An excellent post breaking down one man's journey to create the perfect oven-made chicken wing. For those of us who've never been happy with our experiments, this one holds promise (hint: baking powder and overnight refrigeration).
Archives for July 2010
A useful collection of design patterns and user interfaces.
A large set of resources for those who use Illustrator for wireframes. It includes 290 free vectors icons and 200 graphic styles, all free to use. This looks very useful indeed.
There are some nice tips in here, even for those of us who've read and/or written dozens of similar posts.
"Part of the graduate thesis of designer Dominic Flask, this site was created as a teaching tool for young designers just beginning to explore graphic design and as a reference tool for all designers. It is supposed to provide brief overviews of a wide range of topics rather than an in-depth study of only a few. It is a constantly evolving, changing, expanding reference library. "
– from the site's about page.
If you want to use HTML 5, the shiv is pretty well a requirement as Internet Explorer (up to and including IE 8) doesn't support the new elements in the spec. Plus it's easy to implement and will only be downloaded by the browsers that need it.
Dave Rupert provides an excellent breakdown of how to speed up your WordPress-powered site. There's no excuse to not spend the time implementing these changes. Even if you're like me, and have already done a lot of the work, I'm willing to bet there's a step or two that will make your site even better. For me, it's the super-duper-easy cut-and-paste improvements to the htacess file to enable gzip and browser caching.
An interactive exploration of the methods that could be used to add an extra star to the American flag.
This carousel plugin is extremely easy to implement and given the great set of options, very flexible
I smoked these beautiful lemons at 220° for an hour using a mix of charcoal and pecan and then we squeezed them to make an amazing lemonade that held a richer flavor, without losing any of the bright citrus tang. I’ve included a straightforward lemonade recipe below, but there are many great recipes out there that you can use as a base.
Five lemons will give you about one cup of juice, resulting in six servings of lemonade when all is said and done. The steps below are built on this estimate.
- Cut lemons in half and place them in a pan(s) that will fit in your smoker. . Disposable pie pans work well, as it may be easier to position them around the meat in the smoker. I placed some cut-side down and others cut side up to even out the amount of smoke they would absorb.
- Smoke them for about an hour at 220°, reduce the time if you’re already cooking at a higher temp.
- Pull them from the smoker and let them cool.
- While they cool, make a simple syrup by heating 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup water in a small saucepan until the sugar dissolves completely.
- Squeeze the now-cool lemons into a pitcher
- Pour the syrup into the pitcher along with 3 cups of cold water (you can add more later if it’s too strong, but you’ll likely add ice too).
For an added adult-only twist, you can add bourbon, either in the pitcher or per-glass, to your taste.
Hat tip to Leesa for the inspiration!
A very useful utility to add tabs to the Finder in addition to other tweaks like listing folders above files in the file lists.