The history of General Tso’s Chicken

I just came across this story (http://goo.gl/EbqP) today, and given my name, and given that I fancy myself a bit of a foodie, who could resist?  (Not that I considered the deep-fried, dunked-in-sugar-syrup mess that passes for General Tso’s chicken in most fast...

Fast ext4 fsck times, revisited

Last night I managed to finish up a rather satisfying improvement to ext4’s inode and block allocators. The ext4’s original allocator was actually a bit more simple-minded than ext3’s, in that it didn’t implement the Orlov algorithm to spread...

Sous Vide, Revisited

In a previous post, I had recommended the 4130 NIST-Traceable Temperature Controller to control the temperature in a slow cooker. Unfortunately, that particular controller has a range that tops out at 60 degrees C / 140 degrees F, which is enough for cooking beef for...

Roast Beef done in the slow cooker, ala sous vide

I’ve been experimenting with this for a while, but last night’s attempt at cooking a roast sous vide was definitely a success. First, I took the roast and let it dry-age in the fridge for about 3 days, covered with a plastic microwave cooking cover that...

Cooking times may vary

A friend recently complained about how it took a full hour to cook (and clean, afterward) a fairly simple dinner consisting of spaghetti, sauce, and meatballs. So it caused me to pay attention to how much time it took to cook meals for myself this weekend. The results...

Weekend Menu

I’ve been too busy to write this until now, but I want to remember the menu… very yummy and yet Atkins-compatible…. Friday Breakfast Salmon Scrambled Eggs Sliced tomato Cottage cheese Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee, roasted to a Full City Roast Lunch...