The spectacular American Idiot

American Idiot

American Idiot

I love of energetic music but don’t know anything about punk rock. It always seems so angry and shouty; I’d rather listen to indie rock, power pop, bluegrass, or twang.

Despite this ignorance, I recently found myself on Broadway for a performance of American Idiot, Green Day’s punk rock opera—a Christmas gift to Type E.

And it turns out that I love punk rock, at least when it’s choreographed on an amazing set and has strings and vocal harmonies. What a spectacle.

And now I’m the proud owner of my very own punk rock album: American Idiot – The Original Broadway Cast Recording. That counts, right?

Saturday afternoon on Broadway

Saturday afternoon on Broadway

Caught on Google Street View

Way back in 2009, a co-worker and I were sitting outside of Huntsman Hall when we saw the Google Street View bike making its way across the Locust Walk pedestrian bridge and into the heart of Penn’s campus.

I turned to watch it roll by but never thought to check back on on Google maps.

Behold!

caught on street view

caught on street view

Opening day at the PA Farm Show

Opening day at the PA Farm Show

Snowy Friday in Fishtown (Palmer Cemetery)

Snowy Friday in Fishtown (Palmer Cemetery)

Stress free chocolate chip cookies

Eric and his cookie

another happy customer

This post is for Jai, who requested my chocolate chip cookie recipe about three months ago.

Like pie, the beauty of the chocolate chip cookie is its simplicity, but you wouldn’t know it from reading the Internet.

Just yesterday I read on Cooks Illustrated that failing to weigh your cookie ingredients or at least level them off properly will result in VERY BAD THINGS.

And there’s a multitude of chocolate chip cookie recipes out there that call for adding chocolate shavings to the dough or only using kosher salt or making sure your butter is unsalted or using chips derived from organic cocoa beans harvested during the first full moon after the winter solstice.

Here’s the recipe I like to use (my mom’s), and it is good for people who enjoy their cookies soft, thick, and chewy. Like anything else, quality individual ingredients will result in a better end product, so use good chocolate and real butter. But no worries about type of salt or getting your eggs to room temperature.

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