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    Mess Hall Acquisitions

    The card inside the box indicated that my darling wife purchased it from our very own Jon of Japaneseknifeimports.
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    Mess Hall Acquisitions

    Sakai Kikumori.
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    Whats for Dinner? 2010

    Christmas dinner: Prime rib, aged 7 days at home Yorkshire puddings Fresh brussels sprouts roasted in some beef fat Sticky toffee pudding with vanilla ice cream Accompanying wine: 2005 Opus One* *In a classic Scottos-house only moment, my 5 year old dropped his milk glass...
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    Mess Hall Acquisitions

    My new love - 165mm nakiri in white steel. The factory edge was full of chatter marks, but 30 minutes of working the stones and the thing will slice molecules.
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    Whats for Dinner? 2010

    Still desperately trying to defeat germs. Tonight: Hainanese chicken. Poach chicken in water, ginger, scallion. Use resultant broth to make rice, with additional garlic and ginger. Serve sliced chicken over rice with dark soy and sweet chili sauce.
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    Whats for Dinner? 2010

    Fighting a ferocious cold that seems to get worse and worse. I fought it off tonite with some real ramen soup. No dusty packet soup here- I made the tonkotsu broth with pork bones and a big piece of pork skin I had left over from a bacon-curing experiment a couple of weeks ago. Served with...
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    Fine Wine - What Will You Spend?

    For regular home consumption, $20 is about all I'll spend. A few times a year I'll go over that (e.g. New Years, Thanksgiving, etc.) and spend up to $100. I am slavishly devoted to Beaucastel, so that definitely breaks the $20 barrier. I am also fortunate to have enjoyed many $500+ bottles...
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    Thai Food

    I made a huge amount of green curry paste last night, since I had an overrun of fresh lemongrass from the local CSA. Keeps well, and can be used in dozens of ways. Fry it up, add sliced protein, coconut milk, and a handful of fresh basil and you are good to go.
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    Whats Brewing~ 2010

    Colombia Huila -Finca El Junin, Humberto Diaz. Roasted to (barely) City+. Awesome coffee - graham crackers and jelly in the cup.
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    Experiences with Sous Vide cooking?

    You can hack the method with a beer cooler. There are a bunch of articles on Serious Eats by Kenji Alt which go through it. It works amazingly well. Impossible to overcook anything, and things can be made a long time in advance, just needing a final sear after coming out of their bath...
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    Whats cooking for Thanksgiving?

    This year's spread: Turkey-stuffed-turkey (dark meat boned out and made into sausage, then rolled into breast meat) Gravy, of course Stuffing with caramelized onions, apples, and bacon Cornbread stuffing with sausage, pecans, and cranberries Mash pots Sweet potato casserole with pecan...
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    Thin Blue Smoke Thread II- BBQ 2010

    As if the gluttony of Thanksgiving wasn't enough, I just finished smoking a homemade slab of bacon that has been curing over the past week. Holy crow is this great stuff, and zero work to boot.
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    Thanksgiving Traditions

    Hardy har-har.