker and this one is Fuzzy Logic.  The old rice cookers were on high heat until the rice was done and then turned itself off to a warming stage.  The new cookers adjust the temperature to the amount of rice being cooked.  During the cooking cycle the unit cycles the heat output to match the various stages of cooking.  Yes, it understands almost done and just starting.  But all you have to do is put in the rice, add water and push the start button.  So how is the rice?  Perfect rice every time.  Just like the rice you find in good Asian restaurants.   Much better than our old rice cooker, from the bottom of the pot to the top, each grain of rice is cooked to perfection.  Note: -except for the time I lost count of rice scoops and added an extra cup of water, rice was a little soggy that time-Operator error.  One feature we all love is the push button lid.  Just push the button and the lid smartly snaps open to reveal perfect steaming rice.  This unit also cooks soups, oatmeal, cakes (yes, cakes).  The unit comes programmed for White Rice, Quick Cook, Brown Rice, Sticky Rice, Porridge, Cake, Slow Cook and Steam.   Using the menu system is also easy and intuitive.  
Should you purchase this rice cooker?  If you cook a lot of rice and notice that the rice is much better at Asian restaurants than what comes out of your own old fashioned rice cooker-then yes, this is for you.  The unit is slightly larger than our old cooker but the carry handle is handy for moving the cooker from counter to tabletop.  Before purchasing, the one negative comment we noted from Amazon was the lid was not removable for cleaning.  We have only used our cooker for rice and steaming so nothing but steam is on the lid, it wipes off easily and cleaning the lid hasn't been a problem.
Perfect rice every time  (if you measure correctly!), snap open lid, easy cleanup, detachable cord and a well designed and comfortable carrying handle all bundled in an attractive unit, this Panasonic rice cooker is a welcome addition to our kitchen.

Update 4/23/13
This rice cooker prepares 1 scoop of rice (yielding almost 2 cups cooked) perfectly.  Preparing one scoop of rice in our old rice cooker would yield tough rice (almost browned) on the bottom.  We still love our new rice cooker.

Panasonic SR-DE103  5 cup (uncooked) rice cooker (Amazon)
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Sunday, February 17, 2013

Too Big For Trial?

Daily Bread Dip

The daily bread transformed into party dip.  
The daily bread and the dip wrapped and ready for transport to party.
Knorr Vegetable Dip
1 16 oz. container low fat sour cream
1 can water chestnuts drained and chopped
1 bunch green onions finely chopped
1 pkg.  frozen spinach cooked
Cook, drain and chop the spinach.  Add the other ingredients and mix well. Chill.

The recipe on the package calls for 1 cup of mayonnaise, we think it tastes much better without the mayo.  

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Saturday, February 16, 2013

Hubris: Selling The Iraq War-Monday 2-18 9PM E.T.

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Rachel Maddow hosts the true story of how the American people were lied to about the Iraq War.
Premieres Monday February 18th at 9pm E.T./ 6pm Pacific Time on MSNBC

Hubris: The Inside Story of Spin, Scandal, and the Selling of the Iraq War [Paperback] by Michael Isakoff and David Corn
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Papal Plague

Pope Benedict XVI:
"HIV/Aids is a tragedy that cannot be overcome through the distribution of condoms, which can even increase the problem"


MoveOn Targets Congress And The NRA

If Congress will "take money from the NRA—and then continue to do their bidding—we're gonna remember that come election time."

This no-nonsense MoveOn ad, featuring an average gun owner will run on cable networks over the next 30 days.  Any member of congress who thinks NRA president Wayne La Pierre has any rational message on guns or gun control deserves to be retired. 
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Russian Meteorite

16 second automobile dash video
One of the best dash cam view, first in real time and then in slow motion
What I find amazing about this last video; the pedestrians calmly walking across the street after the fireball goes by. Of course, if I was walking outside in 12 degrees weather on icy roads I'd be focused on the nearest warm dwelling.  Here in Seattle in 2004 I was awake in the middle of the night when our bedroom lit up like it was bright daylight, outside on the deck I heard 7 or 8 huge sonic booms.  Witnessing that fireball wasn't the type of excitement most people prefer in their bedrooms.  The bolide in Russia probably well over a ton in mass produced not only sonic booms but a shock wave that blew out windows and collapsed a roof at a zinc processing plant.  Most likely many meteorite fragments will be recovered, and it will be interesting to see where this meteorite came from and its composition.
NASA has updated the size of the meteorite to 55 feet wide and also has upgraded the blast size to 500 kilotons of TNT.  The improved data comes from five infrasound stations located around the world.   The meteor was also substantially more massive than initial estimates.  First estimates were around 7,000 tons but now scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California say the meteor weighed about 10,000 tons and was traveling 40,000 mph when it exploded. 

Friday, February 15, 2013

Happy Friday

Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA
NGC 6384 a beautiful spiral galaxy about 80 million light years away. The stars with diffraction spikes (crosses) are located within our own Milky Way galaxy. 


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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Ultimate Ineptness At The Podium

Harry singing in the house while Chuck Hagel's nomination  is filibustered
So, let's make the most of this beautiful day
Since we're together we might as well say
Would you be mine, could you be mine
Won't you be my neighbor
Won't you please, won't you please
Please won't you be my neighbor
Did the Republicans steal your sweater, Harry? 
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