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Monthly Archives: April 2012

Mexican-style mocha – the Mexicano

30-Apr-12

This recipe builds on the cardamom coffee recipe I wrote about, not only instructions but also in how I came to discover the drink in the first place. As with much of my cooking, I go with inspiration based on experience and love of ingredients and preparation styles. I invent many dishes this way, but […]

Elderflower lemonade (cocktail)

27-Apr-12

My wife is a big fan of a St. Germaine and champagne cocktail. Recipes vary, ours is (dry) champagne, St. Germaine’s elderflower liquer, lemon (I’ve seen some use limoncello, but ick, give me real lemon anytime), and a lemon twist. Our local favorite cocktail houses serve it in a flute or wide (martini) cocktail glass. […]

Cardamom coffee

24-Apr-12

(If you like this recipe, try out the next evolution, the Mexicano, a Mexican-style mocha.) When I first read about the idea of putting cardamom in coffee, I was intrigued. I’ve always appreciated the effects of fresh, green cardamom pods in cooking, and the idea of an old Arabic tradition for welcoming a guest with […]

Coffee brewing

24-Apr-12

Look, there are a million ways to brew a cup of coffee. (If not a literal million, it often feels like it.) This tip is for when you are doing any kind of brewing where you manually add hot water to the grinds, such as for pouring through a paper filter. It gives the grounds […]

Homemade barbecue sauce

11-Apr-12

  I asked my wife if she wanted a classic red tomato sweet-tangy sauce for barbecue, and of course the answer was yes. Sure, a Hoisin sauce-style would go well, too, but some things just scream “BBQ SAUCE!” Rather than having a secret family recipe, I prefer to create one from scratch each time and […]

Linuxchefs.org planet using OpenShift

02-Apr-12

After Jason Brooks made an OpenShift quickstart for Venus, the blog feed aggregator known as a planet, I knew it was time to finally get linuxchefs.org off the ground. I registered this domain years ago as a community project identity for getting free expo passes to LinuxWorld. It was just an idea for a domain […]