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Dear Audible

Dear Audible, 

I am generally enjoying a few channels for prime, however it becomes problematic and I don't really want to explore more due to the management of the channels. 

Clearly these are meant to be podcasts to some extent, though a strong desire to go after quality is appreciated, however making the end user manually manage the downloading and deleting of the episodes seems counter to the standards of episodic content.  

if you take a look at several of the popular players (Overcast, Downcast, etc) you see many options to subscribe and manage and automatically download and remove episodes.  Without this management it makes it frustrating to check in with channels that have sporadic updates. 

Please make the updates to allow for the easier consumption by your users.

thanks, 

sam  

2017 - Week 7 Cooking Results

Centurion Links with Cheese & Crackers (around a fire, ready to go into battle)

From large black pigs, and older style recipe, even though I didn't have to, I seared these off in a pan.  Combined with a couple of types of cheese and some crackers, it made for a nice meal.  Pretty good sausages.

Grilled cheese

Quick meal before we ran off to go see Lego Batman.

Chorizo Chili (pork, not chicken or turkey)

This turned into tacos, cause it was warm and Shannon wanted tacos.

Lamb, Arugula and Feta Taco

I really liked this.  a nice combination, easy to eat,

Pork Meatballs over Arugula

I had a plan, I executed the plan...but had bigger balls of meat (pattys).  turned out pretty good.

2017 - Week 7 Cooking

New range hunt has begun in earnest.  I know the limit that the wife has set (no $3k dream range for Sam).  Found the issue with the ceiling fan, now we need to find the documents to bug Lowe's or Harbor Breeze.  Electrician said that because the electrical neutral wire was swapped, it is entirely possible that is what caused the remote sensor to fail, since Lowe's sub-contractor was the installer...that's probably on them.  Yes I have an old house, yes the wiring is probably sub par, but that doesn't reduce the responsibility.  Anyways.  We'll see.

I need to spend some time going through my photos.  I'm still on Day 3 (morning) of our vacation this past summer.  I still have over 1500 photos to geolocate with the camera (includes Mason City weekend).  So going through, assign location, then going through to see what I like, then going through to more aggressively eliminate takes time and is a bit self critical, which is hard to do.  but still needs to be done.  It needs to be done, cause part of me doesn't want to go out and take more photos, until they're caught up, and spring is coming.

2017 - Week 6 Cooking Results

Shishito Pepper Dogs

Sautéed the peppers in olive oil, little salt, then they go on to the hot dogs (Crooked Gap, all pork).  It was ok.  not to spicy, but a nice flavor.  I can see why some of the food blogs want the trend to die.  This was superbowl-ish food, while we didn't watch the superbowl.

Crispy Thai Pork with Cucumber Salad

I've made this before, and it's pretty good, a nice use of ingrediants.

Lamb Burgers

In the cast iron pan.  I'm getting more comfortable with the way that this works.  I watched a video on how to clean the pan, and also re-read the directions provided by Field.  It sears nice, retains heat as it should and I can see how people like the behavior of it.  I'm temped to render off some of the freezer full of pork fat to just use that as the primary oil, but I'm pretty sure I won't be able to justify pork fat rendering until I can keep the windows open during the entire time.

Chorizo and White Bean Stew

Good stuffs.  I used ground Chorizo (Crooked Gap) and went from there.

Eggs & Bacon

Bacon on the cast iron pan.  The one thing that is a bit harder to get used to is, because the pan clearly holds on to heat, you can't quickly adjust anything.  So the heat you have may gradually reduce, but will not in a quick fashion.  So gently heat up to where you want to be.

2017 - Week 5 Cooking Results

Egg Sandwich with Mustard Greens and Avocado

Lets be honest.  I really didn't follow the recipe here at all.

Lemony Chicken Stir fry

Simple.  I added a bit of spice to it, but a nice lemon flavor using both the lemon juice and lemon zest.  Good stuffs.

Asian spiced ground beef & Napa cabbage tacos

This didn't turn out the way I was thinking.  I should've shot more for spicy less for mixed blend, but it was okish.

Spiced Chicken over Napa cabbage salad

Simple and good.

Hamburger, in cast iron skillet

So the first use of my field skillet.  Not a big cast iron user (I don't like doing dishes so usually if I can't put it in the dishwasher I don't want it).  It seems like it could be a good addition to the item, looking forward to bacon and sticking that thing in the oven.

2017 - Week 4 Cooking Results

Umami Meatloaf Burger

I'm glad I didn't skip this.  It was pretty good.  If I remember right, it did seem to have lower cook times then were really needed.

Farmhouse Chicken Chowder

Not a lot of effort, but made a nice weeknight meal.

Stovetop Mac N cheese with Bacon & Pickled Jalapeños (The Food Lab, p. 723)

So the base recipe is here, but OMGWTFBBQ this is some good mac & cheese.  Clearly not good for you (it uses some of the rendered bacon fat to replace some of the butter).  The heat of the diced pickled jalapeños works it way through the dish.  Good showing for the first out of the Food Lab book (Thanks Mattas!).  I used a combination of Prairie Breeze and a young raw milk cheese from Wisconsin who's name I forget.

In an effort to control my blood sugar I've been using Dreamfields pasta.  Though I make pasta dishes a lot less often and this doesn't quite behave like pasta should, it does make a suitable replacement from time to time.  I also will do vegetables spiralized to dramatically reduce the carbohydrate intake.

Sloppy Joes

Used some of the leftover meatloaf burger and added more beef, onions, tomatoes, sauce, and spices.  Good stuffs.

Taco Salad

Used chicken thighs, some spices and the normal items to make a nice taco salad.  However I did forget to buy sour cream, which made me sad, I do really like any excuse I can have to eat the Kalona Supernatural sour cream...