Friday, June 18, 2021

Hanger Steak with Grilled Salsa

The star of this show is the Grilled Salsa. Corn, jalapenos and onion are cooked whole on the grill until tender.  Rough chop the onion and jalapeno and cut the corn off the cob, and combine in a large bowl with
tomatoes, garlic, cilantro, vinegar, lime juice, olive oil, salt, pepper and hot sauce.  This makes a delicious side dish, a filler for any Mexican taco or tortilla or a topping for your favorite taco chips.  

Big shout out to Chef Elaine for finding this please-make-it-again-soon recipe!

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Flattest State

If you have ever driven I-70 through Kansas, you would swear it would have to be the flattest state in the U.S.  Not true according to the folks at the University of Kansas.  Their research shows Kansas comes in at number 7, with Florida being the flattest, followed by Illinois, North Dakota, Louisiana, Minnesota, and Delaware.  You can read more about the method they used to determine "flatness" at the link below.

https://news.ku.edu/2014/02/06/research-if-you-think-kansas-flattest-us-state-youre-plain-wrong




Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Camera Zoom

Getting a sewing machine's needle threaded gets to be a bigger eyesight challenge every year, but my smartphone's camera zoom came to the rescue a couple days ago.  At its max, my Pixel 2 has a 7x zoom, and I threaded the needle on my first attempt.  There was likely a bit of luck to that, but I'll take the win.   



Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Fatwood

We received a yearly supply of fatwood from my wife's late mother, a thoughtful gift as she knew we love to sit outside on a slightly chilly night around our firepit, and fatwood is a great fire-starter.  I thought this was a manufactured product that added chemicals to the pieces of wood, but that's not at all true.  Fatwood, as you can read more about at the link below, is made from stumps of coniferous trees (e.g. pine) and over time the wood's sap, the volatile hydrocarbon terpene, hardens into a resin, making it no longer sticky.  With a few of these, anyone can start a blazing fire in no time.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fatwood



Monday, June 14, 2021

Salem

Salem Avenue was part of my childhood growing up in the North Riverdale subdivision of Dayton but until recently I didn't know where the name "Salem" came from.  Salem was a village in Randolph Township, which also no longer exists, until 1841 when the U.S. Postal Service no longer allowed that name as it was a duplicate of another Salem, Ohio, which is located between Cleveland and Pittsburgh.  Salem was renamed Clayton in honor of John Clayton, a local soldier who died in the War of 1812.  Salem Avenue, not surprisingly, led travelers to Salem, now Clayton, Ohio.  More tidbits of information on Clayton's history can be found on this YouTube video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UuZrjk8Tqy4





Friday, June 11, 2021

Edamame with Chora Salad (Black-Eyed Peas)

We first had the combination of edamame, black-eyed peas, and corn in a salad at a beach bar in Nokomis, Florida and immediately knew we had to try it at home.  I loosely followed the recipe at the link below, omitting the raisins (yuk) and adding some balsamic dressing to kick it up a notch,  If you're looking for a new recipe for a summer cookout, this just might be your choice.

https://www.cook.recipesandmore.org/recipes/edamame-with-chora-salad-black-eyed-peas



Thursday, June 10, 2021

BackRe(Action)

I find physics very interesting, but I'm not that kind of smart, so I have been searching for a while for a blog to read that would explain complicated topics in a way I could understand.  I found the perfect blog in BackRe(Action) by Sabine Hossenfelder, a theoretical physicist and Research Fellow at the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies.  With the perfect tagline, "Science without the Gobbledygook", she delves into topics like "What does the universe expand into?", "What did Einstein mean by spooky action at a distance?", dark matter, and quantum computing.  I very much look forward to her weekly posts.

https://backreaction.blogspot.com



Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Beauty Salon Makeover

When a small flood required replacing their cabinets, the hair salon owners of Tangles in Kettering did what I dare say few other groups of ladies would do, they went to Harbour Freight, a discount chain that sells electric, pneumatic, and hand tools for professionals and do-it-yourselfers and purchased the Yukon mobile storage cabinets shown below.  They're constructed of welded steel with a solid wood work surface, roll around on heavy-duty casters, and are really sharp-looking.  Bravo!

https://www.harborfreight.com/tool-storage-organization/yukon-tool-storage/46-in-mobile-workbench-with-solid-wood-top-black-64012.html



Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Auto Time Set Alarm Clock

Last September I blogged about a new clock I purchased because our new cable box no longer had a time display.  But that clock ran fast, gaining a minute every month or so and needing its time reset, which was not a simple process.  After eight months I gave up and bought the $20 clock shown below which automatically sets its time via a radio signal from WWVB, a single high-power, extremely-low-frequency, dual-antenna station that NIST operates near Fort Collins, Colorado, and covers the 48 continental United States and much of Canada and Central America.

Besides keeping the correct time, I also like the adjustable brightness dial, allowing just the right glow to fit my eye.  My only gripe is that it arrived with an active 7:00 am alarm, which I didn't realize, and went off two mornings before I figured out how to turn it completely off. 

Big shoutout to my friend John S for helping me locate a clock I don't have to mess with.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0829JRQB6



Monday, June 7, 2021

Heroes for Babies

Many years ago, while I was donating a pint of blood, a nurse said I had blood that was good for babies but did not explain further.  I figured it was just a way to make me feel good about giving, but recently I found out just how special my blood is.  I noticed a smiley face and the word "peds" highlighted at the top of my donation form and searched the Internet for what might mean.  Turns out I have never been exposed to cytomegalovirus (CMV) which 85% of people get by the age of 40.  Babies needing blood should only receive blood from donors who are CMV-negative (i.e. me), and since I have an "O" blood type (O+), I'm part of a special group – Heroes for Babies.  Read more about it at this link.

https://www.redcrossblood.org/donate-blood/how-to-donate/types-of-blood-donations/whole-blood-donation/helpbabies.html