Making Baby Gruel

During our more recent doctor visit (6 month checkup) we got the green light to start trying real foods with Allie. Way told to start with veggies, then fruits, and finally meats. Orange veggies were recommended first.  The recommendation was also to only try one food at a time for a few days before moving…

Vaccines – Lets Cut the BS

There is a lot of discussion on the internet these days on whether of not kids should get vaccines.  Depending which blog you read or what page you visit, vaccines can either save lives or cause autism.  Considering I have a 6 month at home, the topic is of interest and since a lot of…

Kiddo is 6 Months!

I kept starting and stopping a long winded post on this and never finished it. Here is a boiled down version that I actually got done. I wanted to go into depth on lessons learned and milestones for 6 months and honestly it just was taking forever. So here is the short list on the…

Our 4 Month Old Daughter – Lessons Learned

Our daughter Allie is nearing the four month mark. How time flies! It’s amazing how much you learn in such a short amount of time when it comes to your kids. For those with new little ones at home, or for those expecting, here are a few lessons learned from our first few months: Sleep…

Realistic Renewables – The Quick and Dirty

As an engineer, I try to think of things critically.  By that I mean I don’t take a lot a face value.  I try to take a step back, look at the situation or problem, and make my own determination based on the evidence.  As a power engineer, the topic of renewables is on my…

Sweet Potato and Golden Beet Cakes

I love a good potato cake.  They are crispy, savory, a bit salty, and can stand alone or make a great side dish.  I am always on the lookout for how to improve on potato cakes, or take them for a spin.  A few weeks ago I used some leftover mashed potatoes to make some…

Sharpening Versus Honing

Been a while since I wrote anything.  I have around four articles in the queue, just need to get them through the finish line.  The hardest thing about blogging on food, remembering to take photos.  That and paying attention to measurements.  For a diligent engineer, I cook with little regard to strict recipes and measurements.  Anyways,…

Electricity – The Water Analogy 

As an Electrical Engineer (power systems) I enjoy the subject of electricity and power more than most. Unfortunately when I get excited on a topic, I forget that many people don’t have the knowledge background I do. Even fundamental things like voltage and current dont fall in your normal persons vocabulary. I think the topic…

Why You Should Brine

A few years ago I began brining poultry. Started with the wet brine and have recently been working in dry brine.  My first brine experience was with a turkey.  Haven’t looked back since.  If you haven’t tried brining before, I encourage you to give it a shot.  If my word is not enough to sway you…

Chicken Skin

Slightly random topic here, but who likes chicken skin?  Seriously.  Based on a recent poll of friends and coworkers, maybe only 2 or 3 in every 5 people like it.  If we are talking women, that number drops to maybe 1 out of 5 (was told more than once that eating skin or off the…