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Chicken Sausage and Spinach Alfredo

This quick weeknight meal can be made from scratch or using a variety of pantry staples. Feel free to sub any of the fresh ingredients for canned or zhuzh it up with fresh ingredients.  Ingredients  12oz Chicken Sausages, sliced into medallions 1 Yellow Onion, Diced 1/2 lb Baby Spinach, washed 1C Chardonnay 1/2 lb Button Mushrooms, stemmed, sliced, and washed 48oz Sliced Sun Dried Tomatoes 1/2 lb Parmesan, finely shredded 1 lb Pasta of your choosing, I prefer casarecce 1 T Aleppo Pepper or Red Pepper Flake (Opt.) 1/2 T Italian Seasoning or Fresh herbs (Opt., Oregano, Rosemary, Thyme, Marjoram, Basil) 4oz Butter, cubed 1 T Black Pepper, freshly ground Note: Pre-shredded Parmesan often has a cellulose powder added to prevent clumping. This will prevent the cheese from melting properly and forming a sauce. It is highly recommended you shred your own cheeses from a block.    Steps 1) In a large pot, bring together several quarts of water with a hefty amount of salt (1-2Tbsps) and place ov
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Thoughts for a New Leader

What follows is a list of thoughts crafted in an airport terminal in San Jose, California hours after completing my first attendance at the RSA Conference. This also happens to be the anniversary of my first year as a people leader in the security engineering space. (I had previously mentored and led soldiers in the US Army and in various other civilian industries including Optical Lens Manufacturing and Operational Incident Response.)    Know your role  Moving from an engineering role to a people managing role brings a whole number of new challenges. If you're company is like any of the previous ones I've worked at, the "New Manager" pipeline may be...less than stellar. Reach out to your HR teams and your boss/mentors for a list of things that you're going to need to do. Have you ever reviewed and approved PTO? Make sure you don't have your whole team off at once. Did they get their benefits selected during the enrollment period? What are th

RSA Day 3

(Posting this a day late as I was crazy exhausted yesterday after walking nearly ten miles! I literally laid down in the room at 22:30 and woke up at 04:30 still in my clothes, lights on, etc.... I think I was effectively conferenced out, and that was only Day 3!)    Great tracks today and some exciting notes. Plus I got to hit the Expo floor. Here's the talks I made it to:   Teaching Software Engineers to Threat Model: We Did It, and So Can You - Jamie Dicken, New Relic  Another Digital ID: Privacy-preserving Humanitarian Aid Distribution - Woulter Lueks, Faculty, CISPA Helmholtz, Center for Information Security Web Application Hacking 101 - Look Mom No Tools - Joseph M. (I'm not going to name him as I have poor thoughts to share below.) Lets break down the classes. Thought there was some great info today Teaching Software Engineers to Threat Model: We Did It, and So Can You Jamie did a great job of showing how a team of thoughtful and intentional engineers who are willing to

RSA Day 2

 Today was a great opportunity to see what RSA was all about. We walked over early to get badges and get checked in. The conference provided us with a decent swag pack, an RSA branded bag, water bottle (something I hadn't been able to find at any of the airports along the way), a notebook, a pen, a shirt, and for newbies, a "First Timer" pin.  We stepped to grab breakfast and then hit up the talk track, I had stupidly "favorited" all my talks instead of "reserving" them so I had some quick choices to make.  My line-up for the day ended up being:  - Crypto to Kim Jong Un: Laundering Loot from the World's Fastest Heist - Geoff White, Penguin Random House - Join the Mission to Strengthen the Industrial Ecosystem - Dawn Capelli, Dragos - Agents of Chaos: Hactivism Spreads Fear, Disinformation, and Propaganda - Alexander Leslie, Recorded Future - Common Good Cyber - A panel with an assorted cast including Craig Newmark, philanthropist and Craigslist fou

RSA Day 1

 Today was a travel day to RSA 2024. It started off simple enough, boarding at my municipal airport, then a puddle jumper to the nearest metro-airport, Atlanta.  Luckily, as if there wasn't enough anxiety around Boeing aircraft, our initial plan was inoperable and a secondary plane had to be found delaying our flight. Considering Boeing's in the business of killing whistleblowers this week, and they make roughly 90% in Delta's fleet (Atlanta is Delta's home turf) it didn't look like I was going to make it west on a non-Boeing flight.  (Inconsequentially, I spent the three weeks leading up to RSA obsessing over the Amtrak website trying to find a sub-$3k route to California sans air travel.) I landed in Atlanta's C concourse after the flight to SFO had already been boarding, so I took off at a full sprint towards Concourse A. The flight from Chattanooga had been full, so they'd already checked my carry-on's minus my laptop.  Not surprisingly, I got to Con

Moroccan White Beans with Pangrattato and Chevre

Moroccan White Beans with Pangrattato and Chevre   This rich and creamy bean dish can be thrown together in a pinch with pantry staples or prepared in advance for a truly show-stopping dish. Smoky, spicy, creamy, these beans are a big hit as a standalone meal. Or throw them next to your favorite Mediterranean dishes. Sop up the broth with crusty fried bread or your favorite lavash bread. Ingredients Pangrattato Don’t let this fancy word fool you. This is just herbed and toasted bread crumbs! 1.5C Panko Bread Crumbs (Sub for leftover and dried out sourdough, ciabatta, or baguette blitzed in a food processor.) 2T Butter 1 clove Garlic, sliced Italian Herb mix 2T Chopped Flat Leaf Parsley 1t Allepo Pepper Flake S&P Chevre A log of chevre (goat cheese) usually comes in a 4oz tube. This can be prepurchased compounded with herbs and spices, or you can make your own. 4oz Plain Chevre, softened 1 Shallott, minced 1 Lemon, zested Other complementary herbs and spices B

Email

300 Emails? It was 24 hours! I would have never thought as a front line manager of a small team that I could receive as much email as I do. It’s so overwhelming, I’ve taken to putting my Out of Office as “Due to the volume of email, I will be deleting all email received in my absence. Please hold important correspondence til my return on 3 January 2024”! So, how do we communicate to our peers and leaders if they’re also receiving this much email, or multitudes more? I propose a simple solution. A quick to remember and learn writing template for emails born of years of military correspondence, when seconds mattered, and enough time in the corporate world to know that it’s on me to communicate effectively. I originally adapted this from a business correspondence course, bolted on some pieces from the Army, and its served me well through out the years. I don’t quite get a 100% response rate, but it’s in the high 90’s. Take it, modify as it fits your needs and situations a