Put a Little Mustard on that Mustard

Crafting a delicious homemade mustard is marginally more involved than making pancakes from store-bought mix (if you must). The basic ingredients are simple - mustard seed and cool liquid. What you do with it after that is really up to your personal preference. But we'll get to modifications in a minute.

To make a basic, go-to mustard for service atop some toothsome encased meats, roasts, chicken, chops, in marinades, vinaigrettes, or in sauces, I use brown Canadian mustard seeds from a local spice purveyor. I'd suggest buying bags of seed instead of spice bottles because you're going to go through 5-10 oz of seed depending on how much mustard you're interested in making.

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Minor Details: August 23

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 5, Rochester 4 in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (12 innings).  The Red Wings led 4-1 after four, but never scored again as the Yankees tied it in the eighth and won it in the twelfth.  Chase Lambin and Toby Gardenhire each singled and doubled.  Dustin Martin and Rene Rivera each had two hits.  Deinys Suarez gave up two runs on five hits and two walks in 4.2 innings.  Chuck James worked 2.1 scoreless innings, giving up two hits.  Kyle Waldrop took the loss in his third inning of work.

New Britain 4, Reading 3 in New Britain (12 innings).  The Rock Cats scored one in the ninth to tie and one in the twelfth to win.  Joe Benson had three hits.  Chris Parmelee and Mark Dolenc each had two hits.  Yangervis Solarte hit a home run.  Logan Darnell pitched seven strong innings, giving up two runs on six hits, walking none and striking out six.  Tyler Robertson threw two shutout innings to get the win, raising his record to 9-3.  The Rock Cats trail Reading by one game fo the last playoff spot.

Ft. Myers 2, St. Lucie 1 in Ft. Myers (5 innings--rain).  The Miracle broke a scoreless tie with two in the fourth.  Oswaldo Arcia singled and doubled.  Aaron Hicks had two hits.  Jhon Garcia pitched a scoreless first inning, then was removed following a lengthy rain delay.  Alex Wimmers went the rest of the way and got the win, giving up one run on two hits and no walks while striking out six in four innings.

Quad Cities 11, Beloit 3 in Quad Cities.  The River Bandits led 5-0 after three and were never threatened.  Each Snappers run came on a solo home run.  Jairo Perez had two singles and a home run, raising his average to .342.  Nate Roberts singled and homered, raising his average to .303.  Derek McCallum hit a home run.  Starter Manuel Soliman surrendered five runs on four hits and two walks in three innings.  Nelvin Fuentes worked two shutout innings, giving up two hits.

Elizabethton 9, Bristol 0 in Bristol.  Niko Goodrum tripled and homered, driving in four.  JaDamion Williams had two hits, raising his average to .336.  Tim Atherton struck out nine in six innings, giving up three hits and no walks.  Nicholas Alloway struck out the side in his only inning.  The Twins lead Kingsport by two games for the last playoff spot.

GCL Twins 5, Rays 2 at Twins.  The Twins scored in the sixth to break a 2-2 tie, then got two insurance runs in the seventh.  Jorge Polanco doubled and tripled.  Javier Pimentel singled and doubled.  Joshua Hendricks had two hits.  Hein Robb went 4.2 innings, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk.  Josue Montanez got the win with two shutout innings, giving up three hits.  Luis Nunez struck out three in 2.1 scoreless innings, giving up two hits, to get the save.

Pixel Perfect Memories: CDX

Release Date:  2006
System:  Flash
Developer:  Preloaded

You remember how most full-motion video games suck?  This is not one of them.

A marvelous Flash game produced by the BBC, CDX certainly uses the engine for all its worth.  You star as a prop collector who is down in Tunis when you break your legs in a motorcycle accident.  Suffering from retrograde amnesia and confined to a wheelchair, your only connection with the outside world from your tiny apartment is your computer (which thankfully has broadband) and your telephone.  The plot revolves around a dagger, one of the props you bought in your previous job; apparently, it is a rare artifact that some pretty important people would do anything to get their hands on.  Your job is to learn more about the dagger while saving yourown skin.

While the game takes only about two to three hours to complete, it is packed with so much atmosphere and ingenuity that I would recommend it to just about anyone.  Live actors are used, and they are mostly excellent, especially the antagonist in a brief but powerful role.  Puzzles are fun and fit seamlessly with the environment. And if you're at all a history buff, there is plenty of juicy information to whet your appetite. The only annoyances are a couple of pointless red herrings and an early arcade sequence that is quite boring. Thankfully, the game ends with an intense, deliciously smart arcade game that puts an exclamation point on this jam-packed adventure.

You can find it here, free to play:  http://cdx-thegame.com/

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Happy Birthday–August 24

Harry Hooper (1887)
Hank Gowdy (1889)
Hal Woodeshick (1932)
Tony Bernazard (1956)
Cal Ripken (1960)
Tim Salmon (1968)
Nick Adenhart (1986)

No major league players with connections to the Minnesota Twins were born on this day.  We do come close, though, with Hal Woodeshick, who played for Washington in 1960, but then was chosen by the new Washington in the expansion draft in 1961.  We also come close with Reid Santos (1982), who pitched for Rochester in 2009 but did not make the big leagues.

Brian Wheat – Looking Alive

One of my best friends recently moved to Minneapolis.  In addition to his duties at a professional teacher of high school biology, he also plays songs. Once he finally sets up some gigs at Minneapolis you had better believe at least a couple of you are going to go. Or I am going to guilt the heck out of you in hopes of making you attend.


Brian Wheat, in Buffalo's famed abandoned Central Terminal, 2011.  Also, man, anyone shooting a music video loves to rip off La Blogotheque, huh?

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Game 128 – Orioles 8, Twins 1

Another Twins game, another brutal loss. Tonight they were murdered by accused murderer manslaughterer Alfredo Simon and the mighty 49-77 Orioles. JJ Hardy reminded us again how stupid that trade was. I imagine the rest of the season will continue to be like watching a dog take a dump in your lawn in slow motion. Only 34 more games to go, then we can start counting down towards Spring Training and the beginning of next season when the Twins will finally be at .500 again.

Final Score: Bodymore Orioles 8, Minnesota Twins 1.
Twins Record: 55-73, 15.0 GB in the AL Central.
WP: Alfredo Simon (4-6) | LP: Brian "Right Handed Batters Have a .961 OPS Against Me" Duensing (8-13)

Game 128: O’s at Twins

Don't see a game log, so here you go. Randall Simon vs. Brian Duensing.

ORIOLES (48-77)

1. J.J. Hardy, SS
2. Nick Markakis, RF
3. Adam Jones, CF
4. Vladimir Guerrero, DH
5. Matt Wieters, C
6. Mark Reynolds, 1B
7. Robert Andino, 3B
8. Nolan Reimold, LF
9. Ryan Adams, 2B

Starting pitcher: RH Alfredo Simon (3-6, 4.68 ERA)

TWINS (55-72)

1. Ben Revere, CF
2. Trevor Plouffe, SS
3. Joe Mauer, 1B
4. Justin Morneau, DH
5. Michael Cuddyer, RF
6. Jason Kubel, LF
7. Danny Valencia, 3B
8. Luke Hughes, 2B
9. Drew Butera, C

Starting pitcher: LH Brian Duensing (8-12, 4.75 ERA)

Remodeled basement. Same half-baked taste.