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How to prevent a gator tragedy

Edit on 06/17/16: Less than 24 hours after I wrote this post various news outlets disclosed that Disney employees reported problems to management regarding guests feeding gators – for 14 months. I have to rescind my below comment on it “probably not” being Disney’s fault. If they were made aware of the issue and did nothing, clearly they are at fault.

I’ve been semi-obsessed with gators for a few years now and consider myself fairly educated on the reptiles.

As an enthusiast but admittedly non-expert, I’d like to share my opinion on the recent gator-related tragedy in Orlando.


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My top 3 wedding/honeymoon snafus

I am back.

Things were getting crazy right up before the wedding, and I had to take some blogging time off. Then of course, I was on my honeymoon. But now I’m ready to write.

As I transition to my new married name, my website will follow suit. Eventually, this will become ErinNudi.com

And yes, that is Nudi, as in, Al Bundy goes to the nudie bar.

One of the biggest challenges of this whole marriage thing will certainly be getting used to having a non-normal last name.

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Ortolan: the endangered songbird with the barbaric eating ritual

I have been thinking about reporting on this topic ever since I heard about it for the first time several weeks ago in Steve Barnes’ food writing class.

The Ortolan is a small songbird that you eat whole – bones and all – while a large dinner napkin is placed over your head like a shroud.

But it gets better. Or worse, depending on your point of view.

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Bird watching

The past few years I’ve been more into bird watching than I used to be. I’m going to try keeping up the bird feeders and “birdbath” (it’s a small thing hanging from the tree, not a stationary one) as the winter approaches and see what happens. There must be some non-migratory birds that will hang around, right?

Over the late summer and early fall we’ve had multiple chickadees, a cardinal and, more frequently as of late, a blue jay.

The blue jay is a big bully at the bird feeder, let me tell you. He screeches as he flies in, making sure everyone gets out of the way so he can eat as much as he wants.

Here are a couple photos I snagged of the cardinal and blue jay:

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Cheese lasagna rolls (and my cat makes a cameo)

After making awesome chicken Caesar lasagna rolls, I was inspired to make regular lasagna rolls. Although regular lasagna does usually keep well for leftovers, it’s nice to have the option the lasagna rolls give you of only preparing exactly what you need.

I saw a lasagna roll on Pinterest, but it only led to a picture so I didn’t find an actual recipe. So, I went off of a regular cheese lasagna recipe I typically use.


  • 4 lasagna noodles
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup Ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella, plus extra for sprinkling
  • a generous sprinkling of shredded, shaved, or grated Parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper
  • your favorite pasta sauce
  • dried basil or parsley, for garnish

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