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Apple Gingerbread Cake

One of my baking projects over the last holiday was an apple gingerbread cake. The idea appealed to me: apples sautéed in butter, molasses, served with heavy cream. How could I go wrong? Famous last words, as it turned out. To be sure, the result was delicious, but it was nowhere near as pretty as […]

Custom range duct, five years later

You may remember from five years ago when we got a new GE Profile cooktop that I had to fabricate a custom duct for the exhaust in order to make use of the existing ducting. Heck, whom am I kidding? Even I don’t remember that, why am I asking you?! It’s kinda cool looking back […]

Weird baked pasta trick! :)

I used to use a metal measuring cup turned upside down on top of a lasagna to “tent” the aluminum foil cover so it won’t stick to the melty mozarella. However, I don’t like the way the cup leaves a ring in the cheese top of the finished lasagna. Also, when I remove the cup, […]

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McCall’s 5619, rebooted!

Once upon a time, I made McCall’s 5619 from green and white floral cotton. I think the fabric may have been a home decor fabric. It does resemble a curtain! I look rather like Scarlet O’Hara in that dress . At best, the dress looks a little “school marm”-ish. My S.O. thinks I look like […]

Rice flour in Vietnamese baguettes?

On a lark, I went and Google’d “Vietnamese baguette recipes”. All of the links on the first page of search results either have no mention of rice flour or explicitly advise against using it. The reasons range from “it doesn’t work” to “it weighs the dough down” to “rice flour has no gluten”. In my […]

Valentine’s Day Flowers

Our Valentine’s Day flowers this year consist of one stem of lilies, two roses, one bunch of carnations, two stems of Bells of Ireland, and one bunch of some fluffy green “filler” whose name I can’t remember. Total cost was US$14.50. I made chocolate-covered dried apricots and chocolate-covered dried strawberries. (Fresh strawberries are lackluster this […]

Beef, It’s What’s For Dinner

We had bò lúc lắc (a.k.a. “shaking beef“) tonight for dinner. My recipe for it to follow soon…

Installing tile floor

I installed ceramic tiles in our master bathroom when we remodeled our master bedroom and bathroom. You can find plenty of how-tos and advices on the ‘Net on laying ceramic tiles on a concrete subfloor, so I won’t go into any of that here. I would just mention what I did to reduce the amount […]