Diffing the output of two commands

The GNU diff command on most Linux and UNIX systems will diff the contents of two files. With Bash, you can, using process substitution, take the output of any arbitrary command and process its input, or output, as a file descriptor. In this way, you can then use diff against the output of two commands as follows

diff <(cmd1) <(cmd2)

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Stuffed Eggplant

This is a really delicious Indian dish that can be enjoyed with either roti or rice.


  • 10 – 12 small round brinjal (mini eggplants)
  • 1/2 TSP salt
  • 4 TBSP oil
  • 1 medium white or red onion, chopped
  • 6 – 7 dried red chilies
  • 2 TBSP coriander seeds
  • 1 TBSP cumin seeds
  • 1 TSP fenugreek seeds
  • 2 TSP sesame seeds
  • 9 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup of peanuts, or if you have a peanut allergy you can substitute with sliced almonds
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Creating Custom Vagrant Boxes for Integration Testing

For some things, a docker container will not work. For example, I am working on a Python project to automate the deployment and configuration of VMs and bare-metal boxes. It involves installing packages and configuring the OS and to properly test it requires a full fledged VM and not just a container.

Use packer to define the box you want to build

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Using Environment Variables in a Vagrant File

An easy way to parameterize a Vagrant file is to use environment variables. You simply need to export a variable and then refer to it in the Vagrant file with the following syntax.

Export the variable:

export SSH_PORT=22222

Sample Vagrant file that reads the exported variable

# -*- mode: ruby -*-
# vi: set ft=ruby :

Vagrant.configure("2") do |config|
  config.vm.box = "debian/bullseye64"
  config.vm.box_version = "11.20221219.1"

  config.vm.network "forwarded_port", guest: 22, host: ENV['SSH_PORT']
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Declaring, Exporting, and Reading Dynamic Variables in Bash

If you want to dynamically define and export variable names in Bash here is the TLDR;

# Define the name of the variable

# Declare it and export it
declare -gx "$key"="some-value"

To then access that value via a dynamically generated variable name

# Create a variable that contains the variable name

# Read the value

Read the man page for declare for more details and read this article for a really good explanation and further examples.→ Continue reading “Declaring, Exporting, and Reading Dynamic Variables in Bash”

Chickpea and Rice Stew


  • 1.5 cups basmati rice
  • 1 TB olive oil
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup yellow onion, diced
  • 2 (14 oz) cans chickpeas, drained
  • Salt & black pepper, to taste
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 lemon, juiced and zested
  • 1 (32 oz) box low sodium vegetable broth
  • 4 oz fresh baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 cup parsley, chopped
  • 1/4 cup dill, chopped
  • 1 TB chives, chopped
  • 4 Naan
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Bean and Barley Leek Soup

Make 3 cups of cooked barley ahead of time and have it on hand when cooking the soup.


  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 leeks, diced
  • 3 carrots, diced
  • 1 bulb fennel, sliced thin (1 cup)
  • 1 (15 ounce) can no-salt added diced tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon Herbes de Provence
  • 4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans white beans,rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 4 ounces
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Potato Soup Slow Cooker Recipe

It’s cooked all day in the slow cooker and is great for a cold day. Top with bacon, cheese, and green onions for the ultimate potato soup. Prep Time: 10 mins, cook time: 5 hours


  • 1(80 oz.) bag frozen hash-brown potatoes (I used cubed)
  • 2 (14 0z.) cans chicken broth (see Note)
  • 1(10.75 oz.) can cream of chicken soup
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper (more to taste)
  • 1 (80z) package cream cheese (softened)
  • Optional Toppings:
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Mama Stamberg’s Cranberry Relish


  • 2 cups whole raw cranberries, washed
  • 1 small onion
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons horseradish from a jar (“red is a bit milder than white”)


  1. Grind the raw berries and onion together. (“I use an old-fashioned meat grinder,” says Stamberg. “I’m sure there’s a setting on the food processor that will give you a chunky grind — not a puree.”)
  2. Add everything else and mix.
  3. Put in a plastic container and freeze.
  4. Early Thanksgiving
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Noodle Kugel

  • 16 ounces (400 gm) broad egg noodles
  • 4 Tbsp. (50 gm) butter, melted
  • 1 pound (500 gm) cottage cheese
  • 1 pound (500 gm) sour cream or Israeli white cheese
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cup crushed cornflakes
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4-1/2 cup sugar


  1. In a large bowl, mix the noodles with the melted butter, cheeses, eggs, sugar and vanilla.
  2. Pour into a greased 9×13 inch pan.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix the
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