Monday, November 18, 2013

NPR: Coffee Maker Cooking: Brew Up Your Next Dinner

I'm not sure how I feel about a piece of salmon sitting in my coffee maker carafe (if I even had one; I use a Keureg single-serve maker). I do admit that the idea is pretty cool, though. This article from NPR shows how one can make a full meal using only a coffee maker.

Coffee Maker Cooking: Brew Up Your Next Dinner

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Sun-Sentinel: 'Bridge lady' uncomfortable with media attention, son says

'Bridge lady' uncomfortable with media attention, son says

Fort Lauderdale firefighters rescued a woman who was dangling from a New River railroad bridge after it began opening as she crossed it, a city spokesman said.  (Photo Courtesy Gabriella Evans via Twitter)

Wanda McGowan has been the target of some good-natured ribbing from friends since being rescued from an upright railroad drawbridge in Fort Lauderdale on Saturday, her son says, but on Monday he said she's not that comfortable with all the attention.
That attention could include trespassing charges filed at the request of the Florida East Coast railroad as soon as Tuesday, officials said.
"She's not freaked out by the experience. She was saying [Sunday] how she was fine," Sean McGowan said. "She was running on adrenaline for a day or so and then everybody was saying, 'Oh my God, you're the bridge lady,' to her."

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Real Simple: The Secret Life of Your Dishwasher

Some of these I already do, but I need to change how I load the plates.

Dishwasher Loading Tricks

Glasses should go on the top rack between the tines, not over them, so they don’t rattle or come out with tine marks. 

Plates get cleanest when they face the center rather than all in one direction.

Bowls go on the top rack. Those in the rear should face for-ward; those in front should face the back, so water can get in.

Butter knives are safest (for loader and emptier) blade-side down.

Spoons and forks should be varied (some placed business-end up, some down) to keep them from nesting.

Cookie sheets and platters go along the outer edges of the bottom rack, so they don’t block water and detergent from other pieces.

Long-handled utensils that are too tall for the silverware basket can lay horizontally across the top rack. Put serving spoons facedown so they don’t collect water.

Casseroles, serving bowls, and large pots should be placed on the bottom rack at a slight angle, rather than upside down, so they don’t block the flow of water.

Plastic containers and sippy cups belong on the top rack. Plastics marked “7” or “PC,” like some flimsy takeout containers, can’t be used for food after going through a dishwasher. They contain the chemical BPA, which may leach out when heated.

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Feeling Stressed? Calming Manatee is Here to Help

Calming Manatee

From BoingBoing: Sniffing a beaver's butt: a surprisingly pleasant experience

“I lift up the animal’s tail,” said Joanne Crawford, a wildlife ecologist at Southern Illinois University, “and I’m like, ‘Get down there, and stick your nose near its bum. People think I’m nuts,” she added. “I tell them, ‘Oh, but it’s beavers; it smells really good.’”

Sniffing a beaver's butt: a surprisingly pleasant experience