Daily Archives: September 22, 2012

Mmm… tacos!

Tacos are always fun.  I smoked a pork shoulder yesterday and had some pork handy for them.The shoulder was rubbed with black pepper, kosher salt, garlic, and ground coriander seeds with a bit of brown sugar just for fun.  It spent all day in the smoker that I stoked with apple wood chips and a little wild cherry.  I still had to bring it in to finish in the oven, ending late enough I just tossed the whole thing into the fridge overnight.  I pulled it apart this morning, sending the dogs into a tizzy.  A final few chops with a big knife and it was ready to bag and freeze.  I kept out plenty for immediate (tacos!) use.


A Toy Train In Space

Okay, this is like the best dad ever. Though I suspect he did it as much for himself as his son.

On Aug 24th 2012 we sent my son’s favorite train “Stanley” to space in a weather balloon with a HD camera and an old cell phone for GPS. He was recovered 27 miles away in a corn field and we got some great footage of the trip. This video documents the journey from liftoff to landing.

My 4 year old and Stanley are inseparable like Calvin and Hobbes. He’s been attached to him since he was two, and they play, sleep and do everything together. I animated Stanley’s face with After Effects and Photoshop to bring him to life how I imagine my son sees him.

Here’s the original video I made of my son and Stanley when he was 2 years old, same basic concept:

My day job:
Digital Agency

If you head over to the youtube link (click on the video title and it will open the youtube page) for more from the creator.

Mmm… caramel

I’ve seen this method of caramel making in various recipes on line for ages and never bothered to try it until last night.  We visited a new Mexican market that opened nearby wanting to see what they had on offer.  We were disappointed in that they were just barely stocked with an assortment of canned goods and had no cheeses or meats aside from a few items that didn’t look very good.  I grabbed two cans of sweetened condensed milk so as not to leave empty handed.  (The Kroger labeled can in the pic is just a prop, I took the labels off the other cans before I boiled them.)This stuff is worth the minor effort.  You can dip the caramel out with a spoon, or you can cut the ends off a chilled can and push it out like I did for the photo above.  I boiled these for 3 or 4 hours – I understand that the color darkens and the caramel stiffens more with longer cooking.  I bet this will go great on apple slices.