Friday, May 26, 2006

Experiments in Fooding! ::

Potato and Corn Chowder & Smoked Salmon Alfredo over Fettuccine ::

So what do you do when a relative hands you a pound of tasty, tasty smoked salmon, and you want to do more than eat it with bagels and lox? Well, you make something out of it! Just like that old saying goes, "When life hands you smoked salmon, you make an alfredo"... right? guys?

Last night's experiment consisted of two courses; a soup (very easy to make, I might add) with potatos, corn, and beans:

Potato and Corn Chowder

And a pasta dish, consisting of a smoked salmon alfredo served over some nice whole-wheat fettuccine:

Smoked Salmon Alfredo with Fettuccine

Both dishes were easy enough to make, and the whole thing probably took a little under an hour to prepare including the time to cook the noodles. Served hot, the soup has a slight kick to it that makes you want a little more of the broth. The only thing I'd do differently the next time around is do something to offset the salt used in preserving the salmon a little more. Other than that, no complaints. Very tasty!

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

AIDS Walk Boston ::

What you see above this message is the HIV virus. It's a killer. It's killing lots of people right now, and it'll kill more people tomorrow. In the continuing effort to get out and do something about it, I'm going to be taking part in the 2006 Boston AIDS Walk on June 4, 2006.

I'm walking with a team of volunteers from YAVA, a local volunteer organization here in Boston. We're trying to raise a large amount of funds for our team, and for the cause. If any of you would like to sponsor me, you can go to this page to support me and my team. Just click on 'Support Ethan' to donate. As before, donations of any size are welcome, from the least to the greatest. They're all going to help other people out there, and they need the help more than we do.

Of course, if you'd rather join our team for the Charity Benefit we're holding, you can meet us on June 2nd, at 7:00PM at Wonder Bar in Allston, MA. We'll be holding a raffle, and the bar is offering $2 beers for those who attend. There's no cost to come, and donations are not required to get in, but of course they will be appreciated.

Monday, May 22, 2006

'Chicken' with Apple Celery Relish ::

Tonight's cooking experiment was actually a concoction brought together by my coworker Danielle, who threw it together one night in her kitchen without really knowing what she was making! As it turns out, it's *delicious*... it's a great combination of apples, celery, and onions put together in a nice relish, with the meat of the meal taken up by seitan 'chicken'.

'Chicken' with Apple Celery Relish

DeCordova Sculpture Museum ::

With the weather finally turning better, and the month of May being almost over, it was high time to take a drive out to the DeCordova Sculpture Museum. Among the great sculptures they have their in the outdoor museum are a trojan piggybank, which was pretty cute. Per the usual forms and customs, I took a couple of photos while I was there, all of which you can see here. Here are a few of my favorites!

Fuller Snake - Detail

Tire Art - Detail

Silent Monitor

Saturday, May 20, 2006

Hike For Humanity ::

Larry and I trekked out to the Milton area to take part in the Hike for Humanity, which through generous contributions from some of you, and some other folks, we managed to raise more than $500 for the cause. To repay your generousity, I took some pictures to show you the splendor of nature and amazing views we had to endure while hiking through the wilderness for a good cause. Enjoy! I know we did.

Oh, and free Goldfish are good.

You are Here

Latent Light 2

Boston Skyline

Of course you can always see the full set here, on my Flickr site.

Friday, May 19, 2006

10 Things I Hate About Commandments ::

Oh man... so funny. These parody trailers are fantastic!

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Here Comes the Sun ::

So finally, afer eight or so straight days of ridiculous amounts of rain (record-setting, in fact), the sun came out long enough for me to head down to the Charles River and take a couple of pictures from the Mass. Ave. bridge both before dark and a bit after. Of course, as usual, I have posted these pictures to my Flickr site, which features pictures other than those I shall now post here:

View from the Bridge

Heavenly Shades

To Mem. Drive

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Experiments in Fooding! ::

Last night's experiment was the Spinach Ciabatta and Butter Casserole. It used 'Gruyerre' cheese (from Switzerland!), and smelled fantastic. Of course, because of me being silly and not completely reading the recipe, it ended up not coming out of the oven until around 10:30. Needless to say, I didn't get a chance to enjoy any of it last night, but very soon I shall, and I'm guessing it's going to be pretty tasty.

Spinach Ciabatta and Butter Casserole


Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Prayer Request ::

Hey all you praying-types out there (and I know you read this). My mom goes under the knife, or scalpel, or scope tomorrow morning to have her gall bladder removed. It's a routine out-patient procedure and doesn't present any amazing difficulties... but it's still a surgery.

So any prayers for a safe surgery for my mom would be appreciated. She goes in at 10.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Pledging for Hike for Humanity ::

Some folks have been asking me how to pledge support for the Hike for Humanity on the weekend of May 20th.  In order to share your support, all you need to do is write a check to 'Habitat for Humanity', and send it in the mail to me to be collected with the other pledges.  It's just that simple!  If you need my address, let me know via comments or email and I'll be happy to provide it

Thanks again for all your support!

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Experiments in FOOOOODing - Thai Tofu Curry ::

Tonight's experiment is brought to you by late nights and really, really spicy food. Yum.. yum..

Man this was good. Took a while to make, AND I set off the fire alarm, but it was well worth it. I can tell you're salivating right now.

Ewww, wipe that up!

Thai Tofu Curry

Monday, May 01, 2006

Bank of America - Museums on us ::

Throughout the month of May, present your Bank Of America credit card, ATM card, or MBNA credit card, and get free admission for you and one guest to a museum in CT, DE, ME, MA, NH, NJ, NY, PA, and RI.

This includes the Boston Children's Museum, Museum of Science, Museum of Fine Arts, Isabella Stewart Gardner, Rockwell Museum, and many others!

The Dead Walk...

This weekend, Davis Square played host to a new breed of humans; those who do not require food or water, only the sweet, sweet sustainance that comes from the warm blood and grey matter of the living!


The horde assembles

At approximately 6:30 PM on Saturday, a localized outbreak of zombies was spotted in Davis Square. Before too long, their bloodlust had grown, along with their numbers, and they began moving along Massachusetts Ave. towards the place believed to have the most nutritious brains in all of Boston... Harvard.

The Horde

As Zombies are want to do, they followed along, attacking bystanders all the while suspiciously staying close to the sidewalks... although sometimes when victims were nearby, they would attack cars passing by.

A near miss...

It wasn't long before they had arrived in Harvard Square, where their need to feed was finally abated. Many of them turned dormant, seeking something far sweeter to add to their now full stomachs. By which of course I mean beer.

The Horde

Keep an eye out next year, when the dead will rise again! As always, a ridiculous amount of photos can be found at my Flickr site!