Category: Cooking

  • Improve recipe heat directions.

    I think that recipes should replace phrases like medium high heat or simmer with temperatures. I interpret medium high heat to mean about 350-370 degrees Fahrenheit (175-190 C). Likewise, I call a simmer about 200 degrees (about 95 C). For measuring pan tempuratures, I use a point and shoot infrared thermometer like this model on […]

  • Recipes

    For several years I’ve kept a WordPress instance running in my basement for storing my recipes. I recently uploaded the data to I may move to a custom domain, but for now it is on a free WordPress sub-domain. Visit it at: When it was in the basement, I didn’t add pictures or […]

  • Flan

    3 tbsp Sugar 1 tbsp light corn syrup 1 tbsp Water 1.5-2 tbsp Hot Water 2 Eggs 250ml Milk 5 tbsp Sugar 130ml Pudding Molds (4.4 fl oz) Unsalted Butter Put syrup in bottom. Then custard on top. Cover with foil. Bring water in pan to just under boil. Put covered cups into pan. Water […]

  • Smoked Chuck

    2-4 pound chuck roast 1/4 c. rum 3/4 c. soy sauce 1 c. beef stock 2 T. Worstershire sauce 1/2 diced onion 2 gloves garlic Poke the meat a bit. I think doing so might help the marinade get in. Then stick the meat in a plastic bag, dump the other ingredients in, and close […]

  • A new thermometer

    I don’t know where I got the idea from, but I’ve long thought that knowing how hot a pan is would be tremendously handy. And of course, the obvious way to measure surface temperature is with an infrared thermometer. So, I went and got a Ryobi IR001 Non-contact Infrared Thermometer (with Laser) from Amazon (see […]

  • Crockpot Jambalaya

    Sorry, no picture this time since I was taking it to a church function.  I think that the seasoning could use some tweaking, maybe a bit less cayenne.  Also, the cooking time for me should have been closer to the smaller number listed, rather than the larger number.  The one time I did make it, […]

  • Braided Cinnamon Bread

    Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Follow a basic milk bread recipe (flour, sugar, salt, yeast, water, milk, shortening) through the first kneading and rising stage. Split dough into three equal portions Roll out each portion, into a roughly 4:3 shape. Cover with a mixture of sugar, butter, and cinnamon, then roll into a tube. Fan […]

  • Vanilla Extract

    I made vanilla extract.  Since I just followed the directions, here is the link.  I can’t try it for 4 weeks, and it won’t really be done for six months.  I hope it doesn’t come out weak.  I dropped a bit of the seeds on the floor and decided to trash what was on the […]

  • Pesto Tilapia on Tomato Risotto with Roast Asparagus

    I made enough for 4 this time because I wanted left overs to pack for lunch. The tilapia was 1/2 pound rubbed with pesto from a squeeze tube, then fried. I didn’t love the flavor, and if I were to try fish like this again, I’d pick a different white fish, possibly haddock. Otherwise I […]

  • Poached Egg on Risotto with Spinach and Bacon

    The goal was to have something more than frozen pizza, or reheated spaghetti and meatballs, using only stuff on hand.  Using up the spinache before it went bad was a nice benefit.  I bought a lot of vegatables at the beginning of the week and haven’t been using them as quickly as planned.  Now, I […]