Quick Camping Beef Stew

An umami-rich beef stew, ready in about 30 minutes. 3 russet potatoes, diced 4 large carrots, sliced 1/2 large yellow onion, diced 1 C portobello mushroom, diced 1 1/4 lb ground beef 85% lean 2 C chicken stock 1/4 C soy sauce 1/3 C tomato paste 2 tsp anchovy paste

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Spaghetti with Veal and Bacon

For the last year I’ve been subjecting my family to spaghetti sauce experiments just about every weekend. It’s been an interesting challenge striking a balance between something that is rich enough to be paired with a robust wine, simple enough that my kids will eat it, and quick enough to

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Restoring nVidia 3D Vision on Windows 10

nVidia ended support for the 3D Vision system on April 11, 2019. I didn’t learn this until I updated to a newer driver today, which then sent me on a long journey trying to figure out how to install a driver newer than I had before but old enough to

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Oatmeal banana pancakes

Out of flour? Want gluten-free pancakes? Want to change things up? A few simple modifications to a banana bread recipe will get you wheat-free pancakes. In a blender, combine: 3 eggs 1/2 cup water 2 bananas 3 tsp baking powder 1 tsp baking soda 114g melted butter OR 100g olive

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Bread machine baguette

Baguettes are a wonderful thing, but making a proper baguette requires multiple touch-points over an extended length of time. It’s not difficult by any means, just time intensive. Since I own a bread machine I thought there must be a way to automate the dough. However the Internet does not

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Three things I’ve come to believe about post modern C++

In no particular order: Template metaprogramming is still evil, and C++11/14 hasn’t fixed anything about it. People argue metaprogramming enables “clean, elegant code,” as if a home built on a garbage dump won’t smell like garbage. If anyone else needs to repair or extend the foundation of your home they’ll

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The simplest BBQ brisket recipe on the Internet

I recently got a new BBQ smoker, after a 10+ year hiatus from BBQ. Temperature controlled, pellet fed. I had to try a brisket first. But since I was rusty at smoking meats, I read a few articles online about making the “ultimate brisket” and was a little surprised by

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Ultimate omelet

MASTERS OF BREAKFAST: Episode 1 The trick to the perfect omelet is to borrow a technique from frittatas: broil the omelet under high heat before you flip it. Broiling causes the egg to rapidly expand, yielding a fluffier, moister omelet. And it has the added benefit of decreasing the overall

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Creating lesson files for Yamaha YPG-235

I recently picked up a YPG-235 off Craigslist. One of the reasons I sought it out was for the “lesson mode” (or “Yamaha Education Suite”) where it helps you learn songs by displaying the notes and pausing the song for you until you hit the notes. You can do the same with a

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