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Wednesday, 28 September 2016 11:44

Homemade Apple Butter

12 medium red sweet apples (Macintosh, Roma, Gala)
1 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. cinnamon
           

Wash, quarter, peel, and core apples.  Place them in a large cooking pot, and add the water.


Over medium heat, cook the apples until they are nearly soft. Add the sugar, lemon juice and cinnamon. Put contents in a food processor or blender, return to pan.

On a low heat, stirring often, continue to cook apples under mixture reduces in size to apple butter consistency and turns brown.  Add more cinnamon and nutmeg to taste. 

Can be re-blended for more smoothness. 

Tuesday, 27 September 2016 10:41

Geek of the Week: CallBlock

If you're sick of getting robo-calls, this is the app for you! You already have the AdBlocker extension on your web browser to filter out pop-ups and video pre-rolls...now get the same thing for your phone to weed out telemarketers, bill collectors, fund raisers, scams and … political campaign calls!

The app is backed by the world's biggest directory of over two million telemarketer's phone numbers and automatically blocks the call when they try to reach you.

And you can customize which calls are blocked, for instance, if you prefer to let scammers and pollsters through and never get another call from another charity again, you can do that, if you want to get calls from everyone but telemarketer's, you can do that too.

The app costs $4 in the AppStore.

Friday, 23 September 2016 07:46

Apple Cinnamon Buns with Cream Cheese Drizzle

 4 cups all purpose flour

1 pkg. dry active yeast

1 cup warm milk, scalded & skimmed

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/3 cup butter, melted

1 tsp. salt

2 eggs

 

Bun filling:

2 granny smith apples, peeled, cored, and diced small

1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed

3 Tbsp. cinnamon

1/3 cup unsalted butter, softened

 

Dissolve yeast in warm milk.

 

Cream together sugar, butter, eggs, and salt. Add flour. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth.

 

Place in a very lightly greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place free from draft from a minimum of 1 hour until dough as nearly doubled in size. Can be refrigerated overnight.

 

When dough is ready, in a separate bowl mix brown sugar and cinnamon and apples.

 

Punch down dough and roll out on a lightly floured surface. Roll the dough into a rectangle shape about 1/4” thick. Spread the softened butter, from the filling, evenly over the surface of the dough, and sprinkle evenly with apple cinnamon sugar mixture. Roll up the dough like a jelly roll.

 

Cut the rolled dough into 1 3/4” slices and place on a parchment lined baking sheet, allow about 1” of space between each roll. Put rolls into a warm place and allow to double in size, approximately 30 minutes.

 

Bake at 350 degrees F for 15 to 25 minutes until lightly golden. Ice the rolls when still warm.

 

Cream Cheese Drizzle

2 sticks butter, softened

3 cups confectioners’ sugar

1/2 cup cream cheese

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1/4 tsp. salt

 

Whip together all ingredients. Drizzle over warm buns.

Tuesday, 20 September 2016 13:28

Geek of the Week: Sam's Club - Scan & Go

If you're a member of Sam's Club, you know the hell of standing in line with a cart full of groceries waiting for the people in front of you to check through their cart full of groceries.

Well, not any more! The price club recently released the Scan & Go app! As you put items in your cart, you scan them with your smart phone. When you're finished shopping, click the checkout button, pay for your items and go directly to the door. The checker scans the barcode on your screen, your receipt appears on their hand-held device, when they give your cart the OK, it registers on your phone and you're free to walk to your car.

A few things to keep in mind:

First – you have to enter your credit card information into the app. If that makes you nervous, you're welcome to continue standing in line.

Second – Your cart will be a more closely scrutinized as checkers compare the receipt on their device to the contents of your cart.

Finally – This is a new program, so the folks at the door, checking receipts are, more than likely, as new to this app as you are, so be patient.

Oh, by the way – The app only works on orders of $750 or less.

The app is free for iOS and Android devices.

Thursday, 15 September 2016 11:19

Tomato Bisque

 

Serves 6-8

2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

3 lbs. plum tomatoes or Pomi chopped tomatoes

1 sweet Vidalia onion
3 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

2-3 cloves roasted garlic, minced to a paste
1 Tbsp. fresh thyme, chiffonade 
1/4 tsp. hot sauce
4 cups chicken stock

¼ cup heavy cream
4 Tbsp. fresh basil, chiffonade

 

Sauté onion in olive oil until onions are transparent.  Add tomatoes and cook until onions are caramelized. Process tomatoes and onions  in a food processor to desired smoothness.  I prefer some pieces to remain.

 

Place tomato and onion mixture in a large non-reactive sauce pot over medium-high heat. Add thyme and hot sauce. Add chicken stock and cream and bring to boil.

 

Reduce heat and simmer uncovered until soup thickens slightly, approximately 25 minutes. Sprinkle with croutons and fresh basil before serving.

 

 

Gruyere Croutons:

2 Tbsp. (1/4 stick) unsalted butter
24 1/4-inch-thick French baguette bread slices
1 cup grated Gruyere cheese
1 tsp. minced fresh thyme
1 tsp. minced fresh sage

 

Preheat broiler. Butter 1 side of each bread slice. Arrange bread, buttered side up, on baking sheet. Broil until golden, about 1 minute. Turn over.

 

Sprinkle cheese, then thyme and sage over. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Broil until cheese melts, about 1 minute. Ladle soup into bowls.

 

Top each with croutons and serve.

Tuesday, 13 September 2016 13:49

Geek of the Week: Fast Scanner

This app turns your phone into a scanner! Take a picture of a document, receipt, notebook, schedule or white-board and convert it into a PDF. Add your signature, make minor edits and mark-ups just like you can with any other PDF, then print, share over email or sync to the cloud. The free app is a must-have for salespeople in the field, contractors, business trips, or even the classroom.

Available for iOS and Android.

Friday, 09 September 2016 06:55

Broccoli Bacon Salad

2 heads frech broccoli, washed and cut into bite-size flowerets, blanched and cooled

1/2 cup roasted corn kernels

1/2 cup dried golden raisins

1/2 cup roasted sunflower seeds

1 cup crumbled crispy bacon

1 cup shredded fresh spinach

 

Dressing:

1 1/4 cup real mayonnaise

4 Tbsp apple cider vinegar

1/4 cup granulated sugar

salt and pepper to taste

 

Whisk together dressing and toss with salad ingredients

Tuesday, 06 September 2016 09:46

Geek of the Week: Room

There are times when a video conference is necessary but not everyone has access to a video conferencing suite at work, and not everyone has Facetime or Skype. Whether its for a presentation, for a class or a training session, or even so the boss can be in the weekly staff meetings even while he's on vacation...sometimes you need to video conference. Room puts you together with your friends, family or co-workers for free with no downloads. Simply go to Room.co, click “start video meeting” and you're off and running. The computer uses your web cam and microphone to create the feed, and give you a link to email to 3 friends. All they do is click the link and join the meeting...there's nothing to download or install and they don't have to sign-in or create an account.

Don't have a PC with web cam? No problem, there's also a free app on iTunes and Google Play.

Friday, 02 September 2016 05:24

Blueberry Bundt Cake

Serves 12

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature

1 cup granulated sugar

2 large eggs

2 cup applesauce

1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon salt

1 ½ teaspoons baking powder

¾ teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice blend

1 cup  fresh whole blueberries

Powdered sugar for garnish

 

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.  Butter and dust with flour a large Bundt pan. Set aside.

Cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Add eggs, applesauce and vanilla and mix until incorporated.

 

Sift together dry ingredients and mix into batter.  Be careful not to overmix.  Fold in blueberries.

 

Pour batter into prepared pan and bake about 30-40 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

 

Dust with powdered sugar to serve. 

Tuesday, 30 August 2016 14:06

Geek of the Week: Walls & Balls

This is an addictive game for iPhone.

The goal, get the ball in the hole. But...the ball comes in from the side of the screen, it isn't aimed at the hole, and it won't stop. You have to draw lines (or "walls") to make it ricochet into the hole. You get a limited number of available walls on every level...and on some levels, there is a level up the ball needs to hit before going into the hole.

When you're bored at work, give it a try.

Free for iOS devices.

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