CK Friday Links--Friday September 27, 2013

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Remember a link I ran a few months ago on how to construct the perfect chocolate cookie? Here's an equally brilliant post from the same author explaining exactly how to construct your own perfect Brownie. Genius. (Relish)

Turn your beer bottles into glassware in five easy steps. (Seriously For Real, via Mike Yang)

Chapter 1 Jim Merkel's book of Radical Simplicity. (Global Living Project, via The Family Food Project)

"I’ve always struggled with the right way to frame vegetarians." (Natural Vitality Living)

What makes blogs start to suck? (Get Off My Internets)

Gen Y (or any "gen" for that matter)! Want a recipe for unhappiness? Expect unicorns. (HuffPo)

"Everyone has a set point, a need/tolerance for a certain amount of drama in a life. In fact, though, it's all imagined. Drama isn't the work, it's our take on the work." (Seth's Blog)

Book recommendation: Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl. I read this amazing book as part of a men's book group that I was attempting to start (...and that almost died before it even got off the ground! But that's another story). Anyway, this was our first title, and for that I'm deeply grateful. All I can say is that this life-altering book is the real deal, and I cannot recommend it highly enough.

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chacha1 said...

I enjoyed the Ultimate Brownie post. Concise!

Have been advised by mi esposo that my most recent batch of brownies was the "best ever." I always cheat by starting with mix, this time Betty Crocker Ultimate Fudge. Used the two-egg option, 8x8 glass dish, baked at 325 for 37 minutes, but I think several embellishments made them particularly good.

heaping TBSP instant coffee granules
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1 oz Kraken spiced rum

all mixed into the oil, water, eggs, & fudge before adding the dry mix. Then:

1/2 c mini semisweet chocolate chips mixed in before adding to the greased pan.


also: your recommendation pushed me to order the Frankl book. Through your link. :-)

Sally said...

I enjoyed the interview with Mollie Katzen.

The brownie recipe I've used for 38 years is quite similar to the Ultimate Brownie recipe. I've been making Katharine Hepburn's brownies since the recipe appeared in the August 1975 issue of Ladie's Home Journal. I still have the original clipping in my recipe binder.

Here's a link to it:

Brittany said...

Yeah, because the reason Gen Y is "unhappy" has absolutely nothing to do with us entering the workforce during the the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, where even if (and a big if for our age group) you can find a job, benefits are crumpling, wages are stagnant even as inflation isn't, and unpaid internships are seen as a "norm" to transition to paid work. It's the same as the reason we're not buying houses at the same rates as our parents. It has absolutely nothing to do with the decline of stable investments, economic insecurity, high unemployment, and housing costs that are 3-10x what they were for our parents. It's because we blow all of our money on tech gadgets and unicorn food. Eye roll.

What's your line? Read critically.

Daniel said...

I'm Gen X, and we entered the workforce during a credit crisis (and bad recession) too: the 1989-1992 savings and loan crisis.

Heh, and the generation before us thought we were lazy and wanted unicorns too. I'm sure the generation before them thought the same thing about THEIR generation.

So, Brittany, is that post really just about Generation Y? Every generation thinks it's better than the ones coming after it.

The richest irony here is that Gen Y will most likely follow the same script. Every generation does. :) So in about 10-20 years we'll see the same complaints about the generation being born now.