boiled omelets

boiled in a bag omelets

While I was away for Thanksgiving visiting family one of the breakfasts we made were these boiled omelets. We set out things to add (chopped peppers, onions, cheese, crumbled bacon or sausage) so that each person could construct their own. The recipe was originally shared as a way to make breakfast aboard a boat so that there were fewer large items to wash. Since the recipe says you can make up to eight at a time it means everybody can get omelets at the same time. They even came out looking scrumptious!

boiled in a bag omelets

Here is the recipe shared with me, the origin has been long lost I???m afraid:


This works great when you have a group of people together. No one has to wait for their omelet, everyone gets involved in the process and it???s a great conversation piece.

Have guests write their name on a quart-size Ziploc freezer bag with permanent marker.

Crack no more than two eggs (large or x-large) into each bag and shake to combine.

Put out a variety of ingredients such as cheeses, ham, onion, green pepper, tomato, hash browns, salsa, etc as selection.

Each guest adds prepared ingredients of their choice to their bag. Shake, carefully press air out of bag and zip it up.

Place the bags into rolling, boiling water for exactly 13 minutes. (We suspect that if you only make fewer at a time you might not need to cook them for that long.)

You can cook 6-8 omelets (bags) in a large pot. For more bags, make another pot of boiling water or cook in shifts.

Open the bags and the omelet will roll out easily. Be prepared for everyone to be amazed.

boiled in a bag omelets

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Get Mail Merge in Gmail with This Google Docs Template [Gmail Tip]

Get Mail Merge in Gmail with This Google Docs TemplateWant to send a bunch of emails personalized to each recipient? Sending mass emails is easy using Microsoft Word’s mail merge, less so with Gmail. This Google Docs template, however, brings email merging to Gmail.

The free template is provided by consulting firm IT4SmallBusiness and includes in-depth instructions on the first tab. It’s similar to a another Google Docs template we’ve previously highlighted for mail merge in Gmail except this one lets you lets you do a test mail merge run before sending and is a little easier to write the email text in thanks to the layout. This template, however, doesn’t include the Gmail contacts importing that the previous one does.

To start using this template, log into Gmail, open the MailMerge Google Docs template, and make a copy of it to your Google Docs account (under File > Make a copy…). Write your email on the second sheet, “Email text” and add the special fields like <>. Then go to the third sheet to add the data that will replace those special fields (e.g., the list of email recipients, their names, and other personalized info).

Note that you’ll probably want to send your mass emails in batches, lest Google label you a spammer. Mail merge with Gmail would be handy for a lot of uses, from mailing clients/customers to sending party invitations with custom instructions, as the example shows.

MailMerge | via CNet

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Neil DeGrasse Tyson interviewed by out-of-character Stephen Colbert

The Kimberley Academy in Montclair, New Jersey hosted a fascinating, one-hour chat between Neil DeGrasse Tyson — Hayden Planetarium director, TV science host, and all-round good guy — with Stephen Colbert in a rare, out-of-character appearance.

Stephen Colbert Interview – Montclair Kimberley Academy(via Kottke)

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Voynich Manuscript online

Avi sez, “Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library has put complete high resolution scans of the enigmatic, undeciphered Voynich Manuscript online.”

Written in Central Europe at the end of the 15th or during the 16th century, the origin, language, and date of the Voynich Manuscript???named after the Polish-American antiquarian bookseller, Wilfrid M. Voynich, who acquired it in 1912???are still being debated as vigorously as its puzzling drawings and undeciphered text. Described as a magical or scientific text, nearly every page contains botanical, figurative, and scientific drawings of a provincial but lively character, drawn in ink with vibrant washes in various shades of green, brown, yellow, blue, and red.

Based on the subject matter of the drawings, the contents of the manuscript falls into six sections: 1) botanicals containing drawings of 113 unidentified plant species; 2) astronomical and astrological drawings including astral charts with radiating circles, suns and moons, Zodiac symbols such as fish (Pisces), a bull (Taurus), and an archer (Sagittarius), nude females emerging from pipes or chimneys, and courtly figures; 3) a biological section containing a myriad of drawings of miniature female nudes, most with swelled abdomens, immersed or wading in fluids and oddly interacting with interconnecting tubes and capsules; 4) an elaborate array of nine cosmological medallions, many drawn across several folded folios and depicting possible geographical forms; 5) pharmaceutical drawings of over 100 different species of medicinal herbs and roots portrayed with jars or vessels in red, blue, or green, and 6) continuous pages of text, possibly recipes, with star-like flowers marking each entry in the margins.


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Yoni Freedhoff M.D. : Do You Know How to Feed Your Children?

And here I’m not talking about nutrition, I’m talking about how you actually feed them. What are your practices surrounding food? Do you have regular meal times? Do you use coercion to try to inspire vegetable consumption? Do you reward with treats?

Parental feeding practices have been the subject of a great deal of research, and this month, the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition published a handy summary of it all.

Here are the top 10 take home messages:

  1. Pressuring kids to eat fruits and vegetables and markedly limiting their access to sweets and fatty snacks, along with using food as a reward are all strongly linked with disinhibited children’s eating patterns.
  2. The more inconsistent parents are with either eating schedules or serving healthy vs. unhealthy foods, the greater the negative impact of the parenting styles listed in the first point above.
  3. Having at least one parent at the family meal is associated with better consumption of fruit and vegetables, and a lower risk of skipping breakfast.
  4. Adopting a knee-jerk pattern of dietary restriction with an overweight child may drive that child to be more, not less, likely to overeat.
  5. The availability and exposure to foods at home most certainly affects children’s long-term food selections and preferences.
  6. The earlier and more broadly a child is exposed to different foods, the healthier that child’s eventual adult diet.
  7. The more fruits and vegetables available at home the more fruits and vegetables your kids will consume.
  8. The more fruit juice and breakfast bars available at home the less actual fruits and vegetables your kids will consume
  9. The greater the frequency of meals in front of the television and/or the lesser the frequency of family meals, and/or the greater the use of food as a reward, the higher your kids’ intake of sugar sweetened beverages.

And number 10?

I’ll quote directly from the paper, as it pretty much sums up everything else up:

Children like what they know and eat what they like.

So to make sure your children know healthy, here are some straightforward prescriptions for healthy at-home eating:

  • Encourage a wide and varied healthy diet introducing new foods frequently and early.
  • Don’t pressure your children to eat (one-bite rules are fine), or withhold dessert unless they eat their veggies.
  • Don’t reward them with food.
  • Disband the “clean your plate” club.
  • Keep plenty of fruits and vegetables handy, accessible, visible, washed and prepared and literally smile at your kids when they eat them.
  • Sit at the table and eat with your kids.
  • Don’t skip meals.
  • Dramatically minimize meals out and takeout.
  • Ensure that as many meals as possible a week involve the transformation of raw ingredients (not mixing boxes).
  • Involve your kids in cooking.

Or put even more simply?

Live the lives you want your children to live.

Dr. Yoni Freedhoff, MD is known as a “nutritional watchdog” for his advocacy efforts for improved public policies regarding nutrition and obesity. He is the founder and Medical Director of the Bariatric Medical Institute, dedicated to the (nonsurgical) treatment of overweight and obesity since 2004, and his personal website, Weighty Matters, is ranked among the world’s top health blogs.

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Pod Power Delivers Electricity to a Group for an Instant Mobile Workspace [Stuff We Like]

Pod Power Delivers Electricity to a Group for an Instant Mobile WorkspacePod Power is a clever upgrade to the classic extension cord, delivering electricity to a group quickly, easily, and with less clutter.

If you’ve ever set up an impromptu workspace with a group, the most painful part is often powering everybody’s stuff from, say, one relatively immobile power strip. Pod Power sends juice to cute little outlets for a group of people, and each outlet’s bobbin shape allows you to adjust the cord length between outlets. (Apparently sliding clips also make adjusting the length easier.) You can mount each outlet for permanent use, or you can keep it mobile for your mobile workstation.

Pod Power Delivers Electricity to a Group for an Instant Mobile WorkspaceCurrently Pod Power is $35 in pre-order on invention site Quirky (it’s kind of like Kickstarter). Once it gets its first 2,000 orders (which seems very likely), it’ll go into production. The site won’t charge you until Pod Power is real and shipping.

UPDATE: Quirky changed the landing page since this morning, and it no longer appears to have a purchase price. It’s unclear if that means they’ve hit the 2,000 commitments (I’m guessing that’s it), but apparently you may now have to wait to purchase one.

Pod Power | Quirky via GeekBeat.TV

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