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Beans and Rice!

Turns out we can’t eat gluten anymore. I’ll miss you bread and beer. Welp, mourning period over, thankfully there’s cider and mead to fill the gap. One casualty of this great deglutening is pasta. Man, I love pasta and we used to eat it all the time as a de facto “easy meal”. Nothing quite beat the ease and simplicity of a bigass pot of boiling water combined with wheat sticks doused in some kind of sauce.

Beans and Rice save the day.

In search of a dish to fill my spaghetti hole I came across an instant pot recipe for beans and rice that didn’t sound terrible. It suddenly occurred to me that the reason I bought the damn thing in the first place was to cook stuff like dry beans which takes forever without a pressure cooker. It’s a damn simple meal that covers a lot of bases. It’s vegetarian (I don’t care), it’s gluten free (Fair), and it only takes about 30 minutes (BOOM).

Ok, enough of my bullshit, here’s the recipe:


  • 1 16oz can of Goya black beans, Doesn`t need to be Goya… They’re just beans.
  • 1 16oz can of Rotel - I use regular, you can do what you want, be an adult!
  • 1 Yellow onion - I use the whole thing diced but maybe you’re not into onions? Maybe you want to use white onions? Who am I to judge?
  • 3 cloves of garlic - dice these fuckers up!
  • 2 Bell Peppers - I use 2, one red and one orange or Yellow - also diced.
  • 2 cups of Rice - I use Jasmine because it’s delicious, you do you.


  • Cumin - about one tablespoon

  • Salt - Up to you I usually use about a talespoon

Garnish and In bowl additions:

  • Sour cream
  • Mexican blend Cheese
  • Hot sauce of choice
  • Chopped cilantro
  • Lime

Lets Cook.

  1. Garlic, diced bell pepper, diced onion, and about 2 tablespoons of oil into the instant pot set on sautee.
  2. Sautee that fragrant pile of vegitation until it’s sauteed!
  3. Turn off sautee and fill with beans, rotel, and anything else you want to slop in there.
  4. Set instant pot for Manual > High Pressure > 10 minutes.
  5. When complete, release pressure and add 2 cups of rice (This is a good time to add extra liquid if required - I use chicken broth for this)
  6. Stir in rice.
  7. Set instant pot to Rice setting and wait.
  8. Gently fluff (Insert joke here)
  9. Garnish and serve the resulting Lava to someone you like, or hate, it’s just food.

First Prost!

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Using Hugo for the first time.

I’m primarily a back end systems guy both for work and play. That makes me way more comfortable in a terminal than I am (generally) in a UI.
So when it comes to websites, I find myself staring down the barrel of third party resource loadings and bulky frameworks requiring a fair investment in time and effort to install, write code for, and publish.
At the end of the day, I’m mainly looking for something simple to take notes with. I really don’t have a ton of time to invest in this kind of project so something lightweight and simple is great.

I read a post a while back about static site generation and I immediately went looking for something that could do it. In looking around for a suitable web framework I wanted something fairly flexible that I could setup with minimal effort, Hugo fits the bill nicely.

Things I like about Hugo:

  • Static site generation.

    I really like the idea of just having HTML based pages. I spend all day cleaning up other people’s messes and I’d rather not have to take that home with me. I like the overall simplicity, there’s very little that can go wrong with straight up HTML.

  • Written in Go.

    Anything written in Go is generally pretty performant. It’s also a language I’d like to learn at some point, so that’s two in the plus column.

  • Runs on pretty much anything.

    I suppose this goes hand in hand with the previous item; but not everyone runs on a single platform. I personally use OpenBSD, FreeBSD, and Several different flavors of Linux. I like to have options for all of those platforms - Again, Hugo works on all of them.

Not much else to say about this other than the setup and configuration process is quite simple and straightforward. I currently can’t speak to a deployment on a real webserver like Nginx/Apache/HTTPD. That’s for another post.