Best Food Reading for 11/16/2015

  • “Any kind of firm, sweet pumpkin or squash can be used for this recipe. If you want a shortcut, you can buy pre-cubed butternut squash. Just make sure the surface of the squash looks fresh and moist.”

    tags: f pumpkin gruyère

  • “Before a tailor can sew a suit, someone needs to pick the fabric. Before a surgeon amputates a limb, it’s a good idea to confirm which limb needs amputating. And before you set to work making a cornbread dressing for Thanksgiving dinner, I strongly suggest you figure out what kind of cornbread you’re planning on using.”

    tags: f stuffing cornbread thanksgiving

  • “Sometimes, a dish comes along that uses all the delicious ingredients we say we’re going to use less of. Things like cream, butter, white wine, and cheese. You know, the ones our cooking idols always encourage using in heaping tablespoons? (After all, when Julia Child calls for more butter, you add more butter.) And if you could combine all of these delicious things in a recipe that doesn’t require hours and hours of braising in a Dutch oven, that would be pretty great, right?”

    tags: f mushroom pasta dinner

  • “We’ve cooked turkeys every which way: in a brown grocery bag (turns out to be highly unsanitary); draped with butter-drenched cheesecloth; deep-fried; even deboned and shaped into a melon (oh, la la!). We’ve wrestled with a hot twenty-five pounder, breast side down, then breast side up, and on and on. But we think we’ve found the answer to achieving the perfect Thanksgiving turkey—the easy dry salt brine.”

    tags: f roast turkey brine salt

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Math, Data Science, and Cognitive Reading for 11/11/2015

  • “The yearlong IMA program in Mathematics and Optics will bring together applied mathematicians, physical scientists and engineers to confront challenging problems arising in optics. It is anticipated that they will report on latest developments, interact and chart a future research agenda. Workshops will be designed around important areas of application where applied and computational mathematics has a large role to play.”

    tags: m institute mathematics applications math

  • “In 1655 the English mathematician John Wallis published a book in which he derived a formula for pi as the product of an infinite series of ratios. Now researchers from the University of Rochester, in a surprise discovery, have found the same formula in quantum mechanical calculations of the energy levels of a hydrogen atom. “

    tags: m quantum physics math pi

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General Reading for 11/11/2015

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Math, Data Science, and Cognitive Reading for 11/10/2015

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Best Food Reading for 11/10/2015

  • “Homemade dumplings take some work, but they’re worth the effort for a rich pork filling livened up with funky kimchi.”

    tags: f pork kimchi dumplings

  • “The problem came down to two things: using the wrong scallops and mismanaging moisture. Let me give you some details so that you (and your date!) won’t suffer the same fate.”

    tags: f scallops

  • “Traditionally, pappa al pomodoro is one of those recipes, like panzanella and gazpacho, that transforms stale bread into something not just edible, but wonderful.”

    tags: f tomato soup

  • “I have one back-pocket recipe that can save any breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Special birthday breakfast on a school morning when we have to get out at 7:00 a.m.? Popovers. A soup pulled from the freezer that’s not quite as delicious as I remember it? Serve with popovers. Friends coming over with picky kids? Anything + popovers. Of course, I wish all my meals were flawless and delicious, and all my experiments came out cookbook-worthy. But for the meals that don’t quite make it, popovers save the day.”

    tags: f popovers

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Best Food Reading for 11/09/2015

  • “With that in mind, allow me to introduce a brief taxonomy of Asian noodles. It’s a small sampling of what you’ll most commonly encounter in major supermarkets, and a starting point for a cook dabbling in anything from Japanese soups to Singapore noodles.”

    tags: f asian noodles

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General Reading for 11/07/2015

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Math, Data Science, and Cognitive Reading for 11/06/2015

  • “This phenomenon is an example of what’s known as “the wisdom of the crowd,” a modeling strategy frequently used in machine learning. Given that you have a diverse enough number of perspectives—each of which must have some measure of signal, but not be correlated to any other perspective (so errors tend to be symmetrically distributed around the truth)—as well as a suitable way of aggregating those perspectives (like averaging), you’ll find that in the results of that aggregation, the “rightness stacks up” while the errors tend to cancel each other out.”

    tags: m machine learning

  • “Text mining is the analysis of data contained in natural language text. It can help an organization derive potentially valuable business insights from text-based content such as Word documents, emails and postings on social media streams such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. It has become an important research area for the application of machine learning techniques in the study of information retrieval and natural language processing. In a sense, it is defined as the way of discovering knowledge from ubiquitous text data that is easily accessible over the Internet.”

    tags: m machine learning ibm

  • “Machine Learning APIs make it easy for developers to develop predictive applications. Here we review 5 important Machine Learning APIs: IBM Watson, Microsoft Azure Machine Learning, Google Prediction API, Amazon Machine Learning API, and BigML.”

    tags: m machine learning apis

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Best Food Reading for 11/06/2015

  • “This bright soup is super healthy with a flavorful kick. The addition of orange juice intensifies the flavor.”

    tags: f carrot ginger soup

  • “We wish we could take credit for this double-dairy, paprika-dusted masterpiece of a mash, but we can’t. The dish is courtesy of Dr. Andrew Stanek, father to BA’s own Amiel Stanek.”

    tags: f potatoes

  • “Cuban black bean soup ranks with France’s steak frites and Italy’s spaghetti with red sauce as a national obsession. It is a touchstone dish of the Caribbean. Usually made from dried beans (and definitely worth the extra time when you have it), the dish can nonetheless be adapted to a streamlined model with canned beans.”

    tags: f cuban stew

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Math, Data Science, and Cognitive Reading for 11/05/2015

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General Reading for 11/05/2015

  • “According to research published in the journal Ecosphere, by examining the tree rings of sugar maples in the Adirondacks scientists from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry discovered that the tree’s growth rate has steadily dropped for almost 40 years.”

    tags: bs adirondacks maple smithsonian

  • “The Biomimicry Laboratory at the college’s Newcomb Campus will be an Adirondack home for ESF’s Roosevelt Wild Life Station and the first biomimicry lab in a wilderness. It will be established through funding from a SUNY 2020 Challenge Grant that will be used to increase the wireless connectivity and data storage, analysis, and communication capacity of both the Newcomb Campus and a biodiversity data center. The facilities will link field and laboratory observations on flora and fauna to new and more efficient designs, materials and products. “

    tags: bs adirondacks

  • “We had just a few hours to fish before all of us had to spoil the day with more “serious” work. We set off in the morning sunlight, gliding through the opening to Jamaica Bay. The red-and-gold leaves on the trees in Staten Island to the west gave that borough a New England feel, at least from this distance. We hung a left at the great jetty and headed east to fish off the beaches of Queens.”

    tags: bs fishing new york city

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Best Food Reading for 11/05/2015

  • “Philadelphia and cheesesteaks: two nouns synonymous in the annals of our national culinary lore. Popular history goes that sometime in the 1930s, Pat and Harry Olivieri operated a hot dog cart in South Philly, one that would soon become Pat’s King of Steaks. One night when they had to work through the dinner shift, Harry went to the nearby butcher for some steak and came back to grill it and put it in an Italian roll with onions, and a passing cabbie asked to buy it. The next day, the guy was back to request another one—and an empire was born.”

    tags: f cheese steak

  • “For all the attention we lavish on Thanksgiving turkeys, the truth is more work does not necessarily yield a better bird. That’s right: You can skip brining, stuffing, trussing and basting. Instead of a messy wet brine, use a dry rub (well, technically a dry brine) — a salt and pepper massage that locks in moisture and seasons the flesh. No stuffing or trussing allows the bird to cook more quickly, with the white and dark meat finishing closer to the same time. And if you oil but don’t baste your turkey, you’ll get crisp skin without constantly opening the oven.”

    tags: f roast turkey

  • “Pounding the chicken cutlets before cooking renders them thin and terrifically tender. Deglazing the pan with Marsala and stock after cooking the chicken creates a quick, rich sauce.”

    tags: f chicken marsala

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Best Food Reading for 11/03/2015

  • “A great apple pie can be as simple as picking the right type of apples; chopping them up; tossing them with sugar, spices, and a thickener; dumping them into a killer homemade pie crust; topping it; and baking it. A perfect apple pie, on the other hand, takes just a little bit more work. Here’s how to get there, fully illustrated with step-by-step photos.”

    tags: f apple pie

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Math, Data Science, and Cognitive Reading for 11/02/2015

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General Reading for 11/01/2015

  • “THIS month marks the 100th anniversary of the General Theory of Relativity, the most beautiful theory in the history of science, and in its honor we should take a moment to celebrate the visualized “thought experiments” that were the navigation lights guiding Albert Einstein to his brilliant creation. Einstein relished what he called Gedankenexperimente, ideas that he twirled around in his head rather than in a lab. That’s what teachers call daydreaming, but if you’re Einstein you get to call them Gedankenexperimente.”

    tags: bs einstein

  • “eah, you can’t dream much bigger than that. Fortune’s headline underscores this sentiment: “IBM bought The Weather Company because weather affects nearly everything.””

    tags: bs ibm weather

  • “IBM plans to link all that weather data with its Watson service. Watson, as you may remember, was the computer system that beat human champions on the television game show “Jeopardy!””

    tags: bs ibm watson

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Best Food Reading for 11/01/2015

  • “The idea of serving two starches together might seem unusual, but this dish from Liguria is the classic way to serve pesto. The starch from the potatoes lends body to the sauce, and the tender green beans add color and flavor. Red potatoes make the creamiest sauce. Some traditional recipes call for cooking the potatoes, green beans, and pasta simultaneously in the same pot, but it often results in one or more elements being overcooked. Cooking them separately makes the dish more foolproof.”

    tags: f pasta potatoes beans recipe

  • “I’ve written rather extensively about the science of pie dough, as well as on common pie crust myths that need to go away, so I won’t bore you with another 5,000 words on the subject. Instead, I’ll give you the short version of the story, followed by a full-on, step-by-step illustrated version you can follow along with in the kitchen. It’s an essential holiday skill that everyone should have in their pocket.”

    tags: f pie

  • “What could be more inviting than the scent of homemade cinnamon rolls baking in the oven? Our ultimate version combines a rich, buttery dough with the warming flavors of cinnamon and nutmeg and the crunch of pecans. Drizzle these heavenly rolls with our simple glaze, and watch how quickly they disappear.”

    tags: f cinnamon rolls

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General Reading for 10/31/2015

  • “As part of the acquisition, IBM will get over 5,000 of the Weather Company’s customers in the aviation, energy, and insurance industries, among others. Many businesses that are potentially impacted by weather depend on the Weather Company for forecasts of storms, heat waves, and wind.”

    tags: bs ibm weather

  • “IBM is actually buying The Weather Company’s digital assets, including weather.com, which run on advanced cloud-based technology (on earthbound servers somewhere, not in the sky) to enhance its growing Watson big data services. The acquisition does not actually include The Weather Channel, the meteorological company’s TV arm, as some people tweeted erroneously in their jokes. (Were IBM or TWC in on the joke? Neither responded to a request for comment.)”

    tags: bs ibm weather

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General Reading for 10/29/2015

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Best Food Reading for 10/29/2015

  • “Here we’ve relied on some tried-and-true flavor combinations from across the globe to produce chicken wings with worlds of flavor. From Mexican-inspired smoky chipotle wings, dripping with avocado crema to coconut-braised drumettes courtesy of Indonesia—and of course, the other KFC—this collection of wings will keep the spectators happy and inspire the cook to keep cranking out the game day grub.”

    tags: f chicken wings

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General Reading for 10/28/2015

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Best Food Reading for 10/28/2015

  • “Rocky Mount is within the eastern North Carolina sphere of influence, where barbecue means the whole hog, chopped, with a vinegar-based sauce that is flavored with pepper. To the west of the DMZ lies territory controlled by the forces of what is variously called Piedmont- or Western- or Lexington-style barbecue—a version that uses only pork shoulders, chopped (or, sometimes, sliced), with a sauce that is also vinegar-based but has been turned pinkish by the addition of ketchup or tomato sauce.”

    tags: f barbecue

  • “Jaffrey’s book does a great service by showcasing the diversity of vegetable-based cuisine in India and is guaranteed to introduce even the most well-versed non-Indian (or Indian!) cook to new techniques, ingredients, or regional variations. The downside to all this information, however, is that it can be overwhelming to navigate. “

    tags: f india vegetarian

  • “Golden roast chicken over a rich, creamy sauce of chanterelle mushrooms, sweet peas, and shallots makes for a dish that’s both elegant and comforting. Serve with egg noodles.”

    tags: f chicken peas

  • “A warming beef chili gets serious depth from toasted chiles and a touch of sweetness from squash.”

    tags: f beef squash chili

  • “Homemade chicken stock is easy to make and way tastier than the store-bought stuff.”

    tags: f chicken stock

  • “I’m not sure when I fell in love with Tex-Mex, but I do remember why. It was the bottomless basket of chips I’d eat until my stomach ached. It was the electric-yellow queso dip my father would inevitably drip on his pants. I’ve been indulging my nostalgia lately, thanks to some ambitious new restaurants. Yes, the meats are wood-grilled and heritage-breed, but don’t worry: Tex-Mex hasn’t gone virtuous. The chalupas are still as crispy as I remember, the enchiladas as blanketed in Monterey Jack. And my routine is always the same: Keep the chips coming, order me another margarita, and don’t touch the plate­—it’s very hot!”

    tags: f texmex

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Math, Data Science, and Cognitive Reading for 10/27/2015

  • “The International Symposium on Symbolic and Algebraic Computation (ISSAC) is the premier conference for research in symbolic computation and computer algebra. ISSAC 2016 will be the 41st meeting in the series, which started in 1966 and has been held annually since 1981. The conference presents a range of invited speakers, tutorials, poster sessions, software demonstrations and vendor exhibits with a center-piece of contributed research papers. “

    tags: m issac

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General Reading for 10/27/2015

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Math, Data Science, and Cognitive Reading for 10/22/2015

  • “I titled this column, “What Does It Mean to Be a Chief Analytics Officer,” because the CAO role has a certain titular appeal. However, it’s sometimes the case that those who lead analytics functions for their organizations don’t have that exact title. And whether you’re a CAO, a “Director of Global Analytics,” a “Head of Science,” or a “Chief Data Scientist,” the job has some similar elements across organizations. This column is about the elements, not the specific title.”

    tags: m chief analytics officer

  • “I’m convinced that the ingredient for the effective use of data and analytics that is in shortest supply is managers’ understanding of what is possible.”

    tags: m analytics

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Tips for presenting to an international audience

Abu DhabiMany people in business need to give presentations to others. These may be strictly internal where everyone in the audience works for your organization, or you may be speaking to people outside your group. Sometimes you are speaking to native speakers of your language and other times your audience members speak and understand one or more other languages.

There are many sites that give you presentation tips. In addition, there are cute things that come into vogue from time to time, such as putting a single word on a slide and then talking to that.

Cutting through all this, I’m going to give you some suggestions for what to do and not do when you are speaking to an audience where not everyone is a native speaker of your language.

  • Find out whether your talk will be translated. If it is consecutive translation, then you will speak, then pause while the translation is done and relayed to the audience, then you will speak again. If this is the case, plan to use only one-third to one-half of your usual time.
  • In simultaneous translation, the audience receives the translation of your talk as you are delivering it. Speak slowly and precisely!
  • When your talk is going to be translated, you will often need to send your slides ahead of time so the translators can read and understand them. This is especially true if you are discussing a technical topic. This means that you should not make large last minute changes to the overall pitch nor what you plan to say on each slide.
  • Do not cram a one hour talk into 15 minutes by speaking quickly. Don’t ever do this under any circumstance. When you do, it just shows that you cannot condense your discussion into a few well-stated main points. At the worst, it says that you couldn’t be bothered to adapt your talk for your time and your audience.
  • Avoid idioms. Avoid jokes that do not translate well. Unless they are the topic of your talk, avoid politics and religion. For US speakers, avoid analogies to baseball and domestic television shows.
  • Non-native speakers can often read other languages better or faster than they can understand spoken content. Make sure your slides contain just enough words to clearly get your point across. A single good graphic can often help, but include some descriptive text as well.
  • Avoid very dense slides with dozens of words and multiple graphics. This is always a good idea, but don’t make people struggle to understand what you are showing them which will then cause them to  completely ignore what you are saying.
  • While this is not mandatory, it is polite to learn how to say “hello” and “thank you” in the main local language of your speakers.

Math, Data Science, and Cognitive Reading for 10/20/2015

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“Considering New Data Sources” for the UN Global Conference on Big Data for Official Statistics

Here is my brief presentation “Considering New Data Sources” for the 2nd Annual United Nations Global Conference on Big Data for Official Statistics in Abu Dhabi, delivered on 20 October, 2015, as part of the panel “The Big Data Landscape 2015 -2020.”

Math, Data Science, and Cognitive Reading for 10/16/2015

  • “But Bricker cautions that voting-intention surveys and consumer research are so different that the transferability of conclusions from one to the other is low. Corporate clients rarely want information on the general population, unless it’s to figure out their brands’ market share. Consumer preferences are more stable than electoral ones—people are volatile in the voting booth and predictable at the checkout. Those differences tend to insulate market research firms’ corporate business from the effects of high-profile electoral misses.”

    tags: m big data polling

  • “Across Harvard, faculty members, students, and researchers are examining those questions, engaging the world’s latest information revolution, the one in “big data.” Big data is an offspring of the computer revolution, which has blessed scientists with ever-more powerful computers and analytic tools, has transformed the way we communicate and interact, and has turned each cellphone-equipped one of us into a walking treasure trove of information.”

    tags: m big data harvard

  • “MIT researchers aim to take the human element out of big-data analysis, with a new system that not only searches for patterns but designs the feature set, too. To test the first prototype of their system, they enrolled it in three data science competitions, in which it competed against human teams to find predictive patterns in unfamiliar data sets. Of the 906 teams participating in the three competitions, the researchers’ “Data Science Machine” finished ahead of 615.”

    tags: m mit analysis big data

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General Reading for 10/16/2015

  • “The Marine Corps has long held concerns that integrating women into combat units could erode morale in all-male platoons and lead to increased sexual tension that would undermine fighting capability. But a Marine Corps study made public by a women’s advocacy group this week found that after months of testing mixed-gender combat units, troops reported morale equal to that of all-male groups and higher than noncombat integrated groups.”

    tags:bs marine morale new york times

  • “Find out about groundbreaking research being done on board the ISS and how this orbiting laboratory is the springboard for future missions to Mars. NASA is making plans to launch humans to Mars, but they haven’t forgotten about the small oasis we live in, Earth. Researchers continue to address the critical challenges our planet faces and how we can protect it for future generations. Throughout NASA’s Innovation Expo, you can see and hear more about these six programs and how vital they are to the future of space travel and Earth. “

    tags:bs nasa mars

  • “It’s Nobel Prize season in Stockholm, and in this second-ever episode of Radio Sweden’s weekly podcast, find out tips for winning a Nobel Prize, from the author of Write Like a Nobel Laureate, Kristian Fredén, and from the curator of the Nobel Museum, Gustav Kjällstrand. Hear from Professor Brian Schmidt (Nobel laureate in Physics, 2011) how winning a Nobel can change your life – and make it harder to travel.”

    tags:bs nobel prize

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General Reading for 10/15/2015

  • “With a new Star Wars movie on the horizon, the Disney/Lucasfilm marketing machine is finally fully operational. How do we know? Because in addition to toys, video games, and other random crap, you can now buy Star Wars showerheads to spice up your morning routine.”

    tags: bs star wars

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Best Food Reading for 10/15/2015

  • “Chile varieties represent an infinite universe—a book unto themselves. The vernacular itself can be a moving target: the same kind of chile may go by one name when it is fresh and another when it’s dried, and there are regional colloquialisms to parse, too. To narrow things down, I selected chilies that can realistically be purchased in the United States, and I stuck with the nomenclature you’re most likely to encounter at the grocery store.”

    tags: f guide mexico chilis

  • “Mussels steamed in white wine is a classic dish, but beer is a good alternative. The natural sweetness of mussels is balanced by a lager or an ale, and the chile adds a touch of heat. You can just add the coriander seeds to the beer, but as it is not strained they’ll end up in your teeth; that’s why I wrap them in cheesecloth or put them in a tea ball.”

    tags: f beer mussels

  • “It’s way too easy to go down the rabbit hole when stocking your spice rack—especially if you like to try new recipes and explore different cuisines. From Aleppo pepper to za’atar, there are so many jars worth seeking out; arguably too many for someone building their first kitchen, or a cook with a small space. But being a great cook isn’t about having a full arsenal. Instead, it’s about choosing a few great tools and using them well. We asked the BA test kitchen staff to name their top five favorite spices for savory cooking (not including salt and pepper, which are a given!). Here are the seasonings they consider to be essential; the rest is just (really tasty) gravy.”

    tags: f spices pantry

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General Reading for 10/12/2015

  • “Under the terms of the deal, Dell will pay $33.15 per EMC share, which includes cash plus tracking stock linked to part of EMC’s economic interest in VMware, a publicly traded business. The Dell founder and chief executive, Michael S. Dell will lead the combined company as chairman and chief executive.”

    tags: bs dell buy emc

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General Reading for 10/11/2015

  • “Taking color pictures with the Hubble Space Telescope is much more complex than taking color pictures with a traditional camera. For one thing, Hubble doesn’t use color film — in fact, it doesn’t use film at all. Rather, its cameras record light from the universe with special electronic detectors. These detectors produce images of the cosmos not in color, but in shades of black and white.

    Finished color images are actually combinations of two or more black-and-white exposures to which color has been added during image processing.”

    tags: bs pictures color hubble

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Math, Data Science, and Cognitive Reading for 10/10/2015

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Math, Data Science, and Cognitive Reading for 10/09/2015

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Best Food Reading for 10/09/2015

  • “Iconic Cajun and Creole chef Paul Prudhomme has died at the age of 75. Per WWL in New Orleans, a rep from Prudhomme’s restaurant, K-Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen, says Prudhomme’s death comes in the wake of “a brief illness.””

    tags:f louisiana prudhomme

  • “You’re super hungry…but feeling super lazy. You’ve got some leftover veggies in the fridge, but microwaving them steals all their nutritional value, right? Might as well polish off that bag of Goldfish instead, right? Wrong. We debunk that and six other cooking myths below. “

    tags:f cooking myths

  • “More specifically, there are multiple ways, each specially tailored to the method you’re using to actually cook the shellfish. We’ve done a whole lot of testing to figure out just what makes shrimp go from treasure to trash; luckily, getting it right just takes a little know-how.”

    tags:f shrimp

  • “On the other hand, there are many casse-croutes, snack bars, in Quebec that use really good french fries (they double fry them that Quebec way when they are really crisp on the outside and creamy inside), make their own gravy and use fresh, fresh cheese curds that are really squeaky. It’s a magnificent dish when done right.”

    tags:f poutine Canada

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Math, Data Science, and Cognitive Reading for 10/08/2015

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Math, Data Science, and Cognitive Reading for 10/07/2015

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General Reading for 10/07/2015

  • “My favourite thing about Sean Murray’s appearance on The Late Show is that Stephen Colbert has clearly done his research. I know it’s a presenter’s job to know enough about their guest’s work to have a proper conversation, but I’ve seen and heard and read so many people try to talk about games without much knowledge to back it up that I get a little apprehensive when I hear about video games being discussed in a non-gaming context.”

    tags:bs games colbert

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Best Food Reading for 10/07/2015

  • “The century-old tradition has become increasingly fashionable outside of its usual environs”

    tags:f pizza

  • “The magic trifecta of shallots, garlic, and tomato paste combine to create the rich backbone of this dish. This sauce is best when smooth, so finely chopping the shallots and garlic is key. Also, don’t wait until your pasta is done to get the sauce going in a pan. As Vinny points out, fresh pasta cooks in about a minute and a half, so you’ll definitely want to have your sauce ready and hot in advance in order to gracefully (and quickly) transfer your noodles from water to pan. “

    tags:f vodka sauce spicy

  • “No matter how much culinary training I’ve gone through, and no matter how many high-end ingredients I cook with or fancy restaurants I eat at, few things in the world can compete with the sheer deliciousness and childish pleasure of stovetop mac and cheese. Who doesn’t love gooey, cheesy, creamy, salty pasta, even when (or especially when?) it comes out of that blue box? For me—and I presume for many of you—it’s a built-in taste memory, and a powerful one at that.”

    tags:f food lab mac cheese

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General Reading for 10/06/2015

  • “The Library of Trinity College Dublin would like to announce that the Book of Kells in its entirety is now viewable in the Library’s new Digital Collections online repository, provided by the Library’s Digital Resources and Imaging Services.”

    tags:bs dublin book library

  • “I think a lot about art. As a philosopher working on perception and consciousness, and as a teacher and writer, maybe more than most. It’s part of my work, but it is a pleasure, too. The task of getting a better sense of what art is — how it works, why it matters to us and what it can tell us about ourselves — is one of the greatest that we face, and it is also endlessly rewarding. But at times it also seems just endless, because art itself can be so hard to grasp. And so is the question of how to approach it. Is there a way of thinking about art that will get us closer to an understanding of its essential nature, and our own?”

    tags:bs art

  • “As with iOS, the Photos app in OS X El Capitan now supports third-party extensions: That means other apps can plug directly into the Photos interface to give you quicker access to more effects and tools. Here’s how to get started with the new feature.”

    tags:bs photos apple

  • “Henning Mankell, the Swedish novelist and playwright best known for police procedurals that were translated into a score of languages and sold by the millions throughout the world, died on Monday in Goteborg, Sweden. He was 67.”

    tags:bs sweden wallander

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Best Food Reading for 10/06/2015

  • “Serve the dish with a baguette or two, and squeeze the buds of garlic out on the bread. Spread the mash like butter and use the bread to mop up the luscious sauce.”

    tags:f chicken garlic recipe

  • “These stuffed shells are comfort in a pot. The jumbo shells are stuffed with ricotta that’s been gussied up with basil and sage and a bit of cheesy mozzarella. The sauce is my favorite pumpkin alfredo. It’s flavorful and has every bit of fall in it. I love adding a bit of yogurt ore creme fraiche because it gives this dish a wonderful tang which I think is necessary amidst all of the richness. It cuts it a bit and it’s just amazing. If you don’t feel like fussing with the stuffing of the shells, skip it and just make the sauce. It tossed with a bit of pasta is still really good.”

    tags:f stuffed pumpkin pasta

  • “We stole your nonna’s ziti and took it on a self-discovery tour of Middle-Eastern flavors. Sorry—it doesn’t want to come home.”

    tags:f pasta harissa

  • “Harissa is a North African hot chili pepper paste, the main ingredients of which are roasted red peppers, serrano peppers and other hot chili peppers and spices and herbs such as garlic paste, coriander seed, or caraway as well as some vegetable or olive oil for preservation.”

    tags:f wikipedia harissa

  • “Jacques Pepin is a Maître d’Oeufs—that’s Master of Eggs for you non-French speakers—the kind of chef who judges a cook’s skill by how they make an omelette. But one of his favorite egg preparations takes only a fraction of an omelette’s work; it’s so simple you barely need a recipe.”

    tags:f pepin eggs

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Blog changes

Wordpress logoFrom time to time during the 11 years that I have had this blog, I have posted an entry about the inner workings of the technology I use. This is, and has always been, a WordPress blog, but the plugins I use and the content I post changes. This may be because technology improves or goes obsolete, or I just want to try something new.

Here are some recent changes I’ve made:

  • I use the Nirvana theme for WordPress with the Autumn Rose color scheme. I often change the color scheme based on my moods or the season. Nirvana is a great free theme but if I could make one little request, I would love to have more color schemes.
  • I now use custom menus in the sidebar instead of the fairly ancient My Link Order widget. This allows me to use built-in capability without an add-on.
  • For the display of tags in the side bar, I use Ultimate Tag Cloud widget. I does everything except spin the tags around.
  • For the last couple of months I’ve experimented with having a separate blog related to food. As I almost always have decided with such things, I’ve merged that content in here, so you will see more links related to food and its preparation.

Best Food Reading for 10/05/2015

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Best Food Reading for 10/04/2015

  • “Although chicken tikka masala is more British than Indian, you’d be hard-pressed to find an Indian restaurant that doesn’t have this creamy, bright-orange dish featured prominently on its menu. But if you do, you’re welcome to come to my house, where chicken tikka masala is on our regular monthly meal rotation. It’s surprisingly easy to pull together, and I promise it’s just as good as anything ordered off the take-out menu.”

    tags: f chicken masala

  • “I didn’t think chicken tikka masala could really get much better, but then I remembered my fall-time best friend: the slow cooker. This is a curry dish that benefits from a nice, long simmer anyway, so why not let that happen while I’m off doing other things? That’s what I call smart cooking. “

    tags: f chicken indian crockpot cilantro

  • “15 years ago, I’d have characterized Sichuan cuisine as little more than fiery bordering on incendiary, pointing out one of my favorite dishes the Chongqing chicken—hacked up bits up of bird showered in an angry blizzard of fried dry chilies and Sichuan peppercorns—at the now-shuttered location of Grand Sichuan in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood. Another characteristic I might have noted would have been the intense tingling sensation brought on by the copious use of Sichuan peppercorn. “

    tags: f sichuan

  • “Sichuan food gets a reputation for its fiery, mouth-numbing dishes, and quite fairly. They are certainly the dishes that make the biggest impression on you when you hit up a Sichuan restaurant or roam the streets of Chengdu. But as Joe DiStefano pointed out in his wonderful article on the flavors of Sichuan beyond ma la, there’s a lot more to it than that. One thing you’ll quickly notice (and thankfully notice, if you’ve been loading up on the hot stuff), is their love of fresh, crunchy pickles. No meal is complete without a dish of cold, vinegary vegetables, whether turnip, cabbage, peanuts, or cucumbers.”

    tags: f smash cucumber

  • “I had a dish similar to this in a small restaurant in Mexico, and at Gloria’s request, I created my own version at home. I use medium-size raw shrimp and puree the tails in a food processor, then combine the puree with pieces of the shrimp to form thick burgers.”

    tags: f shrimp burgers zucchini

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Best Food Reading for 10/03/2015

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General Reading for 10/02/2015

 

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