Monday, January 18, 2010

Skipping Turkey, Moving on to Goose

Because I've never cooked a turkey, I figured I'd just skip it and move on to goose.

This is the recipe that I want to try that I got from:

Will post pictures after I try it.

Christmas Goose recipe


  • 2 tangerines.
  • ¼ cup (½ stick) of melted butter.
  • ½ teaspoon of rubbed sage.
  • ½ teaspoon of salt.
  • ¼ teaspoon of black pepper.
  • 1 goose, 8-9 lbs, thawed if frozen.
  • 2 tablespoons of light brown sugar.
  • 1 cup of orange juice.
  • 1 tablespoon of cornstarch.


  • Preheat oven to 400°F (205°C).
  • Finely grate tangerine peel and set aside the tangerines.
  • In a bowl, combine the tangerine peel, 2 tablespoons of the butter, sage, salt and black pepper.
  • Place the goose in a large roasting pan and rub the butter mixture evenly over the entire bird.
  • Quarter tangerines and place in the cavity of the goose.
  • Roast for 30 minutes.
  • Reduce oven temperature to 325°F (160°C) and roast for 2 hours 30 minutes or until no pink remains inside, juices run clear and the internal temperature of the meat is 180°F (82°C), basting with the pan juices every 30 minutes.
  • Allow to sit 15 minutes before carving.
  • Meanwhile, in a saucepan, combine the remaining melted butter and brown sugar over medium-high heat.
  • Heat for 1 minute, or until sugar is melted, stirring occasionally.
  • In a bowl, combine the orange juice and cornstarch; mix thoroughly.
  • Add the orange juice mixture to the butter mixture and heat over medium-high heat, stirring until thickened.
  • Reheat sauce before serving with the goose.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Favorite Post Run Snack

I've read that both chocolate milk and coffee are good after long runs to help with recovery. Since I usually have some cold coffee left over from previous pots, I've started mixing a full glass of half chocolate milk and half cold coffee! Delicious!

The combination of carbohydrates and fat in the chocolate milk are thought to be important in helping to feed your muscles after a hard workout. The quick bolus of fat and carbs has also been suggested to prevent your body from releasing extra stress hormones which can delay healing.

The coffee has been shown to help muscles utilize the ingested carbohydrates.

Most importantly -- it tastes great!

Saturday, January 09, 2010

Aircraft repair "Gripe" sheets

After every flight, UPS pilots fill out a form, called a 'gripe sheet,' which tells mechanics about problems with the aircraft.

The mechanics correct the problems, document their repairs on the form, and then pilots review the gripe sheets before the next flight.

Here are some actual maintenance complaints submitted by UPS pilots (marked with a "P") and the solutions recorded by the maintenance engineers (marked with an "S").

By the way,
UPS is the only major airline that has never, ever, had an accident.

P: Left inside main tire almost needs replacement.

S: Almost replaced left inside main tire.


P: Test flight OK, except auto-land very rough.

S: Auto-land not installed on this aircraft.


P: Something loose in cockpit

S: Something tightened in cockpit


P: Dead bugs on windshield.

S: Live bugs on back-order.


P: Autopilot in altitude-hold mode produces a 200 feet per minute
S: Cannot reproduce problem on ground.


P: Evidence of leak on right main landing gear.

S: Evidence removed.


P: DME volume unbelievably loud.

S: DME volume set to more believable level.


P: Friction locks cause throttle levers to stick.

S: That's what friction locks are for.


P: IFF inoperative in OFF mode.

S: IFF always inoperative in OFF mode.


P: Suspected crack in windshield.

S: Suspect you're right.


P: Number 3 engine missing.

S: Engine found on right wing after brief search


P: Aircraft handles funny.

S: Aircraft warned to straighten up, fly right and be serious.


Target radar hums.
S: Reprogrammed target radar with lyrics.


P: Mouse in cockpit.

S: Cat installed.


P: Noise coming from under instrument panel. Sounds like amidget pounding on something with a hammer.

S: Took hammer away from midget.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

First 6 miler of 2009

Longest run of the year so far. It's time to get the milage up!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

4 miles - it's getting hot here

84 degrees and humid for my run today. Got 4 miles in!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

500 miles

I finally reached the 500 mile mark with my Nike+ sensor. I hope it doesn't take me so long to get the next 500!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

4.04 Mile run - after work

Pretty good time today with 8'27" average mile for the run. Getting a bit of a blister near my first MTP. Might have to get thicker running socks.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Tuesdays 5 mile run after work

Nice run after work by the waterfront at Lake Champlain.

Sunday, June 14, 2009