Friday, September 30, 2016

Ham, Cheese, and Spinach-Stuffed Chicken

Yet another yummy stuffed chicken recipe, but this one is a bit more work and cleanup. Slice and stuff the chicken, then dredge and fry. Finish in the oven. Recipe is at the link below. Drool is at the picture below that.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Dart Micro PC Charger

If you travel with your laptop, you might have a power supply that's ridiculously large and heavy, as I do.  This pint-sized alternative, created by a pair of MIT grads, is only 2.75" x 1.3" x 1.1" in size and weighs a scant 0.19 pounds. And it includes a rapid USB charging port, eliminating one more thing in my bag.

Loud shout out to Rosemary for what will be my next travel companion!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Outlook Forward An Email Macro

Outlook macros are a nice way to streamline a repetitive task down to a single click or keystroke. The code below simply forwards the currently selected email to a predefined email address. And since I can't what I did two seconds ago, I add the email to the "Green Category", my reminder that I really did forward it.  

Sub ForwardWithoutPrompt()
Dim forwardaddress As String
Dim objMail As Outlook.MailItem
forwardaddress = "EMAIL ADDRESS GOES HERE"
Set objItem = GetCurrentItem()
Set objMail = objItem.Forward
objMail.To = forwardaddress
objItem.Categories = "Green Category"
Set objItem = Nothing
Set objMail = Nothing
End Sub

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Grill Spatula

This 5" x 6" grill spatula, the type that Wendy's used to use, one of the most useful gifts I've ever received.  It's very strong, gliding effortlessly underneath the meat and easily flips two burgers at a time.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Roost Modern Italian

Located in the Oregon Distinct at the southeast corner of Downtown Dayton, everything Roost Modern Italian serves up is delicious. My current favorite is the Asiago Fried Chicken, but you just can't go wrong.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Creamy Bacon Hasselback Chicken

Bacon and cream cheese ... need I say more?  This version of Hasselback Chicken is decadently delicious and dead simple to make.  We're talking kitchen superhero here!

4 chicken breasts
6 bacon strips, chopped
2 spring onions, chopped
1 pound cream cheese

1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
2. Slice into the chicken several times, about ¾ inch apart, but only cut about 85% of the way through.
3. Cook the bacon over a medium heat until it starts to get crispy.
4. Stir in the spring onions and cook for another minute.
5. Add the cream cheese and cook until melted.
6. Allow to cool to the touch, then fill each segment of the chicken with about 1 teaspoon of the mixture.
7. Bake in the center of the oven for 20 minutes (or more as needed) until the chicken is cooked through

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Print > PDF > Email

If your business system does not support emailing reports, you may be printing them to a PDF file using a utility like the free (I love free) CutePDF, then starting a new email and attaching that saved file. PDFCreator (also lovingly free) streamlines this process by adding a direct E-Mail option.  You can configure a profile to automatically save the file and create a new email with that file already attached.

Loud shout out to Leslee for finding this gem.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016


I only have a few "non-person" Facebook pages that I follow, but Tasty is often the inspiration for trying new recipes.  I just love how the video shows the entire preparation in super-speed.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Track My Bags

A handy feature in the Delta smartphone app is Track My Bags.  While I really don't want to ever have to use it, I hope it will provide insight into where my lost bag has traveled without me.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Using Amazon Locker

I used a recent purchase of a dual USB car charger led me to try Amazon Locker for the first time. When it was delivered to the locker at the nearby Speedway gas station, I received an email with a 6-digit code, which I entered on the locker's touchscreen keypad.  Then a door popped open to reveal my package.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Fish Tacos with Tomatillo Sauce

This is one tasty taco.  It combines roasted garlic, tomatillos (yes, that's a real thing) and jalapeƱo peppers with cilantro, red cabbage and other ingredients to smother tilapia fillets on a toasty tortilla (I prefer the flour variety).  Prepares in about a half an hour, making it suitable for a mid-work-week feast.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Haley's Corker

I bought four of these wine bottle aerator/filter/pourer/re-corker/stopper gadgets on my recent California trip.  Most of the wineries were using these in their pouring rooms and I figured they must know what works well.  I particularly like the aerator function, which gets some oxygen into the wine as it's poured, helping it to open up quicker.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Photo Collage

Lots of options exist, both online and with downloaded software, to make a collage from a group of photos.  The picture below was made using Google Photo's, which is convenient since I stored all my vacation pictures there, but lacks anything in the way of features.  An online option to try is PhotoCollage, which seems easy to use and is free (I love free).

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Cinema 3D

3D movies with no goofy glasses?

MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab and Israel’s Weizmann Institute of Science have teamed up to create a prototype display that makes this dream come true.  Prototype means you may never this in your local theater, but at least now there's hope.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Google Tango

GPS is great, well at least great when you're outside.  Tango is a technology that allows your smartphone to know its position inside buildings and bring location-sensitive, 3D apps to life.  I'll have to keep close track of this for my next smartphone purchase.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Red, White, and Blueberry Grilled Chicken

The blueberry reduction sauce in this chicken recipe could be used for numerous purposes, perhaps as a topping for some yummy grilled bread cheese.  If you're looking for a tasty dish this Labor Day weekend or just to celebrate the end of summer, you need look no further.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Kyocera Knife

This is my favorite blade, a ceramic beauty that cuts through everything like warm butter.  That would include fingers, so I pay double-special attention when using it.