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. . . frying pan?

Yes.  Despite rumors of my best Christmas present being a rubber band (it was fun, but it came in second), I am currently elated with my non-stick Food Network frying pan from Kohl’s.

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It’s really more of a cream than white, but let’s go with a good title.

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To break it in, I made an omelette with these ingredients (although a late adjustment dropped in crumbled bacon bits instead of the pepperoni).  I used some egg nog instead of milk.  Note to participants in the great 2016 eggnog-off: this one doesn’t rank highly.

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It warmed up nicely on low heat – you can see the cheese (white, of course) starting to sweat and melt.

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I finished topping it off with the salsa and bacon bits – the egg is firming up nicely.  The salsa spattered on the inside of the pan.  That was OK.

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The omelette slid off the pan smoothly. The butter (and the pan) did its job!

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And the cleanup was, as they say, a doddle.

Thank you, Mom and Dad, for another fun piece of culinary gear.

Friday morning.  Working at home, starting late.  Great morning for some French toast in a cast-iron skillet.

And what better to top it off than real New York maple syrup?  Thanks, Dick Atwood!

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(and also thanks to Mom and Dad for providing the light amber goodness)

The downside is that I’m going to have to plan my meals waaaay ahead of time.

Domino’s brought out the EdiBox, an edible pizza box.  That solves the problem of what to do with the cardboard at the end of the meal, and gives some really cool crusts for dipping.

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Unfortunately, for now it seems to be available over in England.

I’ll wait.

This is the recipe for a double-batch of chocolate mousse.  I got the single-serving recipe from a co-worker after I tasted this at the department Christmas party (no, that isn’t what they called it, but that’s what it was).

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We went by a big wind farm in Indiana, on the way back from Wisconsin in November.  Bettie was driving, so I got to take the cool pictures.

I’m in favor of renewable energy, and sometimes it makes sense financially.  I understand that windmills like this take about thirty years to offset the costs of manufacturing and installation – and that their effective life is thirty years.  So it’s a break-even proposal, with no compelling reason to do it (I’m not big into anthropogenic global warming – green is a preference, not a religion).

Still, I like the spare elegance of these things.

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My eating habits are best described as “eclectic”.  That sounds so much better than random.

At the store where I shop, they occasionally have excess produce that they sell for a lower price.  Occasionally it’s stuff that is nearing the end of its shelf life, but sometimes they just have more inventory than space.

That’s how I bought five green peppers for about a buck and a half, and here’s how I used two of them.  The sauce for the meat is equal parts honey, soy sauce, and red wine vinegar.

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On 2/22/12, I and my trusty Acura rolled over 222,222 miles.

Next stop – 250K!

Today is Memorial Day, the day we honor veterans who have died.  And those who still live and serve.

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I’m not big on publishing other people’s photos as the focus of a blog entry, but this is amazing.  The Grand Prismatic Spring, in Yellowstone.

Photo copyright Larry Mayer, Billings Gazette.

It’s interesting that on Superbowl Sunday, a day that is celebrated as much for parties and eating as much as it is for football, that my church launches a push to help feed starving children.

Kids Against Hunger is a program that uses volunteer labor and purchased ingredients to package up dry meals.  The food will be reconstituted with water, and contains the necessary ingredients to ward off malnutrition.  No government grants for this one – the charity and their helpers buy the rice, soy, and all the other stuff themselves.

And they are ramping up to do a million meal marathon at the end of February.  In four days, they are trying to pack a million meals, using three thousand volunteers.  I will be there a lot of that time, and my church will be there Saturday night.

If there’s a million meals coming out, there has to be the components of a million meals going in.  Our church is raising $18,000 to buy a semi truck-load of rice for this effort, and paying the processing fee for every donation that comes through that page.  If you give a hundred bucks, Kids Against Hunger gets a hundred bucks.  If you give a thousand, Connections will pay the $22.30 processing fee and KAH will get the full thou.

I have helped out at Kids Against Hunger at least four times before, doing everything from making boxes to packing food to taking pictures to fixing printers.  I’ll be helping out again at the end of the month.  You can help out now.  Please consider giving to Kids Against Hunger.  The donation is tax-deductible.  The help is priceless.

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