My Cooking How-To and Recipe Page
Cooking is fun, easy and has great geek potential

I like to cook. People ask me why I bother. The people I know who don't cook seem to have an endless string of excuses and complaints for why they don't cook. They say cooking is too much trouble. It's too much work. They are too tired after a hard day of work to slave in the kitchen. They complain that they need a lot of fancy and expensive gadgets and cookware to make anything decent. And of course, so many people today simply don't know how to cook. They never learned how. They never picked it up from their mother or grandmother, or whoever was the main cook in their family when they were growing up. I work with a lot of people like that. They seem to subsist on nothing more than Ramen Noodles, Hot Pockets and microwave popcorn. Ugh! If I ever see them eating anything that looks good, it is invariably left-overs from a restaurant outing the night before. Never anything home-made and wholesome.

With this web page I want to show people that cooking doesn't have to be a lot of trouble, a lot of work, or take a lot of expensive equipment. And cooking isn't hard to learn either. In the internet age, recipes for any conceivable meal are just a mouse-click away. Making a great meal at home is just a matter of following a simple set of directions. I'll also share my philosophy on cooking, tips on how to make cooking fun and easy, how to outfit your kitchen without spending a lot of money, and share some of my own personal recipes. Also, cooking has great geek potential. It's endless fun for a science geek like me. Cooking involves, careful measurements, experimentation, heat-driven chemical reactions, and documenting your recipes and methodologies. What's not to like? Best of all, you get to eat what you make.

This page is a work in progress. I'll add more to it in the future as my limited time allows.

My quick and easy dill pickles recipe My quick and easy dill pickles recipe. They are so tasty and so easy to make that you may never buy pickles again.
Click here to see the recipe.

My grilling tips. My grilling tips and advice. A collection of tips for successful grilling.
Click here to see more.

My quick and easy sausage hash recipe My quick and easy sausage hash recipe. A tasty and inexpensive family meal, and a great way to clean out the refrigerator.
Click here to see the recipe. The people at Fast Recipes just published an interview they did with me a while back. Check it out.

My 2nd white bread recipe My second take on white bread. I've been tinkering with my white bread recipe, and have come up with a variation that makes better bread for sandwiches.
Click here to see the recipe.

My home-made chili recipe My Old Family Chili Recipe. A recipe for chili that we have been making in my family for a long, long time. It's great.
Click here to see the recipe.

My home-made sourdough bread My Sourdough Bread Recipe. Finally, I have succeeded in making sourdough bread using my own starter. It's good!
Click here to see the recipe.

My 2nd take on honey wheat bread My Second Honey Wheat Bread Recipe. This is my second take on trying to recreate the kind of bread I ate in my childhood. Getting closer.
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My quick and easy meatloaf recipe My quick and easy meatloaf recipe. A great and inexpensive family meal. Also a great comfort food from my childhood.
Click here to see the recipe.

Finding kitchen gadgets on the cheap Outfitting your kitchen on the cheap. I have a ton of kitchen gadgets, but I didn't spend anywhere near a ton of money on them. You don't have to spend a lot of money to have a well outfitted kitchen either. I'll show you how.
Click here to see how I did it.

A loaf of my home-cooked bread My recipe and how-to for a good, basic white bread. Not only a great recipe, but a general bread-baking tutorial. Far more detailed than my other bread recipe(s). A great place to start if you've never baked bread before.
Click here to see the recipe.

Slicing a loaf of my home-cooked Honey Wheat bread My recipe for yummy honey wheat bread. This is the result of my quest to recreate a type of bread I ate as a child, but can't get anymore.
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a stack of home-made Waffle House waffles My recipe Waffle House style waffles. I love Waffle House waffles. I always wanted to be able to make them at home. Now I can, and so can you.
Click here to see the recipe.

slicing my home-made cornbread Quick & Easy Skillet Cornbread. Every now and then I get a craving for cornbread. This recipe is really quick and easy and very tasty. Whip it up on the spur of the moment to have hot, delicious cornbread to accompany any meal.
Click here to see the recipe.

Popping perfect popcorn at home How to make perfect popcorn for a movie night at home.
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My Home-made soap recipe This is my recipe for home-made soap. OK, I know this is a strange entry on a cooking web site, but it is a recipe, and cooking is required. You just can't eat it. At least I don't recommend that you eat it. But it is great soap. So if you have any interest in making your own soap, check it out.
Click here to see the recipe.

More to come. Stay tuned.

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