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Saturday, November 24, 2012

Get in My Belly

Not much to say except BEHOLD!...and making this 3-2-1 Pie Crust is as easy as 1-2-3!
Seriously.  More Tortes Coming This Holiday Season!

May I introduce you to my first from-scratch Savory Torte.
Ratio By Weight (parenthesis specific for this torte), 3 parts Flour (KA AP, sifted) , 2 parts Fat (unsalted butter, small cubes and very very cold) and 1 part Liquid (chic stock).  A few pinches of kosher salt for flavor.
Caramelized Onion & Muenster Cheese.
In hindsight, I'd finish this torte topped with a bitter green (arugula or frisee) in a nice balsamic reduction.
The crust came out nigh-perfect; buttery & flaky!
I've heard the saying "easy as pie" and now I believe it!

View from the Birdhouse

Exile on Causeway Street (aka: the Smoking PUCK in Lockout)

Yesterday, indeed it was Black Friday.
The NHL has cancelled games through December 14, 2012.
AND...
the All-Star Game has been cancelled.

I kinda cannot get excited about the prospect of enjoying a shortened season right now.
Sure, I'd watch the televised games.  Root for the Bruins in the Playoffs, which would be sooner than we think.  I'd even really enjoy a Sullied Stanley Cup too, I will not lie.
Yet I cannot fathom purchasing tickets to a Bruins game at the TD Garden.
I cannot generate interest enough to buy a new hat or replace my Tim Thomas jersey.
Maybe Tim Thomas knew something all along???  Right Now, Tank's the only Right One in the Whole General Mish Mash but iDigress...
I cannot even think without rising bile the amount of money I'm gonna spend at that one game I'll get a last-minute call ticket to...
These are Fan's Money Issues.  True Interests that transcend the thrill of Modern Athletics.
This is Patronage.  The Keystone in all this is We The Fans.
I sure would like to have a Revolution...
Can we secede from Major Sports?  We could...I guess if I really do love hockey as much as I say I do, I could never attend to the NHL again, start skating and play whenever I can.  Or my other dream is developing into a strong skater, learn the Rules and referee games.
That to me is thrilling.
And it's loving hockey.

What are you going to do This Lost Year?  I'm gonna buy some skates!
Namaste & Good Luck!

Friday, November 23, 2012

I'm Getting Ready for Next Year...finally something to do after the Mayan Calendar runs out.
Let's Fix It with a Timelord!  Maybe I'll celebrate my birthday by spending late November in London...
In Honor of Next Year's Biggest Celebration in Sci-Fi
DOCTOR WHO's 50th ANNIVERSARY!!!
As it was done in MAD MAGAZINE...ahem:
Sing to the Tune of "Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"

It was 50 Years Ago Today
Doctor Who, he found a world to save
and he wants us all to get along
and you know he's gonna Right the Wrongs
So Lemme introduce to you...
The One & Only Galifreian!
DOCTOR WHO & HIS COMPANIONS YEAH!!!!!!!! Oh!

Thank you.  I'm so not embarrassed.  It's a Gift.


A Chef's Life...

Hey.  I'm a Cook by Trade.  Professional.  Do It For A Good Living.
I read Craigslist to see what's going on out there in the Backs of the Houses of the Boston Area.
I came across a magnificent job description!  I am not interested yet...
I love the sheer literal delineation in the expectation.
Too often, people new to the industry do not get the training they need in their OJT Jobs (On the Job Training) in any field, for any career.
Apply this to where you get a majority of your daily nutrition if you work on a campus or university.  Apply this paradigm to your restaurant or even your Supermarket.
This is the Real Deal.
I love this set of values & I think it should go down as the Secret IntrePoop Constitution of The Kitchen Trade!
Enjoy.  (My BOLDs for Personal Emphasis -eo's)

Other responsibilities are:
* Reads, understands, and complies with State Regulations established for Food Service departments.
* Prepares food according to the menu 
* Ensures all meals are prepared following recipes and guidelines 
* Tastes, smells, and observes food to ensure conformance with recipes and appearance standards. 
*Measures satisfaction levels among customers by conversations with clients on meal satisfaction.
* Places food servings on plates using standard measuring ladles, scoops, spoons, etc. in order to assure residents are getting sufficient portions. Makes sure plates are attractively presented by using appropriate placement and garnishes as necessary.
* Is not wasteful of food during the food preparation time. Saves all usable leftovers to be used with another meal.
* Properly cleans all equipment and work areas, including walls and floors, in order to provide a sanitary kitchen environment.
* Assures all open food in refrigerators and freezers are covered and dated and that outdated food is discarded promptly.
* Assures all freezers are maintained at 0 degrees Fahrenheit or below and refrigerators are maintained at 34-40 degrees Fahrenheit daily and the temperatures are documented.
* Presents a clean and neat appearance, wearing aprons, hair nets, and other protective clothing as necessary.

Job Requirements:
High school diploma or general education degree (GED); 
Culinary School and/or 3 years of experience. 
Ability to lift 50 pounds occasionally and 30 pounds regularly
Must be a non-smoker

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Is this a 3 Act Story?
Get your groove on.
Been listening to this jam all day long.  about 5-6 times.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

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A huge, fun, charming and anatomically correct "xkcd" version of the Saturn-V rocket for the Apollo Missions to the Moon.
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Friday, November 02, 2012

Exile on Causeway Street (aka The Smoking PUCK in Lockout Mode)

November 2, 2012

Day of the Dead.  Can you dig it?
Maybe this is The Day NHL Hockey Died.
Hear This: The Winter Classic is Cancelled.  

As Amy Spake, "what kind of fuckery is this?...to make me miss the Slick Rick gig?"

Seriously.  This is It.
No Winter Classic.  Next no All-Star Game.  Next...the NYC (patooie!) Rangers will win a fucking Cup with a weak, short schedule.  That'll be fuck all, ain't it, huh?
It was s'posed to be Toronto at Detroit.  Slick, eh?  Imagine the re-sold jerseys of a game that never existed...
Well in all honesty it'll probably be rescheduled for next year, "No Harm-sies Done-sies, right?"
But iDigress...

The Winter Classic is Cancelled.
This is Sad News.
bad Tidings.
I was getting really used to the New Years' Day Game being Professional Hockey instead of unpaid collegiate football.

I went to a Winter Classic.  Yes, in 2010.  At Fenway.  Meathead brought me.  We partied way too hard.
You can read about it here.
I was awful.  Sheeeesh.!
Yet...
No Winter Classic for the Motor City.  I don't even want to make jokes about the Leafs winning or not winning.  They got Phil Kessel & Dion Phaneuf.  One Night or the Next, They Will Earn Your Respect.  The Toronto Maple Leafs are my Division Rivals and I'm supposed to see them 6 times a year.  it used to be Eight.  Spanish for eight is OCHO, Dear Ocho...
Muhaahahaha!

Hockey will Never Die.  Rock 'n' Roll will die before Hockey does but this ain't good.
This is bad.
In the Future, the Winter Classic perhaps shouldn't even be called a "Classic", betting on an Imagined Nostalgia that never existed in the first place for it's name.
I'm too old to have my innocence die but this comes damn close!
I shake my fist at the Sky!!!

The Saddest Point in my Life as a Hockey Fan:
Seeing the original Boston Garden half demolished from the old elevated I-93,
seeing Marty McSorley club Donald Brashear.
and today...seeing the Winter Classic die.  Hockey didn't die.  I think the Winter Classic did.
When it comes back in the next full season, I won't receive it as regally as the previous tilts.  I watched Pittsburg at Buffalo.  That was awesome.
We can always hope Canada doesn't let us down & still holds a 2013 Heritage Classic, perhaps in Northern Nunavut where we can have ice in April.

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