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Spinach Dip and Books (Sunday, June 5, 2005)

Well, I haven't updated in some time. Shame on me. I have been working on various things though. But today's entry is prompted by this evenings dinner experiment, which I believe was a fair success. As I was left to fend for myself for dinner, I decided to work with what I had lying around the house. For those who haven't seen my kitchen, that tends to be fairly limited — after the European style, when I decide to cook, I buy that day what I will need to prepare that meal. So, the ingredients I decided to make use of included a variety of cheeses, spinach, and some other odds and ends. This may not sound like much, but I recalled, as I was reading through one of my cook books, finding a recipe for spinach dip, and while I did not have the exact make up for the recipe, I thought I could improvise a fair approximation. I did, and it was in fact quite good. The recipe (as prepared by me) is as follows:

  1. In a medium sauce pan, melt a tablespoon of butter over medium heat.
  2. In the butter, fry minced garlic and onions.
  3. Add approximately 4 oz. cheddar jack and 4 oz. cream cheese to the sauce pan and stir until melted smooth.
  4. Stir in 8 oz. chopped spinach.
  5. Stir bacon pieces to taste.
  6. When combined, move to a bowl and serve with Triscuits.

In other news, I've been reading two very interesting books. The first book is a book on Number Theory that I picked up at Borders, because I'm finding more and more than I'm severely lacking in that area of mathematics, despite my knowledge of physics and calculus. I'm hoping that with a firmer grounding in Number Theory, I'll be able to make some more progress with some of the advanced topics I'm interested in, such as nonlinear dynamics.

The second book, is equally entertaining, though in a far different way. After seeing The Three Musketeers (with Chris O'Donnell) again, I decided that it was once more time to enjoy some of my favourite Dumas works. To that end, I'm now nearly two thirds of the way through The Count of Monte Cristo, which I enjoy more, each time I read it (probably because it becomes easier to keep track of the many characters and their relationships!).

It occurs to me that my next update might be a while in coming, as I start classes again on Tuesday, and I have a lot of work to do at the office, and with Alpha Chi. So until then... adieu!

—Brian (6/5/2005 7:12 PM)
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