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Sous-vide Carne Asada Street Tacos

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I make a lot of vegetarian dishes during the week, mostly because anything with meat takes too long to cook from the time I get home from work. One of the ways to make using meat easier and ready when I walk through the door is to use a style of cooking called sous-vide. It […]

Go Skateboarding Day June 21

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  Times have changed since I was a skateboarder in the mid-1980s. Of course a lot of other things have changed too like Madonna is 56 years old, BMW makes electric cars, and cellphones aren’t the size of shoeboxes and are used mostly to play video games not make phone calls. Okay, so enough old […]

Spaghetti with Fava Beans and Mint

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    I am always looking for new ways to enjoy pasta. The base combination of olive oil, garlic and parmesan reggiano is the beginnings of a great dish.  The addition of the fava beans and mint give it some sustenance.  Finally, the addition of red pepper flakes kicks it up a notch, just be careful […]

First Fatherhood Moments

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    This week Dove Men+Care launched a new commercial “First Fatherhood Moments” as part of their larger #RealStrength campaign focusing on dads. It’s a look at the emotional impact one gets when a man realizes he is going to be a dad. There is a full range of emotions in the ad from celebration, […]

A Father’s Day Gift Guide

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    There are a lot of lists for Father’s Day and I can honestly say not one of them had more than one thing worth considering.  Here is my take on what to get dad at a variety of price points. Gifts are fine, but many of us just want to enjoy a day that […]

I Think I’ll Pass on “Bratwurst in Bed”

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Filed under things that will give you nightmares is this Father’s Day ad from Johnsonville. This time it’s not the factory farm meat that is scary. No, the whole bizarre advertising to sell you stuff trend is what’s scary. Does anyone really want drug induced images of their sausage coming to life? And even if you […]

Lentil Salad

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  If you are looking for a simple vegan salad to take to the beach or enjoy for lunch, this simple salad is sure to please.  It takes only about 20 minutes to make, most of the time is waiting for the lentils to cook.  It’s easy and full of flavor with the maple syrup […]

Inspiring Future Robot Builders at DARPA Robotics Challenge

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We had an amazing Saturday thanks to a tip from one of Theo’s classmate’s mom.  There was a robot competition happening last Friday and Saturday between International teams with $3.5 million in prize money. The Robotics Challenge is one that has a real impact beyond the competition itself. The competition is really about improving technology in disaster […]

Adventures in Pinewood Derby Racing

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  For many years I would not consider letting the boys join Cub Scouts. The reason was the organization’s stance against allowing gay members from joining, that policy ended in 2013 and our boys joined scouts last year. What I didn’t realize is that there is still in-place today a policy against allowing gay leaders. Hopefully, that […]

Electric City Butcher in Santa Ana and a Pulled Pork Recipe

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    It’s been awhile since I’ve put the smoker to some use and not because I haven’t wanted to.  Life has been busy, but I found some time during the three day Memorial Day weekend. A few weeks before I noticed on Instagram a post from the new BBQ restaurant in Studio City, Barrel […]