How I Make a Grilled Pizza

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One of my favorite summertime meals is grilled Margherita pizza. Fresh tomatoes, basil, and garlic from the garden are ideal. If these items are not available, you can still make it — but it might not be quite as amazing. Here is how it goes. Alton Brown’s grilled pizza recipe…

How to Eat a Kohlrabi

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Kohlrabi is not your most common garden vegetable. It can be, however, one of the finest. I prefer it raw and fresh. Kohlrabi is high in vitamin C and potassium – as well as fiber. More nutrition information can be found here. How to Enjoy Select a good sized stem, about…

The Only Way to Eat a Green Bean

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I grew green beans in the garden this year because my wife likes them. The problem with a green bean is that it is, for all intents and purposes, inedible. There are very few foods that actually trigger the gag reflex when put into my mouth. A green bean is…

Do Your Trees Have Yellow Leaves? Here is How I Fixed Mine

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I was sold an Autumn Blaze Maple under the pretense that it would be one of the few trees that would grow and do well in a clay, alkaline soil. What they did not tell me is that they are extremely prone to iron chlorosis, which from what I have…

Amazing 4th of July Recipes

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Hot Dog Salad There is nothing more American than July 4th. There is no better way to celebrate the 4th but with hot dogs. This simple recipe will leave your guests in a state of awe. What you will need: 1 Package of pre-cooked hot dogs 1 Bottle of Ketchup…

Creating Primitive Pottery in my Backyard

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When I moved into my house I did not have any grass. A light rain storm moved through the area moistening the surface of the dirt. As I walked across the surface, I collected large amounts of mud and clay on my shoes. It was ridiculous. Ever since then, I…

How to Eat a Piece of Rhubarb Like You Know What You Are Doing

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We have all been there, but let me set the scene for you. You are at a dinner party. You are trying to impress someone and perhaps even a special someone. You have the look, the clothes, and the small talk (or smalltalk, depending on the crowd). You know which…

A Few Traits of a Sucky Developer — From a Tester’s point of view

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A sucky developer just codes and does not think The story goes like this: QA reports a glorious bug with detailed steps to reproduce the issue. The craptacular dev says: “Oh, that is that other team’s problem”, and goes back to work. A great developer would solve the problem.…

Use MITM proxy to force a race condition when testing asynchronous applications

When testing or building a web application, it is helpful to run your traffic through a proxy so you can see what is happening. I have used this in my automated testing with great success. It can also be useful in testing the “what-ifs”. Many times you will be presented…

Don’t Forget to Check Private Browsing Mode when Testing

Private Browsing Broke my App! Well, sorta. Local storage is disabled (meaning you cannot store stuff there) when in private browsing mode in iOS and Safari on OSX. This can have unintended consequences if you rely on information stored there (e.g. null references). I have tested several applications that…

Freaking Fantastic French Toast

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We made some french toast for Easter breakfast. Suffice it to say, it was the finest french toast I have ever had. It also had 2 days worth of calories so you can only eat it once a year. Since the recipe is probably copyrighted, I will summarize. Couple cups…

An Experiment in the Garden

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I am in the process of hardening off some cauliflower, some celery, one cucumber, and one tomato that I grew in my basement. It is the right time to move the cauliflower outside and possibly the celery. My Cauliflower My Celery The Rest Tomatoes and cucumbers love the heat so…

Notes on Planting Raspberries and Blackberries

Raspberries spread quickly. A few plants will be many plants in a couple years. Traditional raspberries will only bear fruit on last year's canes. Everbearing raspberries will produce two crops. I have both kinds. My traditional crop comes on in early summer. As it winds down my everbearing start producing.…

Gardening Basics — What to Plant and When to Plant it

What to plant and when are common questions among new and experienced gardeners alike. Most of when to plant revolves around the last frost date for your area. For us in the Salt Lake Valley it is usually early May. In some areas of the valley it can be up…

Gardening Basics — Soil

Soil is the key to a good garden. Poor soil will leave you with stunted plants and poor yields, while rich soil will produce abundantly. If you are going to be doing a traditional garden, you will likely want to amend your soil. You will need to add organic material.…

Gardening Basics — Water

How much to water depends greatly on your plants. It depends on a lot of things. The kind of soil (e.g. clay needs less frequent waterings, sand needs more frequent waterings), plant density, how hot it is and the kind of plants involved. As a general rule, most things…

Gardening Basics — Deciding what you want

You have already decided that you want to plant a garden. Now you have to decide what to plant. There are many ways to decide, but one way that may provide you with a more satisfying experience is to decide what you want your end goal to be. Some examples…

The Above Average Garden Container

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I have a friend who wanted to plant a garden, but will be moving soon. To solve this, he took it upon himself to build a container in which to start his garden until he can get a more permanent solution. The solution is both elegant and solves multiple problems.…

2014 Garden: What I am planting

I love to plant a garden. My goals for this year are: Eat fresh salad and greens every night all spring. Enough fresh tomatoes to eat BLTs and corn Enough fresh tomatoes to make grilled margarita pizza. Enough tomatoes, onions, garlic, and basil to can either spaghetti sauce, salsa, or…

Building Practice Bead Counters

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These are easy things to build to help students be motivated to practice their music. It is also a fun project for the students themselves to do in a group class setting. It only took our students about 15 minutes to select their materials, paint, or otherwise decorate their practice…