Friday, December 13, 2019

Sous Vide Pork Tenderloin

We recently splurged for a Sous Vide (French-to-English translation: "Under Vacuum") low temperature circulator and prepared this pork tenderloin per the instructions at the link below.  The 140 degree setting used for this cut of meat delivered a medium, juicy doneness.  The seasonings really get infused into the meat, much more than any other method we've used.  After several hours the pork was removed and finished in a hot skillet to add some roasty curb appeal.

Thursday, December 12, 2019


With the abundance of streaming options available, sometimes the hardest part is finding something to watch and not over-paying for rentals.  JustWatch makes both a snap with its ingenious interface.  You can select one or more of your streaming services and get a list of options.  You can also click on a title, like the Avengers Endgame movie shown below, and see if it's available for free (stream), and where and how much it costs to rent or buy.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Amazon Echo 3

I preordered my first Amazon Echo on January 9th, 2015 and waited nearly three months to get it.  Almost five years later I've upgraded to the Echo version 3, which is not only a nicer overall design, but the sound quality is phenomenal, particularly the base.

Monday, December 9, 2019

Hafod Hardware

Hafod Hardware is located in the Welsh town of Rhayader and its owner, Thomas Lewis Jones, created this Christmas video (found at his web site below), which features his 2-year-old son Arthur, at a cost of about $132.  It certainly will be the most heartwarming two minutes of your day.  I'll be comparing this to all those high-priced commercials on TV from now through the Super Bowl, but if they can beat this, I'll be shocked.

Friday, December 6, 2019

Culp's Cafe

This delicious bad boy is a Croque Madame, topping ham, swiss, Dijon mustard and b├ęchamel sauce,
on sourdough, with a sunny-side-up egg.  It's served at Culp's Cafe at Carillon Park.  Culp's is a throwback to the soda fountains of my youth (i.e. a long time ago), and they serve floats, sodas, phosphates and my favorite, milkshakes.  You can look over the mouthwatering menu at this link.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Running Profits - November 2019 Update

I'm sad to report that this solitary penny is all I found last month on my six-month ice-cream-cone quest.  I guess not a lot of people are outside losing their spare change, or the leaves are hiding them, or maybe since I run the same routes all the time that I've run the well dry.  My five-month total stands at $2.83 as I head into December, the final month of the quest.  I was really hoping for a two-dipper, but I may end up a little short.  Sigh.

Friday, November 29, 2019

Zucchini Gratin

You need a few vegetarian side dish recipes that are simultaneously delicious for all and this combination of zucchini, pumped up with Gruyere cheese, yellow onion, butter and bread crumbs, should be on your radar.  I suggest using a mandoline to make each slice of zucchini the identical thickness and to speed up the entire process.  Getting the top brown to your liking takes some well-worth-it attention at the end.

Friday, November 15, 2019

Skillet Rosemary Chicken

This recipe starts on the stove, ends in the oven and requires minimal cleanup.  A paste of rosemary, garlic, salt, red pepper flakes, lemon juice and olive oil infuses the chicken an amazing amount of flavor and throwing in the leftover lemon husks and a couple sprigs of rosemary is over the top.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Roman Shades

These Roman Shades have added a splash of color and whatever level of extra privacy we desire.  It seems odd, but the new French Doors just seem to be more open to the backyard, even though it's probably more illusion than reality.  This is our second purchase from Sophisticated Shades, which located in the Cross Pointe Shopping Center, so we're obviously happy with their service.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

ZIP Codes

At last night's game of trivia at Romer's in Bellbrook, one seamingly simple question stumped our group of eight: What does the word "ZIP" in "ZIP codes" stand for?  None of us even knew it was a acronym, much less its meaning.  The answer is "Zone Improvement Plan", using ZIP to suggest that mail travels more quickly using ZIP codes.  These were introduced nationwide on July 1, 1963.  Lots more information at this Wikipedia link.