Archive for the ‘General’ Category

Herbed Flounder Pinwheels

Posted: March 18, 2018 in General

flounder_wheelsThese elegant flounder rolls are easy to make and delicious.

Difficulty: Medium

Hands-on: 25 minutes

Total: 45 minutes

Serves: 4

3 cups fresh spinach leaves, chopped
1 large egg, beaten
¼ cup soft bread crumbs
½ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. dried whole thyme
¼ tsp. fresh ground black pepper
4 flounder fillets (4 oz. each)


Step 1

Preheat oven at 375°F. Steam spinach in vegetable steamer over boiling water until spinach is just wilted. Drain and chop spinach. In a small bowl, combine spinach, egg, bread crumbs, salt, thyme, and pepper. Set aside.

Step 2

Rinse flounder fillets with cold water and pat dry. Divide spinach mixture equally. Spoon mixture in center of each fillet. Beginning at narrow end, roll up in jellyroll fashion. Place seam side down in an 8" square baking dish. Cover and bake for 15–20 minutes.

Step 3

Transfer rolls to a warmed serving platter. Serve immediately.


Ribeye with Exotic Mushrooms

Posted: January 19, 2018 in General

ribeyestkMushrooms add a lovely depth of flavor to this company-worthy steak.
Difficulty: Easy
Hands-on: 20 minutes

Total: 20 minute
Serves: 2

1½ Tbsp. butter, divided
1½ lbs. ribeye steak
1 tsp. coarse sea salt
1 tsp. cracked black pepper
1 tsp. rubbed sage
6 shiitake mushrooms, trimmed and chopped


Step 1

Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a cast iron pan or heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle the steak with salt, pepper, and sage.
Step 2

Pan-fry the steak to desired doneness, about 4 minutes per side for medium. Remove steak from pan and allow it to rest for 5 minutes.

Step 3

Add remaining butter to the same pan. Sauté mushrooms about 5 minutes until softened.

Step 4

Slice the steak and top with mushrooms.

Candied Bacon Brussels Sprouts

Posted: January 9, 2018 in General



24 Brussels sprouts
kosher salt
12 sliced bacon
1/4 c. maple syrup
2 tbsp. brown sugar
Pinch cayenne


Preheat oven to 400° and line a large baking sheet with foil. Trim the ends of Brussels sprouts and remove any tough outer leaves.
2 In a small bowl, whisk together maple syrup, brown sugar and cayenne. Cut bacon in half crosswise, then brush bacon with syrup mixture.
3 Wrap a slice of bacon around each brussels sprout, placing the brussels sprout seam side down on the baking sheet. Brush the tops of the again with the syrup mixture. Bake until the bacon is crispy and the brussels sprouts are crispy, about 20 minutes.
4 Serve warm.

Cooking hacks of the day

Posted: January 4, 2018 in General

You can quickly ripen bananas by baking them.


This works best if you’re planning on using the bananas for cooking (so, for instance, if you’re overcome with a sudden hankering for banana bread). Put the fruit on a lined baking sheet, then load it in a 300 degree oven. The bananas will ripen quickly, and they’ll start to turn black—ideal for banana bread—around the 40-minute mark.

The oven trick also works on avocados.


Take a hard, unripe avocado, cover it in foil, and put it into a 200 degree oven. You’ll need to leave the avocado in the oven for about an hour. The avocado will taste a bit different (not worse, but different), so you’re better off using it as a last resort when you’ve got some urgent guacamole to make.

Another way to quickly ripen an avocado is to put it in a drink cozy overnight. The cozy traps in the ethylene gas that ripens the avocado, speeding up the process.

My dog Cracker

Posted: January 31, 2017 in General

photostudio_1469452472338I’m a bit brain dead today so I’m just going to brag a bit about my dog Cracker which is a Chinese Crested breed, Cracker can be hyper at times and loves to play even if your not in the mood to play he will pester you until you play with him, he is a needy type dog but you can’t help but love him.

Oldest Gorilla in the US Dies in Sleep

Posted: January 20, 2017 in General, What's new

coloGoodnight, Colo!

The world’s oldest known gorilla has died peacefully in her sleep, just a month after celebrating her 60th birthday. Colo was born at the Columbus Zoo on Dec. 22, 1956, at a time when little was known about keeping and raising western lowland gorillas in captivity. She was born a preemie, and a zookeeper found her still in her amniotic sac in a zoo enclosure, after having been abandoned by her mother. Thanks to 24/7 attention by her human caregivers, she survived and thrived. Colo was briefly called "Cuddles," but after a naming contest, was given her current moniker, a combination of "Columbus" and "Ohio."

Windows Essentials is gone

Posted: January 11, 2017 in General


Windows Essentials 2012 suite reached end of support on January 10, 2017

Late breaking or other information about Windows Essentials 2012.

Q: Will Windows Essentials 2012 still be available for download?
A: Windows Essentials 2012 is no longer available for download.

Q: What happens to my already installed Windows Essentials 2012 applications?
A: Already installed applications will continue to work as they do today. There is an increased security risk associated with use of unsupported products past their end of support date.

Can I still use Windows Live Mail?
Yes. Though, some email service providers have moved to newer email protocols for improved security and reliability not supported by Windows Live Mail. These email service providers may no longer work.

Are there any recommended alternatives?
•Mail is available as a free built-in application for Windows 8.1 and above.
•Photos is available as a free built-in application for Windows 8.1 and above.
•Live Writer is available as an open-source solution.
•One Drive is an inbox feature for Windows 8.1 and above.
•Family Safety is an inbox feature for Windows 8.1 and above.


Already installed applications will continue to work as they do today. However, there is an increased security risk associated with use of unsupported products past their end of support date.