Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Thanks for the comments--

Hi all!

Mary--The dish like this is pretty fatty. To reduce cholesterol, I would drop the egg (or at least the yolks)and add other vegetables. There is also a ground meat version that is essentially stuffed meatloaf cooked in a loaf pan. We use a lamb and beef mix which has less choloesterol. We actually used slices of Matambre for sandwiches. (The picture is off of the web, so those are not my napkins.)

I will have to try that Argie restaurant!!

Saturday, October 27, 2007


My wife and I cook a lot, so (after seeing my students favorite meals and recipes) I decided to share one--Matambre!

I just had to try this one when I saw it in a magazine after having eaten it in Mendoza, Argentina. Ah, Argentina! Where they shop for beef three times a day and consider ordering sides to a 3 pound steak (called baby-beef) “sissy.” Not exactly easy to make, matambre is still worth the trouble if you feel adventurous. Be sure you salt well enough or the matambre will taste flat.

2 2 ½ pound flank steaks, butterflied and
pounded thin. Ask the butcher and tell him what you want to do with it.
4 large carrots, peeled and quartered lengthwise
1 large green bell pepper, cut into strips
1 cup fresh or frozen peas (or spinach)
6 hard-cooked eggs, peeled
6 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbs. red wine vinegar
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. red pepper flakes
freshly ground white pepper

Generously seasons both sides of meat with salt, then rub into meat. Lay one steak on a baking sheet and scatter half of the garlic over the meat. Sprinkle half of the vinegar and cover with the other steak. Scatter the remaining garlic and vinegar over the meat and cover with plastic wrap. Marinate overnight in refrigerator.

Lay one steak on a clean surface with the grain running horizontally towards you. Lay the second steak, also with the grain running horizontally, in front of the first, overlapping the ends by 2”. Sprinkle with cumin, red pepper flakes, and white pepper. Lay one-third of carrot and pepper strips horizontally to go with grain of meat, beginning about 2” in from end nearest you. Sprinkle one third of the peas over vegetables. Then arrange a row of the three eggs on top of the veggies. Carefully roll meat over filling in a tight, jelly roll style. Repeat with another third of carrots, peppers, and peas, and three eggs and roll again, then lay remaining veggies and eggs and finish rolling. Pin edges of roll together with skewers, then tie with kitchen string around roll to keep ingredients packed.

Put meat in a large, heavy pot and add enough water to come halfway up the meat. Cover, and cook on low heat until meat is fork tender, about 3 hours, turning meat once halfway through. Remove from heat, uncover, place a sturdy plate on top of meat, and weigh it down with heavy unopened cans. Set aside until meat cools to room temperature. Transfer meat to a pan, cover loosely with plastic wrap, then reweigh with plate and cans. Refrigerate overnight. To serve, bring meat to room temperature, remove string and skewers, then carve into 1 inch slices.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Ooops (There it Is)

So I spent ten days NOT posting and now have a VERY long list of the things that can go wrong with Blackboard. In any case, my class (hi guys) is at the American Museum of Natural History today. All, that is, except Nikki. Where were you, chica?

Here is the assignment I have them doing:


1: Get Tickets (contribution) and a Map. Study the map for a few minutes to get the gist of where everything is in relation to everything else. Getting your bearings is essential to effective utilization of your time. You may complete the tasks (2 and 3) in any order.

2: Visit the Gottesman Hall of Planet Earth (in the Rose Center for Earth and Space, second floor to the right of the entrance). While there, you should be looking for details, examples, and evidence that support Al Gore’s assertions in An Inconvenient Truth. Be sure to get the documentation for the evidence you find most compelling. Feel free to be creative: note-taking is fine, but you might also take photos of the information plates to post on your blog.

3: Nature as Media: As a group, pick any ONE hall that focuses on living beings such as the Spitzer Hall of Human Origins (i.e. no meteorites). Make a list of presentations/installations that you find most convincing and identify how logos, ethos, and pathos (remember how we did the slides).

4. Blog: For your blog, pick ONE media form to compare ONE Installation (one setting), one exhibit, and the museum as a whole to. For example, I might pick “Film compared to Tyrannosaurus Rex Installation / Saurischian Dinosaurs Exhibit/ The AMNH” and write about how the exhibits embody traits of film or the “cinematic sensibility.”


I hate brand new assignments because I never know how they are going to work and something innevitably goes wrong on-site. Perhaps I should have hauled them around as a group, but some people are inevitably late and others are early and work faster, so I like to use "do it yourself" assignments that don't require my continual imput. I'll consider a "tour" version for the Met a couple of weeks. I just dread the possiblity of saying things like "would you two hurry up for crying out loud" and "don't touch the Van Gough!" or "put the Ming vase down!"

But, I will think about it (particularly since I would then need zero paper).

Sunday, October 14, 2007

More Trouble on the Cyber-frontier

Of course Blackboard would be having trouble again, just as I was trying to shoot some fast responses to my students on their draft of the media mid-term. The system would not let me post at all. SO . . . I had to pull a rabbit out of my hat and decided to email everyone with all the responses. The plan was to post holistic responses to each paper in Bb so everyone could see the range of issues (grades were posted in the private grade book). The interesting thing is, this approach has made me re-evaluate how I respond to papers. Instead of “justifying grades” I have to respond directly to the issues with the particular draft—otherwise, it would be the same as posting grades publicly (which is, of course, illegal). It was very interesting to see how similar my responses were. They were identical in many cases because the problems fall within certain categories. Ooops. Another issue just came up . . . .

More later . . . .

Thursday, October 11, 2007

If I Only Had a Brain

For next semester I need a PowerPoint of images of magazines (and etc.) so I can show where to find the necessary MLA information. It should be easy to take photos and even little movies to demonstrate how to find the materials.

Monday, October 8, 2007

275 Pounds a Year

OK, so I and two of my students kept our trash for two days (the others opted for the food-research track) and we all weighed in at about 1 ½ pounds, give or take a few ounces. Over the course of a year that is 1.5 multiplied by 183 (1.5 pounds every two days of the 365 day year) which yields about 275 pounds a year. And that did not count all the paper memos and other items I received in that two days that was ultimately doomed for the garbage or recycling. The real number is probably more like double that amount, even with me trying to go paperless in my classes. In one week alone, I have received over 30 pages of memos and handouts at meetings! Multiplied by 72 weeks and you get 2160 sheets of printed paper even if I don’t print a thing! How many trees is that?

**Part of me wants to not think about this at all anymore. Ugh. It is just depressing.**

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Waste Paper Count

As of today, I have used the following in all of my classes:

7 new pieces of printer paper.
25 pieces of re-used paper (printed on second side)
27 Blue Composition Books (due to a scheduling problem, I had to have my LIB 200 students write in class) Unfortuantly, the blue books also have to go in my bag o' trash as they are destined, ultimately, for the waste bin. *sigh*

My composition class is still very close to paperless. I have had them take some notes on paper and handed out the one library assignment (5 groups with on esheet each) but, otherwise, am getting to the point where we could almost go without paper altogether!

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Class and Tiny News 2

I had the idea for class that rather than giving a PowerPoint on argument terminology and expecting the students to take notes (as if!) that I would have them create PowerPoints explaining the basic terminology for argument/rhetoric in their own words. This had the added bonus of being both paperless and of helping them with basic PowerPoint which they need for their Media presentation in a few weeks. And, of course, they have their own Ppt and the rest of the classes (as we posted them to our class site) to study by.

So, in unrelated news, I have been using my phone for Tiny News. I was originally underwhelmed but am kind of getting the hang of it. Of course, my "subway" (the N/W and 7) is entirely above ground so I do not lose signal, but the load times are slow. However, I am slowly learning the tricks to see what I want (international, national, local, and technology) and skip the rest. I think I might be getting carpal-thumb, but I am a bit of a hypochondriac, so maybe not.

In other news, I have started keeping my 24hour bag of trash. I thought this would be really easy since I have "reduced" my impact already, but I had a LOT of junk mail and bills today (bastards!) as well as TWO amazon.com deliveries so I have a lot of paper and cardboard waste. Everything goes into the bag. I need to go totally paperless on the bills. Maybe next month, eh?

I am considering the fact that I will waste less energy overall if I replace MMORPGs with other types of games where I have to meet (gasp) real people in person. Just a thought.

And that's all for now.

Dr. J