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Tuesday, 01 November 2016 11:44

Geek of the Week: Fraction Calculator Plus

Here's an app that is intended for carpenters, engineers, designers, handymen, and wouldn't be a bad app for some students too. Quickly add fractions so you can stop using your tape measure as a slide rule. The keypad is set up like a fraction. A set of numbers 0-9 on the left as whole numbers, a second keypad of numbers in the top right for the numerator and a third keypad in the bottom right of the screen for your denominator.

Click in the fraction and add, subtract, multiply, or divide with a second fraction and your answer is spit out in both fraction (in its simplest form) and decimal form!

The app is free for IOS and Android

It'll cost you 99-cents in the AppStore, and $2.99 on GooglePlay for the version with no ads or in-app purchases.

Friday, 28 October 2016 05:10

Buckeye Cake

Makes 12-16 servings

2 cups granulated sugar
2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour (such as King Arthur brand)
2 tablespoons Instant ClearJel or cornstarch
¾ cup Double-Dutch Dark Cocoa or Dutch-process cocoa
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons espresso powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
4 large eggs
¾ cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1¼ cups water

4 cups confectioners' sugar
1½ cups peanut butter
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
¾ cup milk

½ cup heavy or whipping cream
1 1/3 cups chocolate chips or chopped semisweet chocolate
2 tablespoons light corn syrup

Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease and flour (or grease, then line with parchment, then grease again) two 8-by-2-inch round cake pans.  

Whisk together the dry ingredients. Add the eggs, oil and vanilla, beating until smooth. Gradually add the water, beating until smooth.

Pour the batter into the prepared pans. Bake the cakes for 35 to 38 minutes (a bit less if you use a 9-inch pan), or until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool the cakes in the pan for 15 minutes, then turn them out of the pans to cool completely on a rack.

Mix the sugar, peanut butter and vanilla till crumbly. Add the milk and mix till smooth, adding more milk if necessary to make a spreadable filling.

Divide the cooled cake layers in half horizontally, to make four layers.

Place one layer on a serving plate, and spread with filling. Repeat with the next two layers. Top with the final cake layer.

Combine the chocolate chips, cream, and corn syrup in a microwave-safe measuring cup. Microwave till the cream is very hot, and the chips are soft. Stir till the chips melt, and the mixture is smooth.

Spread the icing over the cake, letting it drizzle down the sides.


Adapted recipe from P.J. Hamel, baker and blogger for King Arthur Flour.

Tuesday, 25 October 2016 13:34

Geek of the Week: Streaming the World Series

If you want to stream the World Series, you have two options: Look for someone streaming their TV on Facebook Live or Periscope...OR...use Fox Sports Go. The official Fox Sports app allows you to watch the game on your mobile devices, but there's a catch. Its no good for cable cutters. Why? You have to have a cable subscription.

*This is also the app to use if you want to stream Cavs games from Fox Sports Ohio.

Fox Sports Go is free on Google Play and iTunes

Friday, 21 October 2016 06:23

Classic New England Clam Chowder

Makes 2 Quarts

1/4 lb. Bacon, diced
2 Tablespoons flour
2 cups Clam juice
1 cup water
1 cup onions, diced
1/2 cup carrot, diced
1/2 cup celery, diced
1 bouquet garni  (parsley thyme black peppercorns Bay leaf)
1 cup potato, diced
1/2 cup cooked clams, chopped
1 cup heavy cream
Salt and pepper to taste

In a heavy bottom soup.pot render bacon until crisp. Sprinkle in flour and stir to toast flour and make a roux. Gradually stir in Clam juice and water to make a smooth base and allow to simmer. Add vegetables and bouquet garni and allow them to simmer until soft. Add clams and heavy cream and allow them to cook 3-5 minutes. Season to taste.

Tuesday, 18 October 2016 12:20

Geek of the Week: Daylio

If you feel like you're in a funk, here's an app you might find useful. Daylio is a mood tracking app. Every day, select the mood that best describes you (from “rad” to “awful”), and take notes about the activities you did that day, like biking, work, out with friends, or cleaning. Then, at the end of the month, you can look back and see how your moods tracked. Is there a pattern? What was your average mood for the month? Do certain activities lead to certain moods? Are there days of the week when you're more productive or more stressful?

You're also able to keep a daily diary, set reminders and events on the calendar and back it all up on your Google Drive.

Daylio is free for Android and coming soon to iOS.

Tuesday, 11 October 2016 09:46

Port Cherry Brownies

¼ cup Port wine from Portugal
2 cups light brown sugar
3 large eggs, room temperature
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted
3 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Butter and flour a 9 by 9 pan and set aside.

In a small, non-reactive saucepan, bring the port and cherries to a boil. Reduce liquid in half and allow cherries to plump. Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature.

In a mixing bowl, whisk together sugar, eggs, butter and vanilla extract. Add cherries with remaining port and mix together.

Sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. Fold dry ingredients into wet until mixed.

Placed into pan and bake in oven 30-40 minutes. If you insert a toothpick, the brownie crumb can bemoist but not runny.

Cool before slicing.

Tuesday, 11 October 2016 09:41

Geek of the Week: SickWeather

There are crowdsourced apps that track the weather, traffic and the here's one that tracks and maps the cold and flu season. SickWeather scans social media and user accounts to determine what illnesses are showing high numbers in your neighborhood. The map shows areas in town where people are sick, a home-screen widget for Android users shows a sick-o-meter with color coded warning signs, Apple Watch users can also install a companion hand washing timer app. Sign up to receive alerts when the Flu, Norovirus, Pink Eye, and 20 other illnesses are in your neighborhood.

Its free on GooglePlay and iTunes, or check the map from your desktop at

Friday, 07 October 2016 06:11

Seasonal Pasta

1 lb. Rotini pasta, cooked all dente
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 lb. Bulk chorizo sausage
2 cups butternut squash, peeled diced
1 cup Brussel Sprouts, quartered
1 zucchini, diced
2 cups mushrooms
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon dried sage
1/4 teaspoon red chili flakes
1 1/2 cup chicken stock
1 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper to taste

In a large saute pan, heat oil. Saute sausage, squash, potatoes, and Brussel sprouts until sausage is fully cooked and vegetables are caramelized. Add zucchini and mushrooms and sauté 3 to 4 minutes. Add chicken stock and spices. Allow stock to reduce in half. Toss in pasta and cheese and stir to combine. Adjust spices to taste.

Wednesday, 05 October 2016 05:43

Geek of the Week: Sit With Us

This is a new social networking app for students who don't want to eat alone in the cafeteria. It was created by a 16 year old girl who was bullied and forced to eat alone every day. She made the app for students to make friends, feel included, and create a warm, welcoming community at school.

Sign-in to the app, type in the name of your school and it gives the user a list of students who are willing to have a new face join their group at the lunch table. There is also an option for students to be designated “school ambassadors” and host open lunch events from time to time where anyone can join the group.

Just like other social apps, students can add their friends, favorite lunch groups, and message each other.

Sit With Us is free on iTunes

Wednesday, 28 September 2016 11:44

Homemade Apple Butter

12 medium red sweet apples (Macintosh, Roma, Gala)
1 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. cinnamon

Wash, quarter, peel, and core apples.  Place them in a large cooking pot, and add the water.

Over medium heat, cook the apples until they are nearly soft. Add the sugar, lemon juice and cinnamon. Put contents in a food processor or blender, return to pan.

On a low heat, stirring often, continue to cook apples under mixture reduces in size to apple butter consistency and turns brown.  Add more cinnamon and nutmeg to taste. 

Can be re-blended for more smoothness. 

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