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Benjamin Oakes

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Hi, I'm Ben Oakes and this is my geek blog. Currently, I'm a Ruby/JavaScript Developer at Liaison. Previously, I was a Developer at Continuity and Hedgeye, a Research Assistant in the Early Social Cognition Lab at Yale University and a student at the University of Iowa. I also organize, ICRuby, OpenHack Iowa City, and previously organized NewHaven.rb. I have an amazing wife named Danielle Oakes.

Black Bean, Tofu, Spinach Miracle

by Ben


1 package wild rice
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, diced
Spices, to taste
Garlic powder
Black pepper
1 pound extra firm tofu, drained and cubed
1 package mushrooms
1 (16 ounce) can black beans, drained
1 package spinach or kale


Cook rice according to package directions.
Heat oil in frying pan or wok over medium heat. Add onion and spices.
Add tofu and sauté.
Add mushrooms and black beans once tofu begins to brown.
Add kale or spinach.
Combine rice with the tofu mixture and simmer briefly.

Also good in spinach flavored wraps.

Iowa City trio starts company to produce fresh tofu

by Ben

Iowa City trio starts company to produce fresh tofu.

“I’m just personally really excited to make the best tofu in North America, and I know we can do that,” he said. “I’m also just really excited to produce a really quality product for the community.”​

I hope they succeed. It sounds like they’re doing this because they really want to, rather than trying to make a quick buck.