Unlock VPS Full Disk Encryption

Having Full Disk Encryption for your VPS or remote server is nice, however if you don't have local terminal or out-of-band access via IPMI/iLO the only way to unlock the root partation is to use SSH on boot. The steps outlined here will show how to configure your server to unlock your encrypted drives remotely. Steps here are for Ubuntu 16.04 and were collected from several stack exchange [Read More]

Old-Fashioned Pecan Pie

Ingredients 1 Pie Crust 1/2 cup unsalted butter 3 tbsp flour 2 1/8 brown sugar 1/2 tsp salt 1/4 tsp cinnamon powder 6 tbsps milk 3 large eggs 2 tsps vinegar 2 tsps vanilla extract 1 1/2 cups pecans Instructions Preheat oven to 375F. Melt butter and let it cool down so its not too hot. In a bowl, mix flour, sugar, and salt. Mix [Read More]

Herb-Roasted Turkey

Any good turkey starts with a good brine! Brine Ingredients 1 – 3 Star anise (optional) 1 tablespoon coriander seeds 1 tablespoon fennel seeds 1 tablespoon Dried Thyme 1 tablespoon dried rosemary 1 tablespoon dried sage 1 tablespoon peppercorns (you can crush them if you want) 5 whole bay leaves (optional) 1 to 1.5 cups of sea salt 2 onions 2 leeks 2 – 3 celery sticks Instructions In a pot [Read More]

Easy to make Apple Pie

Ingredients 2 Pie crusts, 1 for top and 1 for bottom. Store bought or hand-made. 1/2 cup unsalted butter 3 tbsp flour 1/4 cup of water 1/2 cup of white sugar 1/2 cup of brown sugar 8 apples, peeled and sliced Instructions Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Melt the butter in a saucepan. Stir in flour to form a paste. Add water, white sugar and [Read More]