Tuesday, January 24, 2012

A New Way to Toast Nuts and a Computer Tip

Happy New Year everyone!

I've actually been around. I just haven't been able to find the cord which connects the camera with the computer, and since I got my computer back I  need it because EyeFi is not set up.

Sometimes we're not very organized.

But since its getting near the end of January I really wanted to get something in. So I'm using pictures from off of the Internet.

Normally, I wouldn't do this because I have a strong sense of Copyright, but Flickr has a cool means to search photos by their Creative Commons license. In other words, some people hold all rights, but others share in different ways. Sometimes all they want is attribution or attribution and making the photo available to others. The photo at the top here was made available by http://healthaliciousness.com/ and asks only for it to be opened to sharing and attributed by a link back to the site.

Tip#1:

To find open photos, go to www.flickr.com. Find the search box. Next to it should be a link called 'Advanced Search.' Click it. Fill in your keyword(s). There are a few other ways to search, but the most important to this conversation is the Creative Commons box near the bottom. Click on "Only search within Creative Commons-licensed content." The most flexible people tend to allow modification so sometimes I click that too, especially if its a wide category.

When results come up, pick a photo. On the photo page the Rights information is in the column to the right of the photo under License. Click on it and it will give you specifics in plain language.

Tip#2:

And because this is a home and gardening blog, and I have a nicely borrowed photo of almonds, I should get to the point.

You can toast nuts in the microwave. Its easier then doing it in the oven or the stovetop.

Place half a cup of nuts on a microwave safe surface. Microwave in 1 minute increments for 3-4 minutes. Taste after every minute to get an idea of what is happening to the nuts and to decide when you think they are done to your purpose. Move them around a bit on the plate (microwaves have hot spots).

This also works for frozen nuts, but it takes longer.

I like this because if you're working on other things its easy to forget nuts toasting in the oven. I can't tell you the number of times I've burned them. A dehydrator also works, but I keep mine in the other room because its so loud. Again, easy to forget.