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More Homemade Pizzas

Posted by on July 27, 2015 in Cooking, Recipes | 0 Comments

More Homemade Pizzas

The wife and I have this pizza making exercise down. It used to be a big production with lots of dirty dishes, but now it’s a very casual affair. We typically make three pizzas. It’s takes a decent amount of charcoal to get the oven going, so it makes sense to make the most of it. Although we can make the oven hotter or cooler for different styles of pizza, we’ve pretty much settled on a hybrid New York/Neapolitan dough with a NY-style sauce and a whole milk, low-moisture...

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Frijoles De La Olla

Posted by on July 25, 2015 in Cooking, Recipes | 0 Comments

Frijoles De La Olla

I’ve never been a bean snob. I think canned beans are incredibly convenient and consistently good. For most recipes that use beans, good is good enough. But when beans need to stand on their own, you really can’t beat dried beans on quality, and especially not on price. There’s a Mexican restaurant chain in my region that serves great frijoles de la olla. It’s such a welcome break from the [sub]standard refried beans and rice sides that are so prevalent at strip mall...

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Kung Pao Chicken

Posted by on July 9, 2015 in Cooking, Recipes | 0 Comments

Kung Pao Chicken

I’ve been cooking a lot of American-style Chinese food at home lately. One of my favorite dishes to order out is Kung Pao chicken. This dish actually originates from the Sichuan province and is prepared pretty close in the US to the way it’s prepared in China. In Chinese cooking, dishes are typically very heavy on either meats or vegetables, not both like you find here. This dish is almost all chicken, but here in the US we add some bell peppers for sweetness. My recipe is a little...

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Beef & Broccoli

Posted by on June 3, 2015 in Cooking, Recipes | 0 Comments

Beef & Broccoli

I’ve been on a quest lately to reproduce Chinese take-out at home. Stir-frys and noodle dishes provide a great way to take advantage of the fresh produce in my garden and at the farmers market. I recently bought a wok and am working on my skill with fast, high heat cooking. My new preoccupation—getting a home wok to restaurant temps. I need to make some sort of fluted charcoal chimney. pic.twitter.com/wObV0F4eK0 — Chad Chandler (@chad_chandler) June 2, 2015 The ingredients and...

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Fuse Method BBQ Cooking

Posted by on May 28, 2015 in Cooking, Grilling & BBQ, Recipes | 0 Comments

Fuse Method BBQ Cooking

For years, I smoked on a cheap, portable, charcoal grill that was a hand-me-down from my father-in-law. When I moved to my new house in 2014, I treated myself to new Weber propane and charcoal grills. Even still, clung to my old method of building a simple two-zone fire in the kettle. The standard two-zone set-up technically worked, but it required constant temperature checks, rotating of the meat, and the addition of fuel throughout the cook. It simply wasn’t very stable or...

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Thai-Style Stir Fry Sauce

Posted by on May 14, 2015 in Cooking, Recipes | 0 Comments

Thai-Style Stir Fry Sauce

I know the title of this post doesn’t make a lot of sense. Stir-fry is stereotypically Chinese and adding Thai ingredients doesn’t change that. But foreign cultures group disparate foods together that they consider “American” (check out the Crown Crust Burger from Pizza Hut Middle East), so I’m going to do the same with pan-Asian foods. I’ve been cooking a lot of Asian-inspired meals lately. My Asian market is now on my Saturday morning shopping circuit. It...

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Homemade Bleach Art T-Shirts

Posted by on April 30, 2015 in Art, Crafts | 0 Comments

Homemade Bleach Art T-Shirts

For Valentine’s Day this year, I surprised the wife with a few bleach art T-shirts. She wanted me to show her how to make them so she can demonstrate it at a meeting of her Sewing And Craft Club. I’m a big Bob Dylan fan, so I decided to make a Bob Dylan T-shirt. Actually, I decided to make two shirts so that I could demonstrate the two methods of single-stage bleach art. Bleach art is exactly what it sounds like—using bleach to make two-tone images on cheap T-shirts. It’s a...

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Three Easter Pizzas

Posted by on April 6, 2015 in Cooking, Grilling & BBQ, Recipes | 0 Comments

Three Easter Pizzas

The wife and I are getting really good at pizza making. We’ve pretty much nailed NY-style pizza, so now we’re trying to perfect Neapolitan-style pizza. I can make either variety in my homemade pizza oven based on how much charcoal I use and whether or not I burn wood. We had a low-key Easter this year, so we decided to make a few pizzas instead of the standard holiday fare. We usually make very simple Neapolitan pizzas, but we decided to get creative with flavor combinations this...

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Homemade Vanity Mirror

Posted by on February 22, 2015 in Woodworking | 0 Comments

Homemade Vanity Mirror

The wife has a desk in our bedroom that she wants to use to organize all of her make-up. She asked if I would build a vanity mirror so that it’s the exact size she needs. I promised to make it for Valentine’s Day 2014, then it became an anniversary present, then birthday, then Christmas. I finally made it for Valentine’s Day 2015. You can call me Mr. Followthrough. My main problem was sourcing cherry wood. Every lumber yard I contacted focused primarily on construction...

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Homemade Mongolian Beef

Posted by on January 19, 2015 in Cooking, Recipes | 0 Comments

Homemade Mongolian Beef

I cook a lot. I generally enjoy it. Still, some things have always seemed easier to buy than to make at home. Over the past few years, I’ve been chipping away at that notion. I’ve experimented with sausage-making, charcuterie, barbecue, cheesemongering, homemade pasta, homemade pizza, and a myriad of foreign foods. The elusive category that still seemed like too much work was Asian food. Saying “Asian” is kind of a cop-out when you realize how many styles of food...

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