Posts Tagged ‘postaday2011’

For those of you who don’t know, the 2011 NFL season is in major jeopardy. The NFLPA dissolved itself as a union and has assisted a number of players – among them Tom Brady and Peyton Manning – to file an anti trust suit against the NFL and all 32 clubs. What really rankles about this whole situation is that we’re not talking about issues of fairness between the two sides but of issues of how to split a $9 billion pie.
Our only chance of getting both sides talking again is if the courts grant the injunction that the players asked for blocking the lockout. I for one don’t want to see the 2011 season get cancelled or – worse – played with replacement players. I feel that as a fan who has invested time, money and a hell of a lot of emotional pain in (it can hurt being a Jets fan!) the NFL over the years, they owe it to us to come to an agreement quickly. After all, baseball still hasn’t fully recovered from the last time labor issues shut the league down…

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I’ve decided that I’m going to do a series of my favorite Italian recipes over the next few weeks.  Since almost all of them are red sauce Italian, I’m going to start with that basic recipe – tomato sauce.

Ingredients

  • *1kg peeled, chopped tomatoes
  • 100g onions, finely diced
  • 50g carrots, finely diced
  • 3-4 bay leaves
  • 700ml water
  • 6-8 stems of thyme or oregano, finely chopped
  • 4-8 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 bunch basil, finely sliced
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 200g tomato paste
  • salt, pepper, olive oil
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • * Preferably fresh tomatoes, when using canned I tend to go with crushed.

Instructions

  • In some olive oil, sautee onions, carrots, celery and thyme or oregano until is starts to brown.
  • Add in the garlic and once the smell of garlic starts to come up, add the tomato paste.
  • Add in the red wine. You should now have a very thick liquid with the vegetable chunks.
  • Add the tomatoes and water. Bring to a boil.
  • Add the sugar and give it its initial seasoning. Let it simmer for about 20 minutes
  • Add in the basil.
  • OPTIONAL – with a blender stick, blend it until you have a smooth puree
  • Adjust seasoning (and sweetener) to taste.

Comments
Since tomato sauce is a base ingredient in so many recipes I tend to make about 3-4 times this recipe at once and freeze it. I also take great care to leave it a relatively neutral flavor – not to sweet and not too overpowering. If I want to make pizza I’ll use some of this sauce and sprinkle a drop of sugar on before I add the cheese and toppings. By adding things such as ground beef, olives, capers, etc. when reheatign you can change this basic sauce from tomato sauce to bolognese, putanesca or whichever tomato based sauce you like on your pasta – and still have only made one huge batch (which doesn’t require that much work).

Next week – Chicken parmesan!

Apologies…

Posted: March 11, 2011 in Family, General
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My apologies for not posting for the last couple of days.  I had a family emergency that kept me away from my computer for most of the last 60 hours or so.  I just want to take this opportunity to thank all of my great followers and friends on Twitter for the support I was given.  I’ll be back tomorrow with the recipe I should be putting up now (but don’t have the energy to…).  Requests for recipes are, as always, welcome!

Now this, I need!

Posted: March 8, 2011 in General, Humor
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Download SMS Location

Download SMS Location

I just want to thank everyone who downloaded SMS Location – it’s passed the 500 download mark!  Now lets push it up past the 1,000 mark.  If you haven’t tried it yet you can get it at https://market.android.com/details?id=com.brassnet.smslocation or by scanning the QR code.

Tonight I got to talking Mel Brooks with some friends on the Twitter feed and figured I’d ask the world – What’s your favorite Mel Brooks movie?

Just 4 more people need to download SMS Location to pass the next milestone and push it to 500-100 downloads!  If you haven’t downloaded it, try it!  If you have, rate it!  Thanks!

Wake Up Google

Posted: March 5, 2011 in computers
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While I know and appreciate that there are certain apps for Android that should only be released in certain countries, I find it hard to believe that Google feels that it’s own basic apps should be among them. As someone who lives in Israel, an app that helps me find the best pizza in New York does not appeal to me. A current version of Google Maps, GMail and the other Google apps for Android most certainly does.

On a recent trip to the US I was pleasantly surprised to see almost all of the Google apps on my phone that I couldn’t update at home – I think there were four – update almost as soon as I got off the plane.   While I’m not complaining about the update, I will say that it doesn’t make sense.  I’m using the same Google account (the same one in fact that on the Web based market shows “no device found”) and the same phone but because I landed in the US and was there for 15 minutes, now I had full access to these apps.

Dear Google – I am and Android early adopter.  I live on the bleeding edge.  I try everything I can for my Nexus One.  Don’t make me wait until I go abroad to be able to get the updates I want!  Please – be kind to the Android lovers around the world.  Don’t limit app availability for the basic Google Mobile apps and exclude us.

 

Cold Noodles with Sesame Sauce is one of my favorite dishes to get in Chinese restaurants. I know some places make it spicier and some smoother – this is the way I make it. Special thanks to my sister-in-law Steph for giving me the original recipe!

Ingredients

  • ½ tsp dry mustard
  • 2 tsp water
  • 2 ½ TBS sesame oil
  • 2 TBS peanut butter (smooth) or 2½ TBS peanut butter (chunky)
  • 2 ½ TBS water
  • 2-3 TBS soy sauce
  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 TBS sugar
  • Instructions

  • Mix dry mustard with 2 tsp water, set aside.
  • Add all ingredients one at a time in the order they appear, stirring well after adding each ingredient. Add the mustard last.
  • Cover and chill in fridge.
  • Comments
    This is a good dipping sauce for things like fried chicken cutlets as well as being great over cold noodles. You can serve it with cold noodles with chicken – I would recommend grilled or nuggets – that is either hot or cold and it can make an excellent meal. This recipe will make enough sauce for 1 500g (or 1 1lb) box of spaghetti. I have – on occasion – switched the sesame oil with Asian chili oil and it makes a very nice spicy version. If you are going to serve it over noodles traditional garnishes include thin peeled cucumber strips, sesame seeds and crushed peanuts.

    Recipe Requests…

    Posted: March 3, 2011 in Food
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    Since I started posting recipes every Friday they’ve become some of my most popular posts.  So now, I’m going to let you – the loyal readers – let me know what you want.  Add a comment with suggestions for different recipes that you’d like me to post and I’ll try do as many of them as I can over the next few weeks.  Thanks!