What’s Cookin’?

Viewer Participation

I think most of us agree that what makes JTV stand apart from broadcast television is the ability to interact with the broadcaster and the other viewers while a channel is live. And I have seen this evolve. We have seen viewers create artwork for lifecasters and some have created fan sites. Some create signs for their favorite channel(s) and others have created blogs and Facebook sites. Anthony Quintano of Quintano_media has begun creating great banner and background art for some channels and I have just received my first set of photos from a viewer that recreated a few of the dishes I made last week. She was so inspired by the outcome of the Yorkshire Pudding I put together the other day that she whipped it up the following evening. I give Tm1nor an A+ for her enthusiasm and effort and for the her success in putting together beautiful looking popovers and prime rib and risotto. Great job T!

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Wow T1minor — a double batch! Looks DEElicious!

Now, for all of you that have tried your hand at one of the recipes we’ve put together on the show, it’s time to pull out the camera and start documenting your great work and sharing it with us!

The Trick

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Tortilla Soup

I finally figured out how to get my channel up and running on the first try. I clear my cache, then click on the debug link and launch the broadcast and voila! I am live and with sound! Tonight the broadcast was fairly stable as well. It didn’t crash and from what I see in the archives, it was just a bit choppy. I think I saw it buffer a few times, but all in all, compared to last night, it made for a much smoother cooking session and after looking over the archives to highlight the soup making, I could clearly see a happier, more calm Justopia broadcasting tonight no matter what may have been going on around me. 🙂

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Don’t forget to check the schedule to see what time I will be broadcasting and for what is on the menu. I am also including links (in TinyURL format) for the recipes. These links will usually take you to Epicurious.com or FoodTV.com when the recipes are published, but for my own recipes I will have to sit down and type them up, like the Tortilla soup recipe below:

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This recipe is for 2 servings

  • 6 Cups chicken broth – you can use home made or canned. If using canned, use low sodium and/or organic
  • 2Cups canned diced tomatoes with juice
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder( or to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 avocado coarsely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon red or green hot sauce or 1 diced jalapeno pepper
  • 3 tablespoons sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons diced onion
  • 6 corn tortillas cut into strips — fry 3 of them for topping the soup, the strips of the other 3 go into the soup raw
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup chopped cilantro
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 chicken breasts cooked and cut into bite sized pieces

Put the broth into a sauce pan and heat through. Once heated, add the tomatoes and juice. Add seasonings and pepper and bring to a boil. Add chicken. Once boiling, reduce heat and let simmer for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, stir the cilantro into the sour cream and set aside.

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To Plate it up:

Place 1/2 of the cheese in both bowls, then add diced onions. Ladle the soup into each bowl and layer with avocado, fried tortilla strips and a dollup of cilantro sour cream.

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Hiding Behind 1’s and 0’s and ECV Anticipation

Cowards

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Fresh sliced leeks

I’ve got to ask. What does it say about a person that goes into a chat room, any chat room on any service, and makes rude, cruel, unflattering, vulgar, uncalled for comments about a person that is in that chat room? We’ve seen this happen and not just with the advent of JTV, but all over the online world since chat was first introduced to the masses years ago.

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Tonight we made Skirt Steak with Pomegranate Reduction and Potatoes with Leeks and Gruyere. DEEElicious!

Now, add Lifecasting into the mix and throw in some immature, uneducated, poorly raised, got messed up with the wrong kids in school JTV viewer and you have a recipe for some ugly with an unsuspecting broadcaster on the receiving end of a rock in a slingshot.

And what about the coward that makes comments about a person when they are not even in the same chat room? If the first sling thrower is just a weak wuss of a coward, what does that make one that doesn’t even have the chutzpah to do it where the target can read what is being said?

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The poltroon that that makes the most vile of comments about someone behind their back is the lowest of the low. Clearly they lack the cajones, the chutzpah, the sisu to say what they want to the person, or with the person in the near vicinity of where they spew their venom. I suspect that in person, they are so weak that they have a timorous whisper of a voice that can barely be heard above the crowd in a room. But in a chat room, they have a puffed up chest and an emboldened sense of being and the false perception of strength and bravery that can only be exhibited behind 1’s and 0’s.

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How fitting then that we are just a day away from what is most likely a favorite holiday of the miscreants that troll JTV channels looking for unsuspecting victims. One in which they can hide behind a mask and costume.

ECV

I’m waiting with anticipation for the return of EastCoastVegas. He has been teasing us a bit with updates to his JTV page, a link to a new eastcoastvegas.com site, videos, info about what’s to come on ECV and more I did not get a chance to pop into this channel when he was on this evening. I was wrist deep in potatoes, leeks, cheese, and most of all, pomegranates. If I didn’t pay close attention, I could have chopped off a finger with my incredibly sharp new Henckels knife that I was given at a training session last night and I may have ended up with red coloring from the pomegranate. Luckily I multitasked with great panache and didn’t seem to miss a beat.



A “Mad Men” Marathon and Recess is Over

Vacation?

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Gotta love Nicole44. She made a sign last week which I posted, but it was pretty small so she recreated it in a larger size and I captured it this morning. She’s always so perky and happy. 🙂 Thanks Nicole44!

Was it a vacation or just a short-lived stint in rehab? I didn’t spend more than 20 minutes watching anything on JTV and spent ZERO minutes writing. I worked both days and while it’s good to be out of the house working with people again, it’s backbreaking work (at least at this point) and I have so much to learn so it’s a bit stressful. But it was good not to have to worry about spending time navigating the JTV waters to find interesting material to write about and to be able to get to bed before the sun comes up.

Mad Men

For a change, I did finally hunker down to watch some previously recorded Broadcast Television on my DVR this morning after my company departed and watched a couple of episodes of Mad Men which I have been recording, but have not taken the time to watch. I am happy that I have the season on the DVR because it sucked me in right from the beginning. If you haven’t heard about the show, I recommend you head out to the link behind the title above and do some reading. Seriously, this is a not to be missed series.

Still Cooking

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The women in my family — my Mom, my Sister and I all have the culinary gene. My sister and mom are both wonderful in the kitchen and we love cooking together. My sister and niece came to visit for the weekend and since I was worn out from working Friday and Saturday, they went to the store and picked up food for dinner both days and we shared in the preparation. What put a real smile on my face was seeing my sis pull out her camera to start snapping dinner in progress. The two of us were snapping away. I put my shots into a slideshow which you can view by clicking on the image below:

The menu consisted of my sister’s own recipe for Browned Chicken which we served with egg noodles and steamed green beans. Then I whipped up a classic fall dish of Baked Apples. The recipe for the apples is below and I will get her recipe for the chicken and post as soon as I hear back from her. It’s all simple food, but DEElicious! I just might recreate this menu sometime this week.

Baked Apples

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  • Tart Apple
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon chopped pecans or walnuts (or both)
  • Apple cider or juice to pour over top and leave 1/2 inch in the pan
  • Dash of cinnamon or apple pie spice

Core the apple being sure not to poke a hole in the bottom so that the apple juices do not leak out. put most of the chopped nuts in hollowed out core then add the butter and top with the brown sugar. Sprinkles the cinnamon or apple pie spice on top and pour on the apple cider/juice.

Bake in a 350° oven for 1 hour or until the apple begins to lose it’s shape and the juice and sugar begins to caramelize on the bottom of the pan. For a real treat, serve with a splash of heavy cream on top.

Short and Sweet

Rather than rambling on about nothing, tonight’s post will be a short one, but I wanted to check in and let you know that I will be back to my normal, or perhaps it’s not so normal verbose blogging tomorrow. I did notice the few times I looked in on the network that the viewer count remains startlingly low and wonder if it were not for iJustine, if Justin and the guys would continue to pursue this venture. She is the big draw. Dealer was out on the water again today and I went along for the ride for just a short while before heading out to work, but it was nice to be “out on the open sea” with the sun shining down on a beautiful day in southern California.

ECV left a comment on FaceBook saying he will be back as scheduled on November 1st and I think many are anxiously awaiting his return. I know I am.

JTV Viewer Halloween Parties

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I did not get to poke my head in and check out any of the Halloween parties that were seen on JTV last night, but did manage to sneak away to check in on the one Spookygrl hosted out at Stickam. Spooks and Dizil were dressed up for the ocassion and looked Maaahvelous!  There was some Goth trivia going on, some Halloween-ish jokes and Spookygrl shared some bloodballs and other Halloween-inspired candy or drinks with us. I was not able to stay for long, but it looked like the few people that made it to the soiree were having fun.



Vacation Time!

Company’s Coming

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Lasagna with Bechamel Sauce, Olive Bread with Roasted Garlic and Olive Oil and Salad with Home Made Vinaigrette

Ok, so it’s not really going to be a vacation. I have company coming for the weekend and am working Friday, Saturday and Sunday so I won’t be broadcasting. I will probably pop in and out of the channels late at night, but I won’t be cooking on camera Friday or Saturday. I plan to cook on Sunday after work. Nothing extravagant, but I’ll figure out what I feel like and will post it in the schedule for you to see.

I think most people forget to scroll down to see the schedule, but you should try to remember since the times for my broadcast vary.

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So this will be a like a mini vacation for me. I don’t plan to blog either. Imagine that? It doesn’t happen often, but this will be a broadcast and blog free couple of days for Justopia/Justopia_live.

Channel Hopping

I looked for something to watch this morning and came across Arnaud midstream in a photo shoot. It looked really great. A couch in front of expansive floor to ceiling windows with a model standing effortlessly as he image was captured by Arnaud. It looked almost like a scene from a movie. All that was missing was music.

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But this was all I could find worth watching. I didn’t stay long. I decided that cleaning the house was more important than finding a channel I wanted to focus my attention on and that was how it was most of the day. I went out for little more than an hour and came back to more of the same so I gave up for a while and came back on to find an artist making cartoons. It was interesting to watch for a few moments, but I’d love to see the finished product of what I was watching, but laundry was calling.

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And that’s how the day went. Nothing special, nothing awful. It just was.

Lasagne

I made the lasagne tonight with a bechamel (white) sauce rather than using ricotta cheese. Bechamel is a smooth, thick sauce and many people use it in their lasagne.1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmegIn a medium saucepan, heat butter until melted. Add flour and stir until smooth. Over medium heat, cook until light golden brown, about 6 to 7 minutes.

  1. 5 tablespoons butter
  2. 4 tablespoons flour
  3. 3 cups milk
  4. 2 teaspoons salt
  5. 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

In a medium saucepan, heat butter until melted. Add flour and stir until smooth. Over medium heat, cook until light golden brown, about 6 to 7 minutes.Meanwhile, heat milk in separate pan until just about to boil. Add milk to butter mixture 1 cup at a time, whisking continuously until very smooth and bring to a boil. Cook 10 minutes and remove from heat. Season with salt and nutmeg and set aside.

I layer the lasagne as follows:

One thin layer of marinara or meat sauce, a layer of lasagne noodles, bechamel sauce and finally mozzarella. I would go no further than 4 layers or it will take far too long to bake. Everything here is cooked, so you are basically just heating up the lasagne. I grate fresh parmesan cheese on top before putting it on the table.

I’ve got to say it — it was DEEElicious! Try it yourself and impress your friends and family.

Giving Birth to Tomorrow’s “Citizen Journalists” on JTV

Safety First

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Chicken Tikka with Salad of Lettuce, Hearts of Palm, Cilantro, Cucumber and Tomatoes

I was a Girl Scout during a time when the uniforms were, well, there is no other adjective I can find to describe it .. Dorky.  Being a girl scout past elementary school was so far past being cool that it was just plain embarrassing.  Vietnam was raging and I think the uniform, uniforms of any kind were just so unwelcome, so de classe, so “establishment,” that you just didn’t want to be associated with it.  None of my friends were Girl Scouts.  No one I hung out with went to school on Girl Scout meeting day with a poly/cotton blend green shirt with epaulettes and skirt and a sash with all kinds of merit badges sewn onto it.  Oh, and let’s not forget the green beret with the Girl Scout fleur de lis logo on the front.  No, belonging to this club was very un cool in 9th grade when I finally gave it up.  I didn’t want to.  I still had a few more badges to earn.  I still liked the things we did in scouting.  We had just taken a first aid course and at 14 I was certified to perform CPR.  Luckily, it was never needed, but before 9th grade was just a memory, I was no longer a Girl Scout.

At the same time as I was promising  on my honor to do my duty to God and my country, to help other people at all times and to obey the Girl Scout rules, I was also weeks each summer away at camp.  Having had these opportunities, I learned a lot; from how to sew and how to put together Girl Scout Stew on a camping trip, to sailing and water-skiing and when to tourniquet a bad cut and how to SCUBA dive and use a camera, and … well, the list could go on for miles.  But one thing I took away from all of my GS and summer experiences was safety.  I know to stop, drop and roll if I get caught in a fire.  I know to stay out of the way of law enforcement and first responders during an emergency and I know that if there is imminent danger and there is someone of authority able to direct you to safety, that it’s wise to follow their instruction.

New Generation of Information

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Chicken Tikka with Lentil Soup

So when I watched Dealer perched on top of a bluff on a neighborhood street that looked deserted, as if it had been evcuated, looking in the distance at a plume of black smoke, ducking to keep out of sight of the police patrolling the streets, my mind skipped back a few decades and wondered if chasing the fires in southern California was not only unsafe for JTV broadcasters, but if there was any reason to think that having police or fire and rescue personnel out on the streets worrying about local citizens being in areas that were evacuated was worth the satisfaction the 100 or 200 people viewing the “coverage” on JTV were receiving from watching through streaming video?

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I know there were some watching feeds from JTV broadcasters covering the fires via local news and newspaper outlets in areas they were concerned about.   There were viewers that were thrilled with the opportunity to be able to follow things in their home town, or neighborhood which was something they weren’t necessarily getting from broadcast television.

What’s Next?

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How sweet!  Nicole44 made a sign for me — Although small in this thumbnail, it says — Justopia Rocks the Kitchen  🙂

I am wondering if as we watch Lifecasting evolve across various platforms if this is how we can expect to stay connected with the world around us in the future?  I know it’s rather primitive today, but I can see a time in the when breaking news is in progress and we are thousands of miles away from it, but able to get the true flavor of what is going on from more than a brief sound bite offered up by a television channel or network that has to manage their broadcasts according to the wants, interests and needs of the advertisers they are so reliant on as a revenue stream.

What I question is the validity of the coverage by people that are not skilled or experienced in journalism.  There is a code of ethics that professional journalists follow and we know from events in recent history what can happen if the line is crossed.  If we have people out on the streets chasing news that do not abide by these codes of ethics, how will we know when we can trust or rely on what is being told to us?  It is similar to relying on a Wikipedia article for facts.  You have to take all of it with a grain of salt.

Presidential Debate

Politics is Taboo

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Osso Busso and Risotto recipes under these links

Politics and JTV don’t seem to be such a great match. I was looking for a stream with working audio this morning and decided to look into Dealer’s room. I have not been in there since he put up the Adult Content gate, but was curious to see which channels were audio-capable. Alan was asleep, but the chatters were “vocal.” The discussion I walked in on was political in nature. Both major parties were “represented” with supporters for each weighing in. The Dem’s seemed to outweigh the Repub’s, but I didn’t run a poll.

From what I saw, some of the regulars did not want to have to be subjected to reading chat that included political discussion of any sort and at one point, one of the chatters suggested the group take the discussion to one of the channels with a girl on cam asking for donations to see how it would be received. And off the group went. The channel they opted for was missing their lifecaster for a minute when the discussion began. It appears she was getting ready to head out for the day, but when she came over to the computer she did not seem pleased with the conversation going on in chat. It was nothing more than a, “Who would you vote for? Would you vote for Hillary? I miss Bill, darn it,” kind of chatter, but it was clear she was unhappy. I’m not sure — what was she hoping for in the room? Talk about her? How pretty she is? Chat about how much people were going to donate? Maybe a request or two to put a shoe on her head? Or perhaps she just wanted to be asked to remove some clothing rather than adding a shoe to her wardrobe?

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What resulted was unhappiness with the “grown up” discussion and a call for help to which a mod quickly responded and quickly banned most everyone that mentioned anything about politics. There wasn’t a vulgar word in the room. Nothing angry. There wasn’t a spammer or upper case offender in sight. It was merely an ultra ban because the lifecaster didn’t want people talking politics in her room and the mod obliged her every wish.

Ok it’s her room. She’s the channel owner. If she doesn’t want topical discussion who are we to object, but the reason I bring this up is for a bigger, broader reason. A reason that has nothing to do with JTV other than much of the demographic of the viewers seems to be about half my age and from what I see, not all too interested in the future — yet. This is the generation of our future leaders. And yes. I was interested and active in my future at that age. Hell, I was interested and active when I was in college. I didn’t need to enter my 30’s to realize I had a responsibility to at the very least, be informed about what was going on around me.

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Ok, maybe I should not make a rash generalization about this lifecaster. Maybe she spends hours reading newspapers and watching pertinent news programs on broadcast televions and is well read and informed and lifecasting is her way to forget the troubles of the world for a little while everyday. What do you think? Want to weigh in? Leave a comment and we’ll compare notes.

Unintended Consequences, Network Challenges, JTV Blogs and What in the World IS Yorkshire Pudding Anyway?

Community

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The End Cut of Roasted Prime Rib of Beef, White, Purple and Red Roasted Fingerling Potatoes with Cauliflower and Tomato Salad

The one clear thing that has risen to the top at JTV is community. Each channel seems to have it’s followers. What serendipity! To have a community of loyal viewers that come back day after day after day to tune in and surf the channels at Justin.tv in search of friends. I recall a Spring afternoon when Justin and the team were having one of their daily team meetings. That was back in the days when they sometimes invited us into the Crystal Towers apartment living room with the couches and chairs lined up along the walls, the post it notes stuck up on the wall and the BAWL’s energy drink in cases on the balcony. The Fratboys (as they were affectionately known back then) 😉 would keep audio and video running until inevitably, at some point they would decide the topic was meant for their eyes and ears only.

One day however, the topic of chat came up. I think I am pretty correct in remembering Emmett having choice words (not positive) for viewers/chatters and the disdain in his voice was clear. Chat was not what made him smile. And then Justin or Michael said something about how the creation of community on Justin.tv was not something they had expected or planned for, that it was a surprise.

An unintended consequence that seems to be keeping steam in the engine at JTV is community. However, the dynamics have changed. In the “early days” a small group of loyal JTV viewers would watch Justin move through his day to day life. We would sit behind our screens interacting in the only chat room that was available (Lobby1) and comment on the apartment or horrible sound as wind hit the mic in the hatcam as Justin and crew headed out onto the streets of San Francisco. Safely tucked behind our screens and keyboards, we would interact with one another, commenting on the state of the business, or the apartment and anytime we went to the bathroom with Justin we would wait in eager anticipation to see if he would wash his hands, and we counted the number of times “awesome” was used in a conversation. I don’t remember how many Web2.0 conferences or conventions we tagged along on and lunches we took part in, but we all seemed to have something to say about it.

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Each one of us was a dot.com CEO or a CDC staffer or an interior designer. We all had our opinions about how things should be done or what was being done incorrectly. Rarely was there a, “Hallelujah! You guys are doing a great/fantastic/fabulous/incredible/awesome job!” And yes, I was probably the “Queen of Critical.” But like so many other aspects of JTV that have evolved overtime, so too have some of us. Not accompanying Justin and the guys on their daily outings or at communal dinners or in one way voice to chat conversations has led to a much different dynamic in chat and in the blogs.

While Chat was not always PG, it was not often hateful or over the top vulgar and Justin or any of the channels as the network opened to more and more beta testers was never anything that was cause for a channel to be shut down. But with the advent of the ability for anyone out there in the world to broadcast, a whole new type of chatter has entered the scene. It’s far from what we were used to prior to the public launch. It’s not a community I’d like to live in.

What’s Wrong with the Network?

I keep checking back to the JTV Company Blog in hopes of seeing some kind of communication to give us an idea about what’s happening with the recent (past 3 days) difficulties broadcasting or viewing channels and chat, but there is no news. Usually no news is good news, but in this case, silence is not golden — it’s frustrating. I was able to get up and running with only minor difficulties tonight and I think the problems I have with sound are most likely on my end, so I just took a deep breath and with 3 restarts was up and running.

I did notice this afternoon however, that there was a very odd Live Video Viewer number. — ZERO.

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Click on the image for an enlargement so that you can read the Viewer Count numbers without squinting

I was surfing around trying to see what was going on and headed into Emma’s room. I wasn’t participating, but did notice that the Live Viewer Count for her room was reporting 8 and up at the top, the total Live Video Viewer count was a goose-egg. I’m still not sure how the numbers are reported, but with the technical difficulties we were seeing today I thought perhaps the 0 number was not that far off — until I looked in on other rooms and saw people chatting and a stream here and there up on the Channel Bar was broadcasting and had active viewers. Not many channels were broadcasting though and it looked like some of the lifecasters were confused and unsure about what was happening. I don’t blame them. If no one from JTV comes around to let people know what’s going on and if there is no official communication on the blog page how is anyone supposed to know what is happening?

JTV Fan Blogs

I have seen much written about JTV blogging recently and noticed one item of clarification that needs to be made. This was actually not the first blog about JTV. I was writing for myself on a site that was not known to the public when a viewer with the username, Hamsterwatch began publishing. I looked forward to reading her JTV summaries eveyrday. I had been writing my own Justin.tv blog posts on a site that I didn’t disclose to anyone until after reading Hamsterwatch’s blog for a number of weeks. Once I got a bit more comfortable about “showing my face” in writing, I thought I would publish mine on WordPress and let some of my JTV 2D friends know about it. Soon, word got out and people began reading on their own. After a couple of months, it appeared on JTV’s blogroll and at that point I became officially obsessed with ensuring I had something published before I slithered off to bed each night/morning. It all dates back to May 2, the day I moved the unpublished posts to WordPress. If you’re interested, you can go back in time to the beginning of my ramblings under the May Archives link to the right. You’ll need to scroll to the bottom of the page and click on Previous Entries until you can go no farther. It’s a hefty compendium of all that I have seen and experienced during the past 6 months of JTV viewing.

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One of the newer JTV fan blog authors came into my room tonight and politely asked me if we could “exchange links.” They were interested in putting me in their blogroll and I’d imagine would like me to do the same. I appreciated the ask. I have been trying to keep my writings away from details of some of the content we’ve been seeing since JTV moved from Beta to Production and opened the network to anyone that has the desire to broadcast. I’ve been out on the hunt for work since December and am trying hard not to jeopardize the search. In light of this I let them know that I am open to having them include me in their blogroll, but apologized for not being able to put them in mine. I guess I’ve been keeping my blog to PG or PG13 status. I’ve always believed that as Falstaff said in Shakespeare’s Henry IV, “Discretion is the better part of valor.”

Bloggotition?

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I’m not going to note my thoughts on the other blogs in terms of comparison or critique. A blog is just that — a Weblog, a personal journal. What people choose to write about, the style of writing a blog takes on, the frequency with which posts are published to a blog, the content of a blog is a totally individual choice and as such, opinions of a blog, like a piece of art, are individual as well. What I like may not be at all what my next door neighbor likes and vice versa, but this doesn’t make one wrong and one right. My style of writing — stream of consciousness — has been the way I have written my whole life. I journal this way, I write mail (snail or email) this way, I write fiction and non fiction this way. If you were to speak with me on the phone or in person, you would absolutely hear me in my writing. I don’t sugar coat my IRL (In Real Life) conversations and my writing reflects this.

I read all JTV-related blogs and have great fun doing so. There are numerous different takes on the network and it’s interesting to see what other people have to say.

I consider justopia.wordpress.com to be more Musings on JTV in Essay Format. It was always a great day for me in school when a test was comprised of questions requiring an essay response. No problem there — I could ace that in a heartbeat, no matter how much attention I’d paid to a book or lecture. Now math, well, that’s a totally different story.

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Yorkshire What?

My plan for Sunday night was to make a traditional (in the home I grew up in) dinner. My favorite was always Roast Beef or Roast Leg of Lamb with Yorkshire Pudding and a vegetable or salad. As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I nixed the Yorkshire Pudding for last night’s broadcast because the yummy goodness does not really hold well overnight. Since I had the prime rib and roasted potatoes before I headed out for the evening I had planned to make the Yorkshire Pudding when I got home. And that’s just what I did. I’m sorry you did not get to partake in the great enjoyment of eating one of these great goodies with me, but they are so easy to make and not expensive, so I challenge all of you to try it out yourselves.

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The Cheftopia.wordpress.com site is not behaving nicely again this morning, so I have posted the Yorkshire Pudding recipe below:

3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 eggs
3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup pan drippings from roast prime rib of beefPreheat the oven to 450 degrees F.

Sift together the flour and salt in a bowl. In another bowl, beat together the eggs and milk until light and foamy. Stir in the dry ingredients just until incorporated. Pour the drippings into a 9-inch pie pan, cast iron skillet, or square baking dish. Put the pan in oven and get the drippings smoking hot. Carefully take the pan out of the oven and pour in the batter. Put the pan back in oven and cook until puffed and dry, 15 to 20 minutes.

Note: I used a muffin pan for the demonstration and made what is commonly referred to as Popovers. Same recipe, different presentation than using a square or rectangular pan. I stored the pan drippings from the Roast Prime Rib I made the previous night and divided it between all 12 muffin “cups” and proceeded as above.