Today, in honor of its 20th birthday, Amazon is holding a “Prime Day” celebration sale. The sale is available to Amazon Prime members and the deals are said to be “bigger than Black Friday”! Look for deals on electronics, books, select clothing and jewelery and Amazon Elements Baby Wipes.
Some of the notable deals include $15 off Fire TV Stick, $30 off Kindle, Smart LED TVs and Chromebook laptops for under $200, 50-inch 4K TV for $1000, and DVDs up to 75% off.
Not a Prime member? Click here for Amazon's 30-day Free Trial. (they say you can cancel any time!)
Not to be outdone, Walmart announced that it's also having a sale. The company says their price drops will be “atomic”.
Similar to the “Who Unfollowed Me” apps for Twitter and Instagram, this is an app for iOS and Android that tracks when you are unfriended on Facebook...and by whom. The service has been around for a little more than 5 years as a web browser extension, but the app just launched a week or so ago.
*Note: It doesn't start keeping track of your account until you set up the app.
Makes two cakes, each serves 8
Yield: 4 cups
1/4 cup corn starch
3/4 cup sugar
2 tsp. vanilla bean paste
6 large egg yolks
16 oz. whole milk
1/8 tsp. salt
In a non-reactive saucepan heat milk to boiling. Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl whisk together corn starch, sugar, yolks, vanilla bean paste, and salt.
Make sure items are well blended.
Liaison the milk into the egg mixture slowly to prevent curdling. Pour incorporated mixture into non-reactive saucepan and slowly heat mixture, making sure to stir constantly to prevent premature cooking of egg yolks. Allow mixture to thicken to pudding consistency. Remove immediately from pan to prevent further cooking. Cool in ice bath if desired.
Place plastic wrap on surface of cream and place in refrigerator to cool.
Yield: 2 8 inch cakes
3 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 1/2 cups sugar
4 large eggs
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups milk, tepidly warm
Preheat oven to 350. Grease pans and line pan(s) with parchment paper on bottom.
Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt.
In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
Add eggs, one at a time, mixing until incorporated; scrape down sides of the bowl. Add vanilla.
Add flour mixture and milk alternately, beginning and ending with flour. Scrape down sides and bottom of the bowl.
Divide batter evenly among pan(s), filling each about three-quarters full.
Bake until tops spring back when touched, about 20-30 minutes, rotating pan once if needed.
Transfer pan to a wire rack; let cool completely in pan.
Yield: 3 1/2 cups
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 cup fine quality chocolate, chopped small and evenly
2 oz. unsalted butter
Heat whipping cream in a heavy-bottomed sauce pan or on top of a bain marie.
Remove saucepan from heat and add chocolate and butter.
Allow chocolate to melt slowly, stirring occasionally, until smooth.
Tetris for a new generation. Only this time, you aren't trying to create a solid block, to make lines of the puzzle disappear. Now you want to build the tallest structure you can build...before the whole thing comes crashing down. The taller the stack of blocks gets, the less stable it becomes. It begins to wobble and sway, and then eventually topple. Part Tetris, part Jenga...Stack Heroes: free on iTunes
June is National Internet Safety Month. There are many free virus scanners available for your PC including Lavasoft's Ad-Aware, AVG AntiVirus, and Avast. As a supplemental product, I recommend MalwareBytes Free. This product scrubs away some cookies and app data that might be overlooked by your normal virus scanner.
Street Project Progress Reports. This week, the City of Cleveland released a web site to help you keep track of road repair and resurfacing projects in your neighborhood. RoadRX tells you where the street crews are now, what they are doing, how long they'll be there, and where they're going next. The app is free and online at ClevelandGIS.org/apps/RoadRX/
Gmail releases Undo Send. Have you ever sent an email, then moments later, realized you spelled someone's name wrong, or that you sent it to your mom instead of your boyfriend...or worse yet...your comments about the boss's new policy went not to your colleague, but to the entire company? Well now...there's a “take backsies” safety net!
Google has been testing an “Undo Send” feature for several years and finally released it to all Gmail users this week! Undo Send delays sending the email for 5, 10, 20, or 30 seconds after you press “send”. To activate, go to the General Tab in Settings.
With Chef Stefani Paganini out of town this week, Dan Deely wanted to share his recipe for Cilantro-Lime Grilled Shrimp and Brown Rice, Tomatoes and Basil.
Brown Rice, Tomato and Basil (recipe from FoodNetwork.com)
1 cup Texmati brown rice
2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
1/4 cup Champagne or rice wine vinegar
2 teaspoons sugar
1 tablespoon good olive oil
Freshly ground black pepper
1 pound ripe tomatoes, large-diced
1 cup packed basil leaves (1 large bunch), chopped
Bring 2 1/4 cups water to a boil and add the rice and 1 teaspoon of the salt. Return to a boil, cover, and simmer for 30 to 40 minutes, until the rice is tender and all the water is absorbed. Transfer the rice to a bowl.
Whisk together the vinegar, sugar, olive oil, remaining teaspoon of salt, and a pinch of pepper. Pour over the rice. Add the tomatoes and basil. Mix well and check the seasonings. Serve at room temperature.
Cilantro-Lime Grilled Shrimp (recipe from ClosetCooking.com)
This is a cold and flu tracking app from Johnson & Johnson. It combines user reported data, information from local doctors' offices, mentions on social media, and google searches to determine when the flu, a cold or even allergy season is about to hit your neighborhood. The app also offers health tips and ads from appropriate over-the-counter medicines. The company says their ultimate goal is to provide information on more contageous ailments, once their user-base has expanded.
Free on iTunes and coming soon to google.
2 French baguette, sliced (1-inch thick)
3 Tbsp. olive oil
2 med. tomatoes, chopped into large chunks
2 cups ciliegine (cherry) sized fresh mozzarella balls.
2 Tbsp. fresh basil leaves whole
Dressing for skewers:
1 small garlic clove, minced
2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
Salt & pepper to taste
Pre-heat the grill.
Brush bread slices with the 3 Tbsp. olive oil, then place on the hot grill and mark on one side then flip and mark the other side.
Remove bread and slice into chunks. Skewer the chunks of bread alternating with tomatoes, fresh basil leaves, and fresh mozzarella. Drizzle with dressing.
This week is the annual Apple Developer's conference in San Francisco. On Monday, the company announced it's “next big thing”: Apple Music. Their new music streaming service aimed at competing with the likes of Spotify, Pandora...and dare I say, 1073thewave.net.
The new music streaming service launches at the end of the month and will integrate iTunes (both on-demand and purchased/cloud stored music), Apple's own “Beats1” Internet radio station, and a social aspect like MySpace for bands to keep an info page with their latest information, songs and tour dates.
Cost $9.99 a month or $14.99 for a family of (up to) 6. It will be found on all Apple devices, and later this year, will be available on Android and PCs as well.
This is a new service, set up by George Zimmer (who used to be the face of Men's Warehouse...“I guarantee it”). It is, a network independent tailors who make house-calls. Through the web site, you book a measuring and a fitting, the tailor comes to you, and you get your clothes back in about a week...there's a $25 charge for 48 hour turn around. The company started last year in Southern California and plans to launch nationwide this summer.
With the summer months upon us and more people heading outside, here's a fun app to take with you the next time you go camping, to the park or for a walk around the neighborhood. Geocaching is, essentially, GPS Hide-n-Seek. For years, people have been hiding little boxes or jars all over the world, in the hopes that people will find them. Inside the container is usually a notepad to collect the names of everyone who has found it, as well as trinkets that hard-core Geocachers trade (take-a-penny / leave-a-penny style). This app shows a map of your location, and all of the available caches in the area. Using your phone's GPS, the built-in compass, and a clue, you search for the hidden container. If your kids grumble when you ask them to join you on a hike, bring this app along and turn your hike into a treasure hunt! They'll love it! Free in Google Play and on iTunes.
1/2 Tbsp. allspice, ground
1/4 tsp. nutmeg, ground
1 tsp. cinnamon, ground
1 tsp. black pepper, ground
1 Tbsp. salt
8 scallions, chopped
1 jalapeno pepper, deseeded, chopped
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
2 Tbsp. soy sauce
2 lbs. chicken breasts
Combine all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. Use immediately or reserve for later use. Marinate chicken in jerk seasoning for about 1 hour. Grill chicken over medium heat until it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F.
We all know that fresh, warm Krispy Kreme doughnuts are the best. Sure, yesterday's original glazed are still good and you can put them in the microwave, but fresh from bakery can't be beat! Now here's your chance to never have less-than-fresh doughnuts again! Krispy Kreme introduces the Hot Light app. Find the store nearest you and get push notifications when stores have fresh pastries coming off the line right now. It also works like a rewards program and you get a free doughnut just for signing up. Free in the App Store and GooglePlay.