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For those of you with a father-in-law who gives directions using old, no longer existing landmarks, this is just the ticket! The Street View feature in Google Maps has been around so long that they have several years worth of data, and now you can see what your neighborhood used to look like! The actual website is google.com/maps. Once you search the desired address, on the bottom right of the screen, there is a little yellow man. Click and drag him to the map. That loads the “Street View”...a view of the address as seen from a car's point of view. A gray box appears in the upper left that shows your address...in that box is a red circle that says “NEW!”. Click on it and be transported back in time!

 

Pottsy and his kids, forever imortalized on Google Street View in 2011

Friday, 25 April 2014 07:17

Spinach and Grapefruit Salad

Serves 6

Salad:
6 cups baby spinach
2 ruby red grapefruits, supremed
3/4 cup toasted walnut pieces
1/2 red onion, sliced thin

Olive Oil Vinaigrette:
Remaining juice from ruby red grapefruit (approx 1/4 cup
4 cloves roasted garlic
1/4 cup Extra Virgin olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

 

Garnish with parmesan cheese flakes

Toss salad ingredients together in large bowl.  Set aside.

In a food processor or blender, blend togeter dressing ingredients and adjust to taste.  Toss with salad.  Sprinkle parmesan cheese flakes on top.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014 05:36

Geek of the Week: Soundscape Recorder

For Earth Day, scientist Bryan Pijanowski wants to record the sounds of the world.  Download the app free from iTunes or Google Play and record three minutes of your surroundings.  The sound files will be sent to the Global Soundscape Database and accumulated over the years, allowing scientists to analyze changes in our sonic environment.  The app also allows you to hear sounds recorded by others around the world.

For more information, go to GlobalSoundscapes.org

Thursday, 17 April 2014 15:22

Spring Pea Soup with Crème Fraiche

Serves 8

3 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 cup leek, thinly sliced
1 tsp. fresh tarragon
1/3 cup dry white wine
4 cups vegetable stock
1 1/2 lb. fresh spring peas
1/2 cup cooked white rice
Salt, to taste
1/2 cup watercress, chopped
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 lemon, juice only
8 slices of toasted crostini
1 cup crab meat canned, cooked

 

To make the crème fraiche, stir lemon juice into heavy cream and stir to combine well.  Salt to taste, refrigerate until ready to use.

Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan. Add the leek and tarragon and cook over moderately low heat until the leeks are softened, about 5 minutes. Add the wine and simmer over moderately high heat until reduced by half, about 3 minutes. Add the stock and cooked rice and bring to a boil. Add a pinch of salt, cover and simmer over moderately low heat until the peas are tender, about 8 minutes. Stir in the watercress.

Working in batches, puree the soup in a blender. Strain the soup through a coarse sieve over another medium saucepan. Season the soup with salt and keep warm until service.

Ladle the soup into small bowls. Swirl in the crème fraiche and serve topped with crab and crostini.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014 06:19

Geek of the Week: Safer Ohio

"See Something...Send Something".  That's the motto of this app that lets you take pictures of suspicious behavior or incidents and send them directly to the Ohio Office of Homeland Security.  It also allows you to request help from the Highway Patrol if you are involved in a non-injury accident or if your car breaks down on the highway.  The app uses your phone's GPS to send a trooper to your exact location.  There is even a button to speeddial 9-1-1.  Free on Google Play and in the App Store.

 

Friday, 11 April 2014 05:55

Rosemary Cheddar Cheese Bacon Scones

Makes 16 scones

 

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp. baking powder
1 Tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. salt
3 Tbsp. fresh rosemary, finely chopped
3 Tbsp. crispy bacon pieces or cooked pancetta, chopped
1 cup extra-sharp Cheddar, coarsely grated (about 5 oz.)
2 cups heavy cream
Egg wash

Preheat oven to 375°F.

In a bowl stir together flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt. Add rosemary, bacon, and cheddar and stir to combine. Mix in 2 cups cream with a fork just until a sticky dough forms. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead into a pliable ball. Halve dough and form each half into a round. and cut each into 8 wedges.

Arrange wedges about 1/2 inch apart on parchment paper lined baking sheet. Brush with egg wash.  You will not use all the egg wash.  Bake until golden brown, about 20 minutes. Serve with butter.

 
Friday, 11 April 2014 05:52

Cherry Chocolate Scones

Makes 8 scones

 

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 Tbsp. sugar
3 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, chilled
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup sweet liqueur, like Amaretto
1 cup dried cherries
1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Egg wash (1 egg and 1 Tablespoons water)

Preheat oven to 375° F. Soak cherries in liqueur for 10 minutes to plump.  

Sift together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Cut butter into flour with fingers.  Stir in milk and drained cherries and mix in chocolate chips. Do not over mix.  

On a floured board, pat out scone dough into an 8-inch circle. With a sharp, floured knife, cut into 8 wedges. Transfer wedges onto a parchment lined cookie sheet. Brush with an egg wash. (you will not use all the egg wash).  

Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until edges turn golden brown.

Monday, 07 April 2014 13:33

Geek of the Week: SkinneePix

This handy-dandy app allows you to edit your selfies to make you appear 5, 10, even 15 pounds skinnier!  Just a couple clicks to a new you! Its simple, quick and easy. Share your slimmer self through email, text or social media in full color, black and white or sepia.

$.99 in the AppStore

Friday, 04 April 2014 07:05

Paleo Brownies

 

adapted from a recipe found on paleogrubs.com

Yields one 6 inch cake round

1 cup creamy natural peanut butter
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup maple syrup
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

Line a 6 inch round cake pan with aluminum foil and spray with nonstick coking spray.

Mix by hand all ingredients in a large mixing bowl until incorporated and smooth.  Spoon into prepared cake pan and make sure the surface of the batter is even and equally distributed.

Bake for 22-24 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center of the batter comes out with just slightly wet batter.  If you wait until the toothpick comes out clean you wont get the fudgy texture when it cools.

Tuesday, 01 April 2014 05:54

Geek of the Week: MLB.com At Bat

The official app of Major League Baseball.  Get up to the second stats and scores, headlines and information, watch highlight videos and see instant replays with an explanation. The base model is free in GooglePlay and iTunes ...but there are subscription features. (if you already subscribe to mlb.tv, this app and all of its features is free)

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