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Sep. 13th, 2014 08:49 pm
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"As with anyone who travels from Heathrow, we embraced our luggage like lost relatives and headed out of the airport to find a way to our hotel."

--Michael Booth, Sushi and Beyond: what the Japanese know about cooking

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I discovered a few shots of birds on the feeder from aaaall the way back in February that I hadn't taken off this particular card, so here's seven-month-old photos of a white-winged dove and a blue jay for you to look at.

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Woo!

Sep. 11th, 2014 08:07 pm
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The new 16-300mm lens came in, and here's two test shots.
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Camera traps in a South African wildlife park have captured images of a genet riding on the backs of several large herbivores.
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So apparently I have curly hair now. Forty-odd years of stick-straight hair (though permed to hell in the 80s and early 90s), and now this. Who knew?

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So friends of our throw an enormous weekend-long party each year near Halloween, and I'm considering doing the Saturday lunch. (Last year, one of our friends made roast beef, and I did Alton Brown's Mashers, and we put together a green salad. It all went over well.)

And what I'm considering doing is enchiladas, because I can make all the components separately ahead of time, then assemble and bake in 9x13" foil pans at the party. (Corn tortillas don't want to sit in a moist environment very long without disintegrating.)

So: make a couple of different types of enchilada (I'm thinking chicken and cheese), and serve with esquites (Mexican street corn salad) and cornbread. I've got a fantastic recipe for cornbread* that bakes up nicely and, more to the point, freezes fantastically so I can make it weeks in advance, take it out of the freezer Friday night or Saturday morning, and it'll be ready to eat on Saturday.

On the side: sour cream and/or crema, cilantro, green onions, extra cheese. Jalapeños for those who want a bit more kick.

I'd need to prep chicken ahead of time, but it's easy enough to poach a bunch and shred it in a stand mixer, then mix whatever flavors I want in there. Cheese enchiladas are simple: shredded cheese, diced onion, both of which can be bought like that. Make two different sauces, one red and one green, perhaps, or one spicy and one mild. At the party, heat the sauce, dip a tortilla in the warmed-up sauce to make it pliable, fill with 1/4 cup of whatever mixture (warmed up, in the case of chicken), roll, put into pan. Top with sauce and shredded cheese, bake at 450°F-ish for 10 minutes or so, put on table.

I'm not sure we have any vegetarians in the group, but the cheese ones would give a veggie option if anyone were so inclined. I'm also not sure how many are showing up at this moment: I think we had around 30-35 for dinner last year, IIRC.





* Sorry, fellow Southerners, I gotta go Yankee on this one: it's got sugar in it. The horror!

ConDFW

Sep. 3rd, 2014 10:12 am
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I'm announcing that the next ConDFW will be featuring as author guests of honor, Sherwood Smith and Rachel Manija Brown! (Our very own [livejournal.com profile] sartorias and [personal profile] rachelmanija!)

Website: http://www.condfw.org/ February 13-15, 2015 in Dallas, TX. Pass it on!

CAT!

Sep. 2nd, 2014 10:19 pm
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NEFER GET OFF OF MY FOOT I AM DOING DEADLIFTS
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I have counted at least 23 mosquito bites on me. 14 of those are on one leg.

On Saturday we went over to the new house of my brother-in-law and his girlfriend to help them and Toby's parents lay sod and do other work in the backyard. Twice, I saw mosquitos on me, but didn't realize how bad it was until this morning. (I did put mosquito repellant on, but not until after I saw the Mosquitos...oops.)

Driving me crazy, of course. I think I may resort to Zyrtec tonight, even though it knocks me out and makes me fuzzy-headed the day after I take it.

My legs remind me of the way they were when we lived in Tanzania. I was always eaten up with bug bites, and you can still see the faint network of scars on my skin from it.

ARGH

Aug. 31st, 2014 08:32 pm
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Latest Wordpress update broke the way the theme I made displays category posts (i.e., the list of categories gets a 404) so guess what I get to spend Labor Day doing? Yes, that's right, recoding a *&^*^& theme! Because now the ConDFW website doesn't display a nice list of guests when you ask it to, instead it displays a 404 page.

It's definitely fault of the child theme I coded--I've checked all the plugins and its not them, and it works when I deactivate the child theme and stops working when I re-activate it. Man, I don't even know where the hell to start looking to find the problem. :P

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