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Formspring Questions 1/21/2010

What is your middle name?

I actually have two middle names, Allen and Frank. I generally only use Allen unless it's a formal occasion.

What is your favorite snack?

At first I was going to respond and say this one was really tough, but then I realized that was wrong. Popcorn is my favorite snack hands down. I actually consider myself addicted to popcorn. With or without butter, lightly salted, maybe kettle corn, however it's made, I'll devour a ton of it.

Have you ever thought about dying your hair?

I once thought I would look good with black hair, thankfully I didn't go through with it.

What does the color blue taste like?

The color blue tastes like blueberry ice cream covered with blue Skittles. It's a little bit gross unless you pick the Skittles off.

What would you want your last meal to be?

This is a really tough one, and brings me back to a conversation that I had with a friend earlier this week. I don't really have any favorite foods. But I guess if I was forced to choose something it would probably ask for a really well done pasta dish with tomato sauce. Lasagna, spaghetti, ravioli, or whatever. It would be that or else I would just say, "bring me something I've never eaten before".

Tell me about your worst restaurant experience...

I don't usually dwell on bad restaurant experiences, I try to forget them and move on. So when I was thinking about this, the worst experience I remember actually happened when I was a kid. It was mothers day(or my mom's birthday, I don't really remember) and we went to Plentywood, which was the big town in our county. We went to this new restaurant that had opened and I remember waiting forever to get in, and then something else happened and my dad got mad. All I remember is my mother crying and us going across the street to the Blue Moon for dinner.

It might seem strange that someone who is obviously a food snob can't come up with a more recent experience, but it's the truth.

Ask me anything.

Creamed Spinach and a new Lens

I'm a bit excited today, I finally got my Christmas present, a new lens. It was delivered to me at work and I spent all afternoon trying to talk myself out of taking the day off and going out and playing. I had willpower and made it through the day. So I got home and what did I do, cooked and took photos of food of course.

I made creamed spinach for the first time, it went pretty well. Not perfectly, I had to improvise a bit at the end to get it to come together, but I'm happy with the results. Taking photos was also a breeze. I love this lens already, it's a 35mm 1.8 prime and makes taking photos in the lighting of my apartment many times easier.

Recipe*

  • Spinach
  • Whole Milk
  • Flour
  • Lemon
  • Sour Cream
  • Butter
  • Olive Oil
  • Crushed red pepper
  • Cajun seasoning of some sort
  • Paprika
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Garlic
  • Onion

Heat the butter and oil in a frying pan, once hot add the garlic and onion and cook until the onion is translucent. Once ready, start adding the spinach. Cook in the oil until limp and dark green. Transfer to a cutting board and chop coarsly.

In a saucepan add the remaining oil and butter from the frying pain, add milk and then put the spinach in the saucepan. Cook until heated fully. In a seperate bowl add a bit of milk, sour cream, and flour and whisk until smooth. Add that mixture along with a squeeze or two of lemon and stir. Continue cooking until the sauce is thick. Serve as soon as possible.

*Recipe is a bit generous, I kind of suck at measuring so have no idea how much of anything I put into the spinach.

Formspring Me

As you may have noticed I've been having a slight case of not writing the last few weeks. So in an effort to remedy the lack of content here, I've setup a Formspring account. So go ahead, ask me anything http://www.formspring.me/sloped

Where, What, When 3:10

The photo I posted last week was obviously a bit tough. I plan on staying away from graffiti from now on, unless it's something really neat. My friend Andrew did guess the location correctly, but never commented here, so he doesn't get any official credit. The location is on 26th Ave between Pillsbury and Portland, drive by someday and check it out. It's a nice burst of color for our dreary winter.

Hopefully I chose something a little easier this week, I like stumping everyone, but I also like when people actually guess. So here goes.

Have a great Wednesday and I hope the rest of your week flies right by into the weekend.

Football, Chefs, Sushi, and Beer

I'm certain 95% of my readers are planning on watching the Vikings game this Sunday. It starts at 5, and since the winner of the game goes to the Superbowl, it's kind of a big deal. I don't know if I'll watch the whole thing, but I plan on keeping my eye on the score regardless of what I'm doing.

I can't say I've watched much of the Saints this year, but I know they have a killer offense, and what some call a good defense. I expect all the experts are predicting a Saints win, especially since it's in the Superdome. I disagree, I think the Vikings will pull off a victory, and not a small one either. I think the final score will be somewhere in the 14-31 point range in favor of the Vikings. Why? Well first off the Vikings defense is playing well again, especially their front four. And no matter now good Drew Brees may be, he can't do anything when he's lying on his back. Also Brett Favre won a Superbowl in that dome, and regardless of what I said about him in the past, he's playing at an unseemly level for a 40 year-old and somehow I think he'll repeat history this weekend. I still don't like him, but I begrudging have to say I was wrong about how he would impact the Vikings.

But that's not the only Minnesota related competition happening Sunday. It turns out that the chefs at Saffron were picked to compete on the Food Network's the Iron Chef. Guess when the show airs? Sunday! It starts at 8 so there might be some overlap with the game, but since the Vikings are going to crush the Saints there will not be much.

So here is the deal, Azia is generously hosting a viewing party for us. The party kicks off at 7 and the show will be on at 8. Along with that, Azia is purchasing a case of Rogue Brewery's signature Morimoto Soba Ale. So not only do you get to watch some creative cooking you get to drink some creative beer.

So how about it, can you handle cheering for two Minnesota teams in one day? If you can, make your way to Azia and enjoy some good beer, good food, and have a chance to see Minnesota pull off two victories in one day.

RSVP here.

Friday Five 1/15/10 Edition

Before I get to the links, I want to ask you to take a minute to donate to the cause in Haiti. There are a ton of charities out there. By far the easiest way to donate is to text "Haiti" to 90999 on your cell phone. This will donate $10 which will be added to your cell phone bill. You can also donate at Give.mn today and they will match your donation. Thanks!

Now on to more entertaining stuff. Today I give you the usual collection of links. Don't worry, I personally guarantee they are all worth at least a little bit of your precious time.

  • A uplifting letter written by Iggy Pop shows up on "Letters of Note" (language)
  • A fantastic photo of some daring guys on a Chicago roof top
  • The Heavy Table promotes my anti-cold philosophy; Natural vitamin C.
  • Minnpics has a fantastic photo of a thresher. It remind me of home since I had one of these in my backyard growing up.
  • Stuff about Minneapolis shares a great story of true Minnesota nice.

Enjoy your weekend, get outside and soak up this weather before we return to normal. I will see you all back here next week.

Where, What, When 2:10

Another where another Wednesday. Where was this photo taken?

Have a great day and happy guessing.

Friday Five 1/7/10 Edition

I took a little blogging hiatus and it was refreshing, but now Friday Five is back with more fun, more randomness, and even more awesome things written by people not named Conner. Today is a roundup of links that came across my reader that caught my eye. Enjoy.

  • If you have a birthday coming up, The Heavy Table has a great roundup of great restaurants that give free desserts on your special day
  • Bigboxcar points us to a photo of a giant rubber ducky
  • Febgiving has been declared and I'm coming out as a supporter, get your stomachs ready
  • MN Headhunter posts a really great writeup of being offered his dream job
  • Unclutter showcases the best unitasker items of the year

Have a great weekend all, I'm off to the frozen tundra of Grand Forks to take in a hockey game and catchup with old friends. It should be fun, and I hopefully I don't have a repeat of last years trip.

Beer By The Numbers

I was inspired today when I came across this site by The Opie which lists the 1,000 beers he drank in 2009. If you know me at all you know I'm a big beer drinker. I love drinking beer, trying new beers, and bathing in beer. Okay that last one is a little creepy and wrong, but still the point is I like a good cold beer after a long days work, or after a lazy morning of watching Youtube videos. So I'm starting my own project and have setup Daytum to keep track of my beer consumption this year. So far I've had seven beers this year. If you are interested, you can monitor the decline of my liver here*.

I'm tracking what beers I drink as well so it should be fun to see how many different types of beer I can try this year. I'm kind of excited about this.

*Someday Daytum will allow me to easily embed a panel showing my beer count on my site and not force me to send you elsewhere to see my consumption.

Where, What, When 1.5:10

I was informed that my previous Where, What, When is too difficult. So I'm posting an second one. Same rules apply, hopefully this one is easier though.

Of course guessing is still open on the first one.