Domestic Geekdom

Highlighting recipes, crafting, and art projects, Domestic Geekdom is your source for exploring your creativity at home—with that geeky twist you’ve been looking for!

Badass Braids Brings Bunches of Pop-Culture Hair Inspiration

Usually, the spark that makes a television series or movie compelling and memorable is great plotting or vivid characterization. Sometimes, though, the popularity of a work is helped by what the characters are wearing or, more specifically, how they are wearing their hair. Star Wars is great, but think about how many people over the years have attempted to wind their hair around their head in attempts to recreate some of the most iconic sci-fi styles of all time....

The Perfect Scoop, Now in Its Second Edition, Is Perfect for Minnesota Summer

It’s just spent a week over 90 in Minnesota, a month after the last snowstorm, so it’s definitely time to start thinking about ice cream. If you have made ice cream at home, you have probably at least heard of David Lebovitz’s The Perfect Scoop, originally published in 2008 and generally considered to be a seminal text on the topic. The author is also very generous with sharing recipes on his blog, so even if you haven’t purchased the...

How to Beat the Housebound Winter Blues

As some of my readers know, I use a wheelchair most of the time when I leave the house. I also use wheelchair-accessible public transportation, which is faulty even in the best of weather, so in the winter it can be downright unbearable. Plus, traveling with a wheelchair anywhere in the winter is a hardship. So what’s a gal to do to preserve her mental health and stay in touch with her geeky community? The first thing is to...

3 Tasty Recipes to Take Your Traditional Holiday Meal Vegan

It’s holiday season again! And for vegan foodies who are always looking for new recipes to try but still want some familiarity, The Superfun Times Vegan Holiday Cookbook by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and The First Mess: Vibrant Plant-Based Recipes to Eat Well through the Seasons by Laura Wright are two great cookbooks to use. I chose the recipes here for the long Thanksgiving break, and I would definitely cook them again for other holidays. The main portion of the meal...

Making Meatloaf without the Meat

Over the summer, I was given 20-plus recipes to fill up a brand-new recipe book as part of a bridal shower, which is pretty much heaven for me. The one I knew I had to try first as part of my preparation for fall-is-coming excitement is a meatless meatloaf that uses butternut squash and lentils, two of my favorite things ever. I pretty much keep frozen butternut squash in my freezer year-round for my multitude of squash recipes. I...

Crafting the Resistance Goes beyond the Pussyhat

January’s Women’s March, during Trump’s inauguration, saw millions of protesters wearing pink hats with ears. The original “pussyhat” pattern was created by Kat Coyle, although it’s a common kind of pattern; knit or sew a rectangular bag and put it on a spherical head and voilà! Ears form! Coyle’s hat has over 11,000 individual projects on Ravelry, and that’s just one pattern—and that number only includes the knitters who are on Ravelry. But women’s marches aren’t the only kinds...

4 Vegan and Gluten-Free Websites Perfect for Your Convention Prep

When you have food allergies or restrictions, attending any event—including your favorite conventions—often involves bringing your own food. And of course, at a con, food that’s easily portable and can be eaten at room temperature or stored in a thermos is ideal. For some healthy snacks and light meals, here are a few website staples to check out. 1. Post Punk Kitchen Isa Chandra Moskowitz, who started a vegan cooking show in 2003, has built quite a brand for...

A Coffee Geek’s Review of the Crowdfunded Arctic Cold Brewer

Back in January, Facebook had one of those rare moments when its targeted advertising was actually well targeted and let me know about the Kickstarter for the Arctic coffee system. A cold-brew pitcher was one of the few brewing methods I didn’t have at home—I would consider myself a midlevel coffee snob, and my kitchen was already stocked with a stovetop Yama siphon brewer, an AeroPress, an Alessi moka pot, and a French press. All of them are great...

5 Easy Recipes for Your Summer Snacking

Summertime is meant for spending time outdoors and spending as little time in the kitchen making hot food. Quick and easy summer recipes are my preferred method, especially with CONvergence in mind, picnics, and potlucks. I’ve compiled a few recipes from various sources that are amazingly delicious and pretty easy to make: Sandwiches of Sweet Tomato-Currant Chutney and Smoked Turkey Breast Crunchy Potato Salad Cucumber Cups with Picnic Tofu Salad Curried Carrot Dip Rosemary Roasted Potatoes Sandwiches of Sweet...

Sleeve Tattoos and Sage Salmon Come Together in Knives & Ink

If you are a chef or author of food-related things, the International Association of Culinary Professionals is a pretty big deal. The organization as it is now is a 1990 merger between the International Association of Cooking Professionals (which has been around for 40 years) and the Food Marketing Communicators organization. It has both hosted conferences and given awards in a number of categories over the years. They have seven main categories of awards on various aspects of food—impact on community,...
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