Author Archives: fzinger

About fzinger

I read and I write. I read a lot and I write when I can.

Replacing a Broken Ski Boot Part

A guy came to Nova Labs last week looking for help replacing  a broken part on his antique ski boots.  The boots were matched with his antique ski collection, so he couldn’t just buy new boots. The part was thin … Continue reading

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Making a Two Part Silicone Mold

I’m teaching a class on Mold Making and Plastic Casting at NovaLabs in Reston.  Yesterday, I made a simple two part mold using something I designed in Fusion 360 and 3D printed as the model. Here’s how it’s done. Clay … Continue reading

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Crepes on the Baking Steel

Crepes stuffed with cheese and strawberry jam are the traditional Sunday breakfast at my house.  I started making crepes after my daughter tried them for the first time while we were on vacation in Maine.  She was only three at … Continue reading

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Another Fantastic Joint (Hometown edition)

What do you say about a restaurant with over 180 whiskeys and a small, thoughtful menu build around their industrial-strength, wood-fired rotisserie?  What if they have a very friendly, extremely knowledgeable staff that loves to talk about their food?  What … Continue reading

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Another Exceptional Joint

When I travel, I seek out exceptional, local joints.  I’ve found some real gems this way (like this Cincinnati joint, sadly now closed). On a recent trip north of Philly, I had an evening free so I made a bee-line to … Continue reading

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Cuban Sandwich

I’m doing more cooking than writing these days.  I’m still breaking in the new kitchen and having a lot of fun doing it.  That’s eating (Ha, ha.  See what I did there) into my writing time, so I’ve got a … Continue reading

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Dry Ice, Ice Baby

Here’s a preview of something I’ve been working on.  Hope to have it ready to post by next weekend.

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I’m back!

After ten weeks of no kitchen, I’m finally back.  They finished the major work on the new kitchen the middle of last week.  I was able to make some simple things, like scrambled eggs and vegetable tacos Thursday and Friday. … Continue reading

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No more food porn

At least for a few weeks.  Thursday a bunch of guys came to my house and tore out my kitchen.  It’s down to the studs now.  The remodeling will take 4 to 6 weeks.   I’ve said before that my … Continue reading

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Black Bean Burgers on Brioche Buns

When I published my Pretzel Bun recipe back in March, I, of course, used them to serve spectacular cheeseburgers.  A friend of mine who was once a vegetarian and sometimes still leans toward legless food challenged me to come up with … Continue reading

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