Friday, October 18, 2019

Lasagna Roll-Ups

This vertical twist on meatless lasagna delivers portion-control and taste in an easy-to-assemble recipe.  The noodles are steeped in boiling water for about 20 minutes while you make a cheese and herb spread that's kicked up with lemon zest.  Then, one at a time, you lay a noodle down, spread the cheese mixture down its center and roll it up.  Pour half the tomato sauce on the bottom of a baking dish, line up the lasagna pointed up, and finish with the rest of the tomato sauce.  I opted to put the Parmesan cheese on top before baking, contrary to the directions at the link below.  Leftovers can be frozen and microwaved for days of yummy repeats.

Friday, October 11, 2019

Spiced Pumpkin Waffles

We recently decided to buy a waffle maker and instead of making the waffles of our childhood, we went for these Spiced Pumpkin Waffles, filling the house with the aromas of Thanksgiving.  There were two left over, which we divided into quarters, put in plastic storage bags and placed in the freezer.  That's the perfect shape for the toaster to heat and crisp them back to life.

Monday, October 7, 2019

Cooper's Hawk

Besides Cooper's Hawk having a great tasting area, upscale bar and restaurant, and the best Crispy Brussels Sprouts possibly anywhere, you can have your wine aerated and filtered using their self-serve Grapevine Decanter.  If you avoid overpaying for wine at restaurants, you'll be thrilled at their bottle prices.

Friday, October 4, 2019

Elaine's Pepperoni Bread

Years in the making, this video documents my wife's preparation of her famous Pepperoni Bread, a legion with Alter High School football players of yesteryears.  Dough, pepperoni, cheese and egg wash combine to make a "bet you can't eat just one piece".  I never can.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

100K Faces Project

Not really sure what I would ever do with this, but having 100,000 free (I love free) facial pictures to augment a story or blog seems useful.  What's really cool is that all these are generated using Artificial Intelligence (AI), so they are not real people.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Fall Foliage Map

While Mother Nature is not that predictable, but this interactive map can help you plan a trip to see the trees at their peak color.  The slider bar at the bottom is graduated in weeks, just click and drag the circle, or click anywhere along the bar, to get the map to update.

Monday, September 30, 2019

Running Profits - September 2019 Update

After finding 97 cents total in July and August, September blew that out of the park will a haul of $1.62, powered by running across a dollar bill on the 1st of the month.  With a three month total of $2.59, I'm getting really close to that Dairy Queen ice cream cone that will reward my diligence.

Friday, September 27, 2019

Caesar Brussels Sprouts

We love Brussels Sprouts.  We love Caesar Salads.  This recipe brings them together, topped with bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese.  Thanks to my wonderful and culinary-talented wife for another healthy and delicious side dish!

Monday, September 16, 2019

Doggy Water Fountain

I imagine countless dogs enjoying a cold drink from this doggy dish water fountain at Lincoln Park Civic Commons in Kettering.  Above this is the human version along with three other water fountains in the park, all a very welcome sight on this hot summer for this runner.

Friday, September 13, 2019

Pastrami-Rubbed Smoked Tri-Tip

We've fallen in love with using a dry rub on our beef and this combination of black pepper, salt,
coriander, mustard, brown sugar, paprika and garlic and onion powders really does make this steak taste like a pastrami sandwich.  Couldn't find a tri-tip, so we substituted a flat iron steak, which worked well.  While the directions call for grinding a bunch of seeds, save yourself a ton of work and use their already-ground brethren.  Baking it low and slow in the oven is an easier alternative and a really good choice for the cooler months.