I usually consider baked potatoes a winter food, especially when you start adding toppings, but what happens when it’s starting to get warm out and you want a touch of summer on your baked potatoes? Just fill them with some guacamole of course.
In the last few months I expanded my home lab with a new server (and a new router but that’ll be in another post). I purchased a used enterprise server and started migrating my already hosted services over to it (for example this website) and adding services and experimenting with things to learn and grow and have fun.
If you want to make amazing tomato sauce with deep complex flavors and will be home all day and can stir it every couple hours, this is the recipe for you. It’s another recipe from Kenji and seriouseats and it really out shines most other tomato sauces I’ve had, and really blows the jarred sauces out of the water.
One of the best bang for your buck upgrades you can make for your computer is a solid state drive (SSD). Of course it depends on what your computer already has, and how you use it, but for me - when I often restart because I dual boot windows and linux and I was still working off an old platter disk, it made absolute sense. So this post is about my new SSD and how it compares to my old drives.
The Fog project is an image server I setup to help out when deploying new (well in my case old computers). I started volunteering to refurbish donated old computers for people who otherwise can’t afford one. The steps of refurbing each computer include installing windows 10 and a few programs, which while not all that difficult can be time consuming. An image server can really cut down on install time.
I have added Cloudflare as a CDN for this website and cleaned up a bit of extra files behind the scenes - again another tech heavy post with details you can ignore but should make the website load faster.
Some website updates: I have switched from using wordpress to using Jekyll. This will be full of tech details so you can ignore it if that doesn’t interest you. Long story short: the web pages should load faster and the images should scale better.
We’ve had some cold days recently, and soups are great when it’s cold. They are better warm, and for leftovers that can be a hassle without a microwave, but paired with some fresh bread, they still hit the spot. I also made my own vegetable stock, which will keep in the freezer all winter for when I need it.
Homemade bread is very simple and very delicious. I used to make it much more often, but found I ended up eating all of it within a day or two. When it’s fresh and still warm from the oven – hard to resist eating like 3 sandwiches right then. And of course your next few meals will also be sandwiches, or toast, or both, until you run out of bread. I have found if you freeze it pretty much right away, it can last a little longer.