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Pumpkin Pie and Hazlenuts

Ingredients for Hazelnut Pumpkin Pie

  • 2/3 cups flour
  • pinch salt
  • 1 tbsp. sugar
  • 6 tbsp butter
  • 1.5 tbsp ice water
  • 1/3 cup ground hazelnuts
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp soft butter
  • 2 eggs, 1 egg yolk
  • 1 cup unsweetened canned pumpkin
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp cloves
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup heavy cream

Preparation instructions for pie crust

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Bruschetta Chicken

Ingredients for Bruschetta Chicken

  • 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 4 chicken breast halves
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1 tbsp butter or margarine, melted
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 3 tbsp minced fresh basil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Preparing bruschetta chicken

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Chicken in Basil Cream

Ingredients for Chicken in Basil Cream

  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 4 chicken breast halves (1 pound)
  • 3 tbsp. butter or margarine
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1 jar (4 ounces) sliced pimientos, drained
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh basil
  • 1/8 tsp pepper

Instructions for preparing Chicken in Basil cream

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Ice Cream Denver: Menus, Photos, Reviews, Locations

I haven't written nearly as much on this site in the last year or two in part because I "blog" less and in part because I'm just doing it in more specialized places. I realized that by writing about all sorts of different things on knaddison.com I was creating 1 site with no focus when instead I could create 12 sites each with singular focus. The latter form is, of course, more useful to readers.

Here's an introduction for one site Nikki and I have been working on that we really enjoy: Ice Cream Denver.

Denver Ice Cream Review & Photo blog

Nikki loves Ice Cream. I don't mind it ;) And especially with our little daughter we were looking for a new project that would be a fun weekend errand. We started the site in September of 2010 and immediately posted a bunch of store locations. Shortly after we started posting photos of the various shops.

A few of my favorites:

Chalk Board Menus

Chalk board menus are common in the restaurant industry and definitely deliver a cutesy feeling at ice cream shops. For liks south it's painted on and cutesy, but not so practical (in spite of their hundreds of flavors). At sweet action it seems purely practical: they are often adding and removing items from their menu. Menus are a popular item on the site, so popular I created a listing page.

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IKEA Denver opening July 27 2011! (Ok, it's Centennial Colorado which is close to Denver)

And not a day too soon. Holy cow, after literally years of waiting and begging the IKEA in South Denver is finally opening on July 27th. I predict massive traffic jams. I plan to go there and sell tiny meatballs with tiny swedish flags in them accompanied by iced-lingonberry-juice-like-beverage.

Map of US with colorado flag over colorado-ish

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On Cutting the Comcast Cable TV Cord: How many rooms should be wired

We moved to a new house about a year ago. In the process we left our TV in the old house for "staging" which meant it was there for 6 months (it's hard to sell a house now, apparently). In the mean time we watched a ton of Hulu and Netflix instant shows on our 15" computer. This has been relatively glorious.

Cutting the Cable TV cord

With the TV in the old house and our computers in the new we moved our high-speed-internet service (delivered by Comcast over cable) to the new house but shut off the TV service. Luckily Hulu and Netflix ably filled in the gap. We're watching weird and great shows, documentaries, and even adver-tainment like the Ford Focus Rally (although having to endure commercials in the middle of adver-tainment grated on our nerves enough that we stopped).

Hulu has a rolling schedule where they drop content. We can't see old episodes of the Chicago Code (our favorite new show). In a year or two, though, they should be on Netflix. It seems like every day Netflix gets more and more instant content. Amazon's got some instant offering, but we haven't run out of content on Netflix+Hulu enough to worry about what Amazon might have for us. I would love for the BBC's Junkyard Wars to be opened up on Hulu or Netflix. Right now it's making zero money from the American market - why not let it out? So it seems like our TV watching needs will be fulfilled by on-demand media delivered by Netflix, Hulu, Amazon and companies like them.

So long, physical media

We have several bookshelves and boxes full physical media: books, journals, magazines, CDs, DVDs. Our TV is currently used primarily to watch DVDs. But the transition is clear: even though high def TV with surround sound is fun, the immediacy of on-demand video media wins. If nothing else it means we can eliminate about one quarter of the furniture in our house since it is designed strictly for holding and showcasing our physical media!

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Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes

Blueberry Buttermilk Pancake Ingredients

  • 4 tbsp melted buttermilk
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs at room temperature
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries

Instructions for making Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes

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