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October 01, 2009

Recipe: Light and Saucy Eggplant Parmesan

Hello Mojonauts, Tonight I hosted a writers group and tried out a new recipe for eggplant. It was a smash hit. Everyone wanted to know the recipe. I typed it up in an email and thought I'd also share it here. 1. Take two eggplants. Peel the fuck out of them. Slice them into rounds about the thickness of your pinky. If they are farm fresh, you're cool. If not, lay those bad boys out on some waxed paper and lightly salt them. Leave them that way for 30 minutes to an hour. This makes old eggplants taste like fresh eggplants. The secret ingredient is salt. 2. Get yourself some pasta sauce. I make mine from scratch but whatever. I hate tomatoes and so savor their torment as I slowly cook them. They deserve it. 3. Shred up a pound or two of fresh mozzarella. If you like cheese, use two pounds. Make sure it's fresh. Cured mozzarella makes Jesus cry. 4. Turn your oven on and set it to broil. Brush the eggplant discs with olive oil and lay them out on baking sheets. Broil for six minutes on each side. 5. Preheat the oven to 375. 6. Find a casserole dish in whatever cupboard or closet you hide yours in. Cover the bottom of the dish with a thin layer of sauce. Cover the sauce with a layer of eggplant. Cover the eggplant in a layer of cheese. Cover that cheese with a thin layer of sauce. Add another layer of eggplant and then sauce and then cheese. This should use up all of your cheese and sauce and eggplant. If not, you did something wrong. This is just ike that time you built that desk from IKEA and had four screws left over. The appropriate response is shame. 7. Bake for 30 minutes at 375. The cheese on top should melt, run together and get that delicious golden brown color that is nature's way of telling us we should put something in our mouths. Addendum One: I put a ton of basil in my sauce. If your sauce is light on basil consider adding a layer of fresh basil somewhere in the middle of this recipe. This makes an eggplant parm that is light and awesome. No heavily breaded fried food here. It's a bit soupy though, so consider serving some garlic bread with it.

September 29, 2009

How To: Create a functional cello out of legos

Creating a functional Cello out of LEGO

September 25, 2009

What I've Learned: Mac OS X 'Secure Empty Trash' is DoD-grade File Deletion

Little Known Mac Trick: Trash Empying Options! If you click...

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September 20, 2009

How To: Make a Bamboo Bike Frame

Bamboo Bike Frame.

September 19, 2009

3-D TV

3-D television expected to come to homes in 2010 - CNN.com
Panasonic and Sony, which demonstrated their products for CNN at a recent tech expo in Atlanta, Georgia, use "active glasses" and TVs with high refresh rates to achieve the effect. Two images, one for the right eye and one for the left eye, alternate quickly on the TV. Shutters on the 3-D glasses swap the viewer's vision from right eye to left eye at the same rate: 120 hertz, or 240 hertz for the images together. The TV connects with the glasses through a sensor that's placed between the lenses on the glasses. "It's like a little Venetian blind: open, close, open, close, open, close," John Wyckoff, a Sony content manager, said of the glasses. The effect moves so quickly that it tricks the brain into merging the images and creates the perspective needed to see images in 3-D, he said. Glance away from the TV, though, and you can see the lenses opening and closing, which irritates some people.... JVC is working on a type of 3-D technology that's different form the strobing glasses used by Panasonic and Sony. JVC's version uses polarized glasses to separate the right-eye image from the left-eye image and is more pleasing to the eye...

September 16, 2009

How to: Make a papercraft iPod stand

Apartment Therapy Unplugged | Downloadable Paper iPhone Dock With a downloadable PDF.

September 15, 2009

How To: Make a dress from a button-down shirt

Make a Dress from a Button-Down Shirt
This is a surprisingly simple way to turn an old button-down shirt into a fun, stylish dress. It requires very little sewing. I wore one of these dresses to my Junior prom, and now I'm making a second one with my mom for this instructable. Things you need: - a big, button-down shirt - 4 or 5 buttons - needle and thread - straight pins - scissors - someone to help you, or a dress form