3D printing in Los Angeles 😍

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3D Printing can be an excellent area of study for young and old alike

3D printing in LA

Greetings, fellow Makers !

A new 3d printing group is now starting with yours truly as the host, and what an adventure this will be. We will cover everything , starting with the basics : How do these things work, anyways ? What types of filament should I be using ? Can I actually make money doing this?

And much more, believe me it’s easier than you think. We will have guest speakers that are working in the field right now. Movers and shakers in the new world of additive manufacturing  and 3d printer companies own reps giving us a demo of their latest offerings.

Let’s do this!

Go to www.meetup.com/3D-Printing-in LA and join our Meetup group, or contact me directly thru this website.



Happy Cyber Monday

Another Thanksgiving weekend has come and gone, and now the cyber sales begin. If you are like me, this is an excellent opportunity for web designers and other creative to stock up on those apps and hardware we have wanted all year.

For developers, Desktop Server from Server press is discounted 30% thru today.

Mightydeals is having a blowout on developers tools.

Hardware is on sale everywhere, with particularly good deals on refurbished machines. If you don’t need the latest and greatest, try a refurb.

Thanksgiving tips from FoodSafety.gov

Thanksgiving Leftovers for Safe Keeping, Weekend Grazing
Nov 21, 2018
By: Luis Delgadillo, Senior Public Affairs Specialist
Thanksgiving Day is for family and friends. But Thanksgiving weekend is all about you and those amazing leftovers! Before you dig in, keep these tips handy so that leftovers can stay safely stored in the fridge or freezer.

Turkey is a wonderful holiday entree, don’t let it ruin your holiday by sitting out too long.


Handling food safely = safe and tasty leftovers

Leftovers should be stored within two hours of cooking. Divide leftovers into smaller portions and refrigerate or freeze them in covered shallow containers so they cool quickly. A large container or whole turkey will take too long to cool down to a safe temperature, which gives bacteria a chance to multiply.
The turkey should also be portioned to ensure quick cooling in the refrigerator.
Seventy-six percent of respondents in a recent USDA study said they would refrigerate leftovers after letting them cool to room temperature first. This is not necessary and could actually make your food unsafe. Leftovers should be placed in the refrigerator or freezer as soon as possible, even if they still have steam or heat coming off of them.
How long do the turkey and trimmings stay safe in the refrigerator or freezer?

The answer is simple: leftovers can be kept in the refrigerator for three to four days. This means you have until the Monday after Thanksgiving to eat all those delicious leftovers or place them in the freezer to enjoy later. If you store leftovers in the freezer, they will be of best quality within 2-6 months.
Not enough consumers know that food can become unsafe in the refrigerator after four days. In fact, 31 percent of participants in our recent research indicated they would eat leftovers kept longer than four days in the refrigerator. After four days, spoilage bacteria can cause food to develop a bad smell or taste.
For those who see themselves forgetting the Monday ‘use or freeze’ deadline, the USDA has a handy app, which triggers reminders to your smartphone or tablet; it’s called the FoodKeeper app.

But FoodKeeper isn’t just a source of helpful reminders. The app also includes storage guidelines for more than 600 food and drink items, tips for safe food preparation, and food product recalls, which were recently integrated into the app. With more than 150,000 downloads for Android and iOS devices, FoodKeeper has established itself as the quick go-to guide for safe food storage and food preparation.

Now, on to the dishes – reheat leftovers safely

It is safe to reheat frozen leftovers without thawing, either in a saucepan or microwave (in the case of a soup or stew) or in the oven or microwave (for example, casseroles and one-pot meals). Reheating will take longer than if the food is thawed first, but it is safe to do when time is short. When reheating leftovers, be sure they reach 165°F, as measured with a food thermometer. Cover leftovers to reheat. This retains moisture and ensures that food will heat all the way through.

Reheating tips:

Reheat sauces, soups and gravies by bringing them to a rolling boil.
When reheating in the microwave, cover and rotate the food for even heating. Arrange food items evenly in a covered microwave-safe glass or ceramic dish and add some liquid if needed. Be sure the covering is microwave safe, and vent the lid or wrap to let the steam escape. The moist heat that is created will help destroy harmful bacteria and will ensure uniform cooking.
Also, because microwaves have cold spots, check the temperature of the food in several places with a food thermometer and allow a resting time before checking the internal temperature of the food with a food thermometer.
If you have additional questions about using your leftovers safely, you can call the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) or chat live with a food safety specialist at AskKaren.gov available from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday, in English or Spanish.

Camping tips from the USDA

6 Packing Tips to Eat Safely When Camping

Latino family camping with a tent in background

More Latinos are braving the great outdoors, and they are camping more often than non-Latino campers. In 2016, nearly one million people began camping and about 12 percent of those new campers were Latino, according to a survey sponsored by Kampgrounds of America (KOA).

And while Latinos agree that nature is good food for the soul, cooking delicious dishes to nourish the bodyis one of their favorite camping activities. But outdoor cooking requires some planning, particularly when it comes to deciding what to eat and how to transport and store food safely. Make sure you’ll be able to enjoy your favorite Latino dishes free from the bacteria that cause food poisoning. Follow the packing tips below and you’ll be a safe campfire cooking pro.

  1. Camping-Friendly Foods – Look for foods that are light enough to carry and that can be transported safely. If you’re packing for more than one day, you can bring cold foods in a cooler for the first day (see our tips below), but you’ll have to pack shelf-stable items for the next few days. Download USDA’s FoodKeeper App for a list of camping-friendly shelf-stable food.
  2. Cleaning Supplies – Washing your hands and your cooking/eating gear is an important part of keeping your family safe from foodborne illness while camping, so you’re going to need cleaning supplies. Bring disposable wipes or biodegradable soap for hand and dishwashing. Find out if there’s a source of running water at your campsite or park. If your only option is getting water from a lake or river, then boil it or use sanitizing tablets to kill bacteria.
  3. Cooking Gear – Once you’ve selected your menu, you’ll need to think about what cooking gear to bring. From nested pots and pans to aluminum foil to a portable stove, there’s a ton of camping cooking gear options out there. To keep your camping trip free of foodborne illness, you need 4 things to prepare food safely: separate knives for raw meat and other foods, separate cutting boards for cutting your raw meats and other foods, separate containers for raw and cooked foods and our next item, a food thermometer.
  4. Food Thermometer – If you are cooking meat or poultry on a portable stove or over a fire, you’ll need a way to determine when it is done and safe to eat. Color is not a reliable indicator of doneness–and it can be especially tricky to tell the color of a food if you are cooking in a wooded area in the evening–so be sure you have a food thermometer to determine if your meat and poultry are ready to eat. Visit FoodSafety.gov for a list of safe internal cooking temperatures for all types of meat and poultry.
  5. A Cooler – If you bring a cooler, follow these packing tips to keep your cold foods cold:
  • Pack using frozen clean, water-filled cartons to make blocks of ice (ice blocks last longer than ice cubes) or use frozen gel packs.
  • Pack raw meats below the ready-to-eat foods – like cheese – to prevent raw meat or poultry juices from contaminating your other foods. Double wrap raw meat and poultry in plastic bags to prevent juices from leaking.
  • Pack everything else in the reverse order you plan to eat them; so the first foods you pack in the cooler should be the last foods you use.
  • Bring a separate beverage cooler and a food cooler if you can. Since each time you open your cooler, it decreases the amount of time the cooler stays cool, this tip will help keep your food cold longer.
  1. Drinking Water – No matter how clean it looks water from a lake or stream can carry harmful bacteria and parasites. Plan on carrying bottled water for drinking. Or if that’s not an option, you can always boil it, or use purification tablets (don’t confuse purification tablets with sanitizing tablets) and water filters instead.

see more from the usda here https://www.foodsafety.gov/blog/2017/08/6-packing-tips.html

Creative Spaces need Creative Cleaning !

Creative Cleaning Services
We have been cleaning creative spaces in Los Angeles for 14 years and are introducing a new cleaning initiative called ” Clean and Green LA ” designed to approach indoor and outdoor commercial cleaning in a safer and more environmentally friendly way.

Creative spaces sometimes have unusual hours or last minute needs for show openings , and we specialize in working with clients closely to see that their event is well taken care of. After 20 years in the restaurant business and another 10 years working with clients all over Los Angeles, our cleaning and maintenance abilities are well tuned to the needs of today’s kitchens, dining areas, and creative multi use facilities.