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by jgcrawfo
Wed Oct 14, 2009 4:52 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Construct: Screaming Toaster?
Replies: 6
Views: 2242

Re: Construct: Screaming Toaster?

I am very much looking forwards to checking a toaster for hot spots.
I figure the bottom might be a good spot, assuming the toaster is on feet so that air gets underneath it and it doesn't burn the counter.
by jgcrawfo
Wed Oct 14, 2009 7:59 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Construct: Screaming Toaster?
Replies: 6
Views: 2242

Re: Construct: Screaming Toaster?

Perhaps I should pick up a screaming halloween thing and cannabalize it. Seems like it could be a useful source of parts.
by jgcrawfo
Wed Oct 14, 2009 5:40 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Construct: Screaming Toaster?
Replies: 6
Views: 2242

Construct: Screaming Toaster?

So, I've got a project in mind that I'd like to do for my english professor. I'm not sure if this is the right subforum to ask (or if anyone will care, whatever), but I was wondering if any engineery people could advise me in how to best make a screaming toaster. Like, really, a toaster that screams...
by jgcrawfo
Thu Apr 02, 2009 2:42 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Coffee+Root Beer=D'OH!
Replies: 3
Views: 1029

Re: Coffee+Root Beer=D'OH!

I never asked. She never said.
by jgcrawfo
Wed Apr 01, 2009 3:08 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Who likes BREAD?
Replies: 172
Views: 88247

Re: Who likes BREAD?

When leaving the pan in there, I find I get a seriously crusty crust. I will try the misting when I get my hands on a mister and see if I can see a difference.
by jgcrawfo
Wed Apr 01, 2009 3:07 am UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: Waterloo Region Meet: xkcTea - When will the next one be?
Replies: 612
Views: 166605

Re: Waterloo Region Meet: xkcTea - When will the next one be?

Belle Orchestre plays Starlight on the 23rd.
by jgcrawfo
Mon Mar 30, 2009 10:12 pm UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: Waterloo Region Meet: xkcTea - When will the next one be?
Replies: 612
Views: 166605

Re: Waterloo Region Meet: xkcTea - When will the next one be?

I am in exams 15th, 16th, 17th, 20th, so I would not be down for the 15th. Don't worry about me though.

Bike paths are on the GRT map, they are yellow with green dots I think? You can also get copies of the trail maps at my work (turnkey) or presumably from the town itself.
by jgcrawfo
Mon Mar 30, 2009 10:04 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Who likes BREAD?
Replies: 172
Views: 88247

Re: Who likes BREAD?

Instead of putting ice/water in the oven just before the bread and misting the bread, I just put a pan of water on the floor of my oven when I turn it on to pre-heat. Can you comment on why doing that instead of misting is/isn't a good idea?
by jgcrawfo
Sun Mar 15, 2009 6:47 am UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: Waterloo Region Meet: xkcTea - When will the next one be?
Replies: 612
Views: 166605

Re: Waterloo Region Meet: xkcTea - When will the next one be?

What is wrong with it? I am OK at bike fixing.
by jgcrawfo
Sat Mar 14, 2009 8:15 pm UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: Waterloo Region Meet: xkcTea - When will the next one be?
Replies: 612
Views: 166605

Re: Waterloo Region Meet: xkcTea - When will the next one be?

I may have a spare bike, and it's not really that much exertion, since it's not a long trail and you can just kind of cruise along easily in the sunshine and eat delicious foods from the fine places thereabouts. No pressure or anything, just saying. I have become a Bike Person so, you know, take my ...
by jgcrawfo
Sat Mar 14, 2009 7:13 pm UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: Waterloo Region Meet: xkcTea - When will the next one be?
Replies: 612
Views: 166605

Re: Waterloo Region Meet: xkcTea - When will the next one be?

April for me involves exams and biking north. If people like bicycle adventures I am all kinds of in for that. If you bike south on the iron horse trail you get to stop at Vincenzo's, City Cafe Bakery, and Nougat Bakery, and pass through a park and eventually you can go to the fairview if you are fe...
by jgcrawfo
Sat Mar 14, 2009 7:30 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Who likes BREAD?
Replies: 172
Views: 88247

Re: Who likes BREAD?

Re: Croissant -Use high-gluten bread flour. Helps muchly. -Observe at least 20 minute stops in the refrigerator between each turn. -Use butter. Jesus christ that tastes so good. -Keep them covered as they rise, you want them to keep their moisture in (this was already mentioned). -Seriously do not u...
by jgcrawfo
Sat Mar 14, 2009 7:09 am UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: Waterloo Region Meet: xkcTea - When will the next one be?
Replies: 612
Views: 166605

Re: Waterloo Region Meet: xkcTea - When will the next one be?

Uh hi Ren just poked me via another interweb medium because apparently you kids like to have fun.
by jgcrawfo
Tue Jun 03, 2008 4:44 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Food and the Environment
Replies: 32
Views: 3118

Re: Food and the Environment

Eating local is kind of the latest environmental fad, but I really want it to last and be more than that. It's something I've been interested in for a little while, and I am continuously encouraging my friends to both eat more local food and grow more of their own food. I've got a whole lot of tomat...
by jgcrawfo
Thu May 29, 2008 1:37 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: The Triumph Thread
Replies: 52
Views: 4527

Re: The Triumph Thread

Have I mentioned the Turducken we made last thanksgiving? Because I have yet to have something feel more amazing than that, though my homemade sourdough was pretty awesome too.
by jgcrawfo
Wed May 28, 2008 7:50 pm UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: Waterloo Region Meet: xkcTea - When will the next one be?
Replies: 612
Views: 166605

Re: Waterloo Region Meet, Especially For Gordon

...if people do the movie thing, I can score cheap movie passes.
by jgcrawfo
Sun May 25, 2008 1:29 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: What food would you like to have right now?
Replies: 70
Views: 5142

Re: What food would you like to have right now?

Your mom.


No, wait, nevermind, I'm still full from last night.
by jgcrawfo
Thu May 22, 2008 5:10 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Dietry Differences in a Relationship
Replies: 34
Views: 4519

Re: Dietry Differences in a Relationship

Also: I'm interested in trying to cook seitan for him. I mean, it's versatile, and since he has problems with soy & legumes it would be a good idea to try this out as a veggie protein source. Only problem is that it's very difficult to get ahold of wheat gluten in the UK - I will have to order ...
by jgcrawfo
Thu May 22, 2008 6:37 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: ravioli fans
Replies: 23
Views: 2474

Re: ravioli fans

I quite like Chef Boyardee for when I am hungry and lazy. I eat it with a serious dose of chili powder and quick garlic toast.
Interestingly enough, you should notice 'textured soy protein' on the label. The meat sauce? Really soy protein sauce. Not that I mind, but I am just amused.
by jgcrawfo
Fri May 09, 2008 5:04 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Pizza Thread!
Replies: 139
Views: 15047

Re: Pizza Thread!

Bakemaster wrote: want the outside to be thinner and crisper while the inside stays fluffy.


A baking stone and a hot oven help a lot here. I haven't tried a thinner dough, as I like it kind of thick, but I will the next time I'm making some to see how well it works.
by jgcrawfo
Wed Apr 30, 2008 9:29 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Pizza Thread!
Replies: 139
Views: 15047

Re: Pizza Thread!

I made a pretty tasty crust this past weekend for a you-top pizza when people came by for a potluck. The crust was made with three cups spelt, one cup barley, and three cups white bread flour.
by jgcrawfo
Tue Apr 29, 2008 12:54 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Pies!
Replies: 20
Views: 2164

Re: Pies!

Nyarlathotep wrote:HOW HAS NO ONE SUGGESTED PUMPKIN PIE YET THIS IS A CRIME.

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:(



jgcrawfo wrote:My favorite pie is probably pumpkin, but I have high hopes for a squash/sweet potato hybrid pie I intend to make soon.

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:(
by jgcrawfo
Thu Apr 24, 2008 2:43 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Pies!
Replies: 20
Views: 2164

Re: Pies!

Reducing sugar shouldn't hurt at all. As well, if a recipe calls for white sugar, I usually use brown instead, unless it's something with a soft/delicate flavour, which makes it less sweet/more tasty. Sweet potato pie should definitely be made with brown instead of white. My favorite pie is probably...
by jgcrawfo
Sat Mar 01, 2008 8:11 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Herbals: Extracts, Tinctures, Salves & Oils
Replies: 28
Views: 4627

Re: Herbals: Extracts, Tinctures, Salves & Oils

So, I just bought like two dozen peppers at the market (they're less than perfect looking so extra cheap), and I want to do something like this with them. I'm thinking hot-pepper vodka would be good for drinking, and maybe roasted red peppers too?
by jgcrawfo
Sat Feb 16, 2008 1:24 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Herbals: Extracts, Tinctures, Salves & Oils
Replies: 28
Views: 4627

Re: Herbals: Extracts, Tinctures, Salves & Oils

Cool stuff! My first thought would be to try using bourbon as the alcohol and soaking mint to get a head-start on mint juleps.

Sorry if I missed this, but where do you store the jar while it's soaking? Cool, dark, warm, dry?
by jgcrawfo
Fri Feb 15, 2008 10:58 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Pancake Day 2008! (Or Shrove Tuesday for non-secular types)
Replies: 22
Views: 2505

Re: Pancake Day 2008! (Or Shrove Tuesday for non-secular types)

I forgot pancake day and had some yesterday to make up for it!
They were unsweetened sourdough-buckwheat pancakes, and I ate them with goat cheese. Quite good!
by jgcrawfo
Fri Feb 15, 2008 9:10 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Vegan Food
Replies: 47
Views: 21697

Re: Vegan Food

Do you have any experience with puff pastry? I've never seen a recipe for that that didn't use butter folded between the dough, but I'd like to be able to make things with it for my vegan friends. I still don't have enough experience with it to deviate from the recipe, but would shortening work as t...
by jgcrawfo
Fri Feb 15, 2008 9:06 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Leek Recipes!
Replies: 18
Views: 1807

Re: Leek Recipes!

My experience has been that when I by them from the super-grocer, they are clean save the outermost layer, while the farmer's market gives me leeks with grit throughout.
by jgcrawfo
Fri Feb 15, 2008 5:21 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Vegan Food
Replies: 47
Views: 21697

Re: Vegan Food

That's what I loved about the cake, the moist, fudgy texture.
Can you comment on if flax seed egg substitute and vegetable shortening are adequate replacements for eggs and butter?
by jgcrawfo
Fri Feb 15, 2008 12:57 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Vegan Food
Replies: 47
Views: 21697

Re: Vegan Food

Eggplant goes in all my lasagnas! Squash is also decent, though you might want to roast it a bit before lasagnaing it. Vegan deliciousness from a friend (who I think got it from 'Vegan with a Vengance'): 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour 1/4 cup cocoa powder 3 tblspn black cocoa powder 1 tsp baking...
by jgcrawfo
Fri Feb 15, 2008 12:53 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Leek Recipes!
Replies: 18
Views: 1807

Re: Leek Recipes!

I've never had a problem with tough leeks, but I don't use the tops for anything but stock. Don't cook them as long as brown onions or anything, though. I wish I could post pictures from my cookbook on the cleaning of them, but basically, you cut off most of the green end which you reserve for stock...
by jgcrawfo
Wed Feb 13, 2008 11:13 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Cocktails
Replies: 356
Views: 185703

Re: Cocktails

We came up with a shot the other night, that involved real maple syrup and scotch. We all had it in varying quantities, but the one I did was half of a shot-and-a-half glass with syrup and half scotch, it worked beautifully. The colour, watching the mixing, the texture, and the smokiness of scotch m...
by jgcrawfo
Wed Feb 13, 2008 6:29 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Alcohol: How to use it?
Replies: 56
Views: 13770

Re: Alcohol: How to use it?

DINNER TONIGHT: -Cut up some beef in stir-fry strips, place in a bowl, then cover with red wine (Masi something or other), add a chopped clove or two of garlic, and a small handful of minced parsley. Set aside to marinate. -Two hours later, decide you don't feel like stir-fry, and want spaghetti ins...
by jgcrawfo
Wed Feb 13, 2008 5:31 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Vegan Food
Replies: 47
Views: 21697

Re: Vegan Food

I had a cooking adventure/market day with a vegan friend a little over a week ago. This culminated in me throwing up red while he was passing out on the bathroom floor, afraid I was dying, but before that, it was a pretty delicious evening! We made some borscht (kind of) and some curried squash pie....
by jgcrawfo
Wed Feb 13, 2008 5:19 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Leek Recipes!
Replies: 18
Views: 1807

Re: Leek Recipes!

They go well in stir-fry, and leek-cheese (old cheddar or the like) toasted sandwiches are pretty snazoo.
No 'recipes' per se, though.
by jgcrawfo
Thu Jan 17, 2008 7:20 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: World's Largest Sofa (Substitute)
Replies: 4
Views: 1443

World's Largest Sofa (Substitute)

It appears that some 'protester' has one-upped the play-pen sofa idea: From BBC.
by jgcrawfo
Sat Jan 12, 2008 6:15 am UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: Waterloo Region Meet: xkcTea - When will the next one be?
Replies: 612
Views: 166605

Re: Waterloo Region Meet, Especially For Gordon

I think the dates flying around in the thread may have been confusing to someone trying to follow. Hope you kids had fun.
by jgcrawfo
Fri Jan 11, 2008 10:43 pm UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: Waterloo Region Meet: xkcTea - When will the next one be?
Replies: 612
Views: 166605

Re: Waterloo Region Meet, Especially For Gordon

Well, the tasting only runs till three. I guess the brewery's kind of flopped as a meet, but I'll still try and grab some 'real' friends and go, since I like that place. People are welcome to join if I'm there; I'll be the bald dude with a loaf of bread, maybe wearing an XKCD t-shirt. I probably loo...
by jgcrawfo
Fri Jan 11, 2008 9:01 pm UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: Waterloo Region Meet: xkcTea - When will the next one be?
Replies: 612
Views: 166605

Re: Waterloo Region Meet, Especially For Gordon

I will be the dude with no clothes or face. Or limbs, or torso, or any of that non-sense. I'll totally be there, I just won't be apparent and I won't be having to deal with any of that pesky 'paying dinner bills with empty bank account' things. Is it possible to get a statement of interest in the se...
by jgcrawfo
Thu Jan 10, 2008 11:09 pm UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: Waterloo Region Meet: xkcTea - When will the next one be?
Replies: 612
Views: 166605

Re: Waterloo Region Meet, Especially For Gordon

Saturday, noon, Brick Brewery.

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