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Old 02-05-2011, 10:37 PM   #6841
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Thanks Al. That is a terrific blog and I added it to my favorites. Think I'm going to have to try this. Did you have any smoke for cooking at 500 degrees for the first 20 minutes? Curious, what was the weight of your roast and was it done in 50 minutes.
Not much noticeable smoke, but the smoke alarm did go off. I don't remember how much it weighed, but it was the same size as the one in the photo. It was indeed done after 50 minutes. It's been great for snacks, and we got the referenced book from the libe today.

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Old 02-06-2011, 03:53 PM   #6842
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I am trying to eat healthier food. Been frequenting the organic store recently. Not for what is there, but what isn't.

Anyhow....lunch was panfried sole fillet with steamed sweet potato, carrot and ginger, and sauteed kale, garnished with a slice of lemon. No sauce of any kind. Tasty and nutritious! I'm feeling holier than thou!

I had too many veggies so I pulverized them and added some organic low salt chicken broth. That will be soup for tomorrow and the next day.

Kale is delicious but the stems are too woody and give me a tummyache. I use only the leaves.
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I got two full pickup-truck-loads of free pine firewood from a craigslist ad. I had to do a lot of chainsawing and lifting and driving, but this sure saves tons of money. But someday I'm going to decide I'm too old for this.
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I am trying to eat healthier food. Been frequenting the organic store recently. Not for what is there, but what isn't.

Anyhow....lunch was panfried sole fillet with steamed sweet potato, carrot and ginger, and sauteed kale, garnished with a slice of lemon. No sauce of any kind. Tasty and nutritious! I'm feeling holier than thou!

I had too many veggies so I pulverized them and added some organic low salt chicken broth. That will be soup for tomorrow and the next day.

Kale is delicious but the stems are too woody and give me a tummyache. I use only the leaves.
Most recipes I have seen for kale call for it to be parboiled then plunged in an ice bath. Water is squeezed out afterwards and it is then added to whatever it is you are cooking. There were a few recipes that I read only today in the NYT. One was slow-cooked kale and beans and the other was a mushroom and egg casserole with chopped kale.
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I got two full pickup-truck-loads of free pine firewood from a craigslist ad. I had to do a lot of chainsawing and lifting and driving, but this sure saves tons of money. But someday I'm going to decide I'm too old for this.
Don't you worry about creosote buildup using pine for firewood? My brother used to be a chimney sweep, and said most of the chimney fires he heard about were from people burning pine.

Edit: I've been reading up on this (google), and it sounds like pine, properly seasoned, actually has less creosote than hardwoods. I guess the properly seasoned piece is the important part. So, just an old chimneysweep's tale.
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Sorry to you people in the snow belt but it was in the mid 70's today in the San Francisco Bay Area. Went for a motorcycle ride. I dodged a speeding ticket. I was going more than I said but substantially less than the said.
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Sorry to you people in the snow belt but it was in the mid 70's today in the San Francisco Bay Area. Went for a motorcycle ride. I dodged a speeding ticket. I was going more than I said but substantially less than the said.
We got up to 63 today, so I wore just a sweater and no coat. It was delightful. But, it will drop down below freezing later this week.
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Survived the black belt test. It actually went pretty quickly at "only" 5 hours and 45 minutes. Everyone came through, although one or two of them came awfully close to being killed by classmate peer pressure.

I maintained hydration & weight, I didn't permanently injure anything, and my forms are better than ever. I've been on ibuprofen for 24 hours and might keep that up for another day before my legs stop complaining. At least I can roll over in my sleep without waking myself up from the whimpering.

The first black belt test (two years ago) with my daughter was a lot more fun. Camaraderie through shared adversity, a common goal, a new experience. She was under self-imposed pressure to put "black belt" on her college application and I enjoyed the vicarious thrill. This time it was just for me and I knew what I was getting into so the anticipation was far worse than the actual experience. I know I need to keep doing taekwondo for the speed & agility & reflexes, but I'm having a difficult time discerning the value in going higher. That's why I'm writing this down-- so that I can review my thoughts in a couple years when my memories have faded to a rosy glow and it's time to sign up for the 3rd dan test.

Next Saturday we're doing the public ceremony with a demonstration of our forms plus breaking wood & bricks. I'm not big on spinning & agility but it's been suggested that I have the knife hands for 2-3 pieces of wood (inch-thick pine planks), the axe kick for 3-4 pieces, the punch for another 2-3 pieces, and the side kick for four (all done in sequence). We'll follow that with a palm strike for four bricks. I've done those kicks but the hand techniques will be a learning experience...

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I got two full pickup-truck-loads of free pine firewood from a craigslist ad. I had to do a lot of chainsawing and lifting and driving, but this sure saves tons of money. But someday I'm going to decide I'm too old for this.
So... have you told your daughter what she's doing next time she visits?
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Right, I get almost no creosote buildup. I clean the chimney myself once a year, and have a real chimney sweep inspect it every few years.

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Today is housecleaner day. It's been 6 weeks (versus the usual 4 weeks) and the house really needs a top to bottom cleaning.

I may finish up a few stray entries I need to do on my federal taxes, and dig up some cost basis records from my file cabinet. Then all I need to finish up is the data download from VG brokerage and mutual funds. I do it all at once so I don't get duplicate entries. That happened to me a few years back. My guess is it was operator error (me) .

It's warm enough here for some melting of snow to be going on. We decided to hold off our trip to MA until the last week of February. There were too many huge snowstorms in succession out there this winter, so we will let the winter to spring transition move along a little more before we venture east.
Melt damned snow melt!
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I had another alder die from borer infestation. The damn bugs seem to be resistant to treatment. So, I've had to cut down the tree, chop the branches and logs, and packed the whole infested mess off for disposal.

I think I'll take a nap this afternoon. Maybe some ibuprofen and a zinfandel chaser...
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Bought a bunch of plumbing supplies in preparation for a 4 hour drive to rescue DD's house. She's away, her new HEGF failed. Her neighbor was checking the house and caught it, furnace was fixed but not before the pipes froze.

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Did some wade fishing over at Goose Island State Park, near our rental house in Rockport, Texas. Had a ball.........caught maybe 35-40 spotted seatrout, kept 5 for a few meals. Weather is improving down here after a 4-5 day cold snap last week.
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So did you go for a walk down Stinky Beach?
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Well........moving into my 2nd week of no golf. Cold wet weather getting old. Actually was warm enough Sunday, but too wet. Suppose to be 50 tomorrow, so might layer up and try it.
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