Making a great burger by going to a smaller slider size bun

Burgers are a staple of the summer cooking. Cooking burgers that are from the butcher, Costco in frozen patties is the easy way.  But after my family said some of what I cooked wasn't that good decided to look for something better. Shifted to organic beef from Costco in the 21oz packages. The problem is the 21 oz is an awkward size for dividing up.  There are four us.  Dividing up into 6 was easier and more reasonable amount of 3.5 oz of beef.  But that size is way too small for a hamburger bun, but a slider bun fits.

There are three parts of my sliders that take time - bacon, caramelized onions, and the burgers.  Part of why I think people like my burgers is I am not in a hurry. 

I oven bake the bacon as I find it easier to cook a whole package at once in cookie sheets. Here is a serious cook's recipe for oven baking bacon.  But I don't do it the fast way. I modify the recipe cooking at a lower temperature of 325 for 30-40 minutes until the bacon is starting to brown all over, then turn down the heat to 150 and cook for another 30-45 minutes. I accidentally added the finishing step of 150 for longer time and found I could walk away and not worry about the last finishing.  Everyone likes the bacon and the clean up is much easier not going for a higher temperature. The bacon fat can easily be drained into Tupperware for reuse in recipes that need bacon fat.

Caramelized onions I'll also slowly cook allowing an hour. Here is one recipe with tips. I use butter and olive oil with salt and pepper. Last time I tried a bit of bacon fat.  Slowly cook over medium heat in cast iron. The browning doesn't occur until 30 minutes cooking.  When the caramelized browning covers all the onions, then I reduce the heat and cook for another 30 minutes.

Time for the burgers. Make 3 inch patties.  6 evenly divided from the Costco 21 oz Organic Beef package.  Garlic salt and pepper.  Cook in cast iron skillet or grill 3-4 minutes per side if you like medium rare.  Warm up buns in toaster oven or grill.  Let the burger rest a couple of minutes.  Serve with onions, bacon, and avocado sides.

I'll add pictures to this post if I remember to take some pictures a long the way.


Time to start writing more.

I used to write 2-3 times a day.  I've been writing 2-3 times a month.  I miss writing so will start writing more.  Have many things that are beneficial to spend reflecting on and writing up.

Maybe what helped nudge me is running into my ex-gigaom writer friends who have moved on to other things, but still write a lot.

Cruise Ships Data Centers, 9 months of planning, testing, and installing

Data Center Knowledge has a post on a cruise ships data center. Reading the post it is a classic active-active design with locations is stern and bow. The IT company has installed the system in 6 ships.

Heider’s team deployed DataCore’s SAN virtualization software to simplify storage management and ensure high availability. The software synchronously mirrors data across two data centers on each ship, so if one of them fails, the other takes over automatically. “It’s really good software and easy to use,” he said.

BSH spent the last four to five years upgrading and installing the data center infrastructure in TUI cruise ships. It takes about nine months to plan, test, and install the technology on each vessel, Heider said.

What was an interesting fact is there are 9 months allowed for planning, testing, and installing.

What comes to mind is the huge opportunity to apply cloud methods. the below image is from a DCD webinar.

Where is AWS in its Renewable Energy efforts

Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon, and Microsoft all have renewable energy efforts.

Found AWS has a summary in their sustainability page.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) Wind and Solar Farms

AWS has a long-term commitment to achieve 100% renewable energy usage for our global infrastructure footprint. We’ve made a lot of progress on this commitment. AWS exceeded its goal of 40% renewable energy by the end of 2016, and set a new goal to be powered by 50% renewable energy by the end of 2017.

In 2015, AWS announced the construction of Amazon Solar Farm US East, Amazon Wind Farm Fowler Ridge, Amazon Wind Farm US Central and Amazon Wind Farm US East, located in Virginia, Indiana, Ohio and North Carolina respectively. Amazon Wind Farm Fowler Ridge became operational January 1, 2016, and Amazon Solar Farm US East went into operation in October, 2016.

In 2016, AWS announced the construction of Amazon Wind Farm US Central 2, a 189 MW wind farm in Hardin County, Ohio. We also announced five additional solar farms: Amazon Solar Farm US East 2, Amazon Solar Farm US East 3, Amazon Solar Farm US East 4, Amazon Solar Farm US East 5 each have a capacity of 20 MW and are located in New Kent, Buckingham, Sussex, and Powhatan counties in Virginia. Amazon Solar Farm US East 6 is a 100 MW facility in Southampton County, Virginia.

These ten renewable energy projects will deliver a total of 2.6 million MWh of energy annually onto the electric grid powering AWS data centers located in the AWS US East (Ohio) and AWS US East (N. Virginia) Regions. The electricity produced from these projects is enough to power the equivalent of over 240,000 U.S. homes annually, which is approximately the size of the city of Portland, Oregon.