Wash 6 plump, firm, smooth-skinned Jalapenos or other similar peppers, then cut them in half lengthwise. Remove ribs and seeds. You might want to wear rubber gloves for this!
For a gas stove, use metal tongs and cook the Jalapenos skin-side down over a medium flame until well blackened. For an electric stove, set a wire cooling rack over a burner on high and set them skin-side down until well charred. If your stove hood vents outside, set it to high, otherwise open your windows. A grill also works well.
Immediately after blackening, put them in a covered dish until cool. Rinse under cool water & rub the black skins off.
Slice thinly, put them in a quart mason jar, and cover w. vodka. Age in the fridge for about two weeks, shaking now and then.
After two weeks, decant the Vodka into decorative bottles w. a few pieces of Jalapeno for decoration.
I have generally used Tito’s vodka, but anything in the $15-25 range should be OK.
The past few weeks have been a bit of a blur. My good lady wife Rachel and I decided last year that we should move to Portland (PDX) from Raleigh-Durham (RDU) for several excellent reasons, to wit:
The weather in RDU is overbearingly hot and sweaty in the Summer, a period that spans Apr-Oct, roughly.
I’ve suffered constant flu-like allergies every year I’ve lived in the state, mostly due to ragweed pollen.
We’d like to downsize our lives as much as possible, but that’s not really an option in a city where two cars are more or less mandatory due to sprawl and poor public transportation.
My wife would like to start her business in a location that has a good blend of tech and a strong independent art/comics scene.
Portland really seems to fill all of our requirements, and then some – the cost of living in a high-density urban location is about the same as RDU suburbs, with lower costs for food and transportation.
A little over a year ago, I switched from PC-based front end development, to Apple/Mac based development. I had been doing Mac and PC desktop support in my previous job, so I was used to OSX, the Mac OS. However, the switch also required me to upgrade the tools I use on a daily basis, including my source code editor and web server platform. It also (finally!) got me working with the Git version-control software on a daily basis, something I had been looking forward to (all the cool kids use Git. Also, no more lost code.).
The best thing (to me) about using Git is that it has me using a Bash shell again, which means I can tweak out my .profile. What’s that you might ask? Why, let me show you!
Web development is a great field to work in for a lot of reasons, but for me the best reason is the variety. One day you’ll be adding a guest editor to a high-volume cooking website, the next day you’re adjusting the responsive menu on a drug-culture magazine, and the day after that you’ll be tweaking the careers page on a material handling solutions company’s site — it never gets boring.
One of our flagship AOL client sites, KitchenDaily.com decided that they wanted Ashe Avenue to implement a responsive solution. We’ve been rolling out more responsive sites lately (including AsheAve 2.5) so we were excited to get this excellent site working smoothly on devices of unusual sizes. Continue reading →
It really looked to be a fun day. I had two major things on my agenda – pack up my former boss’ office computer (she has moved to Canada to work remotely), and go to lunch with my current boss for my annual review.
My former boss is the office Art Director, and has a dual-monitor Mac Pro. I was to break it down and pack it up to arrive in Toronto in a week or so. I had ordered her Mac Pro and wisely kept the original box. No problem there. However, the monitors were older and had no boxes. I had similar monitor boxes though, and could easily modify them for my purpose. After all, I am a handy man with a tool!
Now that hurricane season is finally here, and we’ve got a good sized storm headed our way on Thursday evening, it might be a good idea to run over some basic storm prep.
When Fran hit Raleigh in 1996, many folks were unprepared for the blocked roads and 3-5 day power outages. There are a lot of simple things you can do to prepare for a big storm. You’ve got about three days to prepare!
Make sure you have all of your prescriptions filled.
Fill your car(s) with gas.
Charge your cell phones.
Get some cash from the ATM.
Make sure you have a portable radio and flashlights.
Go to the grocery store, and make sure you have the following:
Fresh batteries for your flashlights and portable radio.
Water – at least 1 gallon daily per person for 3 to 5 days. (depending on how far from town you live). Don’t forget pets!
Food – non-refrigerated/frozen, at least enough for 3 to 5 days.
Non-perishable packaged or canned food / juices.
Foods for infants or the elderly.
Non-electric can opener.
Propane/charcoal for the grill
Paper plates / plastic utensils / trash bags
There are a lot more things you can do, depending on your level of comfort/crazy, but those things cover the most of it. For way more info, you can go to the national Hurricane Center disaster prep website.