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71  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Spiral cut hot dogs on: July 05, 2012 04:30:16 PM
In case you missed it, the Internet foodie community has been all a buzz this past week about spiral cut hot dogs.

It is not really a new idea, but the good folks at Chow posted a great how-to video on the subject that has gone foodie viral.

I gave it a try yesterday and they turned out pretty good. The spiral leaves nice slots that toppings can fit into and they fit the bun better.













More pics and a video here.
72  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: Heirloom Tomatoes on: July 04, 2012 05:33:14 PM
Wow, nice haul!
73  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: Herb Garden project on: July 04, 2012 12:40:43 PM
This is so awesome!

I didn't have any problems with birds with my garden since I had a net up, but unfortunately afids came to attack so the only thing left is my dill plant.

I think the solar powered watering system is pretty neat as well. What would happen if you forgot to put water in your bucket though?

The instructions that came with the pump said to not run it with no water, so I guess it would not be good for the pump (or plants) if I forgot to fill the bucket up. I have been filling it every morning before I go in to work, but I think the 5 gallon bucket would last 2 days if I did not fill it up at its current setting. I could probably double that if I turn the setting down a notch.

I guess if I plan to go out of town longer than that I will need to get a larger water container.
74  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: juicy burger tip on: July 04, 2012 10:53:01 AM
I was just saying, "this better be real!" and it IS. Looks yummy.

Yep, quite real Smiley

But a funny thing is I have actually made a not real 3D burger once for an illustration.
I am a graphic artist and work a lot in a 3D program called lightwave.

Here is an image of the 3D model I made



And how it turned out when I was done.


75  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / juicy burger tip on: July 03, 2012 03:49:39 PM
Went back to burger basics this weekend. Made the classic all-American burger to get into the mood of 4th of July.









My big tip for making juicy burgers is to add cold water to your meat.
The cold water binds with the cold hamburger meat to give you extra moisture and a juicy burger.
Usually it is a quarter to half cup of water per pound.

I have more burger photos and tips here.

Steve

76  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: Herb Garden project on: July 03, 2012 11:10:23 AM
It's terrific!  Does the water in the bucket get very hot? 

I don't think so, I refill it each morning. It is under the raised bed so it is not in direct sunlight. Of course it has been 100+ here in Fort Worth.  Cheesy
77  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: Herb Garden project on: July 03, 2012 10:52:36 AM
I wanted to read your 6 foot snake story, but your link is broken Sad It's just http. which isn't particularily useful.

Sorry, fixed the link.
78  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Herb Garden project on: July 03, 2012 10:27:34 AM
I do a lot of cooking on the weekends and decided to make myself a little herb garden. I was planning to fix up a couple of pots of herbs on my back porch, but went overboard picking up plants at Calloway's when I found a bunch of $2 clearance plants there.

I then decided to build a raised bed and before I new it I had built this.



Features include an elevated bed, screened enclosure and a solar powered watering system.





I also wrote a hopefully funny story about making this thing here. Warning, there is a six-foot inflatable snake in the story.  Smiley

So far everything seems to be working fine.The solar powered watering system was the only thing I was really worried about.
It is hooked up to a 5 gallon bucket and the solar pump pumps water every 3 hours to 12 drip heads in my 16" by 4' bed. You can set the pump for 5, 10, 15, 20 and 30 minutes. Currently I am using the 10 minute setting and it seems to be pumping 2.5 gallons a day and the herbs seem to be doing great.

Steve
79  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Logo Work on: July 03, 2012 10:17:05 AM
Very nice!
80  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: How to turn a Photo into a pattern on: July 03, 2012 10:14:16 AM
Once you change your image to gray scale or desaturate with image adjustments, go to Filter > Stylize > Fine Edges to get a line effect. You will probably need to adjust the Brightness/Contrast (Image > Adjustments) and sharpen with an unsharp mask (Filter > Sharpen).
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