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Recipe: Slow-Cooker Polenta

Oh, noes! Another recipe!

Behind the cut, find a recipe for slow cooker polenta, including how to turn it into a one-pot meal through the timely addition of greens and proteins.

Adapted from Alton Brown's Savory Polenta recipe.

NB: Unlike most slow cooker recipes, this isn't quite fire-and-forget. You do have to pay attention every twenty minutes, but that's easier than traditional polenta (constant stirring) or Alton's oven variation (opening an oven to stir a ripping hot saucepan every ten minutes).

If you're allergic to corn (hi, pearlshadow!), here's a fun history fact: our oldest citation of polenta comes from Ancient Rome, which was, of course, long before the introduction of maize to Europe. You can commit polenta with any of several different whole, coarse-ground grains, such as farro, millet, spelt, buckwheat, or--and this is the old Roman style--barley. It was even made with other coarse meals, such as chestnut and chickpea.

If you find a multi-grain hot cereal that's made of coarse-ground grain, you may as well try it here!

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On Heathen Haiku

*blows into the microphone* Is this thing on?


Let's start with a poem--which I posted to Ye Olde Facebook today as it is a toothsome thing, and then mulled further in comments, said pontification to be found beyond the clicky curtain below.

Concern (Haiku)

Dying for you, Hár,
Holds no fear; what scares me is
Living without you.*

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* This poem at the top of the post is copyright © 2005-2012 Michaela Macha. It may be freely distributed, provided it remains unchanged, including the copyright notice and this License:

This work by Michaela Macha (www.odins-gift.com) is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives License. (back)
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Put that BACK!

LiveGerbil changed the style for cut tags this past weekend--here is how to put it back...especially useful if you're using a browser that doesn't support the losing thing with which it was replaced, e.g. Google Chrome.

Thanks to lferion for the heads-up!

-- Lorrie
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Brief lorien Downtime

[Original: 04 April 2012, 17:04 PDT]
If you have a host or an e-mail address through me, you may have occasionally noticed a slight hiccup in mail delivery. Soon after I post this, I will be bringing the server down to give it a memory upgrade that will, hopefully, address this issue--I'll update this post when the server is back online.

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[Update: 04 Apr 2012, 17:22 PDT] lorien is back online and now has all the RAM his motherboard can handle. You can, of course, expect me to keep my eye on the situation, and all that other things one expects from trained IT personnel.

In the meantime, my best to you all...
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lorien blackout lifted

The websites hosted on my server have had their 27-hour blackout lifted, and everything should be back to normal.

Thank you for understanding during this critical time for the US and the Internet.
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lorien website BLACKOUT

Friends, as of midnight Eastern Standard Time (GMT-0500) on 18 January 2012, I will be blacking out all sites that I host in protest of two short-sighted bills currently being considered by the US Congress, known commonly as SOPA and PIPA. These sites will be down until 11:59 PM Pacific Standard Time (GMT-0800) on that same day.

E-mail will not be affected, and webmail will still work.

For more information on what SOPA and PIPA are, and why you as an Internet-using individual should be concerned about legislation that will give the United States Government the mandate to remove sites from the Internet without benefit of criminal trial or due process, please check out blacklist.eff.org.


-- Lorrie
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lorien Server Migration: done

Okay, things should be fixed for almost everyone. E-Mail in and out should work, although you will have to accept new keys and will have to change your outbound/SMTP settings. The upside is that when you do that, outbound mail from your clients and devices will work much more consistently.

The big not-done-yet thing is the scripts that run the back end of masterapprentice.org.

There are, I'm sure, a lot of little not-done things; please get in touch with me ASAP if something you're used to now doesn't work as you expect, and I'll explain it or fix it, one. ;)

-- Lorrie

lorien Server Migration

If you host a web page or e-mail through me, you've hopefully already heard that I'm migrating everything to new hardware.

The downtime starts...now, 00:50 on 30 October 2011. See you on the flip side!

After rather a lot of flailing about because of some things we'd forgotten to do, or test, or that we'd remembered and went sideways anyway...

...most stuff works now. Some better than it did. The mailing lists are now on mailman, yay.

However, sending mail through my SMTP server probably doesn't work. The new settings will involve TLS and/or SSL and port 587, fwiw. I think. I'm now too tired to be smart about it, so it's time to go splat and track that last problem down...later this morning.

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At the center of a labyrinth, I found the Well.
There, I saw two more true things:
Every layer laid is as the pass of a shuttle.
Every rune reddened, the beat of the weaver's sword.
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This Recipe Needs a Name...

Tonight, for Hrafnar's landspirit picnic, I didn't have time, energy, or bandwidth to make a loaf of my awesome vollkornbrot*. However, I did have time to throw together the following spread/dip, based on Alton Brown's herbed yogurt spread.

The result is pretty tasty, something like what might happen if sour cream and guacamole had a baby. If you're coming tonight, you can be a guinea pig!

Now it needs a name!

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