the Pass. It's local if you live near here! Good value. Great stuff.

Mark Bittman's How to Cook Everything iPhone and iPad app is free right now on the iTunes store in honor of their 5th anniversary.

sudden death
scott's bar-b-que Hemingway, SC
emery blagdon: the healing machine
Funny do, funny don't.
road paint Nares

yowza, i thought its been uncomfortably hot here.... 

devin powers q & a

aspect ratio


Worried about being tracked by your electronic toll pass? Well worry no more. They don't need that shite.

rafael nadal ousted from wimbledon in straight sets for his first first round exit from a major tournament. this may be the first and last thing i have to say about wimbledon so soak it up!

Creamy Bagna Cauda Recipe - Italian Bagna Cauda Recipe

Recipe Type: Appetizer, Dips & Spreads, Anchovy
Cuisine: Italian
Yields: 6 to 8 servings
Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 15 min


Raw vegetables of your choice (see below)
2 cups heavy cream
6 to 8 cloves garlic
1/4 cup butter or extra-virgin olive oil (or a combination of both)
10 finely chopped flat anchovy fillets packed in olive oil, drained*
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley (optional)
1 (1 pound) loaf crusty Italian or French bread, cut into 2-inch sections

* Use only good-quality Spanish or Portuguese anchovies. Anchovy paste may be substituted (approximately two inches squeezed from the tube will provide the equivalent taste of one anchovy fillet). More anchovy fillets may be added according to your personal taste. To purchase Anchovies and Anchovy Paste, check out What's Cooking America's Kitchen Store.


Wash and prepare the vegetables several hours before using them. Cut vegetable into strips about 3 inches long and 1/2-inch wide. Place all the vegetables in ice water to crisp. NOTE: Remember, this is a dip for vegetables freshly picked at the peak. Use only the youngest, sweetest variety of them as possible, and before serving pat all the vegetables dry with a towel.

In a large heavy saucepan over medium-high heat, add cream and garlic cloves; bring just to a boil, lower heat to medium, and cook, stirring constantly to prevent scorching or boiling over, approximately 15 minutes or until the cream has thickened and reduced by half (approximately 1 cup). Remove from heat and let cool slightly.

In another saucepan, melt the butter (or olive oil). Mash anchovies with a fork and add to butter, along with cayenne pepper and parsley; cook until the anchovies dissolves into a paste, about 5 minutes.

Put the reduced cream, garlic cloves, and anchovy mixture into a blender and purée until the mixture is very smooth. (The recipe may be made ahead to this point.)

In a saucepan, reheat the Bagna Cauda at a very slow simmer, stirring constantly, but do not let it boil.

Serve in warming dish over candle (a fondue pot works well). If sauce begins to separate while standing, a few turns with a whisk will bring it back together. Sauce may be made ahead and kept refrigerated in covered jar. To re-warm, place jar in cold water in a pan and gently raise the heat until mixture is liquid again.

Dip vegetables into the Bagna Cauda (a fondue-style fork will help), holding a piece of bread under the vegetable after dipping. After dipping a few pieces, the bread will be fragrant with oil and delicious to eat.

Makes 6 to 8 servings (1 1/2 cups).

Suggested Vegetables:
Belgian endive
Bell peppers (red and yellow)
Carrot sticks
Cauliflower florets
Celery sticks
Cherry tomatoes
Cucumber, peeled
Fennel bulb
Scallions(green onions)
Small whole mushrooms
Zucchini, peeled

Haha. At the Hollywood in Portland tonight.

iphone users in red, android in green

the confed cup rolls on in brazil amid protests over the billions being spent on stadiums for next years world cup while vital services go underfunded. but more importantly today pits spain v. tahiti, one of the possibly most lopsided games in recent memory. spain is ranked #1 in the world and tahiti is at #138 nestled comfortably between syria and afghanistan. i just turned it on and spain has scored twice in the last five minutes to go up 3 - 0.  the spanish b-squad (all but one of the starters from the last game is out of the lineup) is better than almost every other countrys main squad so this is essentially batting practice for them. the division (now 4 - 0) that represents oceania (the highest ranked team is new zealand at #57) makes the north american division that the us is in look like a powerhouse which it most decidedly is not. they might want to think about reconfiguring that in the future.   

yesterday italy and brazil secured semifinal bids but the other division may not be decided until sunday if uruguay beats nigeria later today. 

5 - 0. they said at halftime the betting line was 8 - 0. and they have a legitimate reason to run up the score as goal differential is the deciding factor should there be a tie in the group...

oh, and game seven of the nba finals is tonight. hard to imagine it could get any better than the end of game six. the big question is will lebron wear a headband? and if you know what im talking about i pity you as much as i do myself.

6 - 0.

Hey Alex look what showed up on our fire escape. Family roosing on neighboring bldg.

whoa. wont be anyone clamoring for a sopranos movie anytime in the future....

Dave, didn't you go to school with her?

i guess this is a thing.

2nd ave subway construction pix

Further, it’s important to bear in mind I’m being called a traitor by men like former Vice President Dick Cheney. This is a man who gave us the warrantless wiretapping scheme as a kind of atrocity warm-up on the way to deceitfully engineering a conflict that has killed over 4,400 and maimed nearly 32,000 Americans, as well as leaving over 100,000 Iraqis dead. Being called a traitor by Dick Cheney is the highest honor you can give an American, and the more panicked talk we hear from people like him, Feinstein, and King, the better off we all are. If they had taught a class on how to be the kind of citizen Dick Cheney worries about, I would have finished high school.

mmmmm, biscuits.