Thursday, November 22, 2007

Minimum Daily Requirements

I read somewhere that there should be a minimum daily requirement of hugs. I think they settled on 8. To that effect, I think I will hand out hugs at the turkey dispensing unit at the market. Wouldn't that be fun?

And you don't even have to rip out my giblets. Say, pass those potatoes, m'kay?

Your MDR of Cool Things:

One tornado and One wedding ring later...

BLANCHARD, Okla. (AP) — In 1973, a tornado killed Elinda Hill and her newborn son, and left her gold wedding ring hidden in the dirt.

Thirty-four years later, Eva McGrew was walking across the dirt in her backyard vegetable garden when she saw something shining in the sun.

She bent to pick it up and saw that it was a gold ring, with a cluster of three small diamonds.

"That ring was laying there on top of the ground just sparkling," she said.

Your MDR of Wonderful Design:

Wonderful use of Flash Design on a website!

The portfolio of Alex Cherry-
Alex Cherry

Your MDR of Inspiring Words:

"When photographing I’m always thinking of life, death, and hope. These three concepts act as a framework for each image. Sometimes the creative process is smooth, and ideas just flow. Other times the process isn’t as smooth and I just get lucky. Then of course, there are times when things just don’t work out at all. But I don’t mind because I know that eventually everything will turn out okay."--Carlos Tarrats

Your MDR of Wicked-Good Food:

Whole Wheat Cranberry Bread

adapted from Cranberry Thanksgiving

Preheat over to 350 degrees while you assemble the ingredients.

2 cups of flour (I used whole wheat pastry flour these days)
1/2 to 3/4 cup of sugar (depending on how tart you like your baked goods, I opt for less, personally)
1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
1 teaspoon salt (kosher if you have it)
1 stick of softened butter
1 beaten egg
The zest of one orange
3/4 cup of orange juice
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon of freshly grated nutmeg (if you must, you can use pre-ground)
1 bag of carefully rinsed and picked over cranberries
1 cup of chopped, toasted pecans (you are welcome to substitute your favorite nut, but I recommend you don't skip the toasting step. It just makes everything better)

Cream the butter and sugar together. Mix in the egg, orange juice and orange zest. Mix dry ingredients together separately and then add in the wet ingredients. Stir until just mixed and fold in the cranberries and nuts. Spoon into a greased bread pan. If you want to go for an extra touch, sprinkle a little turbinado sugar (Sugar in the Raw) over the top of the bread.

Bake for an hour at 350 degrees and then check with a skewer or toothpick. It made need another ten or fifteen minutes.

If you use whole wheat flour, the bread will have this gorgeous amber color when you cut into it and it will make you feel