Don’t Look Now, But The Mariners Aren’t Terrible

by A.J. Coltrane

Gene Brabender. Just because.

Every conversation I had about the Mariners this summer seemed to go the same way:

Me: “How about those M’s.. they’re doing ok!”

Them: “The M’s suck.”

Me: “No, they’re really about a .500 team. They’re average.”

Them: “Eh. I’m pretty sure they suck, or they’re going […]

Container Garden Update — September 29, 2014

by A.J. Coltrane

Previous post here.

September 30, 2014 post here.

The final harvest took place last year on October 7. This year it happened on September 28. Last year we got 226 pounds out of the EarthBoxes. Yesterday’s harvest brings us to 270 pounds of produce for 2014. Improvement!

Here are yesterday’s twenty-three pounds of peppers:


Linda Keaton’s Scooby Snacks

In one of those whoops moments. I managed to post this before I had it finished.

Last month, the Iron Chef family lost a very dear friend, Linda Keaton. Linda was known in many circles as “The Rabbit Lady” as she volunteered at Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle for many years taking care of and […]

Marvel Puzzle Quest Builds And Character Colors

by A.J. Coltrane

By request. Note that the builds differ based upon intended use, teammates, or preference:

Character Rarity Build 1 Build 2 Build 3 Invisible Woman **** 3/5/5 – – Nick Fury **** 3/5/5 5/5/3 – Wolverine **** 5/5/3 – – Character Rarity Build 1 Build 2 Build 3 Beast *** 5/5/3 – – […]

Rick Bayless’ Tomato “Carpaccio” Salad

by A.J. Coltrane

The Actual Title is much longer than that — Heirloom Tomato “Carpaccio” With Tomatillo Salad, Avacado and Fresh Herbs. LWN recipe link here.

The recipe:

INGREDIENTS DRESSING 3 garlic cloves, unpeeled 1/4cup (lightly packed) cilantro leaves 2 1/2tablespoons light vinegar (like cava or rice wine vinegar) 1/4cup good-quality olive oil (or unrefined corn or peanut oil) […]

Container Garden Update — September 21, 2014

by A.J. Coltrane

Previous post here.

September 22, 2013 post here.

It seems like only yesterday…. Here’s July 24:

And today:

The cucumbers are behind me for this picture. Over the last few days we’ve pulled the tomatillos, Romas, Krims, and Oregon Spring tomatoes.


NFL Playoff Odds

by A.J. Coltrane

From Nate Silver’s Five Thirty Eight site. NFL playoff odds based on current record:

The most interesting thing to me is the huge swings in probability that can take place early in the season — a season can functionally be over after the first three games.

3-0 — 75% playoff odds.

2-1 […]

Lunch In A Box Is Back From Hiatus

by A.J. Coltrane

I often used to go to It’s a website featuring tips and ideas using bento boxes. It got me excited enough about the process to buy a bento box for myself.

She’s now back from a four year “break”, with a few new posts since May. The archives are worth a look if […]

Container Garden Update — September 14, 2014

by A.J. Coltrane

Previous post here.

September 15, 2013 post here.

35 pounds of stuff today, 47 pounds for the week(!) We’re now over 200 pounds of produce for the year.

Today’s harvest. It mostly covered the dining room table:

Tuesday looks paltry by comparison:


A Quick Weeknight Pizza

by A.J. Coltrane

A big disadvantage of preparing a two-hour dough is that it’s not enough time for enzymes to liberate natural sugars from the flour. The flavor suffers as a result, and the color is rarely as nicely carmelized as seen on longer-rise doughs.

Last week’s Batali dough got me thinking about adding sugar, or honey, […]