Brined Turkey Day!

recipe

So Judd has all the choice Thanxgiving brined bird tips... my Mom has a damned fine brined bird recipe (I think it may be Chez Panisse's) that calls for a slightly different brine:

  • 2.5 gallons of H2O
  • 2 cups of kosher salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 bay leaves, torn into pieces
  • 1 bunch thyme (4 Tbsp. dried)
  • 1 whole head of garlic, cloves separated and peeled
  • 5 allspice berries, crushed
  • 4 juniper berries, crushed

I find that it's not essential to warm the brine, but not doing that means you've got to stir for a while. Also, if you find that you're running out of room in the refrigerator (how americanly perverse is that?!?!), you can put everything in a couple garbage bags and then in an ice chest packed with ice.

I've got some other killer Thanx recipes. If anyone's interested, I can share a simple roll recipe and a couple of dynamite cookie recipes (gingersnaps and chocolate chip cookies). So much tacit knowledge, so little thyme.

Land on the Moon?

wtf?, space, SIMS, berkeley

a snippet of a recent conversation:

Paul: An acre [on the Moon] can cost you just $25, apparently.

Joe: Yeah, but who the hell's going to enforce my intellectual property rights?

Dan Tokaji on whatever the hell is going on in OH

elections, reform, standards, news, politics, problems, litigation

Joining the Verified Voting Advisory Board

elections, reform, news

I am honored and humbled to have been invited to join the Verified Voting Foundation's Advisory Board. I am the dimmest light among a staggering group of luminaries:

Cal vs. Fallujah

SIMS, berkeley, photos

Link: http://geeklings.net/colby/images/Fallujah-Berkeley-Campus.jpg

Considering how badly we creamed Stanford in the Big Game yesterday, why not think bigger? How big is the Cal Campus compared to Fallujah? Well, Colby from the noise list in the UC Berkeley Astronomy Dept. has your answer:

a sattelite image of Fallujah superimposed with a map of the UC Berkeley campus (to scale)
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