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    Smoker Recommendation

    I purchased a Kamado Joe Classic II 1.5 years ago (~ $850 at the Costco Kamado Joe roadshow). Best bang for the buck ever. I can dial in and hold 225° pretty much effortlessly. And if you want to sear tasty animal, it'll hit 650° about as easily. The Green Egg is much the same beast, but...
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    Stone(s)/strop for honing/sharpening a straight?

    Greetings - New to straights. I've been shaving with a DE for about 20 years. In my kitchen, I use mostly Japanese steel. A Bester 1200, Kohetsu 2K and Suehiro 5K keep them sharp enough for my liking. (I also have a Naniwa Super 3K which, for me, is like trying to hone an edge with a pencil...
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    Anyone else forego soap/cream?

    When I use soap, I face lather with the Rooney. The reason that I increasingly forego soap is that i no longer see the need, and don't particularly want to. I'll add that this is only after a hot shower. My coarse growth needs to be softened before I can shave effectively.
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    Anyone else forego soap/cream?

    I work from home 3 days/week, shave infrequently, and increasingly forego shaving soap. (The last brush I bought was a Rooney 3/1 a decade or so ago.) I just wash my face well while taking a hot shower, towel off leaving my face wet, and use an open comb DE (typically with a white-box Crystal...
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    For all you breadmakers...question

    Here's an example -- this morning's bake:
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    Should Schools Bring Back Cursive Handwriting?

    Gonna go with 'no'. I printed my college exams (in the 80's & 90's). My cursive was always atrocious, and when I was no longer required to use it, I stopped. I now only use cursive for my signature. The last time I recall my son using cursive was grade school. He's now a published academic...
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    For all you breadmakers...question

    I've been baking bread for over 20 years. Sourdough most of the time. When it's just Mrs. E and me, I bake 2 cup loaves (4/3 cup white, 2/3 cup whole wheat, 60-70g of sourdough, ~220g water, 7g or so of salt). In northern VA, a loaf lasts the better part of a week without going moldy. FWIW...
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    Your favourite "hot" sauce ?

    I'll echo the non-garlic Sambal Oelek. Otherwise, if I want heat, I'll create it myself. I've had good luck growing chili, yellow chili, thai chili, habanero and, yes, Trinidad Scorpions in the back yard.
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    ... something new for dinner ...

    I'm approaching my 60th year, and have been the chief cook & bottle washer since I was married almost 30 years ago. Figured I'd run out of ideas. But no. I knew that I had a slab of salmon that needed cooking tonight, and I was tired of the grill. The grill is easy -- anything you cook over...
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    What's Cooking 2017

    Certainly, there is a school of thought espousing duck-fat fries as the highest & best use of duck fat (and they're on the menu at a pub near my place of employment :) ).
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    Rooney 3/1 'replacement' recommendations?

    Hi folks - It's been close to a decade, and my Rooney 3/1 (22mm knot, 46mm loft) is showing its age. Looking for something comparable, having a decent backbone, strictly for soaps & face lathering. Slightly smaller is preferable to slightly larger. Not overly concerned about price, as long as...
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    What's Cooking 2017

    Extraordinary photos.
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    What's Cooking 2017

    So ... this just happened. I'm not a vegan, nor do I play one on tv, but every now & again ... Sauteed some onion & garlic in olive oil. Squeeze of lemon & splash of white wine. Tossed in some thinly-sliced green pepper. Then some garbanzos that I pressure cooked yesterday. Then it got...
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    Going Minimalist

    It seems that in the past year or so, if I'm fresh from the shower, I often don't even lather. Just a Gillette New with (lately) a Wilkinson bladge gets the job done.
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    What razor/blade did you use today

    Gillette New w/ an Israeli Platinum.