Bookmarks for 7th April 2013

These are my saved Pinboard links for 7th April 2013:

  • Jamaican Beef Stew with Rice | Serious Eats : Recipes – Although spring has sprung, it couldn't feel further from the truth in Chicago. It's no wonder I'm dreaming of a beach vacation.

    When getting away isn't in the cards, jerk stew transports you to balmy climes. Started on the stove top and finished in the oven, it's a fiery meal best served with rice. Caramelized plantains would be great companions, too.

    Take the time to properly brown the meat—it'll build depth as the dish slow-cooks. If you're concerned about the heat level, remove one of the habeneros or replace them with milder peppers, such as jalapenos or serranos. Unfortunately, fruitiness of the habeneros will be lost. A splash of orange juice can help offset this, but the dish won't be the same.

    If you want to cut corners, prepared jerk seasoning paste is an acceptable substitute to the spices here. If you use it, omit the allspice, cinnamon, brown sugar, soy sauce, and steak sauce from the recipe. You'll need no more than a tablespoon or so of the paste, so taste as you go.

    The flavor of the stew improves the next day. Just cool it down before placing it, covered, in the refrigerator. When you're ready to serve, gently reheat the stew on the stove top, garnish it with green onions and serve it with rice that's made the day-of.

  • Spicy Rice Noodle Salad with Cabbage and Tofu | Serious Eats : Recipes – Although spring officially started more than two weeks ago, it's only just beginning to feel like winter might be ending. But today, in my neck of the woods, the sun shone, the breeze lacked the bite it's had for months, and it finally seemed possible that the retirement of my winter coat might be nigh. And I noticed today, too, that my cravings are shifting: away from the hearty winter soups, stews and braises, and towards the lighter, more refreshing fare of warmer weather.

    In my last column, I shared a recipe for a cheesy, baked cabbage and kale gratin. That recipe left me with exactly one quarter of leftover green cabbage, which languished in my fridge for days, the sorry sight of it greeting me each evening when I got home. What am I going to do with one quarter of a cabbage?

    Slice it; toss it with a Vietnamese-inspired dressing of fish sauce, garlic, lime juice and sugar; fold it into cooked rice noodles; and garnish it with sliced tofu and chopped salty peanuts. The dish took all of 15 minutes to create and was positively addictive, the chewy rice noodles contrasting with the crunchy cabbage and the sour lime juice tempered by the sweetness of the sugar. A very haphazard lunch turned out to be something special.

    This rice noodle salad is incredibly quick and easy to throw together, and the combination of noodles, cabbage, tofu and peanuts makes a filling, satisfying main course. The recipe does call for fish sauce, so if you don't eat fish, be sure to look into a vegan substitute.

  • Delete Time Machine backups from the command line – Mac OS X Hints – You may know that you can enter Time Machine through the GUI and delete a backup. In some cases, under Mountain Lion, this results in an error, with a message saying "The operation can't be completed because backup items can't be modified."

    In some cases, deleting backups from the Finder won't work; you also may not be able to use the rm command to delete these backups, because they are handled in a special way. Finally, even if all goes well, you may want to delete backups on a remote Mac's Time Machine disk.

  • How to Set Up Your Own Private Cloud Storage Service in Five Minutes with OwnCloud – With so many services like iCloud and Dropbox getting hacked these days, it's no surprise that more people want to pull their data off the cloud. Instead of missing out on those great syncing features, though, you can create your own cloud storage service that you control with a service called ownCloud. With it, you'll get syncing files, notes, calendars, and more. The best part: it only takes about five minutes to get it set up.
    OwnCloud is free and open source software that operates as a very simple way to set up your own syncing, Dropbox-like cloud storage system on your own server or web site. It's robust enough that it has replaced Dropbox for me in all except a few choice cases. It's also quick and easy to set up, and doesn't require advanced technical knowledge. OwnCloud is about as powerful as Dropbox, but it also allows people to make and share their own apps that run on ownCloud including text editors, task lists, and more. That means you can get a little more out of it then just file syncing if you want.
  • One-Pot Sesame Chicken, Shiitake, and Brown Rice | Serious Eats : Recipes – Since I've been living in Asia where white rice is ubiquitous with every meal and you can practically walk out of a 7-Eleven with a rice cooker, I've become addicted to the stuff hook, line, and sinker (baguette, who?). I would've thought I'd get sick of it, but no—my craving has only gotten worse. But I only feel like eating white rice because, along with whole wheat pasta, nutty and hearty brown rice is never a first choice (though I'll eat it if it's in front of me). So when my friend Ross was visiting from out of town and requested that we switch up our white rice binges with the "healthier" brown rice, I begrudgingly gave in and bought a tiny box of it.

    In the end I'm grateful for my friend's intervention. Brown rice is indeed delicious, and it works remarkably well in this one-pot meal. For this dish, dark meat chicken thighs are browned and then tucked into the pot to simmer with sautéed shiitake mushrooms, leeks, crunchy water chestnuts, and brown rice. For the fluffiest texture, rinse the rice to remove any excess starch. Even after cooking for 40 minutes on the stove, the brown rice is still nice and chewy, and the chestnuts are incredibly crisp. (If you can source fresh chestnuts at the market, even better). Flavorful sesame oil pulls all of the ingredients together in this hearty and satisfying meal.

  • Essential tools for every web designer | Webdesigner Depot – Every web designer requires the right tools to do their job. To create well crafted original designs you certainly need to be inspired to do so.
    Getting to that point is sometimes the hardest challenge in the field of web design. Luckily enough for us and our fellow design community there are tools available to assist in completing the job quicker and more efficiently.
    Below, I have outlined a list of tools I recommend for any web designer. Be sure to bookmark these pages so you can utilize them to your advantage like I have!
  • How to Turn a Raspberry Pi into an Always-On Usenet Machine – We recently showed you how to turn your Raspberry Pi into a 24/7 BitTorrent box to save on your power bill and keep your tracker ratios golden. Now we’re back to show you how to add in Usenet access to round out the build as a comprehensive downloading box.
  • How to install a mail server (postfix) supporting IMAP and POP3 Ubuntu – How to install a mail server (postfix) supporting IMAP and POP3 (Ubuntu)

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