Hard Boiled Eggs

Finally, hard boiled eggs that are easy to peel every time!

It drives me crazy that hard boiled eggs are sometimes easy to peel and sometimes it’s a horrible mess. I’ve tried several methods with spotty success but I think Jenny Chang at BuzzFeed figured it out using the scientific method in her article I Tested Out Popular Tricks To Make Hard-Boiled Eggs Easier To Peel! I’ve used this method 3 times with excellent success. Read her article! Short form:

  • Don’t worry about how old your eggs are
  • Add 1 tbsp of vinegar to about 4 cups of water
  • add eggs to boiling water and cook for 14 minutes
  • chill immediately (I refill the pot with cold water twice)
  • peel as soon as cool

Faux Hollandaise Sauce

Dipping fried egg in a tiny bit of Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing tastes JUST LIKE hollandaise sauce! Yum!

Sharpening Ceramic Knives

Megan is very fond of her Miyako ceramic chefs knife. It has dulled over time. I’m having trouble finding someone that can sharpen a ceramic knife. I found a place in Marin but I don’t visit there often. Blah. I wrote Miyako for sharpening advice and they offered me a discount on a new knife and also said that Kyocera makes a home sharpener “…but we found it inconsistent”. Blah. Too much trouble. I’ll stick with steel knives and my Accusharp sharpener.

Makers Making Change

My friend Zee runs a project that is focused on connecting makers to people with disabilities to create open-source assistive technologies. They are putting plans online so anyone can 3D print their own AT devices! One of their flagship devices is an inexpensive, open-source, mouth controlled input device to operate a touchscreen device. Check out their website with many open-source designs: http://www.makersmakingchange.com/.

Are you a maker that wants to help people with disabilities? Sign up at http://www.makersmakingchange.com/, connect, and build useful stuff!

Cree comes through

Last year I bought 6 Cree “True White” LED light bulbs. Over the last few months, 4 of them have burned out: not so good for something with a 5 year warranty. I wrote to them and they sent me upgraded replacements. Hurray for Cree!

That’s better than the 10-year warranty Calphalon pans I tried to return. They required that I mail them back. The $60 postage for UPS ground (and maybe $30 for USPS but I didn’t bother checking) would have cost more than the pans :-( So out on the street they went.

Smoke in Berkeley

Berkeley is getting more and more smokey from the wildfires to the north. I put on a respirator while inside the house and my vague headache went away almost immediately. I think the family might go someplace outside the bay area this weekend.