Nothing Remarkable Really, But a Feature of the Cast Iron Skillet

I made dinner last night and it came out really well. Nothing remarkable, just two whole chicken breasts (one for later :), some red potatoes and onions. Fennel and cucumbers in vinaigrette were a side dish.


Life has taken a turn.

I have been awful about posting. I'm sorry. I got a new job, and my schedule has been slowly but surely adjusting to its new reality.

I expect things will be slow around here for a wee bit longer. I'm planning to return to regular posting soon.

On the positive side: (1) I have an income, (2) I'm learning some cool new stuff that I might be able to put into practice on this site, and (3) I made a really good bison pot roast the other night...

Savory Apple Pie - Actualized

About a month ago, I started speculating about the possibility of a savory apple pie. This weekend, I finally got around to making one. My arbitrarily determined requirements held that the predominant ingredient in the filling needed to be apple and that the pie needed to include some traditional apple-pie flavorings.


So it's yet another East Coast blizzard. As I was at home, in between work and TV, I decided to make chicken tagine. Fortunately I'd run out for shopping before the snow really hit. The classic tagine is an interesting mix of sweet and savory which seems very common in North African cuisine and less uncommon in European cooking. The ingredients are your usual Mediterranean items but combined in very different ways than in Italian food. The mix of spices is as rich as in a curry. I read several recipes to get a starting point and then went with this (amounts are approximate):

Back from the Farm

This past weekend, we headed out to visit

Use Your Microwave to Calculate the Speed of Light

Over at Gizmodo, there's an article about calculating the speed of light by melting chocolate in your microwave oven. Basically, you remove the spinny-thing from your microwave and begin to melt some chocolate in it. Take out the chocolate, and measure the distance between the melty-points. This is the half the wavelength of the microwaves in your oven. Why half? Think of a sinusoidal wave. One of the melty spots is a peak and the next is a low point and the next is another peak.


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