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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] deathpixie at Signal Boost: Return of the DDoS
For those wanting to know more about the recent DDoS attacks, yes, it looks like it was the Russian government trying to shut down the dissidents again.

As I said last time, while it's frustrating not to have access, LJ is a lot more than a social network platform. From the article:

"LiveJournal isn’t just a social network. It’s also a platform for organizing civic action. Dozens of network projects and groups mobilize people to solve specific problems — from defending the rights of political prisoners to saving endangered historic architecture in Moscow."

So while I know many are considering the move over to Dreamwidth and other such sites, supporting LJ is a way we can help support those who use it for more than a writing/roleplaying/social venue.


Also, as a FYI, LJ is giving paid users effected by the outage two weeks of paid time as compensation.


sandmansister: (Scribble)
The nightmares stopped years and years ago, but there's still a hole in my heart that will never heal. Sure, other friends have come into my life and Grinch-like made my heart bigger so I could love them all, but that doesn't change the fact that my friend Scott is gone.

Can't believe it's been 20 years.

Don't know how I'm going to get through typing this post, but I have to. I don't know if anyone besides [livejournal.com profile] buffalobills and I remember, but I feel like someone has to mark the time, to somehow immortalize someone taken from us all too soon.

I know [livejournal.com profile] apocalypticbob can relate.

Loss is part of life. This isn't news. I have lost loved ones due to age, illness, accident, and suicide. They're all tragic—every one. I mourn. I grieve. But there's a pathology to losing someone to murder that makes healing exponentially different (if not outright impossible).

I've posted about him before, my sweet Scooter, trying to capture the bits and pieces of time when our lives intersected. All my photo albums are in storage; I'm hoping Jacque can track down a picture. I have an urgent need to see his face again.

I don't know if it was because I was just 19 when we met—such a drastic time of change in my life—that helped that time of my life make such an indelible mark on me. I was just starting to figure out who I wanted to be. No, that's not quite right. I was starting to see what was actually possible. Scott—my Scooter—was a big part of that. Hell, everyone that lived upstairs in those apartments on Oram was a big part of that, and I'm eternally grateful. Paula, Stace, Jennifer, Danny, Scott and Martha, Mark, and (heaven help me) Shawn.

Anytime I'm driving late at night in Dallas, I almost instantly feel like I'm back then/there—crazy nights when my blood boiled and I couldn't stay inside;I had to drive or die (or so it seemed). I just needed an open sun roof, air on my face and something good on the radio. Under the sodium glow of the street lights I could breathe again, like a shark needs to keep moving to stay alive.

I've mostly forced myself out of the habit of looking for him when I go to a show. It wasn't as extreme as Shawn where I'd miss him badly enough and he'd manifest, but I'd wonder how Scooter was doing and within a brief span of time I'd run into him at Clearview or Trees. It's a sucker punch to the solar plexus every time I realize I'll never see him again, all because some dumb ass dropped a couple hits of acid, freaked out and shot my friend thirteen times.

Aaaaand here we go. It's still so fresh in so many ways. I will never be completely out of tears to cry over this. They're not as debilitating or frequent, but they still flow easily.

Twenty years. It hardly seems possible.

I love and miss you still, Scooter. I haven't forgotten you. I never will.

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JULY 13, 1991

Grandson of ex-Baylor president among 2 fatally shot

Author: From Staff and Wire Reports

Edition: HOME FINAL
Section: NEWS
Page: 31A

Article Text:

A grandson of former Baylor University president Abner McCall was one of two Dallas residents shot to death early Friday in an attack at a San Marcos apartment complex.

A third person was critically wounded.

The dead were identified as Andrea L. Reynolds and Richard Scott Martin, both 20. Mr. Martin, a Baylor University journalism student, was Dr. McCall's grandson. He was shot 13 times with a .22-caliber semiautomatic rifle, authorities said. "It's just a young life cut short by a terrible tragedy,' said Nelwyn Reagan, a friend of the McCall family's who was answering the telephone Friday night at their Waco home.

A 23-year-old Southwest Texas State University student was arrested in connection with the shooting spree.

Todd Carman, a senior psychology major from Spring, was charged with capital murder and attempted murder. Justice of the Peace Macel Sullivan set bail at $50,000 on the attempted murder charge and denied bail! on the capital charge.

Travis County Medical Examiner Roberto Bayardo said Mr. Martin was shot 13 times and Ms. Reynolds three times.

The wounded woman, Shannon L. Roeder, 21, of San Marcos, was in guarded condition in the intensive care unit of Central Texas Medical Center, a hospital spokesman said.

Ms. Roeder, a junior at Southwest Texas State, underwent surgery for a neck wound.

Police said all three victims were found in the living room of an apartment that Mr. Carman and Ms. Roeder shared.

Mr. Carman remained jailed as authorities tried to determine the motive for the shootings.

Mr. Martin's mother last saw him Thursday night, when he dined with her and Dr. McCall in Waco. He left for San Marcos about 9 p.m. "All we know is he got to San Marcos about midnight,' Ms. Reagan said.

Ms. Reagan said police knew little about the shooting. Mr. Martin and Ms. Reynolds apparently were visiting San Marcos because she was considering enrolling in college there, Ms. Reagan said. -

1991 Copyright The Dallas Morning News Company
Record Number: 07*13*DAL1208371
sandmansister: (Scribble)
The nightmares stopped years and years ago, but there's still a hole in my heart that will never heal. Sure, other friends have come into my life and Grinch-like made my heart bigger so I could love them all, but that doesn't change the fact that my friend Scott is gone.

Can't believe it's been 20 years.

Don't know how I'm going to get through typing this post, but I have to. I don't know if anyone besides [livejournal.com profile] buffalobills and I remember, but I feel like someone has to mark the time, to somehow immortalize someone taken from us all too soon.

I know [livejournal.com profile] apocalypticbob can relate.

Loss is part of life. This isn't news. I have lost loved ones due to age, illness, accident, and suicide. They're all tragic—every one. I mourn. I grieve. But there's a pathology to losing someone to murder that makes healing exponentially different (if not outright impossible).

I've posted about him before, my sweet Scooter, trying to capture the bits and pieces of time when our lives intersected. All my photo albums are in storage; I'm hoping Jacque can track down a picture. I have an urgent need to see his face again.

I don't know if it was because I was just 19 when we met—such a drastic time of change in my life—that helped that time of my life make such an indelible mark on me. I was just starting to figure out who I wanted to be. No, that's not quite right. I was starting to see what was actually possible. Scott—my Scooter—was a big part of that. Hell, everyone that lived upstairs in those apartments on Oram was a big part of that, and I'm eternally grateful. Paula, Stace, Jennifer, Danny, Scott and Martha, Mark, and (heaven help me) Shawn.

Anytime I'm driving late at night in Dallas, I almost instantly feel like I'm back then/there—crazy nights when my blood boiled and I couldn't stay inside;I had to drive or die (or so it seemed). I just needed an open sun roof, air on my face and something good on the radio. Under the sodium glow of the street lights I could breathe again, like a shark needs to keep moving to stay alive.

I've mostly forced myself out of the habit of looking for him when I go to a show. It wasn't as extreme as Shawn where I'd miss him badly enough and he'd manifest, but I'd wonder how Scooter was doing and within a brief span of time I'd run into him at Clearview or Trees. It's a sucker punch to the solar plexus every time I realize I'll never see him again, all because some dumb ass dropped a couple hits of acid, freaked out and shot my friend thirteen times.

Aaaaand here we go. It's still so fresh in so many ways. I will never be completely out of tears to cry over this. They're not as debilitating or frequent, but they still flow easily.

Twenty years. It hardly seems possible.

I love and miss you still, Scooter. I haven't forgotten you. I never will.

-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~

JULY 13, 1991

Grandson of ex-Baylor president among 2 fatally shot

Author: From Staff and Wire Reports

Edition: HOME FINAL
Section: NEWS
Page: 31A

Article Text:

A grandson of former Baylor University president Abner McCall was one of two Dallas residents shot to death early Friday in an attack at a San Marcos apartment complex.

A third person was critically wounded.

The dead were identified as Andrea L. Reynolds and Richard Scott Martin, both 20. Mr. Martin, a Baylor University journalism student, was Dr. McCall's grandson. He was shot 13 times with a .22-caliber semiautomatic rifle, authorities said. "It's just a young life cut short by a terrible tragedy,' said Nelwyn Reagan, a friend of the McCall family's who was answering the telephone Friday night at their Waco home.

A 23-year-old Southwest Texas State University student was arrested in connection with the shooting spree.

Todd Carman, a senior psychology major from Spring, was charged with capital murder and attempted murder. Justice of the Peace Macel Sullivan set bail at $50,000 on the attempted murder charge and denied bail! on the capital charge.

Travis County Medical Examiner Roberto Bayardo said Mr. Martin was shot 13 times and Ms. Reynolds three times.

The wounded woman, Shannon L. Roeder, 21, of San Marcos, was in guarded condition in the intensive care unit of Central Texas Medical Center, a hospital spokesman said.

Ms. Roeder, a junior at Southwest Texas State, underwent surgery for a neck wound.

Police said all three victims were found in the living room of an apartment that Mr. Carman and Ms. Roeder shared.

Mr. Carman remained jailed as authorities tried to determine the motive for the shootings.

Mr. Martin's mother last saw him Thursday night, when he dined with her and Dr. McCall in Waco. He left for San Marcos about 9 p.m. "All we know is he got to San Marcos about midnight,' Ms. Reagan said.

Ms. Reagan said police knew little about the shooting. Mr. Martin and Ms. Reynolds apparently were visiting San Marcos because she was considering enrolling in college there, Ms. Reagan said. -

1991 Copyright The Dallas Morning News Company
Record Number: 07*13*DAL1208371
sandmansister: (Scribble)
The nightmares stopped years and years ago, but there's still a hole in my heart that will never heal. Sure, other friends have come into my life and Grinch-like made my heart bigger so I could love them all, but that doesn't change the fact that my friend Scott is gone.

Can't believe it's been 20 years.

Don't know how I'm going to get through typing this post, but I have to. I don't know if anyone besides [livejournal.com profile] buffalobills and I remember, but I feel like someone has to mark the time, to somehow immortalize someone taken from us all too soon.

I know [livejournal.com profile] apocalypticbob can relate.

Loss is part of life. This isn't news. I have lost loved ones due to age, illness, accident, and suicide. They're all tragic—every one. I mourn. I grieve. But there's a pathology to losing someone to murder that makes healing exponentially different (if not outright impossible).

I've posted about him before, my sweet Scooter, trying to capture the bits and pieces of time when our lives intersected. All my photo albums are in storage; I'm hoping Jacque can track down a picture. I have an urgent need to see his face again.

I don't know if it was because I was just 19 when we met—such a drastic time of change in my life—that helped that time of my life make such an indelible mark on me. I was just starting to figure out who I wanted to be. No, that's not quite right. I was starting to see what was actually possible. Scott—my Scooter—was a big part of that. Hell, everyone that lived upstairs in those apartments on Oram was a big part of that, and I'm eternally grateful. Paula, Stace, Jennifer, Danny, Scott and Martha, Mark, and (heaven help me) Shawn.

Anytime I'm driving late at night in Dallas, I almost instantly feel like I'm back then/there—crazy nights when my blood boiled and I couldn't stay inside;I had to drive or die (or so it seemed). I just needed an open sun roof, air on my face and something good on the radio. Under the sodium glow of the street lights I could breathe again, like a shark needs to keep moving to stay alive.

I've mostly forced myself out of the habit of looking for him when I go to a show. It wasn't as extreme as Shawn where I'd miss him badly enough and he'd manifest, but I'd wonder how Scooter was doing and within a brief span of time I'd run into him at Clearview or Trees. It's a sucker punch to the solar plexus every time I realize I'll never see him again, all because some dumb ass dropped a couple hits of acid, freaked out and shot my friend thirteen times.

Aaaaand here we go. It's still so fresh in so many ways. I will never be completely out of tears to cry over this. They're not as debilitating or frequent, but they still flow easily.

Twenty years. It hardly seems possible.

I love and miss you still, Scooter. I haven't forgotten you. I never will.

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JULY 13, 1991

Grandson of ex-Baylor president among 2 fatally shot

Author: From Staff and Wire Reports

Edition: HOME FINAL
Section: NEWS
Page: 31A

Article Text:

A grandson of former Baylor University president Abner McCall was one of two Dallas residents shot to death early Friday in an attack at a San Marcos apartment complex.

A third person was critically wounded.

The dead were identified as Andrea L. Reynolds and Richard Scott Martin, both 20. Mr. Martin, a Baylor University journalism student, was Dr. McCall's grandson. He was shot 13 times with a .22-caliber semiautomatic rifle, authorities said. "It's just a young life cut short by a terrible tragedy,' said Nelwyn Reagan, a friend of the McCall family's who was answering the telephone Friday night at their Waco home.

A 23-year-old Southwest Texas State University student was arrested in connection with the shooting spree.

Todd Carman, a senior psychology major from Spring, was charged with capital murder and attempted murder. Justice of the Peace Macel Sullivan set bail at $50,000 on the attempted murder charge and denied bail! on the capital charge.

Travis County Medical Examiner Roberto Bayardo said Mr. Martin was shot 13 times and Ms. Reynolds three times.

The wounded woman, Shannon L. Roeder, 21, of San Marcos, was in guarded condition in the intensive care unit of Central Texas Medical Center, a hospital spokesman said.

Ms. Roeder, a junior at Southwest Texas State, underwent surgery for a neck wound.

Police said all three victims were found in the living room of an apartment that Mr. Carman and Ms. Roeder shared.

Mr. Carman remained jailed as authorities tried to determine the motive for the shootings.

Mr. Martin's mother last saw him Thursday night, when he dined with her and Dr. McCall in Waco. He left for San Marcos about 9 p.m. "All we know is he got to San Marcos about midnight,' Ms. Reagan said.

Ms. Reagan said police knew little about the shooting. Mr. Martin and Ms. Reynolds apparently were visiting San Marcos because she was considering enrolling in college there, Ms. Reagan said. -

1991 Copyright The Dallas Morning News Company
Record Number: 07*13*DAL1208371
sandmansister: (Scribble)
The nightmares stopped years and years ago, but there's still a hole in my heart that will never heal. Sure, other friends have come into my life and Grinch-like made my heart bigger so I could love them all, but that doesn't change the fact that my friend Scott is gone.

Can't believe it's been 20 years.

Don't know how I'm going to get through typing this post, but I have to. I don't know if anyone besides [livejournal.com profile] buffalobills and I remember, but I feel like someone has to mark the time, to somehow immortalize someone taken from us all too soon.

I know [livejournal.com profile] apocalypticbob can relate.

Loss is part of life. This isn't news. I have lost loved ones due to age, illness, accident, and suicide. They're all tragic—every one. I mourn. I grieve. But there's a pathology to losing someone to murder that makes healing exponentially different (if not outright impossible).

I've posted about him before, my sweet Scooter, trying to capture the bits and pieces of time when our lives intersected. All my photo albums are in storage; I'm hoping Jacque can track down a picture. I have an urgent need to see his face again.

I don't know if it was because I was just 19 when we met—such a drastic time of change in my life—that helped that time of my life make such an indelible mark on me. I was just starting to figure out who I wanted to be. No, that's not quite right. I was starting to see what was actually possible. Scott—my Scooter—was a big part of that. Hell, everyone that lived upstairs in those apartments on Oram was a big part of that, and I'm eternally grateful. Paula, Stace, Jennifer, Danny, Scott and Martha, Mark, and (heaven help me) Shawn.

Anytime I'm driving late at night in Dallas, I almost instantly feel like I'm back then/there—crazy nights when my blood boiled and I couldn't stay inside;I had to drive or die (or so it seemed). I just needed an open sun roof, air on my face and something good on the radio. Under the sodium glow of the street lights I could breathe again, like a shark needs to keep moving to stay alive.

I've mostly forced myself out of the habit of looking for him when I go to a show. It wasn't as extreme as Shawn where I'd miss him badly enough and he'd manifest, but I'd wonder how Scooter was doing and within a brief span of time I'd run into him at Clearview or Trees. It's a sucker punch to the solar plexus every time I realize I'll never see him again, all because some dumb ass dropped a couple hits of acid, freaked out and shot my friend thirteen times.

Aaaaand here we go. It's still so fresh in so many ways. I will never be completely out of tears to cry over this. They're not as debilitating or frequent, but they still flow easily.

Twenty years. It hardly seems possible.

I love and miss you still, Scooter. I haven't forgotten you. I never will.

-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~

JULY 13, 1991

Grandson of ex-Baylor president among 2 fatally shot

Author: From Staff and Wire Reports

Edition: HOME FINAL
Section: NEWS
Page: 31A

Article Text:

A grandson of former Baylor University president Abner McCall was one of two Dallas residents shot to death early Friday in an attack at a San Marcos apartment complex.

A third person was critically wounded.

The dead were identified as Andrea L. Reynolds and Richard Scott Martin, both 20. Mr. Martin, a Baylor University journalism student, was Dr. McCall's grandson. He was shot 13 times with a .22-caliber semiautomatic rifle, authorities said. "It's just a young life cut short by a terrible tragedy,' said Nelwyn Reagan, a friend of the McCall family's who was answering the telephone Friday night at their Waco home.

A 23-year-old Southwest Texas State University student was arrested in connection with the shooting spree.

Todd Carman, a senior psychology major from Spring, was charged with capital murder and attempted murder. Justice of the Peace Macel Sullivan set bail at $50,000 on the attempted murder charge and denied bail! on the capital charge.

Travis County Medical Examiner Roberto Bayardo said Mr. Martin was shot 13 times and Ms. Reynolds three times.

The wounded woman, Shannon L. Roeder, 21, of San Marcos, was in guarded condition in the intensive care unit of Central Texas Medical Center, a hospital spokesman said.

Ms. Roeder, a junior at Southwest Texas State, underwent surgery for a neck wound.

Police said all three victims were found in the living room of an apartment that Mr. Carman and Ms. Roeder shared.

Mr. Carman remained jailed as authorities tried to determine the motive for the shootings.

Mr. Martin's mother last saw him Thursday night, when he dined with her and Dr. McCall in Waco. He left for San Marcos about 9 p.m. "All we know is he got to San Marcos about midnight,' Ms. Reagan said.

Ms. Reagan said police knew little about the shooting. Mr. Martin and Ms. Reynolds apparently were visiting San Marcos because she was considering enrolling in college there, Ms. Reagan said. -

1991 Copyright The Dallas Morning News Company
Record Number: 07*13*DAL1208371
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sandmansister: (Dr. Horrible - WHAT?)
It's an increasingly valid and important question. TED Talks are brilliant, and this video by MoveOn.org's Eli Pariser is no exception: http://www.ted.com/talks/eli_pariser_beware_online_filter_bubbles.html

From the TED Talks site:
As web companies strive to tailor their services (including news and search results) to our personal tastes, there's a dangerous unintended consequence: We get trapped in a "filter bubble" and don't get exposed to information that could challenge or broaden our worldview. Eli Pariser argues powerfully that this will ultimately prove to be bad for us and bad for democracy.


It's 9 minutes worth watching. Do it! Get informed. Get involved. Spread the word.
sandmansister: (Dr. Horrible - WHAT?)
It's an increasingly valid and important question. TED Talks are brilliant, and this video by MoveOn.org's Eli Pariser is no exception: http://www.ted.com/talks/eli_pariser_beware_online_filter_bubbles.html

From the TED Talks site:
As web companies strive to tailor their services (including news and search results) to our personal tastes, there's a dangerous unintended consequence: We get trapped in a "filter bubble" and don't get exposed to information that could challenge or broaden our worldview. Eli Pariser argues powerfully that this will ultimately prove to be bad for us and bad for democracy.


It's 9 minutes worth watching. Do it! Get informed. Get involved. Spread the word.
sandmansister: (Dr. Horrible - WHAT?)
It's an increasingly valid and important question. TED Talks are brilliant, and this video by MoveOn.org's Eli Pariser is no exception: http://www.ted.com/talks/eli_pariser_beware_online_filter_bubbles.html

From the TED Talks site:
As web companies strive to tailor their services (including news and search results) to our personal tastes, there's a dangerous unintended consequence: We get trapped in a "filter bubble" and don't get exposed to information that could challenge or broaden our worldview. Eli Pariser argues powerfully that this will ultimately prove to be bad for us and bad for democracy.


It's 9 minutes worth watching. Do it! Get informed. Get involved. Spread the word.
sandmansister: (Dr. Horrible - WHAT?)
It's an increasingly valid and important question. TED Talks are brilliant, and this video by MoveOn.org's Eli Pariser is no exception: http://www.ted.com/talks/eli_pariser_beware_online_filter_bubbles.html

From the TED Talks site:
As web companies strive to tailor their services (including news and search results) to our personal tastes, there's a dangerous unintended consequence: We get trapped in a "filter bubble" and don't get exposed to information that could challenge or broaden our worldview. Eli Pariser argues powerfully that this will ultimately prove to be bad for us and bad for democracy.


It's 9 minutes worth watching. Do it! Get informed. Get involved. Spread the word.
sandmansister: (Foodie)
Made this amazing dessert for a Midsummer celebration last weekend, and thought I should share/archive here. I found this via a Good Morning Texas segment featuring Chef Bud Boswell from Boston's Gourmet Pizza.

Angel Food Bruschetta
4 slices Angel Food cake
1/2 oz. brandy butter (recipe below)
2 1/2 oz. fruit salsa (recipe below)
1 1/2 oz. whipped cream
1 basil sprig

Fruit Salsa
5 oz. diced pineapple
5 oz. Mandarin orange slices
5 oz. strawberries, sliced
5 oz. red grapes, sliced
5 oz. green grapes, sliced
1/2 oz. fresh basil, cut in julienne strips
1/2 oz. Tuaca
1 sugar packet (or equivalent)

Drain any canned fruit. Combine all ingredients in medium mixing bowl. While fruit is macerating, make the brandy butter.

Brandy Butter
8 oz. heavy whipping cream
1 T. sugar
1 oz. brandy
2 oz. butter

Combine whipping cream, sugar, and brandy in a heavy stock pot over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. While boiling and liquid is reducing by half, continually stir so product does not boil over the pot. When liquid is reduced by half and thickened, remove from heat and add butter. Stir thoroughly to incorporate. Chill and reserve for later use.

Place angel food cake on parchment-lined sheet pan. Evenly spread the brandy butter on the top side of cake slices. Place in a 425° oven for 3 1/2 minutes. Remove and cool slightly. Spoon 5 tablespoons of fruit salsa evenly over cake slices. Place a dollop of whipped cream on top of fruit, and put a sprig of basil in the whipped cream.

Amy's Notes: I used blueberries instead of red grapes. I'm betting you could adjust the recipe to incorporate any fruit you wish. I liked this combination with the savory hint of basil. I also used a packet of Truvia in the fruit salsa to cut down on the refined sugar. Didn't try that in the brandy butter as I'm not sure how it does when heated.
sandmansister: (Foodie)
Made this amazing dessert for a Midsummer celebration last weekend, and thought I should share/archive here. I found this via a Good Morning Texas segment featuring Chef Bud Boswell from Boston's Gourmet Pizza.

Angel Food Bruschetta
4 slices Angel Food cake
1/2 oz. brandy butter (recipe below)
2 1/2 oz. fruit salsa (recipe below)
1 1/2 oz. whipped cream
1 basil sprig

Fruit Salsa
5 oz. diced pineapple
5 oz. Mandarin orange slices
5 oz. strawberries, sliced
5 oz. red grapes, sliced
5 oz. green grapes, sliced
1/2 oz. fresh basil, cut in julienne strips
1/2 oz. Tuaca
1 sugar packet (or equivalent)

Drain any canned fruit. Combine all ingredients in medium mixing bowl. While fruit is macerating, make the brandy butter.

Brandy Butter
8 oz. heavy whipping cream
1 T. sugar
1 oz. brandy
2 oz. butter

Combine whipping cream, sugar, and brandy in a heavy stock pot over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. While boiling and liquid is reducing by half, continually stir so product does not boil over the pot. When liquid is reduced by half and thickened, remove from heat and add butter. Stir thoroughly to incorporate. Chill and reserve for later use.

Place angel food cake on parchment-lined sheet pan. Evenly spread the brandy butter on the top side of cake slices. Place in a 425° oven for 3 1/2 minutes. Remove and cool slightly. Spoon 5 tablespoons of fruit salsa evenly over cake slices. Place a dollop of whipped cream on top of fruit, and put a sprig of basil in the whipped cream.

Amy's Notes: I used blueberries instead of red grapes. I'm betting you could adjust the recipe to incorporate any fruit you wish. I liked this combination with the savory hint of basil. I also used a packet of Truvia in the fruit salsa to cut down on the refined sugar. Didn't try that in the brandy butter as I'm not sure how it does when heated.
sandmansister: (Foodie)
Made this amazing dessert for a Midsummer celebration last weekend, and thought I should share/archive here. I found this via a Good Morning Texas segment featuring Chef Bud Boswell from Boston's Gourmet Pizza.

Angel Food Bruschetta
4 slices Angel Food cake
1/2 oz. brandy butter (recipe below)
2 1/2 oz. fruit salsa (recipe below)
1 1/2 oz. whipped cream
1 basil sprig

Fruit Salsa
5 oz. diced pineapple
5 oz. Mandarin orange slices
5 oz. strawberries, sliced
5 oz. red grapes, sliced
5 oz. green grapes, sliced
1/2 oz. fresh basil, cut in julienne strips
1/2 oz. Tuaca
1 sugar packet (or equivalent)

Drain any canned fruit. Combine all ingredients in medium mixing bowl. While fruit is macerating, make the brandy butter.

Brandy Butter
8 oz. heavy whipping cream
1 T. sugar
1 oz. brandy
2 oz. butter

Combine whipping cream, sugar, and brandy in a heavy stock pot over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. While boiling and liquid is reducing by half, continually stir so product does not boil over the pot. When liquid is reduced by half and thickened, remove from heat and add butter. Stir thoroughly to incorporate. Chill and reserve for later use.

Place angel food cake on parchment-lined sheet pan. Evenly spread the brandy butter on the top side of cake slices. Place in a 425° oven for 3 1/2 minutes. Remove and cool slightly. Spoon 5 tablespoons of fruit salsa evenly over cake slices. Place a dollop of whipped cream on top of fruit, and put a sprig of basil in the whipped cream.

Amy's Notes: I used blueberries instead of red grapes. I'm betting you could adjust the recipe to incorporate any fruit you wish. I liked this combination with the savory hint of basil. I also used a packet of Truvia in the fruit salsa to cut down on the refined sugar. Didn't try that in the brandy butter as I'm not sure how it does when heated.
sandmansister: (Foodie)
Made this amazing dessert for a Midsummer celebration last weekend, and thought I should share/archive here. I found this via a Good Morning Texas segment featuring Chef Bud Boswell from Boston's Gourmet Pizza.

Angel Food Bruschetta
4 slices Angel Food cake
1/2 oz. brandy butter (recipe below)
2 1/2 oz. fruit salsa (recipe below)
1 1/2 oz. whipped cream
1 basil sprig

Fruit Salsa
5 oz. diced pineapple
5 oz. Mandarin orange slices
5 oz. strawberries, sliced
5 oz. red grapes, sliced
5 oz. green grapes, sliced
1/2 oz. fresh basil, cut in julienne strips
1/2 oz. Tuaca
1 sugar packet (or equivalent)

Drain any canned fruit. Combine all ingredients in medium mixing bowl. While fruit is macerating, make the brandy butter.

Brandy Butter
8 oz. heavy whipping cream
1 T. sugar
1 oz. brandy
2 oz. butter

Combine whipping cream, sugar, and brandy in a heavy stock pot over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. While boiling and liquid is reducing by half, continually stir so product does not boil over the pot. When liquid is reduced by half and thickened, remove from heat and add butter. Stir thoroughly to incorporate. Chill and reserve for later use.

Place angel food cake on parchment-lined sheet pan. Evenly spread the brandy butter on the top side of cake slices. Place in a 425° oven for 3 1/2 minutes. Remove and cool slightly. Spoon 5 tablespoons of fruit salsa evenly over cake slices. Place a dollop of whipped cream on top of fruit, and put a sprig of basil in the whipped cream.

Amy's Notes: I used blueberries instead of red grapes. I'm betting you could adjust the recipe to incorporate any fruit you wish. I liked this combination with the savory hint of basil. I also used a packet of Truvia in the fruit salsa to cut down on the refined sugar. Didn't try that in the brandy butter as I'm not sure how it does when heated.
sandmansister: (Foodie)
I'm glad to say that the food for the weekend with my folks was a success!

To save a lot of typing, I found links to most of the recipes, which I will happily share.

Dad's Dinner
  • Pork Medallions with Blueberry-Balsamic Ketchup*
  • Mixed Greens with Blueberries, Feta, and Pine Nuts (Note: It's the last recipe listed)*
  • Wild Rice with Barley and Mushrooms (see below)
  • Blueberry-Strawberry Surprise*

    Mom's Brunch
  • Griddled Corncakes with Cinnamon-Honey Yogurt*
  • Brown Sugar Bacon Twists
  • Yogurt Panna Cotta with Blueberries

    * Recipes shared by my birth mother (a.k.a. Michigan Momma, or MM) via the Bay City Times

    Wild Rice with Barley and Mushrooms
    from Angie Alexander

    1 small onion, chopped
    1 stick butter
    1 1/4 c. wild rice
    2 t. pearl barley
    4 c. beef broth
    1/4 t. thyme
    1/4 t. pepper
    8 oz. mushrooms, sliced

    Melt 1/4 c. butter in 3 quart pan. Add onion and saute until tender. Add broth and rice. Cook by package directions or until tender. Add barley so that rice and barley are done at the same time.

    Let stand—uncovered—10 minutes until liquid is absorbed. Saute mushrooms in remaining butter and mix with rice. Note that rice is rarely done by the time indicated on the package. Allow enough time to continue to cook rice until moisture is gone.

    Amy's alterations: I tried this in a rice cooker and it worked beautifully. I sauteed the onions and mushrooms together, and then poured everything in the rice cooker. Voila! That's all, and it was beautiful. However, a 3 cup capacity cooker is almost too small. I suggest 4 cup or greater to avoid any spill-over.

    Other Notes:
    The panna cotta calls for gelatin sheets. I did find them at Central Market, and they were really easy to manage. As the recipe indicates, I soaked them in cold water until they were soft. Not sure I wrung out the excess water quite enough as I didn't want to tear or otherwise damage the sheets, but the panna cotta still set up nicely so no worries there. The beauty of the sheets/leaves as opposed to granular is the smoothness. No lumps, no bumps.

    I loved the pork medallions, but I wanted the ketchup to be just a tad tangier. Still, it was very tasty and there was enough left over for a whole second batch of medallions. The salad was also very plentiful and I couldn't stop eating it! The dressing was so light and really allowed the salad ingredients to come through without overpowering.

    LOVED the Griddled Corncakes, too. They were so light and fluffy due to all the whipped egg whites, and the yogurt in them made them really moist. I bet a fruit garnish on top wouldn't go amiss, either.

    If you try, let me know the results, and I hope you enjoy!
  • sandmansister: (Foodie)
    I'm glad to say that the food for the weekend with my folks was a success!

    To save a lot of typing, I found links to most of the recipes, which I will happily share.

    Dad's Dinner
  • Pork Medallions with Blueberry-Balsamic Ketchup*
  • Mixed Greens with Blueberries, Feta, and Pine Nuts (Note: It's the last recipe listed)*
  • Wild Rice with Barley and Mushrooms (see below)
  • Blueberry-Strawberry Surprise*

    Mom's Brunch
  • Griddled Corncakes with Cinnamon-Honey Yogurt*
  • Brown Sugar Bacon Twists
  • Yogurt Panna Cotta with Blueberries

    * Recipes shared by my birth mother (a.k.a. Michigan Momma, or MM) via the Bay City Times

    Wild Rice with Barley and Mushrooms
    from Angie Alexander

    1 small onion, chopped
    1 stick butter
    1 1/4 c. wild rice
    2 t. pearl barley
    4 c. beef broth
    1/4 t. thyme
    1/4 t. pepper
    8 oz. mushrooms, sliced

    Melt 1/4 c. butter in 3 quart pan. Add onion and saute until tender. Add broth and rice. Cook by package directions or until tender. Add barley so that rice and barley are done at the same time.

    Let stand—uncovered—10 minutes until liquid is absorbed. Saute mushrooms in remaining butter and mix with rice. Note that rice is rarely done by the time indicated on the package. Allow enough time to continue to cook rice until moisture is gone.

    Amy's alterations: I tried this in a rice cooker and it worked beautifully. I sauteed the onions and mushrooms together, and then poured everything in the rice cooker. Voila! That's all, and it was beautiful. However, a 3 cup capacity cooker is almost too small. I suggest 4 cup or greater to avoid any spill-over.

    Other Notes:
    The panna cotta calls for gelatin sheets. I did find them at Central Market, and they were really easy to manage. As the recipe indicates, I soaked them in cold water until they were soft. Not sure I wrung out the excess water quite enough as I didn't want to tear or otherwise damage the sheets, but the panna cotta still set up nicely so no worries there. The beauty of the sheets/leaves as opposed to granular is the smoothness. No lumps, no bumps.

    I loved the pork medallions, but I wanted the ketchup to be just a tad tangier. Still, it was very tasty and there was enough left over for a whole second batch of medallions. The salad was also very plentiful and I couldn't stop eating it! The dressing was so light and really allowed the salad ingredients to come through without overpowering.

    LOVED the Griddled Corncakes, too. They were so light and fluffy due to all the whipped egg whites, and the yogurt in them made them really moist. I bet a fruit garnish on top wouldn't go amiss, either.

    If you try, let me know the results, and I hope you enjoy!
  • sandmansister: (Foodie)
    I'm glad to say that the food for the weekend with my folks was a success!

    To save a lot of typing, I found links to most of the recipes, which I will happily share.

    Dad's Dinner
  • Pork Medallions with Blueberry-Balsamic Ketchup*
  • Mixed Greens with Blueberries, Feta, and Pine Nuts (Note: It's the last recipe listed)*
  • Wild Rice with Barley and Mushrooms (see below)
  • Blueberry-Strawberry Surprise*

    Mom's Brunch
  • Griddled Corncakes with Cinnamon-Honey Yogurt*
  • Brown Sugar Bacon Twists
  • Yogurt Panna Cotta with Blueberries

    * Recipes shared by my birth mother (a.k.a. Michigan Momma, or MM) via the Bay City Times

    Wild Rice with Barley and Mushrooms
    from Angie Alexander

    1 small onion, chopped
    1 stick butter
    1 1/4 c. wild rice
    2 t. pearl barley
    4 c. beef broth
    1/4 t. thyme
    1/4 t. pepper
    8 oz. mushrooms, sliced

    Melt 1/4 c. butter in 3 quart pan. Add onion and saute until tender. Add broth and rice. Cook by package directions or until tender. Add barley so that rice and barley are done at the same time.

    Let stand—uncovered—10 minutes until liquid is absorbed. Saute mushrooms in remaining butter and mix with rice. Note that rice is rarely done by the time indicated on the package. Allow enough time to continue to cook rice until moisture is gone.

    Amy's alterations: I tried this in a rice cooker and it worked beautifully. I sauteed the onions and mushrooms together, and then poured everything in the rice cooker. Voila! That's all, and it was beautiful. However, a 3 cup capacity cooker is almost too small. I suggest 4 cup or greater to avoid any spill-over.

    Other Notes:
    The panna cotta calls for gelatin sheets. I did find them at Central Market, and they were really easy to manage. As the recipe indicates, I soaked them in cold water until they were soft. Not sure I wrung out the excess water quite enough as I didn't want to tear or otherwise damage the sheets, but the panna cotta still set up nicely so no worries there. The beauty of the sheets/leaves as opposed to granular is the smoothness. No lumps, no bumps.

    I loved the pork medallions, but I wanted the ketchup to be just a tad tangier. Still, it was very tasty and there was enough left over for a whole second batch of medallions. The salad was also very plentiful and I couldn't stop eating it! The dressing was so light and really allowed the salad ingredients to come through without overpowering.

    LOVED the Griddled Corncakes, too. They were so light and fluffy due to all the whipped egg whites, and the yogurt in them made them really moist. I bet a fruit garnish on top wouldn't go amiss, either.

    If you try, let me know the results, and I hope you enjoy!
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