30 June 2009

Linkage, Volume 75

Food Mysteries
like, "How do they get the olives in olive loaf?"
via Serious Eats

10 Things You Didn't Know
via Daily Mail Online

a service that prints out paper copies of electronic communication and delivers it through regular mail in newsletter format weekly, for a $9.95 per month
Article about Sunnygram on
via Flexible Dreams

Falkirk Wheel
monstrous rotating boat lift connecting two waterways in Scotland
via Neatorama

29 June 2009

Recipe: South-of-the-Border Rice & Beans

Several people have asked for my cheesy rice and beans recipe. Here it is, from the January 27, 2004, issue of Woman's World. It is always fantastic and is so fast and easy. Enjoy!

South-of-the-Border Rice & Beans
{from the January 27, 2004, issue of Woman's World}
Lots of Cheddar, veggies and black beans turn ordinary rice into a mouthwatering south-of-the-border dish!
  • 1 Tbs. oil, preferably canola
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1 can (14 1/2 oz.) fat-free, reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup uncooked rice
  • 1 can (15 oz.) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese, 4 oz., divided
  • 1 Tbs. chopped fresh cilantro
  • Hot pepper sauce, optional
Preheat broiler. Coat 6-cup baking dish with cooking spray. In pot heat oil over medium-high heat. Add next 6 ingredients; cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, 5-6 minutes. Add broth. Over high heat bring to boil; stir in rice. Reduce heat to medium-low; cover. Simmer until liquid is absorbed, 20 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in beans and 1/2 cup cheese. Cover; let stand 5 minutes. Transfer to baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Broil until cheese is melted, 2-3 minutes; sprinkle with cilantro. Serve with hot pepper sauce, if desired.

Makes 6 servings. Per serving:
271 cals.; 11 g. protein; 9 g. fat (4 g. saturated); 20 mg. chol.; 39 g. carbs.; 618 mg. sodium; 5 g. fiber; 2 g. sugar

Your time in the kitchen: 20 minutes; ready to serve in 50 minutes

19 June 2009

Linkage, Volume 74

Fast Food Fun
dessert made to look like burgers and fries
via Flexible Dreams

Color Snap
free iPhone app to match Sherwin-Williams paint colors to any photo
via Design Vagabond

Light Breakfast
traditional English breakfast made of balloons
via Serious Eats
Bathroom Song
"the bathroom is the room where the bath is..."
via Neatorama

Pixar gave California girl a private in-home screening of 'Up' just before she died of cancer
via Neatorama

17 June 2009

Linkage, Volume 73

Smaller Spoons
Headline: Airlines Reduce Size of Spoons to Save Fuel During Recession, Says IATA
via Serious Eats

Headline: Orthodox Jews Launch "Kosher" Search Engine
via Neatorama

Family Photo
Headline: Missouri Family Christmas Photo Turns Up in Czech Ad
Danielle's blog posts about the ad: Dear Social Media and Stolen Picture
via Neatorama

Million-dollar Mattress
Headline: Tel Aviv Search for Mattress Containing $1M Life Savings
via Neatorama

Tone Matrix
addictive sound lab
via Neatorama

14 June 2009

Ichthus Adventures

Ichthus Music Festival

Four days of Christian rock and alternative concerts near Wilmore, KY. Bands I saw:

Me in Motion
Wisdom's Call
After Edmund
Decypher Down
House of Heroes
Remedy Drive
Corpus Christi
A Plea for Purging
Flatfoot 56

08 June 2009

Linkage, Volume 72

Cozy Coupe
Little Tykes toy car outsold every other car model in 2008

Free Lunch
restaurant manager in Kyoto offers free food in exchange for dish washing

4 of the World's Strangest Airport Runways

Slug Bug
official rules as written by one mom

03 June 2009

Linkage, Volume 71

Cemetery Squirrels
clever rodents stole American flags to make a soft nest

19 Reasons to Take a Nap
because you needed another excuse

Surprise Wedding Reception
Improv Everywhere gave a random couple a great party

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