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Traditional Southern Mac and Cheese Casserole

(15 minutes preparation; 45 minutes cooking)

2 cups dry macaroni cooked al dente2 cups milk2 eggs3 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese1/2 cup coarsely crushed saltine crackers2 T unsalted butterDash of saltCooking oil spray
Pre-heat oven to 400. Generously coat casserole dish with cooking oil spray.

Cook macaroni. I use a Fasta Pasta cooker (http://www.fastapastacooker.com/). If so, cook in the microwave on high for 10 minutes. Stir and cook for 5 minutes more. Drain promptly. Do not cool pasta for casserole.

While macaroni is cooking, beat two eggs. Add milk and salt and mix well.

Add 1/3 layer of macaroni to casserole dish. Spread 1 cup cheese on top. Continue with two more layers of each. Do not stir. Pour egg and milk mixture over the dish. You should see just a bit of liquid at the top when you are done.

Add crushed crackers on top and dot with the butter.

Bake uncovered in the center of the oven for 45 minutes. Remove and let cool for 15 minutes.

Crusty Fluffy Bread

I've been trying out new bread recipes for sometime and finally hit on a winner. This is crusty white bread that is light and fluffy.

I make mine in a bread machine to make it super easy. Please note that I weigh instead of measure many ingredients for best results.

The lecithin is the real secret to the lightness of this bread. You can find it in some health food stores or on Amazon. I can't find it at Kroger, Publix, or Aldi. Maybe Walmart has it, but I wouldn't count on it, but look where the baking soda/powder or wheat gluten are sold.

1 1/4 cups water at 105-110 degrees (use a kitchen thermometer for accuracy)1 package of dry yeast (dissolved in the water)45 grams of butter softened at room temperature (about 3 tablespoons)1 1/2 teaspoons salt1 tablespoon soy lecithin420 grams bread flour (this is a bit over three cups unsifted if you don't have a scale)
Add all ingredients at once to a bread machine and set to French bread cycle (for the crusty result). Please let…

Chris Kluwe: Here’s what’s wrong with Ayn Rand, libertarians

Good article. I may have to read the book too.

Chris Kluwe: Here’s what’s wrong with Ayn Rand, libertarians
Excerpted from "Beautifully Unique Sparkleponies" So I forced myself to read “Atlas Shrugged.” Apparently I harbor masochistic tendencies; it was a long, hard slog, and by the end I felt as if Ayn Rand had violently beaten me about the head and shoulders with words. I feel I would be doing all of you a disservice (especially those who think Rand is really super-duper awesome) if i didn’t share some thoughts on this weighty tome. Who is John Galt?

Closing Multiple Chrome EXE Processes

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If you use Chrome and close the browser, Chrome may still be running in the background and really slow down your computer. Until Chrome fixes this issue, here is what to do.
Close Chrome browser normally in Windows.Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc to display the Windows Task Manager.


Scroll to the Chrome instance that is using the most memory.Right-click that instance and then select End Process Tree.
That will close all instances of Chrome at once. Would be nice if this were built into Chrome, huh?

Google Chrome: Removing Predictive URLs (The Real Solution)

I see this question posted to a lot of Google Groups. Since I have not figured out how to answer a question on a group page (maybe I have to be a Google employee, who knows? No really, who knows?), I thought I would post the answer here.

Problem

When typing in the URL bar in Google Chrome, Chrome offers all sorts of suggestions. You want to prevent this from happening or at least remove some of the suggestions.

Solution

In Chrome, press Ctrl+H.to display your browsing history. Delete the items you want or delete all of them.On the Chrome Settings page, click Show advanced settings (at the bottom of the page).Uncheck Use a prediction service to help complete searches and URLs typed in the address bar if it is checked.Delete any bookmarks that you do not want to appear. (This is the part that many answers miss.)Close Chrome and restart it.Press Ctrl+Shift+N each time you start Chrome so that Chrome will not track your Internet history.If you use other computers when signed into Chrome with…

it's all one thing: percent of US households with incomes within 50% o...

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This is so sad to realize what is happening to the middle class.

it's all one thing: percent of US households with incomes within 50% o...

Frank Schaeffer: Christian Terror in Norway: I Predicted Terror from the Religious Right in My New Book "Sex, Mom and God"