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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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Alabama White BBQ Sauce

Posted by on January 14, 2015 in Cooking, Grilling & BBQ, Opinion, Recipes | 0 Comments

Alabama White BBQ Sauce

One of the annoying things about cooking news and entertainment is the tendency for self-styled trend setters to equate food with fashion. Over time, good foods fall out of fashion even though they still taste great, and other foods come into fashion even though they’re not so good. It’s all about newness. And nothing is more fashionable than find a great new thing that’s actually really old. Whether it’s Oaxacan mole or Tuscan meatballs, it’s annoying to see a...

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Asian-Inspired Chicken Soup

Posted by on January 13, 2015 in Cooking, Recipes | 0 Comments

Asian-Inspired Chicken Soup

I’ve been trying to master the art of rotisserie roasting on my grill. In a post about homemade lemon-pepper chicken, I wrote: Rotisserie roasting chicken is actually a relatively low-fat preparation. While healthiness is a great side benefit, the best thing about cooking whole chickens is the leftovers. And my favorite way to use leftover rotisserie chicken is to make soup. There’s something very nurturing in thick, meaty stews—especially in winter—but I also like the...

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Lemon-Pepper Rotisserie Chicken

Posted by on January 12, 2015 in Cooking, Recipes | 0 Comments

Lemon-Pepper Rotisserie Chicken

I’ve always thought that cooking whole chickens and turkeys is one of the most economical ways to procure and prepare meat. These days, you can buy a whole chicken for less than the price of a standard pack of three breasts. So not only do you get more meat for the money, but you get the means to make a nice stock with the bones. My in-laws recently gave me a rotisserie attachment for my propane grill, so I’ve been roasting up a storm. My favorite dish to make is lemon-pepper ...

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Mounted Bottle Openers With Magnetic Cap Catchers

Posted by on December 27, 2014 in Christmas, Crafts, Woodworking | 0 Comments

Mounted Bottle Openers With Magnetic Cap Catchers

As I’ve mentioned many times, my family makes presents for Christmas. Unless the wife and I are making consumables, we usually split up the assignments and make gender-specific gifts. Everyone’s married, so it all goes to the same house anyway. This year, the wife made chevron infinity scarves for the girls and I made bottle openers for the guys. I didn’t invent this; I saw this idea somewhere on the internet years ago and thought it was a cool idea. This is an easy project...

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Crispy, Baked Buffalo Wings

Posted by on November 24, 2014 in Cooking, Grilling & BBQ, Recipes | 0 Comments

Crispy, Baked Buffalo Wings

I love buffalo wings, but I hate deep frying at home. It’s a huge pain in the ass to maintain the temperature of the oil, drain the fried food, and then strain and re-bottle the excess oil. It takes up a ton of counter space and generally results in a lot of dirty dishes. That’s why I rarely deep fry anything anymore. I stumbled upon an oven-fried wings recipe at Serious Eats and have been experimenting with it for a while. Almost complete, even if Payton Manning's passes...

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