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Garlic hearth bread


Another recipe because I told Verene I would.

Don't think I've ever managed to get the texture it's supposed to have, I'm probably over-kneading it as I don't really have a good feel for that yet. Still tastes really good though, and it's always disappeared quickly.

1 Head fresh garlic, papery top removed
1 tsp. plus 2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

3 1/2 cups bread flour
2 tsp. quick rise yeast
2 tsp. salt
5 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
1 1/3 cups warm water

Preheat oven to 375°F
Place garlic on aluminum foil and drizzle with 1 tsp. oil. Wrap into a parcel, twisting at the top. Roast 45 min.
Let cool, then squeeze out of skins into a small bowl. Mash garlic and mix with 2 tbsp oil until smooth.

Place baking stone in oven and preheat to 400°f
Place flour, yeast, and salt in large bowl. Combine remaining oil and warm water.
Slowly incorporate tablespoons of oil mixture into flour, then kneed until smooth and elastic (5-6 minutes with dough hook)
Turn into a lightly oiled bowl, cover and let rise ~1 hr until doubled.
Punch down once and turn onto a floured board.
Divide in half with a sharp knife and shape each piece into ~10"x6" loaves.
Dimple the surface with your fingers, and spread with roasted garlic.
Cover with damp paper towels and let rise 20 min.
Lightly flour pizza peel, and use to transfer loaves to baking stone, 1 at a time.
Bake 20 minutes, until puffy and golden brown.
Let cool in wire rack for 20 minutes.

Some optional additions:
sprinkle 1/4 cup finely grated parmesean over garlic mixture (as shown)
add 1/4 tsp dried & crumbled thyme to garlic mix
add 1/4 tsp dried & crumbled rosemary to garlic mix
add 1 tsp ground peppercorns to dough before kneading.
add 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley to garlic mix
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Turtle Cheesecake Bars

From food porn

As requested, here's the recipe for the Cheesecake Bars I made earlier this week. Blatently borrowed from Louanne's Kitchen Made it exactly per the directions this time, but I'd probably make a few changes in the future.

Turtle Cheesecake
3 cups finely chopped pecans
1 stick unsalted butter, melted
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt

Cheesecake Filling
24 oz cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup full-fat Greek yogurt or sour cream
3/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla
3 large eggs
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 cup coarsely chopped pecans, toasted
1 11-oz bag caramel candy, unwrapped
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
6 tablespoons milk, divided

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
Line a 13x9 pan with parchment paper, so that parchment extends over long side of pan.
In a bowl, mix crust ingredients together with a fork; press mixture onto bottom of prepared pan.
Bake crust for 20 minutes; while crust bakes, prepare filling.
Cream together cream cheese, yogurt or sour cream, sugar and vanilla.
Beat in eggs, one at a time.
After crust bakes, remove from oven and immediately sprinkle on 1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips.
Pour filling over chocolate chips and return to oven; bake for 50 minutes.
Allow cheesecake to cool for about hour, then place in refrigerator to chill overnight.
When ready to serve, remove cheesecake from pan using parchment paper and place on serving platter, then prepare toppings:
Toast pecans in oven for 10 minutes at 350 degrees.
Unwrap caramels and place in a microwave safe bowl, along with 4 tablespoons milk.
Microwave in 30 second intervals until caramels have melted and sauce is smooth.
Pour caramel sauce over cheesecake and immediately sprinkle on toaste and chopped pecans.
Place chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl, along with 2 tablespoons milk, and microwave in 30 second intervals, about 2 minutes total.
Stir until smooth and drizzle over caramel-pecan topping.
Allow chocolate to set before serving.
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Introspective woolgathering, Feel free to ignore.

I should be no surprise to anyone that I am a very technical person, and very deliberate in most cases. Give me a tricky problem and the resources to tackle it properly and I won't come up for air until there's at least an apparent path to a solution. I'm also the quiet one in the corner, listening in but not joining in conversation unless I feel I have something of substance to add. Of course once I do, I often find it difficult to get a word in edgewise, so it's not uncommon for a conversation to move on to a new topic before I've contributed my bit.

Maybe that's partly because so many of my friends and loved ones are more creative types, and much more spontaneous. Sometimes I feel like I'm a burden on them and wish I knew how to contribute more to our relationships in a meaningful way.

and sometimes I just wish people would call/IM/whisper me in game more often.

Yes, I'm whining, and yes, I know that many of you do think of me often and do initiate contact on occasion. I love you all. I'm just hoping that by letting these words flow out through my fingers, they'll find their way out of my brain.
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Outage night 7: 10508 steps.

The plant is still in lowered inventory, so ops is still wary about letting work go on that could challenge their ability to respond in any way.

First job shouldn't have anything to do with the control room or the primary at all. Just need to replace some hydrogen sensors in our main generator output ductwork. Shouldn't be too bad, we calibrate those detectors every month. Reviewing the package, though, and I see that there's a step to build scaffolding that hasn't been signed off yet. Hmmm, I thought these things were reachable from the main platform on the 27' Just had to reach out past the handrails a bit (<6") Guess I'd better walk out there and check it out. Turns out that what I was thinking of is a remote calibration station. Follow the cal gas lines back and they disappear into the overhead. Makes sense, when you actually think about it, the sensors are embedded in the actual ducts, with the calibration lines run out to them. Look around a bit from several angles, and I can't even make out exactly where the sensors tap in. Wherever they are, we will definitely need a scaffold to get there and there's none to be found.

Strike one.

Next up, a package that we've pulled up specifically because it's on the approved list to be worked in the lowered inventory condition: installing new rubber spacers on the digital feedwater control computers. Tagout is hanging, so I don't really need to check in with Ops, but I notice that the risk assessment was wrong. These computers are located inside the panels in the control room, which means we'll have to cross their red lines in order to work on them. Not generally a big deal, we work between the panels all the time. But it does technically make the work Nuclear Medium Risk, not Low Risk like it was screened. Realizing this and operating under the philosophy that it's better to ask permission than beg for forgiveness, we go check in with the OWC. He's skeptical that this was really approved for work in lowered inventory, but it's on the list. However, he calls over to the control room to see if they'd mind us working in there. it's out of sight, the equipment we're working on is already tagged out, and we're not going to cause any alarms, but the answer is still a resounding "NO."

Strike two.

Back to the shop, and I find out that there's been a new wrinkle in the whole hydrogen sensor story. Apparently there's a mod package out there, approved at the last minute (always a good sign) to completely replace the obsolete system with updated equipment. New sensors, new calibration station, even new indicators up at the 45' isophase bus duct panel. This last bit is particularly welcome, as the old monthly cal procedure required working within the arc flash boundary of exposed 480 VAC terminals and the protective clothing requirements for that are rather uncomfortable, particularly out on the sauna that we call the turbine deck in the summertime. Electricians have the package now to build the new enclosure, so I'm sent down to their shop to become familiar with the project and take care of any bench setup on the new gear. Spend some good quality time reviewing the 3" thick package and some of the appropriate enclosures before pulling out a few that will be needed to cal everything, then head down to the 12' lockup to pick up the new parts. Find one box and a few coils of cable, but the other one listed on the printout is nowhere to be found. Digging a little deeper, and I find that the missing box contained conduit parts and such. I bet the electricians picked it up earlier. Well, let's see what's in the box I do have. Hmmm. Three sensor assemblies and the calibrator we'll need, but none of the other parts. No calibration stations, no interface units, no indicators, nothing. Can't very well check out the sensors without any of those. Turns out that the package is still on NUCBUYER hold, with an e.c.d. sometime next week! Stop in with the electricians on the way back to the shop to let them know that not all my parts are here yet, so don't go too crazy tearing anything apart just yet.

Strike Three. It really is going to be one of those days.

After lunch (and a sound trouncing at the card table) I'm given the first package that I'm actually able to complete. Cal checks on three oil pressure switches for the feed pump. They share a common sensing line, and are tied together electrically in a two-out-of-three trip configuration, so it's rather easy to test them all at the same time given enough test equipment. Just have to lift a few wires to prevent parallel paths from interfering. Only tricky spot is that the isolation valve is normally locked open, so I've got to work with ops to get it unlocked. They're happy to support (for once) so I steal borrow a couple of Fluke 117's from other techs and get to work. The look of disbelief on Scott's face when I walked back in the shop 90 minutes later to report completion is priceless. Didn't even have to adjust any of them.

You can tell that he didn't expect me to be back so quickly, as he has to take a job from Craig for me so that I'll have something to do for the rest of the night. Back on the feed system, this time checking out the mini-flow valve and associated instruments. Unfortunately, one part is in the control room so that will have to wait for later. Probably has power tagged out too, since the flow transmitter and the I/P I checked out were both dead. luckily, the test equipment we use can also function as a power supply so I just lifted the leads at the instruments and ran the cals that way. Had to adjust the I/P a touch (so glad it's not an 8005N. Those things are a pain) but the real excitement came from the operating unit. As we're adjusting the I/P, there's a announcement made: "Unit 2 is entering AOP (abnormal operating procedure) [umptysquat] for feed system oscillations." Followed shortly by "Commencing a rapid downpower of Unit 2 to 65%" Sounds like they think a feed pump is about to trip. Wrap things up as quickly as possible and get back to the shop. Nothing more until dayshift starts showing up. Bet they're in for a rough time.
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Christmas present to myself

So, half joking I posted on facebook the other day "In case you were still wondering what to get me for christmas... " with a link to a Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM 1-to-1 Macro Lens

Got a few good responses from artistic friends drooling over it, but I certainly wouldn't expect anyone to drop $900 on a lens for me. So, I decided it was going to be my present to myself. It came in today, and of course I had to try it out so here's my first product:

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