Most of you who know me know that I don’t have much of a sweet tooth. My wife, however, loves sweets enough for the two of us, so I find myself making dessert more often than I would for myself. One thing I’ve learned in this process is, compared to making dinner every night, dessert is pretty easy. Most of the time, you can make a batch of cookies and be set for a whole week (maybe two), and the thing is, it may be the best thing for your health.Read More
Two of my favorite characters from the Meth Minute. A true college classic.Read More
There was a time when I used to think that the single biggest driver in great food was the person cooking it. The fact of the matter is, without great ingredients, most chefs would have a hard time making great food. Does this mean that chefs aren’t really all that good at what they do? Absolutely not. It merely speaks to the importance of using great ingredients in your cooking.
Without a good starting point, it’s very tough to make something taste delicious, and, thankfully the reverse is true. Take the recipe below (Bucatini all’Amtraciana) from Lidia Bastianich’s Lidia’s Italian American Kitchen. It has 7 ingredients, and takes about 30 minutes to make. With good, quality ingredients, it’s delicious. Without them, it’s meh.Read More
This shouldn’t really come as a surprise to people, since his father is also an extremist, but Rand Paul holds very extreme views about the federal government. The issue he is being grilled about has nothing to do with him being a racist, but his extreme views of property rights of individuals and the ability of the federal government to regulate.
I think the thing that really turned me off from conservatism (or pure libertarianism) in the past was the ideological purity it required, even when faced with really ridiculous applications of the ideology. For example, it’s really “sophisticated” to wax poetic about fundamental property rights and federal government overreach when speaking abstractly, but when it comes down to deciding whether de facto segregation in virtually all aspects of life should be banned by the federal government, this shouldn’t be an argument.
Government should be about balance, not about philosophical purity. If America had been made by purely strict constructionists, there would still be 13 states and I would be speaking French or Spanish. Pragmatism should have just as much merit as ideology, and when they compete, a decision has to be made. The different decisions that are made will define a center-right or center-left politician. Rand Paul is neither of these things.
Kudos to Maddow for exposing this.Read More
I’ve always taken a sort of passive stance when it comes to my food radicalism. I smile at my co-workers when they heat up a LeanCuisine. I nod when someone tells me about a recipe using Campbell’s cream of chicken soup. But at home, I’m rendering fresh lard, making sauces from scratch, grinding sausage, baking bread, making special trips downtown for grass-fed beef, and frantically googling for affordable sources of quality lamb.
I’m a food-psycho, I would say. Nobody cares or would be interested in doing what I’m doing. It’s too much work.
Not anymore. I’ve become evangelized, and by a cheezy, Ryan-Seacrest-produced, probably-half-staged television show, nonetheless. That’s right. I watched Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, and it hit me deep. Here’s one guy trying make some real change that can save millions of lives, and I’m hoarding my knowledge, however minimal it may be.
So, starting today, I’m going to be posting once a week on food. Most of it will describe my long journey to effectively eradicate everything fake from my pantry and refrigerator. What’s fake, you ask? Anything that isn’t an actual food product. My rule is that if I don’t know where to buy it, it shouldn’t be in my food. Partially hydrogenated vegetable oil? Never seen that on the store shelf. Mono- and diglycerides? Potassium sorbate? Modified corn starch? Nope. Nope. Nope.
This might seem like a huge pain in the ass, but I’m willing to bet you’re going to be surprised. You’re going to be surprised when you combine good ingredients in a simple way to make great food.
Enough with the intro…Read More
One thing that really makes me flip is these all too common tropes on how technology is making you dumber. With all the accusations flying around (the Internet, Google, Wikipedia, iPhones, etc.) you’d think that we would have all been reduced to drooling morons by now.
I really hate this mindset. Someone please explain to me how remembering someone’s phone number makes you smarter? Or remembering exactly where every Safeway is in the greater Phoenix area? Or attempting to deduce the weather conditions with my eyeballs?
This is garbage. If anything, technology is making us amazingly smarter, by freeing up our brain capacity to focus on other things, specifically those that robots are not good at. You know, like actually learning, and applying information, rather than wasting brain cells on remembering a catalog of 10 digit numbers.
To take this a little further, do you think people were similarly lamenting to Gutenberg in the 15th century, because people no longer needed to remember epic poems in their entirety? This sounds really stupid, right? That’s because it is.
Google, the Internet, and iPhones have made human beings smarter, more efficient, and significantly more productive. The only piece of technology that may have made people dumber is television, the defining technological element of baby boomers, who, ironically, are usually the authors of this alarmist bullshit.
Stop it.Read More