Month: January 2016

Took the plunge

By plunge I’m talking about Sous Vide cooking. It’s a a way to keep water at a certain constant temperature.

I’ve been a subscriber to Chef Steps on YouTube for a long time now. I’ve tried their crispy waffle recipe and their Crispy Creme donut recipe. Both were big hits around here.

So they’ve been talking about their Joule Sous Vide cooker. It’s a stick that is controlled by a phone app.

This means that in addition the the $199 I spent on the sous vide cooker I’m going to have to spend another $169 to get a new phone with enough on board memory to install the app and another $60 for a vacuum sealer and $25 for some bags.

So the total to do sous vide will be $453. Add to that the $339 I paid for the KitchenAid Pro 600 mixer and we’re up to $792 just for necessary gear. And almost forgot the $10 for the Diastatic Malt Powder necessary for both the waffles and donuts and we’re at a grand total of $802.

So cooking in a new way is expensive. Well – not that much over time.

Saw it: Star Wars The Force Awakens

Went to the 11:35PM showing at Showcase Cinemas in Warwick/E.G. RI. Actually it is at the intersection of Division Rd. East Greenwich and Quaker Lane, Warwick.

Anyhow the movie was directed by one J.J. Abrams. Known for the latest Star Trek movie as well as a few other goodies it was obvious he was directing this one.

Spoiler alert – stop reading here if you don’t want to know.

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The way to travel the East Coast

So coming back from Gum Neck – Golumbia, NC Google Maps had me go a slightly different route. Normally it’s NC-94 to NC-32 to NC-37 to NC-17 and then onward to U.S. 17 then I-64 then I-95.

But a shorter route has you go then NC-94 to NC-32 to NC-17 and U.S. 17 all the way up to I-64 and then go U.S. 13 to U.S. 113 then to U.S. 1 and finally the NJ Turnpike. Shaves a considerable amount of time off the trip.

In the former it takes 11 hours 6 minutes and 707 miles. The latter 10 hours 48 minutes, or 18 minutes less and only 644 miles.

But hey – 18 minutes isn’t bad. And traffic isn’t horrendous through Virginia. That’s a biggie because I-95 through Virginia sucks – it makes me prefer the traffic snarls on I-93 around Boston.