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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Cooking 4 Guys - Buffalo Balls

I found a recipe for Buffalo Balls, and I don't mean a version of Rocky Mountain Oysters. Finally a use for ground Turkey and Chicken instead of just making fake meatloaf or burgers. It's easy to make, and can be adjusted for your taste with no problem.

The ingredients For the meatballs are
1 lb ground chicken or turkey
2 oz cream cheese, softened
2 eggs
3 Tbl chopped celery
3 Tbl crumbled blue cheese
1/2 tsp pepper

The ingredients for the sauce are
1/2 cup Frank's Red Hot
1/2 stick (4 oz) butter

How to make them
Mix the meatball ingredients together, don't add any salt to it, there's enough salt there already with the blue cheese, and the Frank's Red Hot also has salt in it. Turn on your oven to 350 to start getting it hot while you shape the balls. When the ingredients are mixed well, start to take a tablespoon full of the mixture (not an official measurement, just a rough guess to get a good size. These are appetizer meatballs, not for pasta or sandwiches), roll it into a ball, or if you are doing this for the 'Big Game' make it football shaped. Place them on a flat baking or cookie sheet. When you are done with all the mixture and they are evenly spread over the cookie sheet, put them in the oven, check the time or use a timer to cook them for 10 minutes.
Now to make the sauce. Put the butter into a microwave safe bowl, if your not sure look on the bottom and it usually tells you if it's microwave or dishwasher safe, some bowls are even safe to put in the oven, but don't do it unless it says so on the bottom of the bowl. Add the Frank's Red Hot and put it in the microwave for about 2 minutes. Stir it to mix it well.
Back to the Meatballs. Take them out of the oven, don't try eating them yet as they aren't done. You want to dip the balls into the Franks's Red Hot sauce you just made, and let them get a coating, be careful as the balls are gonna be soft, you don't want them falling apart. When you have all of your balls coated with Frank's Read Hot, put them back in the oven for another 12 minutes. If you have left over sauce, you can pour it over the balls when they have about 3 or 4 minutes left to cook.
When they are done put them on a plate or in a bowl to serve. The recipe says you will get about 16 balls from this recipe, if you want more then double all the ingredients and go for it. The Buffalo Balls already have a bit of blue cheese in them, but for people like me a bit of blue cheese dressing for dipping is nice too. Other items to serve with it are ranch dressing for those who are not big blue cheese dressing fans, and of course celery. Also a nice glass, mug, bottle, or can of your favorite malt beverage to wash it all down with.
Enjoy the 'Big Game'.

I found this recipe on Pinterest, and the web site 'I Breathe, I'm Hungry'

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

The Problem with Facebook: "It's Keeping Things From You"

The Problem with Facebook: “It’s Keeping Things From You” is a post from: Open Culture. Watch it here or go to the YouTube site to watch it. I have a solution that I use that I will describe below the video, so if you go to the YouTube site, remember to come back here to check out my way to get around Facebooks's throttling of my choice to view posts, and how I took control of my Facebook.

OK, I hope you enjoyed that video, and learned something by it.
I am a regular YouTube watcher so I see his point, and since the videos I watch I either click on in a post, or watch embedded in an article or blog as it is here in my blog, or as a choice I searched for or it's related videos while at the YouTube site.
I am a regular Facebook visitor, mostly to keep in touch with my friends and family, especially since I moved from Pa to SC.

I may not get to see every post in YouTube, but I can subscribe to a channel and be able to see the posts they have added to the site. I am subscribed to about 30 or 40 different video producers and sharers, and I get regular emails when one of the people and groups I subscribe to makes a post. When I go to my own YouTube Home Page, I have a list of everyone that I've followed this way, with the number of videos they have posted since I last was on YouTube to visit their page. A couple of them are interests or groups, so I may get a compilation of multiple sources in one list.

I have found you can do a similar action in Facebook. You already have a couple of friend groups, as in close friends, family, and you can add others, like I added my school, and my home town, I have one for South Carolina members I am friends with. When I add a friend I makes sure I connect to one of these groups, so I can click this group and get the posts made by all those who are part of the group.
I then go to your Home Page, at the top of the page on the right you see the 3 notification icons, then it says Home then your name then the security and settings icons. If you click on Home, you are taken to your main Facebook timeline. On the left side is a column with areas like favorites, groups, friends, apps, and interests. By hovering over each of these headings of each section you see the word more. If you click it a page with the list of every group, including ones you,ve created and ones you've joined. By each of them is a pencil icon, if you click that pencil you get a small menu of choices with one being add to favorites, this anchors it to the top section of the links on the left of the page. Using the more button at the bottom of this list you can re-arrange them as you like.

Now on to pages you have Liked. When you click on the Like button of a page, there is a drop down menu, you can choose whether you want their posts in your timeline, whether you went them listed in your notifications, and if you want the listed in other interest lists. The interests works just like the groups with your friends, and once you set up an interest you can actually add a page without liking it if you want to follow it.
I have an interest of sports with the Philadelphia teams, plus sports radio and tv pages, and sports web sites. I have an interest with movies I've watched and want to watch. I have an interest of the tv shows I enjoy. I have an interest of Spartanburg Restaurants, so I can keep track of any specials and coupons they have (most are the national site but since they have a restaurant near me that I visit I put them here). Some interests have a couple of pages listed in them some have 20 or 30 pages.
I can check them out or ignore them as I want to, and every time I go there, I get the recent posts each page has made. In this way I can decide if I want to see the post with out having it be stuck on my timeline, and being subjected to the information overload.

By doing this I have more control over what I see everyday, and it's a conscious choice rather then according to some sort of algorithm that Facebook has created.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Cooking 4 Guys - Hamburger helper

As far as a fast and easy meal, Hamburger Helper is great. But there are so many ways you can add to and enhance the flavors to make it better.

Now there are many flavors of Hamburger Helper, but there are many ways to enhance basic cheeseburger Hamburger Helper. I like to make my own chili mac version.

My version starts with half pound of hamburger and a half pound of sausage, usually use breakfast sausage but at times I like to add sweet or hot italien sausage. Brown the meat and drain half of the fat from the pan, I feel when you drain all the fat out you also drain out all the flavor. You don't pour out the broth from a stew, you use it to enhance the flavor. Next step is to add a half cup of salsa, what ever type of salsa you prefer, let that cook for a bit to flavor the meat.

I then add the flavor from the Hamburger Helper pack, letting it cook into the meats and salsa. Letting it all get a nice coating with cheese and spices, add half of the called for water from the package, when it forms a nice sauce, add the noodles and the rest of the water.

Now it's just let is cook according to the package. Stirring to keep the noodles from sticking, and when the water is all absorbed, you can add a little bit of hot sauce or other spice, and you have your own personalized chili mac Hamburger Helper.

This would be good with your choice, some totilla or corn chips, or some nice crusty bread. With a salad you have a full meal.