1. Making files by the batch

    I had a list of names and I wanted to create an empty file with each of those names.

    First I saved my list of names to a file with the .md extension since they were all going to be markdown files.


    hillary.md …
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  2. Not Hamburger Helper

    I grew up on food like Hamburger Helper (yes, that boxed mix that you mix with ground beef and water). I think that this recipe from Simply Recipes was inspired by the same thing. I've adapted this recipe here.

    Serves 4.

    • 3/4 lb. ground beef
    • 1 medium onion, diced …
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  3. Stashing revisions in Git

    Tue 22 November 2016 | tags: git |

    Sometimes I'll be working on a project, having moved along a few steps from my last commit, only to remember there was something else I wnated to do before the point I'm at now. Since the point I'm at now isn't really ready for a commit, I don't want to …

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  4. Django Databases and Date Ranges

    I'm continuing to work on my project analyzing data about Philadelphia City Council - elections, demographics, terms of service, etc., even as heartbroken and terrified I am about the recent Presidential election. A very crude version of this project is here. A big thing that this never did was to look …

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  5. Jupyter Notebook and the Django shell

    I've been working on a project analyzing data about Philadelphia City Council - elections, demographics, terms of service, etc. A very crude version of this project is here. I want to make this more robust, and a big part of doing so includes playing with code. One of my favorite ways …

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  6. Grilled ahi steaks with cilantro pesto

    Another old printout of an old recipe my husband wanted to keep. This one is from Mark Bittman.

    • 1 cup loosely packed cilantro leaves
    • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
    • 2 tsp kosher salt
    • 1/2 cup olive oil
    • Juice of 1/2 lime
    • Ground black pepper to taste
    • 1 tuna steak …
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  7. One skillet chicken and stuffing

    Sat 10 September 2016 | tags: chicken |

    This recipe is adapted from Cooks Country.


    • One whole chicken (~4 pounds)
    • 6 tb butter
    • 2 tb minced fresh sage
    • 2 tb minced fresh thyme
    • Salt and pepper
    • 2 medium onions, chopped
    • 3 ribs celery, chopped
    • 5-6 cups cheap Italian bread, cut in 1/2 inch cubes
    • 1/3 …
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  8. Moqueca

    Most recipes for moqueca I've seen are heavier, with a coconut milk base. This one is lighter and makes a nice summer dish because you don't have to stand in front of a hot stove.

    Serves 3-4


    • 2 medium onions, chopped
    • 6 cloves garlic, minced
    • 3 tablespoons olive oil …
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  9. Green bean and pork curry

    This is based on a recipe from a pan Asian cookbook by Madhur Jaffrey. It's a Thai recipe she calls "Moo pad prik sai tua fak yao." I always like to look up variations of recipes but googling that phrase returns only Jaffrey's recipe. There must be another translated phrase …

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  10. Spicy Shrimp Stir Fry

    This is a shrimp stir fry based on a recipe from a Cooks Illustrated cookbook. It uses a lot of the same ingredients in my Kung Pao style stir fry recipe but the sauce is quite different. For the bean paste, I usually use whatever bean paste I have on …

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