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I stuffed cookie inside an Oreo and wrapped it in more cookie. What happened next? The results may surprise you.

I've made Oreo-stuffed chocolate chip cookies before, but I've been getting so exhausted of having my stuffed cookies only be stuffed with one cookie. I took it to the next level by stuffing the Oreo with chocolate chip cookie dough before stuffing that into another chocolate chip cookie. By getting three cookies in one, I've finally achieved cookie Turducken status. I used Double Stuff Oreos because that's what I had, but they're a bit aggressive. Regular Oreos would be just fine in this situation. Here are the steps:

Step 1: Carefully separate the Oreo cookies leaving the filling intact.
Step 2: Flatten a small amount of cookie dough in your palm and put it on one side of the Oreo.
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Step 3: Put Oreo back on, and wrap in cookie dough. You'll need about 1.5 cookie's worth of dough.
Step 4: Bake for about twelve and a half minutes depending on your altitude and cookie recipe. (So they say)
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Step 5: Eat that thing.
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I would have preferred there to be more delineation between the various cookies, but they taste pretty good. Next time I'll probably try a little more cookie in the middle.

Up Up Down Down: Side Projects That Give Us Extra Life

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I'm very happy to announce Up Up Down Down: Side Projects That Give Us Extra Life, a mini conference-like event I'm putting together in a few weeks at Commonwealth Cambridge. I've been toying with the idea of putting together something like this for a year or two, so I'm excited it's finally coming together. There are currently 3 speakers, Carolyn Sewell, Darius Kazemi, and Chris Piascik, but very shortly more will be announced. The idea of a day of talks dedicated to side projects appeals to me because everything I've got going on is a side project. The projects that make up the bulk of my income still feel like side projects because I'm (luckily) never stuck working on one thing too long. That's how it feels anyway. A lot of the people I know have other stuff going on, and I was lucky enough to convince them to come talk to us.

Whiskey Rebellion is another event I've wanted to do for a long time. It's a showcase of American brown spirits, mostly rye and bourbon, but also some American single malts. Whiskey Rebellion tickets went on sale today and sold out in a few hours, but the first 20 people who buy a ticket to Up Up Down Down will get a free ticket to Whiskey Rebellion, too. UUDD attendees will also get lunch and probably some snacks and/or beer. That's still up in the air.

The UUDD name is a nod to the Konami code and the extra lives the code gets (got) you in Contra. And like most my events, I came up with the name before really having an idea for the format of the event. Thanks to Kevin, Garrett, Sarah, and even Richard, actually to pretty much anyone I talked in the last three months, for helping give shape to UUDD. Special thanks to Andrew Simone for the yeomen web design and to Chris Piascik for the logo.

Please let me know if you have any questions. It would be great if you came out!

Food gifts you can buy from me if you’re so inclined

One of the reasons I've been posting here less frequently is a little tiny baby, the other is the side projects and events I organize are happening more often and I've started doing them regularly in other cities. To that end, here are a few things coming out of my events that might make good gifts.
First up, shirts from the Bacon and Beer Festival. The onesie really is cute. There isn't a ton of black baby clothes available.

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Super Precious Art Gallery produces its fair share of food related art, but the shows lately have been really great. The latest, Punctuation and Grammar, is up right now at Bloc 11 Cafe in Union Square, Somerville, and there's an opening party on Sunday with coffee and prints.

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I think my cat stole my Fitbit…

…And it's driven me crazy. There aren't any links in this post, but after several years of faithful link blogging, I've earned the right to talk about myself once in a while, haven't I? On to the Fitbit. Because of our 5 month old, I operate at about 40-70% capacity depending on the day and how the night before went. This morning, I took the baby when she woke up early so my wife could sleep in. The baby is sleeping in our room at the moment, so when it was time for a morning nap, I got her ready and we took a nap on the couch. I checked my Fitbit before falling asleep to see how much walking and rocking the baby had taken to get sleepy, and while sleeping I have a vague memory of hearing the Fitbit falling on the ground.

When the fellas testing the fire alarm woke us up by testing the fire alarm, I reached my hand to the ground looking for the Fitbit. When I didn't find it, I got on my hands and knees, and looked under the couch and the coffee table. Then looked in the cushions. Then looked in my clothes to make sure it wasn't there. Then I got on my hands and knees, and looked under the couch and the coffee table. Then looked in the cushions. Then looked in my clothes to make sure it wasn't there. Rinse. Repeat.

It's gone. The only thing I can think happened is the Fitbit somehow fell off and became a cat toy. It's not in any of the places the cat toys end up, though. I looked in each of those places about 6 times, and there are plenty of toys, but there are no Fitbits. I don't think the cats ate it because A) They seem fine and B) The steps haven't increased at all since it disappeared. I understand the inside of a cat is probably hostile territory to a Fitbit, but I'd expect it to register at least a few steps before it stopped working.

So that was this morning, and I haven't been able to do anything all day. This is ridiculous. I'm trying to figure out how to put it to words, but basically, the missing Fitbit is occupying just enough of my brain I can't focus on anything. There's two parts to this. First, where the hell did it go? Imagine falling asleep with your keys, or your phone, or a quarter, or an orange, and then waking up and it's gone. You looked everywhere, and it's just completely gone. Second, after wearing a Fitbit for over a year, I'm used to tracking my steps. Pretty much any time I moved today, I had the nagging feeling of, "Hey, these steps aren't being recorded. Do they event matter? They don't matter. Just stop walking and take a seat." Again, this is ridiculous, but that's where my head has been all day. Thank you for letting me share.

San Francisco Bacon and Beer Festival

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I'm doing my first San Francisco event, the San Francisco Bacon and Beer Festival, on August 25th at the Fairmont SF. It feature 45+ restaurants and breweries with proceeds going to Sprouts Cooking Club. I'm pretty psyched for this, but I don't really know anyone in the media out there, so we need a bit of help. Please tell anyone you know in the Bay Area, or you can invite them to the Facebook event page. Also very helpful is clicking the Like button.

Meet Campbell Grace

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I didn't mean to put this off for so long. Our baby, Gracie, is 4 weeks old today and she's great. I wish I had more amazing stuff to say about being a parent, but it boils down eventually to, "This is weird." I wasn't a dad 4 weeks ago, and although, we had about 9 months to prepare, I'm a dad now and it's weird. Good weird, for sure. 100%, but weird.

We've been really lucky so far that Gracie has been mellow. She doesn't always go to sleep or stay asleep, but when she starts to fuss, she calms down really quickly. Actually the first two weeks she mostly slept anyway. The last two weeks, she's had longer periods of alertness, sometimes in the middle of the night. Like any baby, I guess. She gained back her birth weight and then some really quickly really and the pediatrician told us we could skip her two week appointment. I bragged about that to everyone.

We didn't know if we were going to have a boy or a girl, but I think we might have both thought we were going to have a boy. We knew what the boy's nickname was going to be, probably from imagining it, but not the girl's. One other important impact of not finding out the baby's gender ahead of time is it wasn't until Gracie was a few days old before we received her first piece of pink clothing. I hadn't spent any time considering a baby girl's sartorial options, but had a mini panic attack on her second day when my aunt mentioned all the cute frilly dresses you can get for a little girl. She's free wear whatever she wants down the road, but it's only fair to let her know there are other options before confining her to girl stuff for the rest of her life.

She coos and burbles, and she grunts a ton while she's sleeping. There's a sound she makes consistently, it sounds like "Ayoooouu." It was amazing to see her first sneeze, and then to see her eating minutes after being born because this tiny thing was doing something human. And more recently when she startles and her hands fly out. I like when she's calm and looking at me, us, anything, even though I know she's not focusing on anything yet. James, our older cat was wary of her originally, but is less so now. Ducky, our one year old cat, was fascinated with Gracie right away, and spends a lot of time just generally being around her.

We've been really lucky so far that our time hasn't been too structured. If Gracie doesn't sleep well, we can sleep a few hours later the next morning. It makes a huge difference in how we see the day. Either that, or we're lucky have a really easy baby. We've heard it can change quick, but hopefully Gracie will continue to be a mellow baby.

Photo above by the awesome Tony Luong. All the other pictures you see will likely be hurried iPhone pictures.

Hamburger Cheeseburger Hotdog: A Tribute to Backyard BBQ

The latest Super Precious Art Gallery show is up featuring 26 pieces from 20 artists. It's an illustration heavy tribute to backyard BBQs and there are plenty of hotdogs and hamburgers to go around. Please take a look!

Here are a few samples by Josh LaFayette, TJ Kelly III, Ryan Frease, Michael Rapa, Carolyn Sewell, and Emily Chionchio.

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Bacon and Beer Festival Wayne’s World Poster

I'm in love with this year's Bacon and Beer Festival art. It's by Chris Piascik who is great at art, but lousy at being friendly.

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Also, we have new branding for Bacon and Beer Festival by Josh LaFayette who is great at art AND great at being friendly. Go figure.

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T Shirts and details and ticket info available in a couple weeks.

Super Precious Art Gallery mini-Groundhog Day art show

Groundhog Day Art


About a year ago, I started an art gallery project that would feature semi-regular art shows featuring affordable and collectable art inspired by a specific theme. The first show we did was kind of a test show inspired by the movie Groundhog Day. A year later when it came time to decide what show to do for our birthday, the only possible choice was… doing another show inspired by Groundhog Day. Pretty meta, huh? In any case, check out this year's Groundhog Day show and click around the gallery if you haven't already.

Everything Tracy Jordan Said Seasons 1-5

Below are links to everything Tracy Jordan said in each season of 30 Rock up through Season 5 in honor of 30 Rock's last episode. I have a little less time than I used to, so I haven't done Season 6 and Season 7, and now that the show's over they'll probably never get done (if I'm being honest). These are just transcripts of Tracy Jordan's dialogue without context, which some people find boring. I find them magical. You can also find Everything Don Draper Said and a few characters from Lost, too.

Everything Tracy Jordan Said Season 1
Everything Tracy Jordan Said Season 2
Everything Tracy Jordan Said Season 3
Everything Tracy Jordan Said Season 4
Everything Tracy Jordan Said Season 5