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Old 02-02-2007, 01:33 AM   #21
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Trombone Al:

Thank you! You did an excellent job of putting together all these delicious-sounding recipes in a very effective and entertaining format. It turned out great! I can see that a lot of effort, thoughtfulness, and planning were involved.

I am also going to have every page printed up. Where would you go to get them spiral bound? Will Kinko's do it? I think I will make a few copies for my friends, too. (I wouldn't be committing any copyright infringements, would I? )

I appreciated those special tips near the beginning of the book. And that "over-the-sink" cutting board is a really good idea.

Also, many thanks to all those who contributed the recipes - especially Cute Fuzzy Bunny. I think CFB must've been a famous chef in a prior life. Some people are lucky and seem to have a natural knack in the kitchen. (Unfortunately, I am not one of them but have been trying very hard to improve my cooking, especially now that I am retired.) For Christmas, one of my friends gave me a beautiful, top-of-the-line Henckels Santoku hollow-edge knife (the kind with dimples along the edge of the blade). It is very sharp and cuts beautifully, so that should make food prep a little easier.

The pictures/illustrations/characters preceding each of the food "categories" made me smile and laugh! The dog in the dishwasher was really cute. And those 2 "roots" pictured at the front of the vegetarian chapter made me chuckle. Same with the "bikini'd" chicken for the poultry section. And the cat in the "stews" section reminded me of my dearly beloved kitty. I also liked that character on page 1 - the guy sitting at his computer with the bag of chips and soda at his feet. That probably is exactly what a lot of us "look like" as we participate on the ER forum!

Thanks again to all who were involved in the production of this masterpiece!

Sincerely, Toejam
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Re: Early Retirement Forum Cookbook is Ready!
Old 02-02-2007, 03:32 PM   #22
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tromboneal, that was just excellent.

starry night. omlette in a zip lock bag i can't stop laughing. if you were gay we'd be asking for your membership card back.
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Old 02-07-2007, 11:14 AM   #23
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Re: Early Retirement Forum Cookbook is Ready!

Thanks for all the great comments, guys.

I printed mine out, and it's thicker that I expected. You might want to double-side it -- print the odd pages then put them back in the printer and print the even pages. You might want to do a few at a time in case your printer has a misfeed.

Yes, places like Kinko's will bind things with a plastic comb or spiral. I currently have mine in a loose-leaf binder.

Enjoyed your cabbage soup two nights ago, lazygood4nothin! And we have six servings in the freezer for later.
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Old 02-08-2007, 12:53 PM   #24
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Wow, Al! and everybody else who contributed, especially CFB. Where do you guys find all the time? What are you retired or something? Sheesh.

CFB - I'm trying the eggs benedict soon. That looks like master chef stuff, and I won't tell anybody where I learned how to do it.... just sort of make it look like i've always known this stuff. good valentine's day idea actually...

and speaking of eggs, once I realized that the omelettes in a bag weren't microwaved, it suddenly seems like it might actually taste pretty good. Gonna try that, too.
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Bob...fair warning on the eggs benedict...my wife wont go out for them anymore and insists I make them once a week or so...
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how great! thanks for the effort!

now i'm published! i can cross that off my life goals list...
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Bob...fair warning on the eggs benedict...my wife wont go out for them anymore and insists I make them once a week or so...
That would double the amount of cooking I do here -- my only other meal (besides any lunches I make for myself) that I do is Sunday morning pancakes. I discovered if you put almost twice the amount of milk into bisquick mix as they recommend, you get nice, thin, tasty pancakes. Toss a few chocolate chips in 'em and nobody ever says IHOP around our house any more.... thx for the warning on the eggs benedict, though. At least you know if you make yourself indispensable they'll have to keep you around :-)
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Thats what I thought.

Then Al came out with this cookbook. I'll have to hide my copy

And you gave me another reminder for a flapjack recipe....
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The other thing that makes homemade pancakes better than restaurant pancakes is real maple syrup. I always put thin apple slices in my pancakes.
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Sure beats the crap out of brown corn syrup, which is all you get in restaurants :P
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totally agree. don't know how I ever used the sticky sweet brown stuff they used to call syrup. At Costco a nice jug of real maple syrup still feels like a bargain.
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Right. We buy the big Costco container, and put most of it in the freezer. That works fine.
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Hi Al - still catching up after vacation, but wanted to add my thanks for all your hard work. I can't wait to print it out and start trying the recipes.
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