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Adam Barker
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This morning's cooking experiment was supposed to be the turducken of breakfast foods: the Francake. The idea was to make a great piece of french toast, then dip it in pancake batter and cook it a second time.

Unfortunately, the result wasn't as good as either the french toast or the pancake by itself. I was hoping for a soft, fluffy pancake texture on the outside, a little bit of crispy texture from the outside of the french toast, and then a nice custard texture in the center. French toast with a pancake laminate.

Sadly, it just came out a bit heavy and much "breadier" than either the super fluffy pancakes (made with whipped egg whites and whipped cream) or the custardy french toast. FAIL.

My second attempt was a sandwich of two pieces of french toast with a pancake in the middle. By this time my family had consumed all of the french bread as regular french toast, so I fell back to a loaf of challah bread that we baked early this week. I was out of time and didn't pre-bake the challah, so the french toast was nowhere near as good as the previous slices made with very dry, crusty french bread.

At least the pancake was tasty.

I think it might work with a bit more effort. I suspect that it might be better if the french toast were baked in a convection oven prior to being dipped in the pancake batter.
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Sous Vide 72 hour short ribs. Recipe courtesy of +Scott Heimendinger over at http://seattlefoodgeek.com/

This is my first serious attempt at sous vide. If all goes well, they'll be ready to eat on Saturday night.

I did a few of them with garlic and salt as Scott suggested, and the rest with various dry rubs. I'll post some photos of the post-cook, pre-serving blow torch session this weekend.
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"Maybe next time we send West-Side Benny out to help with your little motivation problem." 
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Hooray for sous vide!

Yes, I know the egg is supposed to go in the water bath. :)
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Nice job making the experience of not getting an I/O ticket feel slightly more pleasant this year, Google.

How can the world's largest computing cluster and web hosting system fail to handle the registration traffic for a relatively small engineering conference?
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So jealous of Google Fiber.
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This is a nice set of charts and graphs selected by prominent economists and pundits. They illustrate ideas that are important to both liberals and conservatives. 
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