Homemade General Tso’s Chicken

So I decided I would give this General Tso’s recipe a try.  Took a little while to make, but was easier to cook than I was expecting.


2 Chicken Breasts
3 Tbs Corn Starch
2 Egg Whites
1/2 tsp Salt
1/4 tsp Pepper
2 Tbs canola oil


1/2 Cup Water
1 Tbs Corn Starch
3 Tbs Hoisin Sauce
2 Tbs Soy Sauce
1/2 Cup Brown Sugar or Honey
3 Tbs Ketchup
1/4 tsp Dry Ginger
1/2 or 1 Tbs Crushed Red Pepper

Serve over rice and top with sesame seeds.

Here’s what I did:

Rinsed and pat dry the chicken.  Cut into 1-inch cubes.  Heat oil in frying pan.  Whisk together the remaining non-sauce ingredients, add the chicken cubes and mix around.  When coated, shake of excess and add to oil.  Brown this coating on as many sides as you can, until chicken is cooked through.  Remove chicken, drain oil, and set aside.

Mix sauce ingredients and add to hot pan.  With the corn starch, this will thicken up pretty quickly.  Then add the browned, crispy chicken and mix until heated up again.  Pour over rice and top with sesame, and you’re done!


Some things I would like to change:

Next time I think I will cut the chicken into smaller, but longer strips.  I would like the chicken to be a little more crispy than it was.  Other than that, I would add a little more heat in terms of red pepper flakes, but that’s just personal preference.  I think mixing up the sauce ingredients the day before would also allow more of the pepper flavor to soak into the sauce.

Also, I highly recommend this rice cooker I got on Amazon…it’s super easy.  Dump 1 part rice to 2 parts water (up to 10 cups dry rice at a time) and press the button.  20 minutes later, you have that perfect chinese restaurant sticky rice.  And it will keep it warm for hours.

Here’s the rice cooker.

Cast Iron – Sizzle!

I’ve been spending more time with the beautiful cast iron pan I got for Christmas.  Tonight I made two NY strips (look at those beautiful 18-ounce bastards!) and some roasted potatoes.

I started by getting the pan hot on medium high heat, and preheating the oven to 425.  While the pan was heating up, I rubbed the steaks with coarse salt, fresh ground pepper, and dried rosemary.


Added a tablespoon of olive oil and a tablespoon of butter.  Once the butter got done bubbling, I threw in the steaks.

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Wake Up Wrap at Dunkin’ Donuts

Behold the Dunkin’ Donuts Wake Up Wrap. 8/10 – Will purchase again, but it’s not suddenly my go-to DD breakfast.



-Cheese amount above and beyond minimum
-Easy to Eat
-It comes in a folded tortilla so you know it’s good for you

-Small, more than one is needed if you weigh over 65 lbs
-Bacon strip is thin

Overall, not bad, especially for the price. It’s $1.09 for egg and cheese and $1.49 to add bacon, sausage, or some other kind of meat I don’t remember. Next time I will get the sausage…that’s hard to make super thin like the bacon was. But the flavor was good, and for $1.49 getting two (or three or more) isn’t a bad proposition. The amount of cheese was perfect…really made the pieces adhere to each other (contributing to the ease of eating) and added some good texture. And it is not messy/greasy at all. The tortilla is folded in half (maybe 6 inches in diameter) so it’s really more of a small breakfast quesadilla than a “wrap.” If you need breakfast in a hurry and want to be able to eat while you work without getting sausage grease all over your mouse and keyboard, I recommend this.

Switched to Cable…

So I realized that I wasn’t using my TV service nearly enough to justify its cost, and I had an 18MB internet connection.  For internet and TV it was costing almost $180 per month.  The only time I would really ever use the TV would be for my girlfriend to watch the Bachelor, and the occasional football game.  It wasn’t like I would get home from work, watch the news, watch SportsCenter, or anything like that.  So I ditched it for cable internet.

Now I have just a 50MB internet connection for the same price that I would’ve paid if I canceled just the TV and kept the 18MB internet connection.  For what it’s worth, I had no problems with my service…if you want TV I still think that AT&T U-Verse is one of the best services I’ve ever had.  But I just wasn’t using it enough to justify the cost, and for the first time ever I have switched providers for a reason that does not in any way include being unsatisfied with the service.  But now I’m one of those new-agey pricks that can talk about how I’ve “cut the cord.”  Even though technically I just went from an internet company to a cable company.  Not for TV though.  I just started learning the process of getting used to using and having an HDTV antenna.  Amazed that stuff still goes out over the air.  Never thought I would be happy for it (I get ABC so the girlfriend won’t kill me for lack of Bachelor access).


So, the end result is I have faster internet access, and consequently, this site loads a little faster.  I think it’s doing pretty well considering it is all on a box in a spare bedroom.  Now I just have to figure out how to get my router to support Google Domains’ dynamic DNS.

Another effect of this change is that SSL seems to work now, I think.  I still (as per the previous post) have the SSL port set to 4433 instead of 443, but I can at least get to the sample test page I have set up by going to the site at the proper port.  There’s nothing there yet, just something like “SSL TEST WORKS” or something similar.  I’ve already forgotten.  So later this week I will attempt to change the port to the standard port, and see if my new ISP has it blocked or in use.  Shouldn’t be too hard to get set up.  Then comes getting OwnCloud to use it.

The only problem that I am still having is that I can’t access the SSL page at work, but I’m pretty sure that is due to some security settings they have in effect here.  They can be pretty aggravating at times, but it’s their network and their computers, and even though I have some downtime at work it’s not like I have anything close to a good case to getting it opened up as an exception to the policy.

But I think I’m finally making some headway.  We’ll see if I can get the entire website up and running with SSL, which will make me feel better about having a forum, OwnCloud, etc.

Gone and back again…

I managed to crash my own Debian server.  I got so frustrated with the SSL certificate installation process that I uninstalled apache with the intent of reinstalling it…which didn’t work, because it left all the config files (even after running things like “apt-get –purge remove apache2” and “apt-get clean && apt-get autoclean” and I wanted to start off clean.  So, my site was gone.  But now it’s back.  Gone and back again.

So, I backed up all of the web root folder to a NAS, and even went so far as to dump all of my MySQL databases as well…which I forgot to also move over to the NAS.

So after staying up *way* too late, I had a working installation of Ubuntu Server 14.04 installed, and got apache up and running…and that’s when I realized I didn’t have the databases backed up anywhere…so here I am starting over.

I’ve switched to WordPress, as I found Joomla just had way more features than I needed…so far it’s simpler.  I’ll spend more time later finding a better theme and customizing it, but for putting updates on the web that no one will ever read…it does just fine so far.

Up next on my to do list are to get SSL certificates working, which is first and foremost.  I want to do that before I start messing with anything else, because if everything gets screwy I don’t want to lose so much having to start back at ground zero.

After that I plan on getting phpBB and OwnCloud back up and running, then I should be good to go.

Now comments can be added…feel free…if there’s anyone actually reading any of this!