1. ThermoWorks RT345 Fun-Size Thermometer [thermoworks.com]
A keyring sized probe thermometer? From my favorite thermometer company? Only $15? I want one. I want one!
2. Alton Brown interview on the Nerdist Podcast [nerdist.com] (slightly NSFW - language)
My hero in a wide ranging interview. I learned Alton is a Dr. Who fan, got his pilot's license so he could avoid the indignity of airport security, and is working on a new show for Food Network called Food Files. There's a lot more, and Alton and the hosts are having a lot of fun. Give it a listen.
[Thanks to commenter Chris Lukowski for alerting me to this podcast.]
3. Bob Kramer Knife Videos [youtube.com]
Master Bladesmith Bob Kramer shows how a sharp knife should work. Mr. Kramer worked with J.A. Henckels and Sur La Table to make a less expensive version of his custom knives. Less expensive is a relative term - his 8 inch carbon steel chef's knife costs $350. Of course, his custom made knives go for over $200 an inch, if you can get on his years-long waiting list.
As a part of his collaboration, Mr. Kramer made set of videos on sharpening knives. They are must-watch if you are a knife fanatic like me:
4. Akron Ethnic Market Update: La Chiquita Latinos Market
The former La Michoacana has a new name, a new paint job, and has added a butcher counter. Stop by and check them out.
For my non-Akron readers, this is a reminder to seek out your local markets. They're worth the trip.
5. Non-Food Related Public Service Announcement: Back Up Your Data!
I lost the hard drive on my main computer a week ago. My iMac, which normally chugs along for weeks without needing to reboot, started to crash every few hours. After one of the crashes, I found an error message in the system log, which a Google search translated to "your hard drive is toast."
This computer has my life on it. All the pictures of my family, all my financial information, all my blog history...everything I've done in the last ten years is on that drive.
Thankfully, I have automated backups. My iMac spent the night at the Apple store, getting a new, empty hard drive. Then it spent the day restoring from backup. When it was done, I was back up and running - nothing was lost.
Why am I so careful about backups? Because I've been burned before, and I wasn't prepared. All hard drives are going to fail. It's just a matter of time. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow. If you're lucky, maybe not for a decade. But it will fail. It is the nature of hard drives. They're great...right up until a read head crashes into the platter spinning at 7200 RPM.
If you depend on your computer, you need an automated, scheduled backup. Apple's Time Machine backup has saved me many times. (Windows has its own built in backup software.) Mac, PC, Other...it doesn't matter. Get an external USB drive, plug it in, and get that backup going. Now. Tomorrow may be too late for your data.
I also pay $5 a month for CrashPlan's online backup service. In case of a natural disaster, I want a copy of my data off site.
What do you think? Any other fun food finds? Leave them in the comments section below.
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