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June 2012

Happy Father's Day Dad!

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This year my nephew's graduation party has taken precedence over Father's Day. Normally on Father's Day I make my dad a meal on the grill of his choosing, and the pictures often appeared here on the site. This year where I won't have pictures of the Father's Day meal, I thought I might do a blog where I reminisce about my memories of me and my dad as it relates to grilling. Now it may be of zero interest to anybody but me, and possibly other members of my immediate family. But there's always a chance that some others will get a kick out of memories of the "bad" old days of grilling. The days where lighter fluid was king and the brazier style charcoal grill was a household staple. Read More...
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YummySoup! for iOS Version 1.0

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Part 2 of this Blog Entry will discuss YummySoup! Version 1.0 for iOS. Part 1 of this blog discussed YummySoup! version 2.4. Additionally in this entry I will mention a great tip that you can use on your iPad (3rd generation) with Dictation to get text into YummySoup! or other apps on your Mac (or PC). Read More...
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YummySoup! for Mac OSX Version 2.4

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This will be a two part blog entry on the latest version of YummySoup! the recipe software I use on my Mac and the relatively new iOS version of the software. I last described Version 2.0 of YummySoup! This first blog entry will cover the improvements made since Version 2.0 and now available in Version 2.4. The second entry will cover YummySoup! Version 1.0 for iOS (iPad & iPhone) as well as a use tip for the iPad which may actually help out your usage of YummySoup! 2.4 on the Mac. Read More...
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Site News-Recipe Availability

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I’ve added a feature to the iIndex by Name and Index by Source that should make your use of the site easier. Many times when people visit my site for the first time, they’ll look at some of the picture entries and the first question they ask is: “When I go back and visit you’ll have all the recipes there?”. Well not exactly. I am not a recipe aggregation site with collections of recipes by other folks. This site houses pictures of the various recipes I’ve made and not necessarily the recipes themselves. I like food pictures and so I shoot pictures for my own enjoyment and to share with others so they can see how a given recipe looks as you go along. I am a firm believer that people who write recipes for cookbooks deserve compensation for their efforts. If they make some money, they will write more cookbooks. So my Photo Entries give attribution to the recipe name and page from the cookbook the recipe originates from. If the recipe author ALSO makes the recipe available free online, then I also list the link to the online version of the recipe. Read More...
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New High Tech Thermo

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This blog is a combination of a preliminary review of the new infrared/instant read thermometer I just bought, a description of what happened to the first infrared/instant read thermometer and a comparison of the features of the two. I haven't had much time to play with the new model and frankly they're some things I discovered after I bought it that make me wonder if I'll have second thoughts in the long run. So another purpose of writing this blog is to warn other people who might be thinking of buying this thermometer about some incorrect specs on the website and some specs and functionality that might be lacking. Read More...
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Dry Run

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I have always been a big advocate of doing dry runs for my cooks. This is particularly true when I'm making something I haven't done before, or using a technique I've never used before. Now you would think that as my experience has increased, my number of dry runs would decrease. This is somewhat true, but there're still good reasons for doing dry runs. I will let a recent cook, where I made cedar plank burgers and cedar planked steak fries serve as an example of the benefits of a dry run. I will go step-by-step through the various parts of the cook and point out where the dry run helped me out during both the original practice run cook and final version 1 week later. After looking at my example, I think you'll see there are many beneficial reasons for trying out some meals ahead of time. Read More...
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Site News-New Favorite Food Section

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In Part 1 of this blog entry I described how I changed the Welcome (Home) page by eliminating much of the text and replacing it with a montage of photos that act as navigation aids. The newly released plug in RapidWeaver that allowed me to redo the home page, also was just what I was looking for to create a Favorite Foods section for the site. This section was a Wish List Item of mine for several years now. Read More...
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Site News-New Welcome (Home) Page

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This blog is the first of two blogs about some recent changes just completed on the site. The first you should have noticed by now if you came into the site via the Welcome (Home) Page. The Welcome page has a new look I’ll explain below. The other change is the addition of a new section in the Media Section called Favorite Foods, which will be covered in a later entry. This blog is more about how to use the site and is not talking about food tips, so if you are looking for that you’ll want to move along. Read More...
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