Friday, August 30, 2019

Hasselback Caprese Chicken

Take four chicken breasts and slice 80% of the way through about every half-inch (that's the Hasselback method), then fill with a dab of pesto, a little wedge of fresh mozzarella and a tomato slice.  After baking, a couple minutes under the broiler will add a bit of crispy coloring.

Monday, August 26, 2019

Kayak Explore

Just wanna get away?

If you're less set on a particular destination than how much you're going to spend, Kayak's Explore tool can help.  Just plug in the airport you want to depart from and you're presented with the best prices to loads of destinations.  There are filters for cost, duration, dates and number of stops to whittle down the choices.  Still have to pack your own bags...

Friday, August 23, 2019

Texas Beef & Cattle Company

My choice for Dayton's best barbecue is Texas Beef & Cattle Company, located at 1101 West Third St, just a few blocks west, over the river, from downtown.  Great brisket, pulled pork and great sides, like the mac-n-cheese shown below.  They are working on a second location on the first floor of the CareSource building at 217 N. Patterson Blvd, which I imagine will be packed during lunch hour.  

Thursday, August 22, 2019

New Patio Deck

Just completed a few weeks ago, our new deck is 40% larger, uses TimberTech composite decking and railing for zero maintenance and features a venting patio door from Steeves & Sons.  At the bottom of the post caps are lights that can be set to stay on at night or for just a few hours.  The before picture is included at the bottom which really shows what a fantastic upgrade this is.  Great job, as always, by Jason Best and his crew!

Wednesday, August 21, 2019


This web site not only has a large selection of letters, numbers, punctuation, currency emoji and other symbols, you can copy one to the clipboard with a single click or tap.  Makes it easy to paste it into your email, text or post.

Friday, August 16, 2019

Tomato Gratin

My happy diet consists of protein, veggies and fruit, with just enough carbs to curb a binge.  The tri-tip steak below is matched with a tomato gratin using just-off-the-vine tomatoes and freshly-clipped basil, with a coarse crumb topping made with whole-grain bread, garlic, extra-virgin oil and Parmesan  cheese.  The grapes ended up as an Italian Villa Pillo.  Thanks to my wife for this Wednesday night feast!

Monday, August 12, 2019

Spectrum TV Caller ID

If you have Spectrum Internet phone service and don't like the Caller ID messages popping up on your TV screen announcing yet another spam robocall that will never get answered because you don't have an actual phone plugged in, it's simple to turn them off.  Just go to "Settings", select the "Caller ID" option then "Set Up", and turn off "Prompt".  Why have phone service at all?  Because the bundled price is cheaper and it's included.  Sigh...

Friday, August 9, 2019

Cuban Quesadillas

The relish, a combination of dill pickles, banana peppers, mustard, mayonnaise and black pepper, is the star of this show.  It gives the ham, turkey and Swiss cheese on a grilled tortillas a tangy kick in the tongue.  If you have some extra lunchmeat and just a little time to make your meal, this recipe is for you.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Print WordPress Blog

Another goal of copying my blog to Wordpress was to see if I could get it printed.   Fortunately there is a free (I love free) plugin, "Print My Blog", that creates a printed copy, which I saved as a PDF, as shown below.   The first 1,071 blogs, dating back to May 20, 2014, resulted in 601 pages.  I doubt I'll really ever print it, but it's nice to know that I could.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Blogger To WordPress

I've decided to learn a bit about WordPress, a very popular blog and website management system, so my first step was to install it on my Mac.  I then exported this very blog from Blogger and imported it into Wordpress, following the directions at the link, but modified for a local installation instead of an actual external website.  That required I first install MAMP (Mac-Apache-MySQL-PHP) to get a compatible internal web server.  After a bit of configuration I had my entire blog hosted locally, looking, perhaps, more professional than this blog you're reading.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Stopping Advertisements

If you're tired of retrieving and disposing of these weekly advertisements, while never looking at them, you can opt out entirely.  Just go to this link, enter in your information and they should stop in a couple weeks.

Monday, August 5, 2019

Backpack Cooler

Hiking in the dry western United States requires drinking a lot of water to avoid dehydration.  This backpack cooler holds up to twenty cans plus ice in its no-leak liner, includes two mesh side pockets and padded backpack straps for hauling comfort.  It will sure be better than carrying warm water bottles in everyone's hands.

Friday, August 2, 2019

Charred Green Beans With Ricotta And Lemon

The bed for this dish is whipped ricotta cheese, oil and salt.  It's topped with charred green beans  cooked in two tablespoons of oil.  We suggest adding a large clove of minced garlic to the beans a minute before taking them off the heat for a little extra punch.  An awesome side, in less than twenty minutes, that you'll be asking for seconds.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

HDTV Antenna

If you've lost a local cable channel due one of those spats between networks and cable companies, the answer is less than $20 away.  I bought this one so I can pickup local channels on my home office PC monitor (which is a Samsung 32" TV).  A serious cord-cutter may want to invest more, but this one fit my needs perfectly.