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Susan McAfee Baxter
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Dogs as Zen-masters! I'm not sure where Penny Betz would fall on the continuum here! http://news.sciencemag.org/sciencenow/2012/01/scienceshot-is-your-dog-a-zen.html

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For Roomie:

Steve said you would lose the recipe if I posted it to you on Google+ - so I'm emailing you and posting here on Google+ too.

The story behind pimento cheese can be found here:

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=6877304
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http://www.indyweek.com/indyweek/a-brief-history-of-pimento-cheese/Content?oid=2567371
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http://gardenandgun.com/blog/pimento-cheese

The recipe I use:

2 cups extra sharp cheddar cheese (can't be white), grated (~8 oz of cheese)
1/2 cup of mayonnaise (Duke's is the preferred brand but we can't get it in the Republic of California)
1/2 cup pimento peppers, drained and chopped (I buy the Dromedary brand in the 7 oz jar and just use the whole jar, drained and chopped up a little)
1/4 cup of white onion, chopped very fine
1 teaspoon of freshly ground pepper
1/2 teaspoon of salt (despite all the cheese and mayo - you still need salt - but maybe not a whole half teaspoon...)
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (for color)
Dash or two or three of Tabasco (I also use Texas Pete or Siracha - whatever is on hand)

Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and stir. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate.

Enjoy on crackers, on burgers or hot dogs, or on its own as a sandwich.

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How students learn - a continuing series of things we're thinking about at work! A Vision of Students Today

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Our TV spot is available on the web now - what a fun, unexpected summer project this was. The students and faculty are enjoying their brief seconds of the TV spotlight! http://blogs.calstate.edu/science/?p=1332

Found this "History of the Peach" on the work intranet today. It's good to have the Ag school expertise at the tip of your fingers!


August is National Peach Month
Juicy, delicious and now in season, celebrate National Peach Month this August and pick up a few peaches from your favorite fruit stand. Native to China, where they have been cultivated for centuries, peaches have been mentioned in Chinese writings dating back to the 10th Century B.C. A medium-sized peach counts as one fruit serving (if you're counting calories and nutritional value) and contains antioxidants that help guard against blindness caused by Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD). Next time you get a snack attack, consider the power of the peach!

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Tomatillos husked and ready to grill! (Also testing sharing via google+ mobile app)
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First Tomatillo Harvest! I was away this week but Steve remembered to water and noticed a couple of tomatillos ready; I found even more this evening! Grilled tomatillo salsa and chicken for dinner!
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Irresistable Inspiration for New Reality TV Series (especially for those of us who have visited the colony north of Cambria, California!): http://news.sciencemag.org/sciencenow/2011/07/cheating-on-the-beachmaster.html?etoc&elq=a0c9d10fe8d9448caae25141431bec9d

I always knew those guys were blow hards! Grin!

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Where oh where is Jean Foss (Flying Hippo Pottery)? Mornings with Beastwear mugs are now only for very special occasions. This is the last Beastwear mug; the other one (with the squirrel on the handle) is really just a display piece now due to a scary crack. The mug that saw me through tenure was broken by a service engineer my last year in New York. Lisa - in a remarkable, selfless and lovely gesture - gave her two mugs to me and Steve when we moved into the Aerie. We need replacements! Jean was a painter in Eugene, Oregon; lived with a border collie; last heard living in Portland.
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