Monday, December 31, 2012

hehehe...Welcome to the World!

First off, you should be able to guess where I pulled the title from.  So, here's my "serious" attempt at blogging.  Now, holding a Ph.D. in educational technology, I should be blogging about "serious" stuff, like education.  But I'm not.

Don't get me wrong, I think that's important, but that's also my job.  Unfortunately, try as I might, it's not my passion.  So, if I'm going to dedicate myself to writing and sharing my thoughts on a consistent basis, it'd better be something I'm passionate about.  Put differently, many of you who are reading this blog have tried your hand at blogging.  How's that working out for you?  Believe me, I've tried, too, which makes this all the more difficult for me to consider, given that I've tried to blog on several occasions.  I blogged weekly or more for an entire year while I lived in Houston, which was only known to a handful of people who had an interest in my experiences outside of the mitten.  I also tried blogging about food (failed miserably), and even tried to blog about funny s--- using a pseudonym.  Remember that?  Of course not, it lasted two weeks.

Now, I have a plan...sort of, but it's better than nothing.  And I'm going to blog about something I'm relatively passionate about...food and cooking.  Why?  Because for some reason, people a) like my food, and b) I like to express my creativity through cooking (because the whole lead singer thing never panned out).  I'm mostly going to talk about how I cook, things I do, tricks to spice things up (pun intended), and basically "talk out loud" about the "design process" (there, I threw in a little instructional technology jargon...maybe I can use this for T&P) when it's the middle of the week, the fridge is half empty, the veggies have about one day of life left in them, and somehow I manage to whip up something rather tasty (as my wife can attest).

However, in the immortal words of Ahn-nold, "Enough talk."

So, Dr. J, whatcha gonna talk about?

Soup.


That's right...soup.  Why?  Because it's winter, and soups are some of the easiest things to make.  Basic directions:

  • Throw a bunch of stuff in a pot of water
  • bring to a boil
  • reduce to a simmer
  • wait.

Easy, right?  Well, why the heck am I going to talk about it for a whole month (yep, that's part of the plan.  Spend a month on each topic)?  Because most people have a soup recipe, maybe two, that they know by heart.  Why stop there?  Further, how can you tweak your recipe to make it different and/or better?

And that's kinda the whole point.  I'm not a "recipe" guy (read the Philosophy section of the blog), so I probably won't give you much in the way of recipes that you can use.  Rather, my plan is to spur some creativity on your part.  Or maybe give you a tip that makes your food better than what you'd get at a restaurant without a heck of a lot of extra effort.  Which keeps you at home more...and improves your diet...and so on.  In the end, I guess I am blogging about education, because I'm taking up the task of teaching people how to cook again (or for the first time).  We often strive to be the typical "rugged individualist," yet if you can't find your way through a kitchen to make a meal, you're screwed.  You gotta eat, and if you have to rely on someone else (i.e., a restaurant or other food corporation, whose interests may not be in line with yours), you're at their whim and mercy.

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