Bookmarks for 4th April 2013

These are my saved Pinboard links for 4th April 2013:

  • Catalog of ADN Web Widgets – Widget Catalog
  • Induction ⚡ A Polyglot Database Client For Mac OS X – Focus on the data, not the database. Induction is a new kind of tool designed for understanding and communicating relationships in data. Explore rows and columns, query to get exactly what you want, and visualize that data in powerful ways.
  • Baked Pasta With Sausage, Mushrooms and Mascarpone | Serious Eats : Recipes – Welcome to the new Everyday Italian on Serious Eats! I'm Deborah Mele, and I'm thrilled to have been asked to be a regular contributor here at Serious Eats. I created my Italian recipe blog Italian Food Forever twelve years ago after my family returned from living in Milan, Italy for almost a decade. It was during our years in Italy that I became extremely passionate about Italian cuisine and learned to keep "an Italian kitchen". I focus on casual, home-style Italian cooking, and I love teaching cooks at every level that superb Italian food needn't be time consuming or overly complex. The essence of Italian cooking is simplicity. Use the freshest seasonal ingredients possible, then use basic cooking techniques only to enhance the natural flavor of the food.

    I am now fortunate enough to live in North America six months a year, and Umbria, Italy, the other six months where we run a vacation house for guests, Il Casale di Mele, I cater meals, and give Umbrian cooking classes in my farmhouse kitchen. Whether I am in North America, or Italy, I find it exceptionally easy to continue these basic principles of creating honest, full flavored Italian dishes with minimal effort simply by using good quality, seasonal ingredients.

    I will be sharing my favorite Everyday Italian recipes with you twice a month, choosing recipes that I personally love and make in my own kitchen. Many recipes will be seasonal, others will be regional specialties, and some will simply be traditional Italian favorites, but my goal is to choose appetizing recipes that do not require hours in the kitchen and include easy to find ingredients. I hope you join me here with each installment of Everyday Italian and learn to love Italian cuisine as much as I do!

    baked pasta is true Italian comfort food.

    I've never met a bowl of pasta I didn't like. I love pasta of every shape and description, and enjoy the endless combinations of recipes you can create with different sauces and types of pasta. But for me, baked pasta is true Italian comfort food. Whether it is a dish of lasagna combining layers of tender sheets of homemade egg noodles and a rich meaty sauce, or a simple, easy to assemble casserole like this one, there isn't anything more pleasing to the palate than a bowl of rustic baked pasta.

    Baked pasta is also a terrific idea for busy families or for entertaining as well, because you can get all the preparation completed ahead of time, and simply pop the dish into the oven just before dining. When making a baked pasta casserole dish such as this one, I always cook the pasta two to three minutes less than the recommended cooking time before assembling the ingredients for the oven as the pasta will continue to cook as it bakes, and you do not want mushy pasta.

    You've probably seen mascarpone most commonly used in Tiramisu, but it works just as well in pasta sauces. It has an amazingly creamy texture that stays silky smooth when you heat it. Mascarpone is an Italian cheese quite similar to ricotta cheese. While ricotta is made by coagulating whey with acid and collecting the curds, mascarpone does the same with heavy cream in place of the whey, which creates a luscious, rich, creamy cheese.

    Although not light in calories, a little mascarpone goes a long way in some of my savory dishes. It doesn't break down very easily in the cooking process, which makes it easy to create a creamy sauce without fear of greasiness or curdling.

    This hearty dish, made with sausage and mushrooms bound with mascarpone and baked under a cheesy, crisp bread crumb crust is elegant enough for guests, but is so easy to prepare that it would also be a terrific option for a mid-week family meal. Add some crusty Italian bread and a mixed green salad and dinner is complete.

  • Tools | Day One – The Day One CLI makes it possible for programs and scripts to interact with a Day One Journal from the command line.
  • tree-tools/OmniFocus scripts/Shell scripts for Geektool or logging/2012-12-10-omnifocus-done-to-DayOne-shellscript.md at master · RobTrew/tree-tools · GitHub – Shell script which logs, to the DayOne application, any OmniFocus tasks which :

    Are marked as completed since midnight last night, and
    have not yet been logged to DayOne.
    The script directly queries the OmniFocus Sqlite cache, and doesn't require OmniFocus to be running.
    It avoids duplication of items logged earlier, if the script is called several times in one day.
    It can be called automatically from Hazel, whenever a change in the OmniFocus cache is detected, if that suits your workflow.

  • Brown Rice Pilaf with Saffron and Ginger Recipe at Epicurious.com – Healers have touted saffron's medicinal properties since the days of Hippocrates, and Cleopatra claimed that it was an aphrodisiac. Its scarcity (it takes some four thousand crocus blossoms to create an ounce of saffron) and the belief that it could be used to treat everything from wounds to the plague even caused the Austrians to go to war over the spice during the Dark Ages. This is at least one feudal folk myth that modern science has corroborated. Studies have shown that saffron has outstanding antibacterial and antiviral properties and also aids digestion. People sometimes balk at saffron's cost, but it isn't unreasonable when you consider its potency; this recipe calls for only 1/8 teaspoon, and as you'll see, a little goes a long way. This pilaf is a delightful and gorgeous dish. The rice is sautéed before cooking to avoid that sticky, gummy consistency, and ginger, parsley, and lemon zest add zing.

    Prepare ahead: Soak the rice in cool water and the juice of half a lemon for 8 hours or overnight before cooking; this will make its nutrients more available and decrease the cooking time. If you don't have time to soak the rice, add an extra 1/4 cup of broth and cook for an additional 15 minutes.

  • Asian Efficiency – Time Management and Productivity – Time management, efficiency and productivity are some of those things that aren’t taught or really even considered in modern-day business and academic education. Our school systems place a large emphasis on content and the “what” of learning and professional skills, but rarely tell us “how” to go about it. And so most people end up in a professional setting or as entrepreneurs, struggling to not only keep up with the demands of their work, but also with no idea as to how to efficiently organize their time, their papers, their files and their tasks.
  • Automatic Pinboard backups – Alex Chan – I’ve been using Pinboard to store my bookmarks for nearly two years, and it’s a wonderful site.

    Before I joined, I kept all of my bookmarks as .webarchive files stored in a folder on my computer, with a hideously complicated text document holding all of my comments and tags. Pinboard has been a breath of fresh air: it’s fast, simple, handles all of the archiving for me and has generally been very reliable.

    Unfortunately, two years had taken their toll on my account, and the whole thing was a bit of a mess. Rather than try to restore some sense of order to an unsustainable tagging and annotation system, I decided to blow all of my bookmarks away, and start from scratch. I’ve exported all of my old bookmarks, and perhaps I’ll add them all back as time allows. Or perhaps not.

    When I exported them all, I suddenly realised how fragile my system was. Although I’m sure Pinboard keeps excellent backups, I didn’t actually have a local backup of my bookmarks. I’d make a half-hearted visit to the export page every so often, but I didn’t have it automated. This time round, I wanted to change that. So I wrote my own system for doing Pinboard backups.

    Several scripts have already been written to do this (such as Marcelo Somers and Drew Schuster). I wrote my own because I wanted one written in a language that I’m familiar with (in this case, Python), and so that it provided exactly what I wanted: saving a copy of the XML file to my local drive.

    Also, the scripts I’ve seen before all use username and password authentication to access the API. But about eight months ago, Pinboard introduced API authentication tokens that mean you don’t have to do this. This seems like a better method, so I wanted to use that in my backups.

    Finally, I drew inspiration from Dr. Drang’s series of posts on archiving tweets. I use a fork of his Twitter archiving scripts to back up my tweets, and my Pinboard script was modelled on the same.

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