Boef Bourguinon (Beef Burgundy)

Boef Bourguinon – what a fantastic meal this was!  It takes some patience, but I will MOST DEFINITELY be cooking this again, and probably soon.  Something that doesn’t happen often happened Sunday night – there were no leftovers.  I was uncomfortably but definitely not regrettably full.

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I cooked the main dish in a cast iron dutch oven on the stove (and in the oven for part of it) and used a regular frying pan and saucepan to prepare mushrooms and onions.

Ingredients

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Forum is up.

Got phpBB installed, so now there’s a forum.  It’s been up for 2-3 days and I’m already having to increase measures to limit spam.  It will never cease to amaze me how quickly and how persistently spammers hit a board on a tiny website with no registered users (except myself, currently.)  I’ve already had to prune about 30 users!phpbb

I installed the recaptcha plugin, and enabled email registration confirmations, so we will see how much that helps the spamming.  Feel free to sign up, and let me know of any issues you might come across.  The link is on the upper left portion of the page (via the menu if you’re browsing the mobile version.)  If you like it, feel free to click the image above to give them some love.

The SSL Nightmare is Over!

SSL is fixed.  Check this out:
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Came home from work today, took a nap, woke up late and decided I was ready to finish beating my head against a wall for this.  It took me a good hour or so to get a working virtual host using the certificates I bought in December.  Finally got that working, then changed the virtual host to match the same root directory as the site is under.  Then I ran into some real problems…problems logging on, getting kicked out of the WordPress admin panel, etc.  Turns out it was caused by three things:
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turngren.net has a much more robust home now.

I finally decided to break the bank at $10/month to get a Linode with 1GiB of RAM and a Xeon core.  Now I don’t have to hide behind obscurity.  Installed a LAMP stack, got ssh working with rsa keys…now I just have to work on installing an SSL certificate and I’m good to go!

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I don’t know if my current SSL cert is tied to just the domain name or the server itself…I guess we will have to find out.  I really don’t want to pay for a new cert, it wasn’t spectacularly cheap.  But, for now this will work.  I have my site up on a remote host, it isn’t violating the terms of my ISP, and it can handle a ton more traffic. More to follow later…

UPDATE AS OF 6/21/16:

Linode continues to impress.  I have had practically zero downtime as the result of maintenance on their part.  I have broken a few things myself…but that’s on me.  I added daily backup snapshots for another $2.50 per month.  If you don’t mind taking the time to install a LAMP stack or something similar, I can’t recommend Linode enough.  It is also easy to access your virtual machine remotely.  Even without SSH – just through the Linode login portal.