Cheater chashu ramen

I’ve been on a quest this last year to find a home ramen recipe that’s easy, fast, and tastes somewhat authentic. So far my conclusion is such a thing doesn’t exist! Really good chashu takes 12+ hours (and requires a cut of pork belly–not always easy to find) and a

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Mailing lists considered harmful

I often catch myself telling people how much I hate mailing lists. It’s usually around the point in the conversation when I realize they’re giving me the “you’re a crazy person” look. Before you give me the same look, hear me out! How often have you said or heard: Who’s on

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Accessing the OBDLink SX USB Scantool on MacOS X

The OBDLink SX is an inexpensive USB OBDII scantool marketed by ScanTool.net. It’s sold as a Windows-only scantool and comes packaged with some very simple OBDII software. Not much exists on MacOS X for CAN monitoring, but I was still curious if I could access my car through my Mac.

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Crazy-simple Pot Roast

Lynne did a show recently where she mentioned off-hand that if you use your dutch oven on a cooktop instead of your oven you’ll get similar results and save a lot of energy. We’ve always done roasts in the oven and we had a roast in the fridge so I

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Matsutake Bisque

Fall is matsutake season in the Pacific Northwest. We went mushroom hunting last weekend and came back with a few pounds–they’re easy to find if you know where to look. 1 lb fresh matsutake mushrooms, sliced thin 1 medium yellow onion 4 cups beef stock 4 tbsp butter 3 tbsp

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Quick “Tonkotsu” Ramen

Inspired by this article at The Food Lab on making tonkotsu ramen at home, but not inspired by the crazy prep time (12+ hours), I thought I would attempt speeding the process up with a pressure cooker, substituting a little chicken broth and skipping the chashu pork. It turned out

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Restoring a MacBook Pro with an encrypted hard drive

Hard drive encrypted using FileVault? Lost your password?  You can’t get your data back, but you can make the MacBook usable again: Start the MacBook in Target Disk Mode by holding down ‘t’ Connect the MacBook to another computer using a Thunderbolt Cable. You will be prompted for the drive’s

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On the Art of Debugging Software

Excerpt from Mager, Troubleshooting the Troubleshooting Course, 1982: A 1979 study by Cutler (Problem Solving in Clinical Medicine) made an observation about the importance of probability information by offering three maxims for diagnosticians: Common diseases occur commonly. Uncommon manifestations of common diseases are more common that common manifestations of uncommon

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