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Apple and squash soup

This recipe is fantastic in the fall but is good anytime as well.

2 quartered and peeled parsnips
2 apples green pealed and cored
1 large winter squash (I like butternut)
3-4 table spoons of butter
4 cups chicken or vegiee broth
Small amount of leek sliced thin
1 to 1 1/2 cups of water
3 tbs of bourbon
1 tea spoon of cinnamon
1 tea spoon of black pepper
Sharp cheddar cheese

Preheat an oven to 400°. Begin by cutting the squash in half. Gutting it and separating the seeds out. Brush the squash with vegetable oil and place on a baking sheet face down. Rise seeds and toss in oil. Put seeds on backing sheet around the squash. Place in oven once it is preheated to temp. Toast seeds until golden and remove from the oven and set aside. They will be done well before the squash so keep an eye on them. Cook squash until tender. You know you are done when you can stick a fork in through the skin easily.

Once seeds are done and while the squash and is still cooking add butter to soup pot and saute apples and parsnips over medium heat. Add some sliced leeks (no more then a small hand full) and continue to cook over med heat until parsnips are tender. If the squash is still cooking it is ok to shut off heat on the apples and parsnips or keep on low until it the squash is done.

Once the baked squash is done (use the fork test mentioned earlier to know) remove from oven let cool for a minute or so. Flip the squash over and scoop out squash into soup pot and add to the saute stirring it in with the other ingredients. Bring the heat back up to medium and add broth continuing to stir. Add bourbon Keep heat and add a small amount of water over the next 30 to 40 minutes. Add pepper and cinnamon.

Reduce heat to low and using a stick blender puree the pot. Add water as needed to get a thickness you desire. Let stand for a moment or so.

Serve with in a bowl or cup with toasted seeds and shredded cheddar cheese over top for garnish and added flavor.


Radio Sux (or is basically all the same)

Sound technicians setting up the turn-table and amplifiers for the first "talkies" in Australia, 1927-1928

I’m just getting in from a long drive back from Woodstock, NY where I was stuck with only radio. Well not only radio I did have an MP3 player with me, after all even the most basic dumb phone these days has an MP3 player, but I like sampling whats on the airwaves in different communities when on a road trip so radio it was. Normally other then listening to news on NPR and the occasional collage station I avoid radio when home in Boston.

I have realized how homogenized radio has become over the past few decades. But that has been obvious with things like Clear Chanel’s rise to dominance. What was interesting about this trip was listening to Little Steven’s Underground Garage. I’ve heard former musicians’ syndicated radio shows before like Dee Snider’s House of Hair, but hearing Little Steven was new to me.

My trip started out with listening to him on my home town station WDST 100.1 Radio Woodstock. It is usually the station I’m locked to when in Woodstock and has produced some amazing DJ’s in the past such as Nic Harcourt now the radio director for KCRW a truly influential and unique public radio music station. What WDST had on was Little Steven’s Underground Garage. Little Steven’s voice is perfect for radio and he has a pedigree of rock royalty as a founding member of the E Street Band. The tunes were a perfect blend of cool driving music and excellent for a road trip.

Where I started getting triped up was when I started to lose WDST and switched over to WPYX 106.5 out of Albany, NY and got hit with the same show. Same ad’s, same Abbot and Costello bits, and same cleb sound bites. And then it happened again when I hit Springfield and switched over to WAQY 102. Same show AGAIN! Even down to the ads.

So I dig Little Steven’s program but I’m a little lost on where his show comes from. WDST has him listed as a DJ and the show is apparently syndicated even world wide through Radio Free America but I can’t figure out where it originates from. WDST would make sense. Woodstock as a community has long been established as a haven for amazing musical talent but I’m unsure.

What was really strange about the experience was that each time I picked it up it was at a different time slot and seemed to roll right along with me on repeat as I went down the Mass Pike.

I’m all for amazing musical selection being brought to communities that don’t have a Little Steven in them, but I’m left wondering if there is any original local radio anymore?

April Fools Fun from Across the Web.

On the holiday of fun a few things the got be to laugh today.

Chromercise! kinda like Jazzercise but with a web browser.

ShopSavy and GreyScale:

Scientific American feels so ashamed:

NPR Advances In 3-D May Mean No Ridiculous Glasses:

Union of Concerned Scientists:

Groupon‘s Patent application for well April Fools Day:

Blizzard Entertainment with StarCraft Motion:

Rock, Paper Shotgun‘s explination of ye’ old DRM measure by Ubi Soft:

XKCD in 3D:

Google is hiring Auto Compleaters:

Think Geek‘s Arsenic Based Sea Monkeys and the Playmobil Apple Store Playset:

Bungie brings Pimps at Sea franchise into the social space with PimpsVille:

Just google helvetica: Go on try it!

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