Category: Me

  • 20 Years Ago Today

    Twenty years ago today I was a freshman at Cornell University. I’d only been to NYC once before, during my family’s college tour trip in spring of 2000. I was in class when the attacks happened. Eventually when I got to our creative writing class (or whatever it was called – Cornell made every freshman […]

  • Looking back at a Year of COVID-19

    It seems that it’s time to look back at a year of COVID-19. Scalzi did it. Ars Technica did it. I’m not usually a huge bandwagon jumper, but I thought, “why not?” This has been a huge, disruptive event. It might be therapeutic to write about it. It was 11 March (I believe) when the […]

  • New Dishes I Cooked in July 2020

    As food stocks started to normalize towards the middle of COVID summer, I started to take advantage and try out more new dishes. It also helped that we were FINALLY able to find yeast again! The Chicago-style pepperoni pan pizza was one of the first recipes I wrote down to make. However, I never seemed […]

  • How 2020 is making me feel

  • New Dishes I cooked in May 2020 and June 2020

    May was Cuban food month. I’d received a new cookbook of recipes from the Miami diaspora and back in Cuba. So I tried my hand at a few new recipes. Technically, I’d done the breaded steak (usually called Chicken Fried Steak in the USA) and pork shoulder Cuban style before, but this was the first […]

  • New Dishes I cooked in April 2020

    When it came to new dishes, April was all about bread. First, I made a no-knead bread with America’s Test Kitchen’s recipe. It came out OK. I actually tried it again the following day to try and get a darker crust. The funny thing is that this is one of the easiest breads to make […]

  • New Dishes I cooked in March 2020

    While I did a lot of cooking in March, I only made one new dish – Brown Sugar cookies. I’d had regular sugar cookies my entire life. I’m pretty sure this is the first time I had sugar cookies made with brown sugar instead. The brown sugar definitely took these cookies to a whole other […]

  • 2020 Cherry Blossom 10 mile Virtual Race

    2020 Cherry Blossom 10 mile Virtual Race

    Ever since fall 2019, I’ve been training for the Cherry Blossom 10 mile race, scheduled for 5 April 2020. Unfortunately, like everything else involving more than one person, it’s been scuttled by COVID-19. After all that training, it was disappointing. (I will take a moment to acknowledge that it’s objectively ridiculous to be disappointed by […]

  • New Dishes I cooked in Feb 2020

    Very low number of new dishes. Mostly because I was obsessed with programming and Gwent. Both recipes were from America’s Test Kitchen. The pizza recipe was a challenge to be able to make a pizza that would be ready in an hour and not suffer too much from not having the pizza ferment for a […]

  • 2019 in Cooking

    2019 in Cooking

    Without a doubt, the biggest story to tell about my cooking in 2019 is learning how to make, and no longer be intimidated by, breads. I made 15 different new breads and biscuits this year, including new family favorites like the Amish Friendship Bread and Brown Butter-Cardemom Banana bread. Also, there were the harder breads […]

  • New Dishes I cooked Dec 2019

    New Dishes I cooked Dec 2019

    December had a relatively low number of new dishes. I made a pasta bolognese from a new cookbook that I found rich and delicious. I had an OK attempt at flat bread. I needed to roll out the bread a bit thinner because it didn’t really fulfill the “flat” part of flat bread. The Spanish […]

  • Annapolis Running Classic – my first 10k Race

    Annapolis Running Classic – my first 10k Race

    As I’ve mentioned a few times, my first running race was the 5k at the 2019 Red Hat Summit. I caught the bug and started thinking about running longer races. Since a lot of races use official USATF-certified times to qualify or to get a corral placement, I wanted to find a race that was […]

  • Learning how to make 2D Games in Unity

    I’ve been playing video games since I was somewhere around 5 or 6 years old and got a Nintendo Entertainment System for my birthday from one of my aunts. I also inherited a Tandy computer from my dad when I was younger. We had a bunch of edutainment games – like this Sesame Street game […]

  • New Dishes I cooked in August 2019

    New Dishes I cooked in August 2019

    Lots of Mexican food and a some other neat, ambitious dishes in August. The by this point the chicken chilaquiles were one of the oldest chicken dishes on my To-Make list. I just never happened to have the ingredients around and I wasn’t sure if it was going to be a hit or a flop. […]

  • New Dishes I cooked in July 2019

    New Dishes I cooked in July 2019

    I finally made bacon from scratch for the first time, so that deserves its own gallery: One of the things that had been stopping me was the fact that Costco only sold pork bellies already sliced for Korean dishes. Then, the weekend I was going to ask them if I could buy a full pork […]