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  1. mdc

    Smoked Turkey

    Looking good, John. I'll season the bird and get it in my Egg by 10 am for dinner service. The one trick I learned from a smoked turkey recipe was to cool the breast with a gallon freezer bag filled with ice 30 minutes before cooking. It helps the bird cook more evenly so th breast isn't at...
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    Parmigiano-Reggiano tools

    Which exact Microplane model is best for parmigiano? Sorry to hijack but folks here seem to know.
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    Help! Best blades for Oster 76 and how to get a smooth taper

    Hi folks. A new Oster 76 clipper arrived on my doorstep and I'm glad I bought a tried and true work-horse. I'm going to try cutting my own hair because I'm busy with work and kids so cutting hair on my time seems convenient. Also I like the challenge. My question is about blades. The clippers...
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    Smoothies

    We make them a couple times per week. We like fruit (pears, or peaches, or berries), 3-4 kale leaves, almond milk, cucumber, 5 dried dates, tablespoon each of flax seed and hemp seed, small handful of raw pumpkin seeds. Avocado works, too. I add water to get the consistency I want, then blend...
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    Mess Hall Acquisitions

    Beautiful! Takedas are at the top of my list.
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    Can you recommend a good meat grinder?

    I can only say good things about my LEM 3/4 hp grinder. I had to order another grinder plate for more range in grind size. I also picked up a foot pedal to help make it easier to turn the unit on and off when loading strips of meat. I like that it takes inch wide strips and it's built like a...
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    Mess Hall Acquisitions

    Speaking of cast iron; I'm tempted by the 17-inch Lodge double loop handle pan. I picked up a couple of serrated knives. I never got into my 8-inch Henckel bread knife, so I bought a Victorinox rosewood handled 10.25-incher for crust loaves and baguettes-but I expect it to come in handy quite...
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    What's Cooking, 2015

    Leftovers never tasted so good. Home-smoked brisket--steamed to heat through--on a toasted bun with mayo and Tabasco splashed on top. This was lunch and I had another for dinner.
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    The Thin Blue Smoke Thread VII- BBQ at the B&B 2015

    +1 on the beef ribs. I can almost taste them!
  10. mdc

    leg of lamb

    One of the reasons I like a boned out leg is because cooks so quickly on the grill. But I've since wondered about braising bone-in legs. When a the bone is removed, there are a few glands that are removed in the process. They're supposed to be off-putting to the pallet. How are these glands...
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    Immersion Blender?

    Nothing beat my Bamix when I had it. They make a couple lengths and the shorter one was fine for me. It's powerful and the head doesn't clog. Gets as smooth a consistence as seems possible with an immersion blender. I gave to my brother a few years ago because nothing gives me velvety smooth...
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    BBQ Squid: Ready go!

    This sounds great. A mesh basket might help if the calamari are small. It's easy to remove them all from the heat that way. Finish with a sauce of lemon olive oil, parsley, and a bit of garlic. Classic!
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    Mess Hall Acquisitions

    Thanks, fellas. I've got a fridge stocked with leftovers so I wasn't able to use it yesterday. Life is cruel that way. My 2 year old daughter beat on it with a rubber spatula but I'm not sure that counts. I could think of worse things to spend my money on. In fact, I can think of worse things...
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    Mess Hall Acquisitions

    Ordered a walnut end-grain butcher block from a shop on Etsy and it finally arrived. Weather has been an issue in those parts and the freeze slowed thing down a bit--totally understandable. The vendor is called Badger Butcher Block out of New Jersey. I ordered it 16"x22"x2". No branding. I added...
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    What recipe have you made from the Mess Hall?

    I've added a lot of equipment to my stockpile thanks--at least in part to--the wise folks, here. Everything from stoneware crocks for sauerkraut, to Debuyer pans, to cast iron, to a BGE, to carbon steel knives, to an end-grain cutting board, to a meat grinder. On the food side, I've already...
  16. mdc

    Beard-loving cats

    My cat has fallen in love with my beard and grooms it like it's his brother. He slaps his tongue through the hairs--and yes it's annoying (and cute)--when I'm trying to sleep or just relaxing on the couch. Anyone else have a beard-loving--or 'stache-loving--cat story? Here's Luca going to...
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    Have you ever turned a basic into something awesome?

    My scrambled egg game has gone way up since watching Gordon Ramsay's technique. The thing I learned was "touch". He puts plenty of butter together with the whole eggs into the pan, he never gets the egg too hot, and he stirs constantly, salting near the very end. My eggs have never been creamier...
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    Question on about cutting boards, please?

    My first board was 16" x 20" and 1.25" thick. It had a juice groove that made the useful area smaller. I regret getting one with that groove. It was from Bed Bath, made of "hardwood", but the type of wood was not made clear. The feet on the bottom kept it stable.I still have that edge-grain--and...
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    Mess Hall Acquisitions

    I went to the market to get onions and peppers for roasting sausages this evening. The knife guy was in the parking lot under his tent with Tormecs on either side of him and a table full of knives. Got to talking and there was nothing on the table that was drawing me in. Then he reached back and...
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    What's Cooking, 2015

    Sausage party! I made 25 pounds of Alton Brown's breakfast sausage. I've made patties with this sausage before, but this time I made links since it's much faster for me. I also turned out 30 pounds of mild Italian links. My freezer is happy, now.
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