Rob by the pools at the Hyatt

I enjoy programming, linguistics, German, cooking, baking, jazz, drumming, and being a dad.

This site is focused mostly on recipes, LaTeX, and web development, especially WordPress. If you are looking for a WordPress developer, you can contact me at

My family blog features cute pictures of my kids, and details of our home improvement projects.

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wordpress plugin bugs solved

A few weeks ago I noticed a very strange bug with all of my wordpress plugins in the newest version of wordpress (2.7). All of the plugins can be used as widgets. When I tried to add one of plugin widgets to the sidebar, it seemed to be okay, but when I clicked on “save … Continue reading

Random featured images in wordpress

I’ve had random header images on the Fedibblety Family blog for quite some time. I originally implemented this by looking for images in a particular directory. However, I had to manually add pictures to this directory, which was a bit cumbersome. I started thinking, why not just select randomly from all the featured images I … Continue reading

a new LaTeX class file for U-M dissertations

I have been working on a new LaTeX class file for University of Michigan dissertations for awhile now. I finally got tired of the limitations of umdiss.cls. The main goals (which I believe I have achieved) of the new class file are: load the book class and modify only what’s necessary be compatible with as … Continue reading

Sample Recipes

Barbecued Tofu

This is another recipe which is mostly my wifes idea. She used to do something similar with chicken, and wanted to try it with tofu. Although the prep is quick on this one, it does take a while to bake. It makes very good leftovers for lunch though. To make good tofu, it is imperative to press it.

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Carrot Apple Walnut Salad

This dish was mostly cooked up by my wife, Clare, who undoubtedly was inspired by some recipe she found online. It is pictured here with lentil bolognese, the combination of which makes a very tasty meal.

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Chocolate Bliss

This recipe originally comes from The Voluptuous Vegan by Myra Kornfeld and George Minot, in which it was originally called Chocolate Pudding. It turns out that the consistency was not much like pudding, and for awhile I tried to make it more like pudding, but my girlfriend said she liked it as it was. So I then figured out a nice way to serve it, added a little brandy for some extra flavor, and a little bit of that magic xanthum gum to thicken it up. Trust me, it’s a real hit.

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Corn bean salad

Clare gets most of the credit for this recipe. The combination of corn, beans, and vegetables makes a tasty, healthy, and quick meal. It is particularly nice in the summer, since it does not require any cooking.

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Cornmeal flapjacks

This recipe comes from the Vegetarian Starter Kit, which convinced me to go vegan. Be sure to use whole wheat pastry flour. Regular whole wheat flour produces a very dense flapjack.

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