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I don't give my wife enough credit -- she is a remarkably strong woman. Aside from all the stuff she does for us around the house, she's always pushing herself to be something better. This has become even clearer to me with her pregnancy. Here's just a little snippet to illustrate my point.

Last weekend, we shot a wedding in Yakima, WA. After driving 4+ hours to get there, she spent the balance of the day chasing the (very wonderful) bride around the venue. We drove home Sunday and she launched immediately back into work. Today, as I ran out the door to work, I watched her climb the stairs with Henry's crate in hand so she could drive to Costco and pick up medicine to help with her overwhelming nausea.

I'm really lucky to be married to her.

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The dog just ran through an area he wasn't supposed to be in and inadvertently bricked one of our drives. Luckily it was one of the backups and Costco has traditionally been willing to take these back in exchange when this happens, regardless of when they were purchased.

Guess I'll be getting a new one at Costco tonight.

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Ten years ago today, I woke up for the first time as a missionary. I was still getting used to being called "Elder."

What a strange trip it's been since then.

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I've seen too many biased reviews on Yelp! to take it seriously anymore. A perfect example is the local photographer who was given a 5 star review -- by her husband. I'm sorry, but if you've got a system where crap like that slips through, there's a big problem.

It had such potential, too.

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It's past 1 am and I'm not wearing any pants. I'm wearing underwear, but no pants.




That is all.

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Buttermilk Chive Dressing

- 1/4 medium onion, diced fine
- Juice of one lemon (~1/4 c)
- 3-4 cloves garlic, diced or pressed
- 1/4 c chopped parsley
- 4 sprigs fresh thyme
- 1/8 c cream
- 1/2 c mayonnaise
- 1/4 c olive oil
- 1/4 c buttermilk
- 2 TBSP diced chives
- Salt & Pepper

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I finished my day up with the following:

- 1 USDA Choice Ribeye steak from Costco
- 1/4 onion, shaved into super thin
- 187 ml Cabernet Sauvignon
- 4-8 crimini mushrooms, sliced
- 1 TBSP butter
- 1/2 c beef stock
- Salt and Pepper

I melted the butter in a pan and slowly clarified it. After it was clarified (and hotter than snot) I dropped the steak in and seared it on all sides, seasoning with salt and fresh-ground pepper as I turned it.

After it had been seared on all sides, I pulled it and put it on a plate and covered it with foil. I filled the pan with the wine, mushrooms and onion. I turned up the heat and let it reduce until I could only smell the wine itself, not the alcohol boiling off. Then I added the beef stock.

I pulled the foil off the steak and let it sit for a bit in the cool air of the evening. On top, I put a small pat of butter and began spooning onions and mushrooms over it. I put a little bit of the reduced sauce over the top and saved the rest in a ramekin so I could dip pieces of steak and bread into it.

I'm off to eat some cheesecake and savor the end of the day.

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Well, dinner on Saturday took a lot of work, but it came off pretty well. I definitely should have played with a couple of the recipes before hand (the fennel salad and the scallops in particular), but things worked out ok. Here are two of the recipes that worked great.

Salmon Cakes

Filling:
- 1.5 lbs salmon fillets, skinned and de-boned (make sure to get those pin bones!). Fresh is best, but frozen will work in a pinch. Chop into 1/3" cubes.
- 1 slice high-quality white bread. Wonder won't cut it. Remove the crusts and dice it into tiny little pieces.
- 1/4 c chopped fresh parsley
- 1/3 c diced or grated onion
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tbsp mayo
- 1 tsp salt
- Pepper to taste

Combine the above in a large mixing bowl. Mix the ingredients gently but thoroughly until all the salmon chunks are coated in the mixture. If you used frozen salmon, pull out 1/2C of the mixture and puree in a food processor.

Using a 1/4c measuring cup, lay out cakes on a piece of wax paper. You should have 8-10. Now it's time to coat them and fry them.

Coating:

- 1 large bag, Japanese Panko (pohn-ko, not PAN-ko) OR 10 slices of fresh bread, pulverized into crumbs. Panko works best.
- 2-3 eggs, depending on size
- 1/4 c milk
- 1 c flour

Pick up a cake and squish it into a patty. Put some pressure on it so the ingredients squish together and stick. Dredge in flour, coating lightly but completely. Dip in egg, then in panko, careful to shake off excess each time. If desired, you may repeat the egg and panko steps for a "double-dipped" coating, but you'll need to add a little salt to the recipe if you do this as the panko is generally unsalted. Adding salt to the panko itself works well too.

When each patty is coated, drop into hot oil until cooked, ~3 minutes per side. Make sure your oil is hot -- luke-warm oil will not cook the outside properly until the inside is over-done. Serve with asparagus and mashed potatoes.

OPTIONAL AOLI
- 1/2 mayo
- 1 tbsp capers
- Juice and zest from one lemon
- 1 tbsp freshly diced or pressed garlic (roasted garlic is fine too and gives a milder flavor)
- 2 tbsp rough-chopped parsley
- Salt & Pepper to taste

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After getting sick of dealing with Firefox freezing up again, I took an interest in Google's Chrome. After an agonizing 5 minutes, I've decided to make the switch. Yes, I'll have to re-input my passwords, but the stability and extra speed will be worth it.

Also, this post would have more exclamation points, but my "one" key is still broken and I can't figure out the ASCII code for an exclamation point.

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With my birthday coming up, I've gotten a slew of free birthday offers from various establishments. I'm sorta planning out the next two weeks in food right now. Should save us a good chunk of cash on groceries, but I have a feeling I'm going to end up eating a lot of burgers.

Here are the offers I've gotten so far:

- Red Robin: Free Burger
- Fudruckers: Free Burger
- Orange Julius: Free 16oz Julius
- Black Angus: Free Steak Dinner
- ToDai: Free meal on your birthday
- Cold Stone: Free Ice Cream

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