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11 August 2009 @ 09:22 pm
Jeremy's parents (and Connor) recently adopted a new dog, Ekko.  Unfortunately, he got away from Connor while he was taking Ekko for a walk.    I know some of you are still in the Arlington Area, so if you see Ekko, please let them know. 

The find Ekko blog is: http://findekko.blogspot.com/
06 July 2009 @ 09:25 am
My bunny spilled coffee on my laptop.  Keyboard now has problems. 

Thinking about a netbook.   Or should I just get a USB keyboard?

08 March 2008 @ 08:02 pm
My stats exam is on Monday and there is this one serious problem that I can't figure out. If you think you might have even the slightest clue--please give call me or drop me a comment or email.

I can send you a copy of the problem and then you can do your math-jedi thing.
06 January 2008 @ 04:37 pm
For cake layers
3 ounces fine-quality semisweet chocolate such as Callebaut Added 1 lb here! ½ semi sweet. ½ bitter sweet. Oops!. Also I used chocolate chips all the way through instead of chopping a bar. Much Easier!
1 1/2 cups hot brewed coffee
3 cups sugar
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups unsweetened cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
3 large eggs
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups well-shaken buttermilk
3/4 teaspoon vanilla
For ganache frosting
1 pound fine-quality semisweet chocolate such as Callebaut (½ semi sweet ½ bitter sweet)
1 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons light corn syrup—used honey instead. You could probably omit it altogether though.
1/2 stick (1/4 cup) unsalted butter
Special equipment
two 10- by 2-inch round cake pans –umm..I used a 9x13 baking sheet and cut it in half. It was an adventure. But it was more or less cake shaped and double decker by the end

For the berry center: About 16oz of frozen berries. Heat them in a pan and then pour them on top of the first layer. Add all the juice too and let it seep into the bottom layer.
Make cake layers:
Preheat oven to 300°F. and grease pans. Line bottoms with rounds of wax paper and grease paper.
Finely chop chocolate and in a bowl combine with hot coffee. Let mixture stand, stirring occasionally, until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth.
Into a large bowl sift together sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. In another large bowl with an electric mixer beat eggs until thickened slightly and lemon colored (about 3 minutes with a standing mixer or 5 minutes with a hand-held mixer). Slowly add oil, buttermilk, vanilla, and melted chocolate mixture to eggs, beating until combined well. Add sugar mixture and beat on medium speed until just combined well. Divide batter between pans and bake in middle of oven until a tester inserted in center comes out clean, 1 hour to 1 hour and 10 minutes.
Cool layers completely in pans on racks. Run a thin knife around edges of pans and invert layers onto racks. Carefully remove wax paper and cool layers completely. Cake layers may be made 1 day ahead and kept, wrapped well in plastic wrap, at room temperature.
Make frosting:
Finely chop chocolate. In a 1 1/2- to 2-quart saucepan bring cream, sugar, and corn syrup to a boil over moderately low heat, whisking until sugar is dissolved. Remove pan from heat and add chocolate, whisking until chocolate is melted. Cut butter into pieces and add to frosting, whisking until smooth.
Transfer frosting to a bowl and cool, stirring occasionally, until spreadable (depending on chocolate used, it may be necessary to chill frosting to spreadable consistency).
Spread frosting between cake layers and over top and sides. Cake keeps, covered and chilled, 3 days. Bring cake to room temperature before serving.
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09 December 2007 @ 10:06 pm
It's all about the panzerbjorn.

Current Mood: satisfiedsatisfied
08 December 2007 @ 06:32 pm

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01 December 2007 @ 09:11 am
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Current Mood: dread
21 November 2007 @ 06:13 pm

Has anyone tried any of the recipes that I posted?  

If no one has,  I think I might stop posting them. 

17 November 2007 @ 08:44 am

We made this recipe from the NYtimes last night, with a few replacements. We used sweet onions instead of leeks, and balsamic vinegar instead of cider vinegar. Also, we used dried beans and cooked them after o/n soaking. I would recommend cooking the squash for a few minutes before cutting it apart--it was really hard going.

Otherwise it was pretty good, and very satisfying. I know some of you guys don't like beans--but you could probably substitute potatoes? I'm not sure..

Also this recipe is very delicious, easy to prepare and vegetarian. Also reasonably health..okay, maybe not the cheese.