Chicken Stock

Four sealed mason jars containing finished chicken stock.

Chicken stock is one of those elements that are nice to have on hand. I use it for sauces, gravies, rice, and as a more flavorful substitution for water. However, I frequently do not use an entire container of store-bought stock at one time, so can end up wasting it if I do not use …

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Thai Basil Chicken

This recipe is quick and flavorful. It also comes together quickly, so make sure to prep everything in advance. If you are serving with rice and/or a fried egg be sure to prepare those first. I will usually start the rice then prep the ingredients, and then fry the egg in the pan I will …

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Long Island Iced Tea

A Long Island iced tea in a tall glass surrounded by the items used to make it.

Contrary to the name of this drink, it contains absolutely no tea. It is instead a mixture of a number of different types of alcohol. The “tea” name comes from the lemon juice giving a strong citrus flavor and the dark cola giving it a color similar to tea. This is a crisp drink I …

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French Press Coffee

A french press coffee maker.

Outside of espresso-based coffee drinks, my favorite way of preparing coffee is with the French Press. It is less convenient when making coffee for a gathering as it has to be made in multiple batches, but for daily use, once you find your preferred coffee to water ratio, it comes together fairly quickly. This recipe …

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A margarita in a martini glass surrounded by the items used to make it.

When I am looking for a crisp, refreshing, citrus drink on a hot day, the margarita is one of my first choices. I do not like the salted rims or the larger margarita glasses, and prefer a version with just the basic ingredients. Timings Prep: 2 minutesMixing: 1 minuteTotal: 3 minutes Ingredients Steps

Old Fashioned

An old fashioned in a small glass surrounded by the things used to make it.

While I usually like my whiskey neat with a splash of water, there are times that I prefer a cold, “desert” whiskey. In those cases I turn to the Old Fashioned as it is a refreshing end to dinner. Many times I will skip the simple syrup. I do not have a mold to make …

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Gin Martini

A gin martini in a martini glass surrounded by the items used to make it.

I like a plain gin-based martini, usually with a little added olive brine, and stirred–not shaken. I really wanted to like the vodka “shaken, not stirred” martini so I could do a (bad) James Bond impression when ordering it. Although bartenders may get that all the time and not really find it funny. Timings Prep: …

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Integrating Amazon Echo With Multiple Logitech Hubs Using openHAB

I have multiple Logitech Harmony Hubs (which I will call “Hubs” with an uppercase “H”), devices in my house that act as remote control transceivers. In other words, the Hubs can receive commands from a select set of Logitech-branded physical remote control devices such as the Logitech Harmony 950 and then issue commands to other …

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