Gluten And Dairy Free Chicken Rice Casserole

Modified from here.
This is even more delicious that the condensed soup version! Celiac and EOE friendly. Number two in what will hopefully be a larger series of recipes for my daughter.

Ingredients:
Medium yellow onion
1.5 cups rice
2.5 cups beef broth
4.5 tbsp gluten free flour
Olive oil
1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
1 package (8 oz) sliced fresh white mushrooms
Boneless chicken breasts trimmed and quartered (about 4)

Prep about 15 minutes; cook time about 1 hour
1. Preheat oven to 350
2. Chop onion into small pieces
3. Cook onion over medium heat in a skillet in a couple tablespoons of olive oil until tan
4. Add 1.5 cups of beef broth and reduce for 5 minutes
5. While broth is reducing, rub some olive oil liberally in a 9×14 (or similar) glass casserole dish.
6. Add 1.5 cups rice and 1.5 cups water to casserole dish, mix
7. Add broth/onion mixture to casserole dish and mix
8. To skillet (no need to clean), add more olive oil and slight brown mushrooms for a minute or two
9. To 1 cup (cold) beef broth, add 4.5 tbsp GF fluor and mix vigorously; add mixture to mushrooms
10. Immediately add 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk and mix thoroughly
11. Reduce until thick (probably only a minute or two); incorporate into rice mixture in casserole dish until homogenous.
12. Quarter chicken breast and lay on top of rice mixture; season with pepper and salt
13. Cover tightly with foil and cook 1 hour at 350
14. Check to make sure chicken is done by cutting through the thickest piece.

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Windows 10 Task Bar Partially or Completely Non-Functional

On one of my older computers recently updated to Windows 10, suddenly only a few icons would appear in the task bar (specifically the Start menu, Cortana, Task View, and New Notifications). None of them was functional, however I could still right click on the task bar to bring up Task Manager. Apparently this is a common issue that seems to be related to Cortana. Most online solutions suggested either removing search functionality totally or using the powershell to run the following:

Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml”}

None of this worked for me. A surprisingly simple and non-intuitive solution completely solved the problem for me. Taken directly from Windows Central Forum user Raheem Baker do the following:

1. Go to the desktop, right click anywhere, hover your mouse over new and then click shortcut
2. When you are making a shortcut it will ask you to type a location. type in “msconfig”, click next and then it will ask you what you want to name the shortcut name it anything you want its not imprtant.
3 . A shortcut for msconfig will show up double click it and click on the boot tab at the top. once in the boot tab enable safeboot and the click network underneath it and then click apply then OK it will ask if you want to restart you should restart it
4. Once it is restarted you should go to ms config again and then turn off safe boot and the apply and restart again and hopefully once you have done that things should return to normal

For me at least, problem completely and permanently solved.

 

Adobe Acrobat “No Pages Selected To Print” Error

I almost lost my mind this morning trying to print specific pages in a large .pdf file from Adobe Acrobat Pro (Adobe Acrobat X version 10.1.15). No matter what I did, I repeatedly received the error message “No Pages Selected To Print”. One suggestion I found was to go to View->Show/Hide->Navigation Panes->Page Thumbnails and select the pages to print. This did not work for me. This suggestion by Karl Heinz Kremer did work:

Open up Acrobat’s preferences: Edit->Preferences->General

Select the “Security (Enhanced)” category.

Deselect the setting “Enable Protected Mode at Startup”

Restart the application.

Connecting Ubuntu To Enterprise WPA/WPA2 Wireless Networks

I had difficulty connecting to my university secure Wi-Fi network through Ubuntu 13.1. Basically, I kept getting a CA certificate error. The solution was remarkably simple for me. I only had to manually change the “Authentication” to Protected EAP (PEAP). Full Wi-Fi Security connection settings as follows:

Security: WPA & WPA2 Enterprise

Authentication: Protected EAP (PEAP)

Anonymous identity: (blank)

CA certificate: ca-certificates.crt (located in File System-etc-ssl-certs)

PEAP version: Automatic

Inner authentication: MSCHAPv2

May not be this simple for all people, see also here.

Rules For My Funeral

I have had the unfortunate experience of attending several funerals. Prepare for a shocker here: they pretty much suck. Over the years I have made a series of mental rules refining what can and cannot be done at my funeral. For example, no open caskets. That is some seriously creepy stuff, and will leave an image burned into your brain that you do not want. Last week my uncle passed away unexpectedly. He was a very funny and gracious man, and also happened to be my godfather.  His four kids are much like their father, and I laughed so much retelling stories about his life that my stomach hurt. Then we had the service and the requisite tear-jerk testimonials from family and friends. That really, really sucked. I made me think: why do we do this? My only guess (other than for religious reasons) is that this is an attempt at closure. Later that evening, we were back laughing our butts off at my cousin’s house. It turns out my uncle used to drink this horrible crap called Ten High whiskey. My cousin bought a bottle (for $8) and we all did shot and nearly barfed. I thought to myself, THAT felt like closure! I now am fairly confident that I have the perfect funeral planned, and I am finally writing this down mainly for the benefit of my next of kin. Feel free to steal some ideas for yourself.

1. Already stated: NO OPEN CASKET!!  Cremate my body, and leave the remains at the crematorium. I do not want a macabre urn sitting on the mantle with my ashes inside. Spreading them somewhere seems messy and gross (the ashes scene in Grown Ups comes to mind). You can get closure in points 5 and 6 below.

2. The “funeral” will actually be just a family reunion of sorts. Family and friends who can make it just hang out at the house, eat too much food, and tell funny stories (much like I did last week).

3. If you know me well enough to be comfortable hanging out with my family, you are welcome to come over. If you are not sure, come anyway because I am confident my family will make you feel like you belong there. Just be prepared for a very funny and LOUD bunch.

4. There will be no church service, and no one is to tell any stories which might induce crying. I especially don’t want you to show to everyone a heart-wrenching card created by a preschooler hoping I get better. I don’t know where you would get such a card, but one materialized at my uncle’s funeral last week. Seriously, don’t pull that crap.

5. I don’t drink liquor, but I do drink a horrible “beer” (I am using that term loosely) called Bud 55. Everyone has to shotgun a Bud 55, and the video disseminated to all via YouTube. Warning for those attending: this may lead to vomiting. This is closure activity #1.

6. My sister has graciously offered to sing Gangnam Style at the function. I would prefer she learned Korean before doing so, but if I die suddenly she can wing it. We decided on this primarily because my cousin sang at my uncle’s funeral, and it was nice. I tried to think of a song that had absolutely no chance of being melancholy, and I think I nailed it. Knowing my sister, everyone will probably laugh so hard they will barf a second time. This is closure activity #2.

For now, this is my perfect funeral. If my mom or my wife (less likely) tries to change these rules, please direct them to this blog post. I will update as necessary.

Update: my sister informed me to correct the grammar in this piece without specifying where the mistakes were to be found. Thus, I have consulted the Word grammar editor, and made the requested changes. Hopefully this post is now up to her exacting standards.

Standing No More

I gave it my best shot using a standing desk. I built one which was ergonomically to my liking, and stopped all use of my chair at work cold turkey.

My standing desk with boehninglab daugher #3.

My standing desk after installation on October 7th 2012 with boehninglab daughter #3 being silly.

I have spent seven months exclusively standing, but my back in particular cannot take it anymore. My personal experience is as follows:

Pros:

  • I don’t feel like a sloth sitting all day.
  • I might have burned a hundred or so extra calories a day.
  • I am pretty sure my hamstrings and calves have gotten bigger.

Cons:

  • Despite claims to the contrary, my ability to focus is ten times worse at a standing desk.
  • My back is killing me by the end of the day.
  • For reasons not entirely clear, it is impossible for me to write a grant at a standing desk. With a June grant deadline approaching, I finally dismantled the thing.  All I can say is WHAT A RELIEF!

Maybe Pro, maybe Con:

  • Most people at your work will think you are insane.

So my experiment ends. To make up for the “Pros” above, I now take the stairs in my building (I reside on the 5th floor). I am interested to hear from any other standing advocates who actually gave up a chair for a significant amount of time, so please comment!

Blog Surprises

I set this blog up literally in minutes to get feedback longer than the one sentence I usually get on twitter. Little did I know the amount of hits and comments it would get (largely thanks to several retweets by some awesome twitter friends and a post by DrugMonkey). I have tried to make the blog look more respectable and I will have to learn the WordPress and blogging ropes, but hopefully this will last more than a couple of weeks. My posts will be almost exclusively about doing science in academia.

My first post was not intended to be contentious, but apparently it was nonetheless. There were several people who commented who felt that posting about NIH peer review with my real name may have some undesired consequences. This was a complete surprise to me, and made me re-read and second guess what I thought was an innocuous post. Regardless, it got me thinking about anonymity in blogs and twitter (many of the people I follow on twitter are at least pseudo-anons).  I decided that speaking my mind using my real identity in an open forum is one way to exploit my tenure, and I will continue to do so as I have on twitter for the last year or two.

I want to thank the initial influx of readers and commenters for visiting this blog, and hopefully I can provide at least some useful content on navigating academia as a research-intensive faculty member.