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Scotch-Bourbon-Rye

This is truly the cutting edge of whiskey technology. The Scotch-Bourbon-Rye blend. I am both excited and terrified to try this beast. 

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From An Expert: How To Make An Old Fashioned

From the most excellent Serious Eats, here is one of the few whiskey cocktails that might actually (in certain circumstances) improve on straight bourbon.

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CSA Week 6: Fritters!

July 20, 2012 1 comment

It’s week six and I think we’ve all had all the greens-sautéed-with-pasta as we can stand. Today the idea was for something a bit more substantial. 

We decided on fritters. The farmers markets are full of Jersey zucchini, squash, and peppers. Mix those with whatever greens you have on hand, throw in some binder, and fry the suckers. 

Fritters!

The recipe is easy enough. Cut two zucchinis in thin strips. Julienne, as they say. Dice up one green bell pepper and one shallot. 

Blanche some greens. How much? Well, remember that when you cook greens, they’re going to shrink quite a bit, so the rule of thumb is to just way more than you think you’ll need. Clean them, stem them, and place them in gently boiling water for a couple of minutes, until the leaves start getting tender. Then quickly transfer to ice water to stop the cooking. 

Then throw your zucchini, pepper, shallots, greens, and anything else diced or julienned that you feel like (any root vegetable would be pretty great, I thinking carrots next time) into a bowl. In a separate bowl, beat 1 egg with about 2 teaspoons of water, then pour it over your veggies. Salt and pepper liberally. 

Meanwhile, get a cast iron skillet going with about 1/4 to 1/2″ of oil boiling. fill a dish with about 1/2″ of flour, and season with salt and pepper. Then take a handful of your veggie / egg collaboration and toss it in the flour. Take it out of the flour, form a patty, and pack it down pretty hard. They don’t need to be handled the the velvet gloves that burgers do. Squish them down, slide the fritter into your oil, and let it cook. 

Once the fritter is browning on one side, flip it and cook on the other. That’s about it. You could serve with sour cream or guacamole. We happened to have some pesto mayo made up, so we used that. For a side dish we each had a handful of animal crackers  ’cause we’re grown ups and we can do that, thank you very much. 

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RIP Sparrow

I’ve become addicted to the Sparrow email client for the iPhone and especially the Mac. Looks like they’ve been bought by Google, who plans to bring the developers in house to work on who knows what related to Gmail, letting Sparrow die on the vine. 

We will continue to make available our existing products, and we will provide support and critical updates to our users. However, as we’ll be busy with new projects at Google, we do not plan to release new features for the Sparrow apps.

I’ll be honest, I didn’t see this one coming. Sparrow seemed like they were making a nice living selling their app. They were making something useful and getting paid, and we were getting a top notch email client. Seemed like a win-win. You always worry about the free online services. You know that eventually they have to find a way to cash out. When I pay for an app or a service, I suppose I imagine they’re in it for the long haul. 

Still, Sparrow won’t stop working any time soon, so what’s really lost here is the potential for what they could have done with Sparrow in the future. It’s like seeing writer change careers in the middle of a trilogy. You still have the books that had been produced, but there’s a feeling that the story was never completed. 

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Crocodile Found Wandering Ocean Gate, NJ

July 17, 2012 1 comment

From the Asbury Park Press:

 “The dangers speak for themselves when you have an animal such as this roaming loose in a compact residential neighborhood like Ocean Gate,” Fisher said. “Fortunately it wasn’t full-grown, but nevertheless, the dangers are still inherent.”

Every so often one of these creatures will make their way up the Intracoastal Waterway to the Jersey Shore. This time someone seems to have brought one up here on purpose and let it lose. 

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Boil Water Order Lifted for Long Branch

For Long Branch folks, try have lifted the Boil Water warning. Run the taps for a minute, and then go right ahead. The water’s fine.

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