Mexican Casserole and Sliced Avocados

You can use either boneless chicken breasts, beans, or other meat substitute for the protein


  • Additional protein: choose from one of the following
    • 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts
    • Equivalent mass of cooked chick peas or vegetarian meat substitute
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 4 green onions
  • 1/2 cup cream cheese
  • 2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 4 4-ounce can diced green chilies
  • 4 corn tortillas
  • 1 15-ounce can black beans – rinsed and drained
  • 2 ripe avocados
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Spaghetti Squash, Spinach and Turkey Sausage Lasagna


  • 2 small or 1 large spaghetti squash
  • 4 TB olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup onions, diced
  • 1 cup red peppers, diced
  • 8 oz fresh spinach
  • 1/2 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1 lb. ground mild Italian turkey sausage, or vegetarian sausage
  • 2 cups marinara sauce
  • Red pepper flakes, use amount based on desired spice/heat level
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 425° and line a large baking sheet with
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Pepperoni Pizza Twist


  • 1 package (3.5 ounces) pepperoni slices, diced
  • 1 can (3.24 ounces) pitted, ripe olives, drained and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons snipped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 garlic clove, pressed
  • 2 packages (11 ounces each) refrigerated French bread dough
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning mix
  • 2 tablespoons grated fresh Parmesan cheese
  • 1 can (15 ounces) pizza sauce


  1. Preheat oven to 3750 F
  2. Dice pepperoni and chop olives and prep the parsley
  3. Combine
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A simple recipe for classic dumplings that can be added to any stew or soup that you would like.


  • 2 cups flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil


  1. Sift flour
  2. Mix together dry ingredients
  3. Mix milk and oil into dry ingredients just enough for them to be combined. Over mixing will make the dumplings dense and tough
  4. Drop tablespoons worth of dough into simmering soup or stew and cook covered for about 10
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Baked Tofu Cubes

This is not as much a recipe for a mean in and of itself, but a recipe for how to prepare tofu cubes for a number of different dishes.


  • N number of packages of extra firm tofu
  • Seasonings of your choice
  • A couple of teaspoons of vegetable oil


  1. Preheat oven or toaster oven to 375 F.
  2. Drain and remove the tofu from its packaging and wrap in a clean kitchen towel. Place under a cutting board to remove
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Snickerdoodle Cookies

My wife made these cookies and they were, by far, the best snickerdoodle cookies I’ve every had. The original recipe can be found here.


  • 1 cup Unsalted Butter (softened)
  • 1 1/2 cups Sugar
  • 2 large Eggs
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla
  • 2 3/4 cup Flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Cream of Tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon Salt

Cinnamon-Sugar Mixture

  • 1/4 cup Sugar
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons Cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter
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Running GUI apps locally as root in a non-root session

There are instances when you need to run an X Window application. For me this is often running a terminator instance as root so that I can create tabs and split the window as still be root in each of those terminals.

In order for the root user to be able to connect to the X server you need to provide it with “credentials”. In this case it is on the same box and not over the network so the → Continue reading “Running GUI apps locally as root in a non-root session”

VS Code “Test result not found for:” When Running Tests for a Python Project [SOLVED]

I finally was able to get Visual Studio Code set-up correctly to run and debug unit and integration tests for a Python 3.8 project that I am working on (I’ll add a link to that post here once it is up).

After making some changes to the code and adding a test I got the following error when trying to debug the test:

Test result not found for: ./mylibs/integration_tests/

? An odd error message, to be sure.

After a little → Continue reading “VS Code “Test result not found for:” When Running Tests for a Python Project [SOLVED]”

List the Roles for a User or Service Account in a Specific GCP Project

If you do not have web console permissions to do so, but have the ability to activate a service account that has the viewer permissions or IAM permissons to list IAM roles in a given project, the following is how you can list the roles for a given user or service account.

gcloud projects get-iam-policy <gcp-project\
--filter="bindings.members:<email-address" \
--flatten="bindings[].members" --format="table(bindings.role)"
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Compiling Python Under Linux

The following should work with just about any version of Python. I am using it to compile, currently 3.10.x, on distros where those packages are not readily available for installation. The following is a quick how to on getting it compiled under both RedHat/CentOS/Almalinux and Debian based systems.

Download the Tarball for the Version You Want To Install

Download the tar.gz archive for the version that you want to install from here. Verify the download and then save the → Continue reading “Compiling Python Under Linux”