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Risotto + Lasers

September 13th, 2008 by william

Recently I have been spending a lot of time in lab, and I have learned some totally awesome stuff while hanging out with the other students in lab. I fiber coupled some lasers, aligned an AOM (a cool thing that changes a beam’s frequency through scattering events with phonons), stub tuned an antenna, made a circuit board, and probably a lot of other things I have already forgotten about. It has been pretty cool.

But, today, I needed a break. I went to the market, got some good vegetables and a watermelon, and decided that dinner had to be something wonderful. When I went to the grocery last, I didn’t see any basmati rice that I felt was worth buying, so I picked up some arborio rice with the intention of making risotto. The recipe I used was heavily inspired by my favorite internet person, Mark Bittman, except that I used blended spinach and chunks of brocolli instead of pureed and sliced asparagus. The dish was exceptionally rich and savory, and I plan on happily subsisting on the left overs for the next few days.

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  • 1 Liz Sep 15, 2008 at 12:05 pm

    I swear that if you all end up doing AMO I’m going to cry. But lasers are pretty awesome.

  • 2 ben Sep 15, 2008 at 12:45 pm

    i drank coffee out of an Illini bookstore coffee mug….it was pretty good.

    and no, i did not make up that spelling.
    (btw, liz, it turns out all other physics sucks)

  • 3 william Sep 15, 2008 at 2:43 pm

    does that mean you were hanging out with the girl that used to work in DeMarco’s group? good for you ben.