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German Potato Salad

Since it doesn’t go in the oven, I don’t think it counts as a Learning 2 Bake post. My grandmother used to make it so it seemed an obvious choice for an Octoberfest potluck. My mom’s recipe is in the family cookbook and I found one that sounded good on the Internet, so I combinedContinue reading “German Potato Salad”

Pumpkin Fest

Rapid City has one. Who knew? We were mostly interested in the Pumpkin Chucking – accomplished via trebuchet. There were six contending teams. Four from the School of Mines, one from Spearfish High School, and one from a Middle School. The biggest surprise: The high school (blue one) and middle school (bare lumber one toContinue reading “Pumpkin Fest”


Last night, we ate upstairs for the first time because the grill ran out of gas and we decided to broil the steak in the little new oven, which worked great – and I baked bread in it, today, which worked OK. Not the point of this post. There was no cutlery upstairs. I decidedContinue reading “Leftovers”

Building a Desk

I want a large desk that fits the room. So, I decided to build one. This has been an interesting process. Drafting has not been involved. I think I may have lost my T-square in the move; I don’t remember packing it. I decided on “corner” so that I can stick my feet out underneathContinue reading “Building a Desk”


The original plan for the kitchen windows was to have the countertop be the sills and the cabinet bottoms be the on-top sill (transom? lintel? whatever). Due to the way the cabinet tops and sizes came together, the plan for the top didn’t work (or would have looked very strange). So, there’s a gap. It’sContinue reading “Serendipity”

Learning 2 Bake from Scratch – XXXIII

Macarons Attempt the second (see attempt the first) turned out much better. Following the established format, first the recipe: 2 egg whites1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar3/4 cup (70g) almond flour3/4 cup (90g) powdered sugar1/4 cup (30g) cocoa powdersaltcream and chocolate for the ganache (very small quantities) Beat the egg whites until fluffy, then beat inContinue reading “Learning 2 Bake from Scratch – XXXIII”


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