Awesome Awesome Cranberry Sauce

Don’t buy the canned shit. Make your own! Try this really tasty cranberry sauce recipe for the holidays (Christmas, New Years, Thanksgiving, whatever). You will be glad you did. Takes literally 10 minutes to assemble and maybe 15-20 to sit in the pot. The food goes in the pot, not you.

  • 4 Naval Oranges, peeled and sectioned
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 cups fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup chopped apple
  • 1/2 cup of raisins
  • 1/4 cup of chopped walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp powdered ginger
  • 1/2 tsp of cinnamon

Combine all ingredients in a pot. Boil. Reduce and simmer for 10-15 mins or until cranberries start to pop. That’s it. You will love it! Happy Thanksgiving!


Their Voices Are Bringing Trees To Their Knees

Don't You Know That They Work Hard?

As I continue thinking about some of my favorite music from this decade, I started thinking about music from the 1990’s that remains on my “constants” list.  There are not many bands from that decade (or any decade, for that matter) who stay on my main ITunes playlist ALL THE TIME. But I can say that Palace’s “Viva Last Blues” album has remained there steadfastly since I first got an Ipod way back when. I will rotate songs from that album on and off the IPod from time to time, but there has never, ever been a time where there hasn’t been a song from this album on my playlist. That says a lot.

Palace is, without question, an acquired taste. It is quite mellow. Some people just can’t get by the voice and that’s understandable, given it is warbling and teetering on the verge of…..something. Freddie Mercury he is not. But the music has such warmth and the lyrics are so interesting and the songs just…..stay. They stay. Every song on the album, for me, is like an old sweatshirt, except it doesn’t get weathered and it never sounds aged. What I love about this album is that you can slip it by your mainstream friends easily. For example, I have a few songs from Viva Last Blues on our “mellow” playlist, which we typically trot out when we have guests over or whatnot. And it fits! It fits right in there with the mellow Jack Johnson stuff and the Neil Young “Harvest” era songs and the Mazzy Star, etc etc. But when you listen to it separately, you think this is just some guy who needs to practice more.

Whatever. I’m not good as descriptions, so I’ll let the music do it. Here’s “The Brute Choir,” from one of my absolute favorite 1990’s album, Viva Last Blues.

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Random Stuff

  • The Boston Globe, as previously mentioned, is a mere shell of its former self. You can still get good quality newswriting there, the problem is that more and more of it comes from New York or the Associated Press. I miss the true local coverage. But those are the economics of the times and the economics of new media. You just can’t replace physical subscription revenue with online display ads where you shoot ducks or whatever. But the Globe Reader is an interesting direction. I’ve been toying with the idea of getting a Kindle. I’ve seen other people with it and it’s so…..tiny. So it would be handy. The screen is quite beautiful, too. But I think I toe the line somewhere between a new media junkie and an old world fuddy-duddy, because I’m having a hard time imagining myself reading a book or a newspaper on an electronic gadget of any kind. So many people in my age group have told me, though, that they felt the same way – until they got one. So we’ll see.
  • The cloudy, murky, infuriating world of health insurance got more wacky with this mammogram thing this week. It seems insane to me that women wouldn’t be encouraged to get mammograms until they are in their 50’s, but I admit that I haven’t really followed the story all that much so I don’t know the gory details. I can’t bear to, because I know I’ll just get mad. That says a lot about American healthcare – that I can’t bother to inform myself in detail about it because I’ll just get upset. I know it’s a complicated subject, but I’m just so tired of the politics. Does it really matter who is president?
  • CNN posts the Top 10 Internet Moments of the Decade. I’m coming to love the end of decades now because the excessive amount of list-making is pure entertainment. That said, I’m taking seriously my quest to find my favorite music of the decade. Anyway, Google’s launch of AdWords is #2 on the list (Craigslist was first). AdWords is the machine for advertisers to buy keywords online and show their ads on search results pages. To say it revolutionized the internet is a bit of an understatement. I started working at Ask before Google launched this product and it is safe to say that I would not still be at Ask if Overture never invented it and Google didn’t nearly-perfect it. Anyway, it’s a fun list.
  • An interesting piece on baseball, salary caps and scheduling from Howard Bryan on As a Red Sox fan, I’ve already made my point here about how I think baseball is broken. This last season my interest really waned in baseball because I’m tired of always seeing the same teams in the playoffs nearly every year. There are some interesting points in the article that refute the idea of salary cap, but I’m not buying it. Oh, every now and then a dark horse wins it, sure, but the league needs balance and anyone who tells you that MLB has it is using smoke and mirrors. It’s really too bad.

Brot Brot Boogie

The Real Deal
The Real Deal

In Berlin, Massachusetts, about 30 miles due west of Boston, there’s a little farm nestled in between innocuous residential streets. We discovered Balance Rock Farm when they started setting up shop at the Maynard Farmers Market about five years ago and this past summer, in our initiative to increase eating more locally and more responsibly, we purchased nearly all of our meat, eggs, butter and cheese there. It was a good choice! Because everything they produce tastes fresher than what we buy in the supermarket.

Unfortunately, during the winter months, their offerings are slightly more lean and we have to drive over to Berlin to grab stuff from them instead of just walking down to the farmers market. Sometime in December, I’ll get the call from them that our chickens are ready. Back in September, I signed up to take six of them. Not live chickens – I’m not really ready for that – but six freshly killed chickens that we’ll freeze and will take us through the winter. So I am looking for good whole chicken recipes if you’ve got ’em. Send it on over!

In the meantime, I’m still trying to figure out and get on board with something that will turn this company (and others like it) on its head the same way Google turned search on its head…….someone’s going to do it. Just a matter of when.