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Sunday, June 4th, 2006
9:37 pm
1 9" unbaked pie shell
1 9" Gram Cracker crust (my choice)
1 egg
2/3 cup sour cream
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup flour
Pinch of salt
1 1/2 cup fresh raspberries
2 cups frozen raspberries
(or half and half, this is what I prefer)


1/4 cup loosely packed brown sugar
1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup chopped walnuts (optional, I don't like walnuts)
1/8 cup firm butter
1/4 cup gram cracker crumbs

IF you use frozen raspberries, thaw and strain the juice. Thicken the juice in a sauce pan over low heat with corn starch and 1-2 tbs. of sugar. Juice will set to a jelly mixture, remove from heat and set aside.

Beat eggs; whisk in sour cream and vanilla. Mix sugar, flour and salt. Add to egg mixture. Gently stir in raspberries.

Pour into pie shell and bake at 400 degrees for 30-35 minutes or until stir is almost set.

Mix brown sugar, flour and nuts. Cut in butter and add gram cracker crumbs until mixture is crumbly. Sprinkle over hot pie. Bake 10-15 minutes longer. (if frozen raspberries) Spread jelly mixture over hot pie.

Edited Jun 30, 2006: Corrected some proportions.
Tuesday, January 10th, 2006
10:05 pm
Monday, November 14th, 2005
8:42 pm
Monday, October 31st, 2005
10:20 am
Wednesday, October 19th, 2005
10:33 am
Sunday, June 19th, 2005
8:31 pm
We're going to have to find a new place to buy Steaks on Tuesdays

Fire Guts Broadway/Wellington Dominic'sCollapse )
Tuesday, March 29th, 2005
3:17 pm
Monday, January 17th, 2005
8:57 pm
This is the post where I bitch again about school
I am so tried I want to cry!
Not tried cause I can't sleep, though I couldn't sleep saturday night, so at 1am while everyone else was out drinking, I was doing Quantum Mechanics.
Tired cause I spent far too many hours of my weekend working on work that was due today. I am supposed to go play pool tonight, but man, I just wan to sleep and do nothing...

Current Mood: exhausted
Tuesday, January 11th, 2005
10:28 pm
Cause it seemed interesting... What Age Do I Act?Collapse )
Saturday, September 18th, 2004
1:42 pm
Brian, where have you been?
Well, recently I have pretty much spent my time locked in the physics building at Depaul university. Yes, finally I have started my career as a professional student. 3 years at Depaul for my Masters, then another 4-5 somewhere else for my Doctorate. It's fantastic. Biggest surprise? Grad school is much more like a job than like undergrad. I have an office I share with the other TAs, I have a desk and a computer. One of the other guys brought a mini-fridge and coffee maker in to the office, there is a microwave upstairs... These are all good things because I just got my first paycheck from being a TA, it's sad. I just make enough in a month to cover rent and utilities. I can't even eat! Well, that's fine, cause the good news is that my old job can't find somebody to replace me. They made two offers and both guys took better jobs after accepting the offer. The most recent was supposed to start on monday, but he is going to work for Google instead. Good for him! I didn't quit that job cause everything was going hunky-dory. So that means they are still very happy to have me work a couple of hours a week for them just to keep things running. So I am working a hour or so every morning, and maybe a couple of hours on the weekend (they'll let me work as much as I like, but that is about all I can handle, you try having 4-5 hours of homework every night, all heavy heavy math)

Anyway, to continue my rambeling... So yeah lots of physics. I am taking two classes and trying to audit a third. I sorta knew that upper level physics was all math, but I though I would remember more of my vector calculus and differential equations, but nope, 1997 was a long time ago and that is the last time I used anything like that. So the last week and a half have been pretty brutal as a try desperately to recover my math skills, but I think I've finally turned the corner and things are starting to get easier, not harder (although I'll see later when I go into school and check some of my answers with my prof). Learning the pain and pleasure of Matlab programming (mostly pain). But teaching! Yay! I am a TA for 3 lab sections every week, and I really love it. It is totally the highlight of my week, helping these young kids figure out the speed of sound and measure gravity ("Yes, 12m/s^2 is close enough for today..."). So even if the heavy math swells up and devourers my hope of graduating, I will still try to pursue something in teaching career.

Also, by my professor insistence, every friday I am usually at the Red Lion hanging out with him and a couple of the grad students. Good time, but tough for a poor grad student. Drop by and we'll start babbling on about quantum loop gravity or the dark mater lattice of the universe, or something else that would make us indistinguishable from raving lunies.

Ok, that's all of my hung-over ramble for today (ah, open-bar wedding, so wonderful, till the next day)

Current Mood: hungover
Monday, August 23rd, 2004
11:09 pm
So check it out I am starting a holistic healing practice. I've got a website (first of course cause I am a geek), cards and a massage table on the way. Now I just need to find a space to use.

Anybody want a session?

Current Mood: accomplished
Wednesday, July 28th, 2004
12:11 pm
What, you ask, is that robot doing?
It is, quit litterally, cleaning up the shit for me. Cat shit that is. Yes, M and I are now proud owners of a black Litter Robot. Our cats are amazed at the strange sounds that they litter box makes 7 minutes after they use it, but I don't think they've figured that out quite yet. But almost. They are both staring at it right now, as it has just finished it's cleaning cycle, wondering what magic makes it do what it does. Ah robots, so wonderful, how did I ever live without them.

Now if I can just get a robot to do this work for me so I can just play the guitar all the time...
Monday, July 19th, 2004
1:29 pm
I have a shiny new sound system
So those of you who know me well, know my love for big sound equipment. This of course is because I was a live sound engineer for quite some time with meterbridge and griton (though not at the same time).

Well recently I, for a variety of reasons, decided I needed my own professional grade PA system. So, yes yes, I have now a plethora of sound equipment in my living room.

Not including musical instruments, here is what I have now:

(2) JBL JRX 112M - Speakers/Monitors. 12" driver and 1" horn
(1) JBL JRX 118S - 18" subwoofer
(1) Mackie DFX12 - 12 channel mixing board with digital effects processor built in
(1) Furman PL-Plus - Power Conditioner
(1) Behringer DEQ2496 - Digital EQ+Compressor+Expander/Gate/Limiter - (This thing is Bad ass)
(1) Behringer CX3400 - 2/3way Stereo, 4 way mono crossover (yes, I have a stereo 3 way crossover, it's ridiculous)
(1) Crown PB-1 - Power amplifier - (I previously had this, it's about 12 years old actually)
(1) Crown CE200 - Power Amplifier - this is huge both is size/weight, and power. Also ridiculous
(1) Byer DT770 - Headphones - (I am very impressed with both the isolation and clarity of these)
(1) Shure SM57 - "Legendary" Instrument Mic (<-- according to the packaging anyway)
(1) Shure SM58 - "Legendary" vocal Mic (<-- according to the packaging anyway)
(1) Shure Beta-87A - Condenser Vocal Mic - (I had this from before)

Add this to my Mbox+Pro-Tools+Reason setup and the growing number of musical instruments appearing in our apartment (M got a new 88-key keyboard [Yamaha DGX500] and you beginning to see the craziness that is my life.

Current Mood: happy
Friday, June 25th, 2004
4:19 pm
Tuesday, June 8th, 2004
4:26 pm
Last night? Well, last few nights....
Last night was left over stir-fry. Left over from when? Saturday night we had a party, I made stir fry for me, M and Ken who helped us prep. I also (for the first time) made egg rolls and Crab Rangoon, both of which turned out very well. I used the recipe for the egg rolls that came with the wraps, but I winged the Rangoons and they were pretty awesome.
I also got to the Gym last night for the frist time in a month, trying to get my stress level down, but once you hit the limit, it only goes down slowly... ugh
Friday, June 4th, 2004
4:30 pm
what dinner?
Last night?

Before I left work I had the half of a sandwich I didn't eat at lunch, and at 11pm at night I had a yogurt. healthy huh?
Maybe I can get some rest this weekend.
Thursday, June 3rd, 2004
2:43 pm
Dinner was....
Deep Dish Pizza.
From Giordano's (I think) after helping my friend JJ move from one appartment to another. I have helped him move for quite some time, and I would be helping Pam move too (I've forgotten how to do LJ users)
Wednesday, June 2nd, 2004
12:08 pm
Dinner on Tuesday
Was 'Steak Night' at Micky's Pub, where you bring your own steak and they cook it for you (for pretty cheep) and give you all the fixings. It was a good time.

Lunch today is left-over stuffed shells from saturday night. Tasty....
Tuesday, June 1st, 2004
12:37 pm
Last Night's Dinner (1st in a series)
So rather than not write at all I am going to start talking about "last night's dinner". Sometimes this might be a cullinary creation I've made, and it might not always be "last night's" (like today, I'll talk about saturday night's dinner)

Dinner on Saturday night was my (not really) famous "Stuffed Shells".
1 pkg jumbo stuffed shells
10oz "reduced fat" jimmy dean sausage (tube)
1/2 a large yellow onion
6 cloves of garlic
16oz can tomato sauce
16oz can diced tomatos
8oz can tomato paste
1/2 package choped frozen spinach
16 oz tub of ricotta cheese
16 oz shredded Mozzarella cheese
seasoning salt
black pepper
chilli powder

* Cook pasta
* Saute Onion, add in sausage and galic and healthy ammount of oregeno, basil and seasoning salt
* In medium sauce pan combine tomato paste, sauce, diced tomatos, and spinach. Add in all of the spices. (add a 1/2 cup of water if too thick) and cook together.
* when the sausage mix is done and brown, combine in a bowl with ricotta cheese and half the mozzarella.
* coat bottom of square glass pan with sauce.
* stuff sausage/cheese mixture in shells, set in pan
* cover stuffed shells with remaining sauce
* top with remaining mozzarella
* bake at 425 for 10-15 minutes

I served this with 5 cheese texas toast and a salad (and a nice wine).

Current Mood: hungry
Friday, May 7th, 2004
2:19 pm
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