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It feels like I didn't do too much yesterday. I slept in, then tried to get some chores done, and for some reason decided to cook beef stew. I found this recipe, tried it out, and it came out pretty awesome!

Tyler Florence's Ultimate Beef Stew

Where would we be without FoodNetwork.com? I think I messed up a few bits of the recipe, though... I had no idea what "new small" potatoes were so I ended up using potato chunks that were too large. I looked in the store and they seriously had nothing like that! Also, I messed up and put in too much orange zest. It gave the stew a STRONG orangey flavor, haha, but it wasn't bad at all. At least I was careful to figure out how much a "bottle of wine" is, considering what I bought is kind of an "enormous jug."

Also: mushrooms! They turned out kind of awesome in the stew. But my folks came over to try some and my mother loved the mushrooms so she picked most of them out.

I think I also cooked it on the wrong burner. We have a "power boil" one, which essentially means its heat scale is like 10 times that of the other burners. So even though I had it on the tiniest sliver of low heat, it still seemed like a raging cauldron and I think too much stew boiled off. The veggies wouldn't fit so I had to add more stock and some water... Maybe next time I try I will place it on one of the non-power boil burners.

Also, it might have helped if I planed a way to pull out the thyme sprigs. I assumed they would float to the top or something, haha. My folks suggested tying a string to them or using some cheesecloth.

So, a few snags, but it still turned out super AWESOME. Everyone ought to try this!! Seriously!!

I tried playing some Xbox 360 games yesterday but was annoyed to find my Internet connection is STILL having issues. Ugh. My ISP gets like this from time to time, though it seems like a while since the last time it acted up. The sucky part about not having Internet with 360 games? STUPID DRM.

If you download things on one 360, and try to play them on another, you need to be online with the account that purchased the things, or do some kind of workaround. But why would you ever do that, download games on one 360 and play them on another? It's not as if your 360 will die, and you'll save the hard drive to use on your new system. No. That could never happen. Not the 360. Never.

So, while I knew this applied to things like Xbox Live Arcade games, and even stupid things like GAMERPIC ICONS, I didn't stop to think it would apply to DLC for full retail games that you have the discs for. So yes, I tried to play an old game offline, and it said that some of my DLC was corrupted, ahahaha!! Sure enough, when I finally reconnected to Xbox Live, it seemed okay again.

When will companies realize that DRM only hurts legitimate customers?? It never hurts pirates because they expect to put forth some effort to get what they want. Legitimate customers expect to pay and get things hassle-free. Why should we pay if things are no longer hassle-free? I think you just end up making more pirates this way.

Still, can't let my ISP off the hook for being stupid. Maybe it WOULD be worth looking into a new ISP, even if I do end up moving soon. Just for those few months of peace of mind... Hopefully, anyway.

Anyway, after cooking and frustrating gaming, I kinda felt pooped. Maybe I haven't been getting as much restful sleep lately. I may also be kind of mildly ill...



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Jan. 3rd, 2010 05:25 pm (UTC)
Antoine FINALLY bought an XBox. You guys should have a play date!
Jan. 3rd, 2010 06:55 pm (UTC)
Awesome! Do you know what games he has for it? I just got Borderlands for Christmas!

Oh yeah, and my name on Xbox Live is "ShinkuuAkuma"... I think it's the same as my Playstation one.

Edited at 2010-01-03 06:56 pm (UTC)
Jan. 3rd, 2010 07:44 pm (UTC)
New potatoes! They're little baby potatoes, about two inches long. Often times I find red new potatoes at the grocery store.

Edited at 2010-01-03 07:45 pm (UTC)
Jan. 3rd, 2010 08:16 pm (UTC)
I might've just missed them at my local store! We had some small "gourmet potatoes" but I didn't think that's what I was looking for, though maybe that was it after all...
Jan. 3rd, 2010 09:45 pm (UTC)
Iddy biddy like this:

I miss cooking with you.
Jan. 3rd, 2010 11:01 pm (UTC)
Aw, okay! Maybe my local store didn't have those after all. Super tiny!

Cooking was so much fun! Need to fry more things!
Jan. 3rd, 2010 07:58 pm (UTC)
Trader Joe's often has new potatoes in stock.

And a standard bottle of wine is 740 ml.
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