Beef Tallow Candles Anyone?

I almost always buy my beef from the local butcher a side at a time.  That way I can get meat that is produced under known conditions (grass fed / grain finished, no additives), it’s less expensive and I have a good selection of cuts on hand at any one time. My freezer is almost…

Allergen free / Carb Free Birthday Cake

My ex-wife, her husband, our son and his family were coming out to Colorado to celebrate her birthday with a ski vacation.  This was to be a very special birthday since she grew up in the area and was always the local driving to the slope each morning and maybe having a new pair of…

Instant Pot

I had heard about the Instant Pot and periodically thought about getting one for a year or so without acting on it.  I have been using the sous vide method for cooking short ribs for the last couple of years with great success, but my sous vide recipe takes 48 hours and there are times…

Egglettes

I got surprised by these little devices one morning when I requested some donuts from the local grocery store.  These are little egg shaped containers made of silicone with plastic screw covers that can be used in boiling water.  They are part of the “As Made On TV” series of products are are proported to…

Peach Crisp

My first peach dish of the year was what I call a “standard Bisquick cobbler”.  The Bisquick batter appeared to be a little thin and I added a little extra peach to the mixture, so the cobbler turned out to be a little doughy.  The flavor was still good, but I didn’t get that nice…

Yin-Yang Flower Pots

I saw the files for these Yin-Yang pots on Thingverse while browsing a few weeks ago and ended up making a couple of sets along with some spare parts.  Who knew there could be so many options for Yin-Yan? My original idea was for simple succulent pots with black or white (as appropriate) media at…

Smoked Buffalo Wings – New Gadget

The other day while browsing my local appliance store, I saw a “smoking gun”.  Not because it had just been fired, but because it is used as a tool for finishing food with smoke essence.  The gadget was in the $100 range so I thought it must provide a heat source for smoking the wood…

Battery Organizers

I saw these battery organizers when I was searching Thingverse and had to share them.  I printed them on a Divinci Jr. printer from ABC Printing. Each battery holder requires printing from three files:  cover, holder and label.  I use 3D Fuse to assemble my PLA (Polylactic Acid) models.  I tried using super-glue, but the results…

Southwestern Chicken, Brown rice and Quinoa

Summer means all kinds of fairs and markets.  We went to the Boulder Creek Fair and came home with about a dozen free packs of Knorr  Southwestern Chicken, Brown rice, and Quinoa meal starter packs!  It was late in the day and they were passing them out by the hands full. As I’ve said previously,…

Memorial Day Hot Dogs

When I was a kid Memorial Day signaled the end of school and the beginning of summer.  We would often have our first “picnic trip” of the summer on Memorial Day or the Sunday before.  This included going to one of the many Oklahoma State Parks, building a fire and cooking our lunch. Sometimes, the…