Bookmarks for 17th December 2013

These are my saved Pinboard links for 17th December 2013:

  • Ultra-Crispy Slow-Roasted Pork Shoulder | Serious Eats : Recipes – Pork shoulder is one of the most inexpensive, foolproof, and delicious cuts of meat around. If good flavor-for-the-buck value is what you're looking for, pork shoulder is perhaps the greatest of all bits of culinary alchemy. It's the transformation of one of the cheapest cuts of meat in the butcher's display case into one of the most festive centerpieces imaginable, in all of it's juicy, porky, spoon-tender in the middle, impossibly crisp and crusty-on-the-outside glory.

    What's the secret? A two stage cooking process. First, we slow-cook the shoulder in a low oven. This lends ample time for the tough connective tissue inside the shoulder to break down into juicy, rich gelatin while ensuring that it doesn't dry out. At the same time, proteins in the skin begin to break down, softening up its structure. Why is this important? Because it allows that skin to puff, crackle, and crisp up when you finish the shoulder with a blast in a hot, hot oven.

    And get ready, this recipe is custom-built for leftovers. You'll find yourself using that tender pulled pork meat in barbecue sandwiches or tacos or pasta sauces for days the come. As for the skin? I'd be surprised if it even makes it out of the kitchen and to the dining room table intact.

  • Black Beans and Rice with Bacon | Serious Eats : Recipes – A bowl of black beans and rice is pure comfort food, at least for me. It was one of the first dishes I attempted to make in college, though I should point out that it usually entailed nothing more than opening a can of beans, mixing in some rice, and calling it a day. I've progressed beyond that point, but I'm always looking for new tricks, because while the concept sounds simple, it's surprisingly easy to end up with a batch that is dry and flavorless.

    The easiest way to add flavor is to toss in something meaty, but add too much and you'll risk making things greasy. It's a balancing act. Bacon carries most of the load here, but it gets some help from some chicken stock, which lends a savory edge without clobbering you over the head. I also picked up a trick from this gallo pinto rice recipe, and decided to add some Worcestershire sauce. From there, I focused on the one element that usually gets forgotten—acid. For this recipe, I used some apple cider vinegar, which helps cut through everything else.

  • How to Make Croquembouche — Cooking Technique – Croquembouche literally means crunch in mouth. This architectural show-stopper was first created in the early 19th century by the first-ever celebrity chef and founding foodie father, Antonin Carême. The stacked cone consists of cream puffs that are dipped in caramel, which helps to bind and stack the puffs upon each other. As the caramel sets, the puffs become encased in a crunchy coating.

    I find that the beauty of a croquembouche is in its interactive nature — it's very fun walking up to this tower of pastry, daintily picking off a puff, and popping it in your mouth. During the holidays, give me a viscous red wine and a seat next to a croquembouche and I need nothing more.

    Pâte à choux is the light dough used to make cream puffs; mastering it will open you up to a wide array of baked and fried pastries like cream puffs, éclairs, gougères, beignets, crullers, and churros.

  • Grunt for People Who Think Things Like Grunt are Weird and Hard ◆ 24 ways – Front-end developers are often told to do certain things:

    Work in as small chunks of CSS and JavaScript as makes sense to you, then concatenate them together for the production website.
    Compress your CSS and minify your JavaScript to make their file sizes as small as possible for your production website.
    Optimize your images to reduce their file size without affecting quality.
    Use Sass for CSS authoring because of all the useful abstraction it allows.
    That’s not a comprehensive list of course, but those are the kind of things we need to do. You might call them tasks.

    I bet you’ve heard of Grunt. Well, Grunt is a task runner. Grunt can do all of those things for you. Once you’ve got it set up, which isn’t particularly difficult, those things can happen automatically without you having to think about them again.

    But let’s face it: Grunt is one of those fancy newfangled things that all the cool kids seem to be using but at first glance feels strange and intimidating. I hear you. This article is for you.

  • – is a unique online encyclopedia that contains everything about symbols, signs, flags and glyphs arranged by categories such as culture, country, religion, and more.
  • Rails Assets – The solution to
    assets management in Rails
    Rails Assets is the frictionless proxy between Bundler and Bower.
    It automatically converts the packaged components into gems that are easily droppable into your asset pipeline and stay up to date.
  • How to make the perfect braised red cabbage | Life and style | The Guardian – Red cabbage is a johnnie-come-lately at my festive feast. I don't remember it featuring in my childhood, but in recent years my sister has sneaked it on to the menu – though personally, I still prefer it with the Boxing Day ham. It seems to occupy the same space as carrots or the yule log: not strictly canonical, but not entirely unwelcome either. In Denmark, however, where they tend to roast richer meats such as pork or duck, spiced red cabbage occupies the same pole position as our brussels sprouts – except it's rather more popular. But whether you serve it up with the turkey, or save it for the next day, it's a shoo-in for some point in the Christmas calendar: after all, it's red (very festive), sweetly spiced (see also: mince pies and mulled wine), and best of all, it only gets better with age.
  • Zero to Peanut Butter Docker Time in 78 seconds – Rackspace Developer Center – With the launch of our new Performance Cloud Servers – we’ve got speed. Lots of speed. Oodles of speed. I’ve got more benchmarks and data to post, but one of the things I’ve been meaning to do prior to this launch is to show how quickly you can get up and running with something else that’s rocking the tech world: Docker.

    Two cool things – Performance Cloud Servers and Docker – what I want to show you today is how quickly you can go from zero to full on Docker setup. (tl;dr: 78 seconds.)

  • Adjust vm.swappiness to Avoid Unneeded Disk I/O — The Lone Sysadmin – The Linux kernel has quite a number of tunable options in it. One of those is vm.swappiness, a parameter that helps guide the kernel in making decisions about memory. “vm” in this case means “virtual memory,” which doesn’t mean memory allocated by a hypervisor but refers to the addressing scheme the Linux kernel uses to handle memory. Even on a physical host you have “virtual memory” within the OS.
  • Puppet Augeas – Puppet – Puppet Labs – Augeas is a lovely tool that treats config files (well, anything really, but it’s mostly about config files) as trees of values. You then modify the tree as you like, and write the file back.

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