How To & Recipes

From recipes to installing a radiator, here are some directions for various projects.

Replacing a Steering Column and/or Steering Rack in a 2006 Mazda RX-8
Here's a detailed, step by step guide to replacing the steering column and steering rack in a 2006 Mazda RX-8.

How to Install a Koyo Radiator in a '94 RX-7
Here's a guide describing what you have to do to install a Koyo radiator into a 3rd generation RX-7, just to let someone contemplating it know what all is involved.

Post-It Note Glider
Here's a glider folded from a Post-It Note. I think this one flies a bit better than the one below. It's also the one that was included in the book, Post-It Notes: Ideas That Stick!

Origami Glider
Origami glider, paper airplane, call it what you want. Here are directions to fold up a piece of paper so that it glides rather well.

This is the same page as listed on the main index in the column to the left, but it's "how-to," so I figured I'd put a link to it here.



American & Pennsylvania Dutch:

Blueberry Muffin Recipe
A recipe tweaked from a cookbook.

Easter Bread Recipe
The Easter bread recipe my mom made when I was growing up, and has since passed on to me.

Fastnacht Recipe
My family's recipe for fastnachts- a Pennsylvania Dutch potato based donut that's meant to be eaten on Fastnacht Day (the Tuesday before Lent, aka Mardi Gras or Shrove Tuesday).

Potato Salad Recipe
My family's potato salad recipe. It's really simple, but everybody that tries it loves it.

Shoo-Fly Pie Recipe
This was my great-grandmother's recipe. It's a Pennsylvania Dutch dessert made with molasses.

Shoo-Fly Pie Recipe II
While it may be sacrilege, I actually prefer this shoo-fly pie recipe to my great-grandmother's. This is the one I normally use.

Wacky Cake Recipe
A recipe that's been in our family at least since my grandmother. It's a chocolate cake that doesn't use any milk or eggs.


Mexican & Tex-Mex:

3 Cheese Chicken Enchiladas with Cream Cheese Sauce
My wife came up with these enchiladas by combining and modifying two separate recipes from friends. Just about every time she makes these, she gets asked for the recipe.

Chiles Rellenos
A relatively simple, but time consuming, recipe for chiles rellenos. This one came from one of my sisters-in-law.

Mexican Rice
The way my wife makes her rice.

Pico de Gallo & Guacamole
Pico's simple enough to make on its own. One day, my wife and I decided to add some to a crushed up avocado, and it made a really good guacamole.

Red Beef Enchiladas
A quick, simple recipe for beef enchiladas.

Much like a margarita, but the way my wife makes them.

Beer Margarita
Not quite as good as an Irmarita, but better than margarita mix and quick and easy to make.