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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

This is why we get vaccinated
Thursday, May 5, 2011

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Saturday, April 23, 2011

So long, farewell ...
Friday, April 1, 2011
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Stay Tuned ...
Thursday, March 31, 2011

From the Union of Concerned Scientists
Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Week 23 - Hockey Pool
Monday, March 14, 2011

March Madness
Monday, March 14, 2011

Saturday Morning Serenade
Saturday, March 12, 2011

What a bargain!
Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Wednesday Micro Hits
Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Technique Overload
Monday, March 7, 2011

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Et tu FDA?
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
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Saturday Morning Serenade - A Hip Edition
Saturday, February 26, 2011

Saturday Morning Serenade
Saturday, February 19, 2011

Wednesday Micro Hits (on Thursday!)
Thursday, February 17, 2011

HR1
Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day
Monday, February 14, 2011

Saturday Morning Serenade
Saturday, February 12, 2011

The GOP War on Science
Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Wednesday Micro Hits
Wednesday, February 9, 2011

People, how about some ...
Tuesday, February 8, 2011

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Saturday, February 5, 2011
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Saturday Morning Serenade
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Sacrifice
Friday, January 28, 2011

Are you married to your reagents?
Thursday, January 27, 2011

Wednesday Micro Hits
Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Common Sense Tip #1
Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Saturday Morning Serenade
Saturday, January 22, 2011

From the Baby Boomers, a Big "Screw You"
Friday, January 21, 2011

Student Worker - More Student or More Worker?
Friday, January 21, 2011

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Saturday Morning Serenade
Saturday, January 15, 2011

Holy moly!
Friday, January 14, 2011

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Thursday, January 13, 2011

The Electronic Office
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Wednesday Micro Hits
Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Saturday Morning Serenade
Saturday, January 8, 2011

The Plug - January Edition
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Bits 'N Pieces
Thursday, January 6, 2011

Latest Manuscript Review
Wednesday, January 5, 2011

The $4 gallon of gas
Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Our slowly shrinking (and dying) planet
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It's 2011 already? For reals?
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The State of Microbiology
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2010 blogging meme
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The Environmental Impact of the Christmas Season
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Awakening from the food coma ...
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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

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Monday, November 22, 2010

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Stayin' Alive
Sunday, October 31, 2010

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Saturday, October 30, 2010

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

ASA-CSSA-SSSA Early Career Program
Monday, October 25, 2010

Saturday Morning Serenade
Saturday, October 23, 2010

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Donor's Choose - Family Recipe Number 1
Sunday, October 17, 2010

Making Good on Donor's Choose Bribe - Comfort Food Recipe 1
Saturday, October 16, 2010

Saturday Morning Serenade
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Friday Wrap-Up and Random Thoughts (Vol. 2)
Friday, October 15, 2010

First I Begged, Now I Bribe
Thursday, October 14, 2010

Finding Out Things The Hard Way(TM)
Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Wednesday Micro Hits (Vol 2)
Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Here's where I start begging ...
Tuesday, October 12, 2010

#UnK3rn3d: Life Outside the Lab?
Tuesday, October 12, 2010

First fleas, now frogs?
Tuesday, October 12, 2010

No Fleas Please
Monday, October 11, 2010

My next Research Blogging article has been chosen ...
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Saturday Morning Serenade
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Donor's Choose
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Friday, October 8, 2010

RB: Waste Not, Want Not.
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Research Blogging
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What if I were not a microbiologist ...
Tuesday, October 5, 2010

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Monday, October 4, 2010

Chinese plagiarism and the death of English-language journals
Friday, October 1, 2010

Allow Me a Formal Introduction
Friday, October 1, 2010
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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

I finally have some time to pay up on my Donor's Choose challenge. I made payment for Jade's generous donations to the cause, and then I went on a self-inflicted hiatus when Genomic Repairman was kind enough to donate his winnings to my kiddies as well. Thanks GR (and Brian who issued the challenge). In your honor, here are two more recipes.

Recipe #3 (TJ's Comfort Food)

Nacho Chicken Casserole

Ingredients

6 boneless chicken breasts, skinned, and excess fat removed

Bag of Doritos (a big bag)

Chili powder

Can of Cream of Chicken (15 ounces) *Can use Cream of Mushroom instead*

1 bag (8 ounces) Fiesta Blend Shredded Cheese *Any multi-cheese mix will do, preferrably spicy*

Onion, Paprika, Cumin (all optional)

 

Instructions

1a. Grill the chicken breasts and cut into bite sized chunks (or shred).

1b. Cut a small slit into the Doritos bag to let air out. Then crush all the nachos into small bits.

2. Place a layer of nachos into the bottom of a 2 quart casserole dish.

3. Sprinkle some chili powder onto crushed nachos (can also put cumin or paprika and/or onion).

4. Lay a third of the chicken onto nachos.

5. Lay a third of the cream of chicken soup on chicken.

6. Cover nachos/chicken/soup with cheese.

7. Repeat two more times (steps 2 thru 6).

8. Put into oven at 350 degrees F for about 40 minutes.

9. Eat. Enjoy.

 

Recipe #4 (Italian Family Recipe)

Pizzaiola Steak (Bistecchine alla pizzaiola)

Ingredients

1 lb beef steaks, preferably rump or chuck (thinly sliced)

3 tbsp flour (for dredging) *If you want to use a spice mix instead ... try Nice Blends Texas Breading, made ironically enough in NYC*

3 tbsp olive oil

3 cloves of garlic, peeled and crushed

1 14ou can of plum tomatos, keep the juice, puree

2 tbsp chopped basil and/or parsley

salt and pepper to taste

 

Instructions

1. trim any excess fat from steaks and notch the edges slightly (prevents them from curling during cooking). Pat the steaks dry with a papertowel and dredge lightly in the flour.

2. In a large frying pan heat 2 tbsp of olive oil and the garlic cloves. Cook the garlic until it is a light golden brown ... DO NOT burn your garlic. If it burns, start over ... burned garlic will ruin a dish. Once the garlic is browned add the steaks. Brown on both sides, then remove to a dish.

3. Add tomatoes to pan, add remaining oil, and fresh herbs. Season with salt and pepper. Cook over moderate heat for about 15 minutes. Return steaks to pan, stir to cover with sauce and cook for 4-5 minutes more.

4. Eat. Enjoy.


These dishes are easy to make, but taste awesome. Everyone who has ever had my pizzaiola steak swears I spent more time on it than I actually have. I take it as a compliment. Now you can too.

Buon appetito!

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