Best Food Reading for 05/21/2017

  • “Brushed with butter and sprinkled with sea salt, this slightly sweet old-fashioned pull-apart bread resembles Parker House rolls in texture. They are festive on a holiday table but easy enough to make any night of the week. The pans filled with unbaked rolls can be stored overnight in the fridge, too.”

    tags: f

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General Reading for 05/18/2017

  • “On Wednesday, IBM put a 16-qubit quantum computer online for IBM Cloud platform customers to experiment with, a big leap from the five-qubit machine it had previously made available. The company said that machine has already been used to conduct 300,000 quantum computing experiments by its cloud service users. “

    tags: q bs ibm quantum

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Quantum Computing Topics for 05/18/2017

  • “Many researchers benchmark using gate speed—how fast a quantum gate can perform an operation—or gate fidelity, which is how reliable a gate operation is. But these single-dimensional characteristics do not really capture the full performance of a quantum processor. For analogy, it would be like comparing CPUs by clock speed or cache size, but ignoring any of the other bazillion features that impact computational performance.”

    tags: q ibm quantum

  • “BM announced today it has successfully built and tested its most powerful universal quantum computing processors. The first new prototype processor will be the core for the first IBM Q early-access commercial systems. The first upgraded processor will be available for use by developers, researchers, and programmers to explore quantum computing using a real quantum processor at no cost via the IBM Cloud. The second is a new prototype of a commercial processor, which will be the core for the first IBM Q early-access commercial systems.”

    tags: q ibm quantum

  • “On Wednesday, IBM put a 16-qubit quantum computer online for IBM Cloud platform customers to experiment with, a big leap from the five-qubit machine it had previously made available. The company said that machine has already been used to conduct 300,000 quantum computing experiments by its cloud service users. “

    tags: q bs ibm quantum

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General Reading for 05/17/2017

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Best Food Reading for 05/12/2017

  • “About a decade ago, in 2007, book agents and publishers began approaching chef Achatz and me to gauge our interest in creating an Alinea cookbook. Ever since that process started I have wanted to write this post. Having never published a book before I was fairly mind-blown by the terms of the offering and my inability to properly and easily research the process, costs and revenue potential of a cookbook. In the intervening decade I’ve ranted privately to dozens of chefs, restaurant owners, writers of fiction and non-fiction alike, and even a few screenwriters that they should avoid traditional publishing deals if at all possible. I’ve pushed the case in private, but have always been afraid to fully burn my bridges.”

    tags: f

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Small Farm Reading for 05/11/2017

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Best Food Reading for 04/29/2017

  • “On our way to surfer’s Nirvana, the north shore of Oahu, we stopped for lunch at Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck for an island favorite, shrimp scampi–the most garlicky, luscious scampi we’d eaten.”

    tags: f shrimp

  • “I often cook this soup in two steps, making the sofrito in advance. Any leftover sofrito is delicious stirred into scrambled eggs, as a base for eggs en cocotte, or simply topped with poached eggs for a simple lunch. “

    tags: f corn chowder

  • “Overcoming one of the biggest challenges to poaching eggs—producing a tender, tidy white—started with draining the eggs in a colander. This allowed the thin, loose whites that would cook up wispy and ragged to slip away before cooking.”

    tags: f eggs poached

  • “To produce baked potatoes with an evenly fluffy interior, we figured out their ideal doneness temperature: 205 degrees. Baking them in a hot (450-degree) oven prevents a leathery “pellicle” from forming underneath the peel. To season the skin, we coat the potatoes in salty water before baking; we crisp the skin by painting it with vegetable oil once the potatoes are cooked through and then baking the potatoes for an additional 10 minutes. Open up the potatoes immediately after removal from the oven in step 3 so steam can escape. Top them as desired.”

    tags: f potatoes

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General Reading for 04/25/2017

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Best Food Reading for 04/25/2017

  • “A hint of basil permeates these verdant dumplings. Don’t worry if the greens for the purée don’t fully break down; the bits of leaves add a speckled touch. The gnocchi’s subtle flavor won’t clash with any sauce but is best appreciated when tossed simply with some melted butter. Finish with cheese and some cracked pepper, if you like.”

    tags: f

  • “When you have some herbs threatening to go past their prime in the crisper drawer, preserve them by making herb butter, which just happens to be an excellent landing pad for a perfectly fried egg.”

    tags: f egg

  • “Za’atar’s depth backs up the freshness of parsley and cilantro in this Middle Eastern riff on a classic salsa verde.”

    tags: f

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Small Farm Reading for 04/24/2017

  • “Darby Weaver, the project manager at Timpson Creek Farm, is just as passionate about the process of farming as she is about the plants themselves.”

    tags: sf

  • “Since establishing his own farm and business back in 2010, Stone has identified what he considers to be the most common reasons why small farms fail. And if you’re able to understand some of those pitfalls, you can use them to avoid failure in your own farming business.”

    tags: sf

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General Reading for 04/23/2017 – Hummingbird & Gardening Edition

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2017 Adirondack Hummingbird and Butterfly Garden

I just planted two of the perennials that will go into my Hummingbird and Butterfly Garden, US zip code 12927. The Phlox paniculata Blue Paradise and Salvia x sylvestris May Night were both bare root plants so they could go in now in late April. The other plants in the layout below are all potted, so they will require some additional hardening and slightly warmer weather before they can go in the ground.

I’ll track this garden here throughout the season and into next year to see how it does. If space permits or requires (due to loss), I may add some annuals. All the perennials are hardy in this zone but I am concerned about the amount of sunlight they will get. I would have preferred more, but have to deal with the the landscape I have.

All plants were purchased from White Flower Farm.

Phlox paniculata Blue Paradise Echinacea Glowing Dream Salvia Wendy’s Wish
Phlox paniculata Blue Paradise from White Flower Farm http://www.whiteflowerfarm.com/28427-product.html from White Flower Farm Salvia Wendy's Wish from White Flower Farm
Monarda didyma Pink Lace Salvia x sylvestris May Night Agastache Rugosa Little Adder
Monarda didyma Pink Lace from White Flower Farm Salvia x sylvestris May Night from White Flower Farm Agastache rugosa Little Adder from White Flower Farm

Best Food Reading for 04/17/2017

  • “With its spicy tomato sauce and poached eggs, Shakshuka is exactly what you need for that weekend brunch spread, says Joy Wilson in her new cookbook”

    tags: f

  • “The sauce here can sort of be thought of as a lazy-man’s hollandaise, without the massive amounts of butter. So maybe it’s not like hollandaise at all. But, it’s lemony and has a mustard kick to it, and the tarragon adds a little herbal note. The thing about this sauce is that it seems like it was way harder to make than it actually was. “

    tags: f asparagus recipes egg

  • “As well it should: Hit asparagus just right, when slender and mossy and purply at the tips, and asparagus is springtime embodied—and, though easier to find than the ramps and fiddleheads, so green-tasting that it almost vibrates. It’s simple in a simply good sort of way. “

    tags: f asparagus recipes

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General Reading for 04/03/2017

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Small Farm Reading for 03/29/2017

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Best Food Reading for 03/08/2017

  • “This classic French meal of baked, cream-soaked toast and eggs is deceptively simple (and scalable) but lavish. Named for the Alpine region of Bresse, which is best known to the culinary world for its exceptional chickens, the dish is practical country cooking at its finest. As it bakes, the cream soaks into the bread and thickens to a rich sauce right on the platter, resulting in a savory French toast.”

    tags: f

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Quantum Computing Topics for 03/07/2017

  • IBM is taking its first step towards commercialising quantum computing, making it the first big tech company to try to reap a dividend from what could one day be a revolutionary new form of computing.”

    tags:q

  • “Formerly only understood by physicists and mulled by Einstein himself, we are now realizing the massive potential of quantum computing. With IBM launching an initiative to build real quantum computers, acquaint yourself with this strange and exciting world.”

    tags:q

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Best Food Reading for 03/07/2017

  • “Eggs are one of the most humble ingredients, and yet they make some of the most satisfying meals. After all, who doesn’t love a fluffy, flavorful scramble or a breakfast sandwich made with a gooey poached egg? In the test kitchen, we’ve been developing egg recipes for more than two decades, obsessing over everything from the best kind to buy to the perfect method for hard-cooked eggs that peel in seconds.”

    tags: f

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General reading for 03/06/2017

  • “Vellum’s built-in Book Styles incorporate classic touches like custom drop caps and ornamental flourishes, and are automatically applied to your book.”

    tags:bs

  • “In this post, we’re going to look closely at two of the best pieces of book writing software: Microsoft Word and Scrivener, and talk about where each word processor shines and where each falls short.”

    tags:bs

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Quantum Computing Topics for 03/06/2017

  • “A new quantum computing program called Q at IBM will be remarkable in its own right. In a few years, IBM plans to create a quantum computer with more than 50 qubits, which should push conventional computers one step closer to the trash heap.”

    tags:q

  • “Customers in chemistry and finance will be able to pay to use the IBM Q systems — if they can adapt to the bizarre world of quantum physics.”

    tags:q

  • “IBM Q is an industry-first initiative to build commercially available universal quantum computers for business and science. While technologies like AI can find patterns buried in vast amounts of existing data, quantum computers will deliver solutions to important problems where patterns cannot be seen and the number of possibilities that you need to explore to get to the answer are too enormous ever to be processed by classical computers.”

    tags:q

  • “The universal quantum computers IBM has worked toward in more than 35 years of research are the most powerful and general class of quantum computers. Their mojo comes from the quantum bit, or qubit, which leverages quantum effects that are not visible in our daily lives, to explore an exponentially more-powerful computational space, to help solve certain problems that we could not otherwise solve.”

    tags:q

  • “IBM is opening up its publicly accessible Quantum Computing effort further, with new APIs and an SDK that enables users to make use of the cloud and the python programming language to access a five qubit system.”

    tags:q

  • “IBM has taken an historical step towards mass adoption of quantum computing by launching a commercialised quantum computing system aimed at businesses and the science industry.”

    tags:q

  • “IBM put some more meat on its roadmap and plans to commercialize quantum computing for enterprises. For now, developers will get APIs and a software developer kit to play with qubits.”

    tags:q

  • “Today, IBM announced that it is forming “IBM Q,” a new division around its quantum computing research. IBM has been working on quantum computing nearly as long as it’s been an area of study, but the new business unit is a bold indication that it believes its research could be commercialized in the near future.”

    tags:q

  • “IBM Q is an industry-first initiative to build a commercially available universal quantum computers for business and science. While technologies like AI can find patterns buried in vast amounts of existing data, quantum computers will deliver solutions to important problems where patterns cannot be seen and the number of possibilities that you need to explore to get to the answer are too enormous ever to be processed by classical computers.”

    tags:q

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Best Food Reading for 03/03/2017

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Best Food Reading for 02/27/2017

  • “These savory dumplings are great for sopping up the juices from sauerbraten and other braised meats. Start with day-old pretzels to help the dough crisp up more quickly.”

    tags: f

  • “These traditional Siberian half-moon dumplings, called pelmeni, are packed with garlic and ground pork and were the favorite food of Olia Hercules’ Russian grandmother. Here they are the stars of this soup, served in a simple chicken broth flavored with carrots and whole black peppercorns. Shred and stir the cooked chicken into the soup, if you like, or save it for another use and enjoy the pelmeni and broth on their own.”

    tags: f

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Best Food Reading for 02/25/2017

  • “For our quick skillet lasagna recipe, we limited the time that it took to simmer the sauce to the time that it took to cook the pasta. Onions and garlic gave the sauce depth. We also used meatloaf mix (a combination of ground beef, pork, and veal sold in one package at most supermarkets) for our skillet lasagna recipe. Canned whole peeled tomatoes pulsed briefly in a food processor gave the sauce a slightly chunky and substantial texture—and there was just enough liquid to cook the pasta.”

    tags: f

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Best Food Reading for 02/20/2017

  • “Baked-egg dishes have become a staple of menus and home kitchens alike. In fact, we appear to have entered a golden age of shakshuka. A simple preparation that is in some ways easier than stovetop recipes, a baked-egg dish is a cook’s ticket to a hearty meal any time of day with minimal effort. Shirred eggs are a much-loved British version of this classic technique. What are shirred eggs? Grab a ramekin and some toast for dipping, because you’re about to make a friend.”

    tags: f

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Best Food Reading for 02/12/2017

  • “Each summer, at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in Gilroy, California—home to 90 percent of the American garlic crop—festivalgoers can nosh on a wide assortment of garlicky dishes, ranging from spaghetti enrobed in a pungent pesto to garlic ice cream. One of our favorites is this dish of garlic-stuffed mushrooms, which we’ve enhanced with a little dry sherry and nutty Gruyère cheese.”

    tags: f

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Best Food Reading for 02/03/2017

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Best Food Reading for 01/22/2017

  • “Even if you hate vegetables, you won’t be able to stop eating these highly addictive (and totally disguised) pan-fried Brussels sprouts. Serve with buffalo sauce FTW.”

    tags: f

  • “Regardless of whether you’re braving not-so-harsh winter weather, hosting a fancy dinner party, or just undertaking the considerable responsibility of becoming a Brussels sprout ambassador, grab some sprouts while they’re still in season and whip this up – it’s so easy and fast it doesn’t even matter if you hate it. But you won’t.”

    tags: f

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Best Food Reading for 01/12/2017

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Best Food Reading for 12/06/2016

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General Reading for 11/21/2016

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General Reading for 11/20/2016

  • “These festive truffles from Hannah Kaminsky, a columnist at VegNews Magazine, combine the rich flavors of pecan pie under a thin layer of smooth chocolate. Like traditional rum balls, these offer a slightly alcoholic kick, so be sure to monitor any underage guests.”

    tags: bs pecan nyt

  • “Chicken parm – crisp chicken served with tomato sauce, draped in mozzarella and anointed with grated Parmesan, served perhaps on a hero roll or beside a tangle of pasta – is among the finest dishes of the Italian diaspora in America.”

    tags: bs chicken parmesan nyt

  • “The marinades are simple (he uses a lot of mild dried red chili powder, the kind you can most easily buy in Korean markets), and the grilling technique is not difficult. But it’s unusual: he grills slowly (over briquettes fired with gas, by the way), not too close to the fire, he insists, until gorgeously browned.”

    tags: bs chicken kebabs nyt

  • “Here is a recipe for an oven-roasted version of the classic street-side flavor bomb usually cooked on a rotisserie. It is perfect for an evening with family and friends.”

    tags: bs chicken schwarma

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General Reading for 11/13/2016

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General Reading for 11/07/2016

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General Reading for 11/05/2016

  • “Onstage at The Wall Street Journal’s WSJDLive 2016 global technology conference, Second Life creator Linden Lab demonstrated its forthcoming social virtual reality platform Sansar. It lets you create a 3-D virtual avatar and environment and then invite others to join you.”

    tags: v bs second life sansar

  • “Today, though, technology is granting Second Life creator Linden Lab a chance to squeeze a second life out of the concept. Linden calls its new project Sansar, drawing inspiration from a Sanskrit word evoking both the expansiveness of the world and the wandering of it. It’s been kicking around the idea for a while, but at the end of August it invited 200 developers to tinker with it and now it’s at last taking on a life of its own.”

    tags: v bs second life sansar

  • “For Rosedale, this was no idle consideration. In 2003, his company Linden Lab launched Second Life, an online world which its residents could alter in any way they saw fit. He believed he was creating the next internet – and, as Second Life thronged with a million avatars, building everything from jazz lounges to full-scale cities, it seemed he might be right. Ford, Sony and Dell invested in real estate. Reuters appointed a Second Life correspondent. At its peak, the site’s GDP – residents traded in Linden Dollars, perhaps the first true virtual currencies – was bigger than that of many small countries.”

    tags: bs v second life

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General Reading for 10/13/2016

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General Reading for 08/02/2016

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General Reading for 07/01/2016

  • “Eggs Benedict relies on two tricky egg-based components—poached eggs and hollandaise sauce. If you follow our method for poaching eggs, the first part is easy. Adding vinegar to the water helps to set the whites and prevents feathery whites. Cracking the eggs into the teacups and gently sliding the eggs into the salted, acidulated water ensures they all go into the water at the same time—so they all are done at the same time. Water temperature is key when poaching eggs. We bring the water to a boil and turn off the heat. We add the eggs and then quickly cover the pan. The gentle residual heat produces restaurant-worthy poached eggs with soft, runny yolks and perfectly formed, round whites.”

    tags: bs eggs benedict

  • “Lin-Manuel Miranda may have announced that he’s leaving the Broadway show “Hamilton” on July 9. But Alexander Hamilton himself, as local museums and libraries are eager to remind people, is hardly leaving New York City.”

    tags: bs alexander hamilton

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General Reading for 06/16/2016

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General Reading for 05/29/2016

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General Reading for 05/04/2016

  • “Another big difference: IBM can address and measure the state of each qubit individually. The company can measure (and has) all the critical features of its device. If you want to know how long a qubit retains its state, IBM can tell you. IBM even shows that addressing multiple qubits in a random way doesn’t affect the state of the others too badly. Big Blue is really building its quantum computer from the foundation up, while still ensuring that the engineering fits real-world requirements.”

    tags: bs quantum ibm

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General Reading for 04/25/2016

  • “Strictly, a spaceship convention this is not. But it is as close as you are going to find in 2016: a professional, intense, inclusive-but-nerdy meeting not of big-talk entrepreneurs but of real-talk rocket-builders. These are the people who will figure out how to get human beings out of the solar system, if anyone can.”

    tags: bs space

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General Reading for 04/14/2016

  • “One good way to enjoy the company of hummingbirds is planting a hummingbird garden. In addition to providing them a natural diet, a hummer garden is an excellent way to attract birds to your nearby feeder: since hummingbirds feed by sight on regularly-followed routes – called traplining – their inquisitive nature will quickly lead them to investigate any possible new source of food. A hummer garden is also a great way to capture the birds on film or video, and makes a much nicer backdrop for your photos than the typical plastic feeder. If you plan carefully and select a variety of plants that flower at successively later dates, you will be rewarded with happy hummers throughout the season.”

    tags: bs cl hummingbird garden

  • “Hummingbirds prefer openings in the forest and forest edge, and so are readily drawn to suburban and rural gardens that offer a mix of tall trees, shrubs, and patches of meadow and lawn. They are less likely to frequent cities, perhaps because they find fewer flowering plants for food and trees for nesting. Yet even in the largest cities, hummingbirds occupy parks and sometimes visit window boxes or rooftop gardens planted with bright flowers, especially during migration.”

    tags: bs cl hummingbird garden

  • “Butterfly gardening has become one of the most popular hobbies today. What could bring more joy than a beautiful butterfly fluttering around your garden?! Here are some tips to make your garden especially butterfly-friendly.”

    tags: bs cl butterfly gardening

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Best Food Reading for 04/13/2016

  • “Now ATK is leaving the kitchen for a new venture. This July it will launch a website, Cook’s Science. Unlike the company’s recipe-centric legacy brands (Cook’s Illustrated, Cook’s Country), which were started under ATK’s recently departed and controversial founder, Christopher Kimball, the new venture will focus on telling stories about food science. “We will report in the field,” said Souza, “talking to scientists, chefs, farmers and professors at universities about what they’re doing — then coming back to the test kitchen.””

    tags: f

  • “On Wednesday, we got a new inkling at to what he’s up to next. Suffolk County property records indicate that Kimball is launching a new venture, CPK Media, and signed a seven-year lease at 177 Milk Street to house the company in January. The lease was filed publicly on April 1.”

    tags: f

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General Reading for 04/02/2016

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General Reading for 03/31/2016

  • “We’re still trying to get the inside story on what Microsoft has done here, but what we’ve known for several months now is that the company has developed some Windows kernel components (lxcore.sys, lxss.sys, presumably standing for “Linux core” and “Linux subsystem,” respectively) that support the major Linux kernel APIs. These components are not GPLed and do not appear to contain Linux code themselves; instead, they implement the Linux kernel API using the native Windows NT API that the Windows kernel provides. Microsoft is calling this the “Windows Subsystem for Linux” (WSL).”

    tags: bs microsoft linux

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General Reading for 03/26/2016

  • “Gallay pointed out Buchanan, New York, where Indian Point is located, is positioned on geological fault lines. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has put one of the facility’s reactors on a list of nuclear sites in the United States most at risk for a major earthquake. “You could have an accident at Indian Point that ties to a fire, it could tie to terrorism, it could tie to earthquake. Or it simply tie to the age of this plant and the unreliability that it’s shown in the last ten months,” Gallay said.”

    tags: bs

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Best Food Reading for 03/24/2016

  • “A sourdough starter comes into your life the way a turtle might: as a pet you maybe didn’t know you wanted until someone hands it to you or you find yourself holding the terrarium after an impulse purchase you couldn’t explain if you tried. You get it or you make it or you buy it, and now you have a sourdough starter. It needs to be fed. It asks to be used.”

    tags: f starter bread

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Best Food Reading for 03/23/2016

  • “A fun vinaigrette can turn any dish into something unexpected and special. You’ll want to make a double batch of this kimchi vinaigrette and slather it on everything.”

    tags: f

  • “The Poppy Seed Roll is a traditional Hungarian pastry that is a sweet bread known as Beigli. Poppy Seed Roll is often prepared for the holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas. Beigli [pronounced BAY-glee] is literally a Hungarian sweet bread with special delicious and tasty fillings. The poppy seed filling is one of the richest and most delicious tasting fillings.”

    tags: f easter hungarian poppy recipe

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Best Food Reading for 03/22/2016

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Best Food Reading for 03/20/2016

  • “Cacio is the local Roman dialect word for Pecorino Romano, a sheep’s-milk cheese made in the region since ancient times. Like carbonara, cacio e pepe is a relative newcomer to the Roman repertoire, first appearing in the mid-twentieth century. Pasta is tossed with an emulsified sauce of Pecorino Romano and black pepper that is bound by starchy pasta cooking water. Depending on the cook, the results range from dry to juicy. We love Leonardo Vignoli’s saucy version at Cesae al Casaletto. He uses ice in a hot pan to obtain a creamy sauce, but we have adapted his recipe to obtain more consistent results in a home kitchen. Finely grated Pecorino Romano and very hot water are essential to a smooth sauce, while fresh, coarsely ground black pepper gives flavor and texture. The most important component of a flawless cacio e pepe, however, is speed. If the water cools before melting the cheese, the sauce will clump.”

    tags: f

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General Reading for 03/18/2016

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Best Food Reading for 03/18/2016

  • “Unlike some other staple Indian breads, which are unleavened and crafted from durum wheat flour, or atta, fluffy naan is made with all-purpose flour and yeast. Traditionally, the dough is slapped against the chimney wall of a clay tandoor oven and baked over wood fires, but many home cooks make it on the stovetop. It is best savored hot and slathered with ghee.”

    tags: f

  • “In speaking of this most celebrated of Irish potato dishes, the musician Mick Bolger—whose Denver-based contemporary Celtic band is called Colcannon—notes that it has a “wonderful affinity” for corned beef and cabbage. And he confesses that he has also eaten it “with fillet mignon and port sauce; with rashers [bacon], tomatoes, and kidneys-in-their-jackets at 4 a.m.; and—God forgive me—wrapped in a tortilla, microwaved, and eaten, over the sink, with salsa.” It is, in other words, a versatile creation. It is also one that exists in numerous variations, depending on the season, the region of the country, and of course personal taste.”

    tags: f

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General Reading for 03/16/2016

  • “Wegmans is more than brick-and-mortar grocery stores, more than a Fortune 500 enterprise with $7.9 billion in annual sales and some 45,000 employees across New York and five other states. The Gates-based retailer — rated the No. 1 grocery store in America by Consumer Reports — is “a gamechanger,” said Susan Brown, associate dean of the Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and director of New York State Agricultural Experiment Station.”

    tags: bs finger lakes agriculture wegmans

  • “PS VR, originally called Project Morpheus, is Sony’s answer to the current rush of virtual reality hardware heading to the gaming market. It’s exclusive to the PlayStation 4 console — and it has a fairly strong install base, considering Sony has sold 36 million PS4 units since its launch in 2013.”

    tags: bs sony playstation v

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General Reading for 03/15/2016

  • “There’s some truth in the stereotype that Republican men have old-fashioned views about women. According to the General Social Survey, a majority of politically conservative men believe that a woman’s job is “to look after the home and family.” And conservative men are twice as likely to oppose the idea that employers “should make special efforts to hire and promote qualified women.””

    tags: bs

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Math, Data Science, and Cognitive Reading for 03/13/2016

  • “At last, humanity is on the scoreboard. After three consecutive losses, Go world champion Lee Sedol has beaten Google‘s DeepMind artificial intelligence program, AlphaGo, in the fourth game of their five-game series. DeepMind founder Demis Hassabis notes that the AI lost thanks to its delayed reaction to a slip-up: it slipped on the 79th turn, but didn’t realize the extent of its mistake (and thus adapt its playing style) until the 87th move. The human win won’t change the results of the challenge — Google is donating the $1 million prize to charity rather than handing it to Lee. Still, it’s a symbolic victory in a competition that some had expected AlphaGo to completely dominate.”

    tags: m ai google go

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General Reading for 03/13/2016

  • “The 2012 USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map is the standard by which gardeners and growers can determine which plants are most likely to thrive at a location. The map is based on the average annual minimum winter temperature, divided into 10-degree F zones.”

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