Friday, June 28, 2013

RIP Google Reader

As I am sure everyone knows, Google Reader will retire as of Monday, July 1. I don't want to lose touch with anyone, so please take a minute to update your bookmarks with my site, or update your subscriptions in a different service so you don't miss anything:

Feedly (has a handy one click import feature to pull over all your subscriptions from Google Reader)
Digg (still in beta, but will be ready soon)
The Old Reader
AOL Reader (still in beta)

I hope you all are having a great Friday, and have a wonderful weekend!

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013


New Yorker 4th grader Zachary is a young film maker. The public school student has created a documentary centered around school lunch called Yuck. Over the course of six months, Zachary smuggled a video camera in to school every day to document what he was being served for lunch, and how greatly it differed from the descriptions from the menu provided by the school. I'm hoping it comes to some theatres around the Boston area or goes up online in its entirety, because I would love to see it. The current scheduled screenings can be found here.


Did you buy school lunch or were you a brown-bagger? I mostly brought my lunch from home, but there were certain school meals that I liked to buy for, like French bread pizza day. Did you have a favorite school lunch?

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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Homemade Hot Dog Buns

I apologize for my absence as of late. But I am back!

Happy nearly summer everyone! One of my favorite parts of the summer is all the delicious grilled out food. Greg got me a hot dog bun pan recently, and couldn't wait to try it out. The results were really awesome, I started out with the recipe that came with the pan.

Hot Dog Buns (recipe from here)
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp. instant yeast
2 Tbs. sugar
1/4 cup nonfat dry milk
2/3 cup instant mashed potato flakes
1 1/2 tsp. salt
2 Tbs. butter , softened
1 egg
1 cup warm water

 1) Mix all of the ingredients together and knead until dough is smooth and shiny. Add additional water a little at a time if dough is not smooth.
2) Allow dough to rise in greased bowl until nearly doubled in size.
3) Gently punch dough down and place into a lightly greased New England Hotdog Bun pan, stretching the dough to the corners. If dough does not easily stretch, let it rest a few minutes then continue stretching.
4) Place a greased baking sheet on top of the pan and weigh it down. Let the dough rise again until the dough comes to within 1/2 inch below the rim of the pan.
5) With the cover still in place and weighted, bake 18 minutes at 375ยบ F. Remove the cover and bake an additional 5 minutes or until the buns are golden brown.
6) Allow buns to cool in pan then turn out onto cutting board. With rounded side up, slice the top of the buns almost to the bottom.

Homemade Hot Dog Buns

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