Cooking Notebook. Fine living, technology, and environmental consciousness

First post! 

Posted: April 1, 2012

Category: Non-recipe

Welcome to The Cooking Notebook, a blog for lovers of computers, the earth, and fine living. Are you bothered by the excess heat emanating from your laptop computer? And, by bothered, I don't mean only physically, but psychologically -somewhere there's a fossil fuel plant blowing out CO2 just to send a processor screaming at 2+ GHz to do nothing. If you're like me, you have to ask yourself: "Isn't there something I can use this waste heat for other than, obviously, a cheap form of male contraception?"

That's what this blog is all about: using your high tech notebook computer for not just looking at cute kitties, but for preparing a gourmet meal at the same time. You can conserve the planet while living in style. Each month I'll post a new illustrated recipe to make a satisfying meal with your laptop.

Torino Cheese Paninis

Posted: April 1, 2012

Category: Sandwiches

Torino Cheese Paninis

Perfect comfort food for cold rainy Spring days, these kick grilled cheese sandwiches to a whole new level.


Sandwich Ingredients

To yield four sandwiches:
  • Eight slices crusty potato flour bread.
  • Quarter pound imported pecorino cheese, sliced.
  • Two ripe Roma tomatoes, sliced.
  • Handful fresh basil leaves.
  • 1 T extra virgin olive oil.


Brush each face of each bread slice with olive oil.

Brushed bread on cutting board.

Compose two sandwiches with one layer of basil leaves between the cheese and tomatoes.

Open face sandwiches under assembly.

Cover a trivet with aluminum foil (remember to rinse and re-use or re-cycle the aluminum when you're done!). Lay the sandwiches on the trivet.

Uncooked sandwiches on Al covered trivet.

Place your laptop on the sandwiches, and execute applications with High CPU Usage. High-definition kitty videos work, but this may also be good time to run your anti-virus scan. 

Laptop on sandwiches, running Maru video.

Look for the cheese to begin to melt and be squeezed out from the bread, usually 4 to 7 minutes, depending on the laptop and the apps. Flip the sandwiches and cook the other side for about half the time as the first.

Serve with garnish of basil leaves and tomato.

Grilled sandwiches on table.


Recommended wine: Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Recommended beer: Irish Stout

Next Month's Preview

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Batter being poured onto laptop keyboard (Ack!)


Not responsible for impatient dinner guests, computer damage, house fires, unwanted pregnancies, or anything else. I mean, cooking with a laptop? Whaddaya? Some kinda knucklehead?




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