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Masa harina crust pizza

Pizza with Masa Harina Crust

Masa harina crust pizza

Masa harina is a form of cornmeal which has been nixtamilized.

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An Overview of Laser Cut Lamp Making

Lasers Part 3: Lamp Styles

An Overview of Laser Cut Lamp Making

Recently I found myself referring to various styles of lamps I have made this past year, which made me realize that if you line them all up there's rather a lot of different sorts and I figured it might be useful to list them all out so I can refer…

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Continuing education in laser cutting

My first thought when I started engraving things on the Glowforge was "I'll make some coasters!" It seemed like the most straightforward thing in the world: simple flat disks of wood with images engraved on them.

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Glowforge laser cutter

Lasers

Glowforge laser cutter

December 1, 2017 was my last cooking post; December 2, 2017 we got a Glowforge laser cutter.

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Gluten Free Sachertorte

Sachertorte

Gluten Free Sachertorte

Maybe you need a fancy cake for a party but the only gluten-free bakery near you requires a month advance notice and maybe a second mortgage. Or maybe you just tried a new chocolate cake recipe or mix and the result was underwhelming but you'd like…

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Pupusas made from masa harina

Traditional Pupusas

Pupusas made from masa harina

Pupusas are the filled corn-dough deliciousness that originated in El Salvador. It is also an introduction to the magic of the nixtamalized ground corn known as masa harina (literally "dough flour").

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Spaghetti squash in the Instant Pot with gf mushroom cream sauce

Delicious, naturally gluten free and even low carb.

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Sugar skull chocolate mini cakes

Sugar Skull Cakes

Sugar skull chocolate mini cakes

These cakes are easy and fun. I used a King Arthur Flour mix and more importantly a technique I picked up from their excellent bakers to give the cakes a delicate texture. The white icing is a very basic glaze recipe and I painted the cakes with pure…

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Almond Amaretto Cheesecake with Pecan Crust & Fresh Peach Topping

Delicious late summer flavors of nuts and fruit together in one cheesecake.

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Tomato soup from scratch

Tomato Soup

Tomato soup from scratch

Fresh homemade tomato soup pairs perfectly with brioche paninis and is wonderful to make with fresh summer tomatoes or on a gloomy winter day.

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Grilled cheese sandwiches

Brioche Panini

Grilled cheese sandwiches

I love my panini press because cheese is great melted and because "panini" conjures up visions of classy cafes, while "grilled cheese" conjures images of trying to persuade a finicky 4 year old to eat something. Frying sandwiches in a skillet is…

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Delicious brioche made gluten free

Gluten Free Bread Machine Brioche

Delicious brioche made gluten free

Good gluten free bread is hard not just because of the challenge of making the bread rise (and not collapse) without gluten but also because none of the gluten free flours has a flavor as pleasant as that of wheat, especially when toasted. Making a…

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A grown up take on a campfire classic

S'mores Parfait

A grown up take on a campfire classic

When I told my sister I was happy that it was almost pumpkin spice season (autumn is my favorite time of year) she told me I was out of touch because the hot new flavor is s'mores everything. While I say that s'mores is properly a summer flavor…

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