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  1. Here in Lancaster County PA there is Long's Horseradish that is good and hot. If one goes to lancaster central farmers market, they cook it up right there. Fills the building with a great smell and can't be any fresher. They also bottle it and it is for sale in the refrigerated section of many local markets. I guess that offers you no help in Califorinia, but you ought to be able to find something that works for you
  2. I enjoy the Eagle Rare and I believe it to be an excellent value for the price.
  3. My late mother always told me that it needed to be poached. But the best chicken salad I make is with the chicken smoked on the BGE. I do believe that the classic method is poaching, but I think it tastes much better if the chicken, is smoked, grilled or done in the oven
  4. Going to have crown roast of pork with rice stuffing. Rest of menu is still up in the air.
  5. Like many folks, offal can be a challenge for me. But the one sort of commonly liked item thta I don't care for is olives. I don't like hard cooked eggs either
  6. Check to see if it is labeled as "minimumly processed" if it is already injected with a solution that means it is pre-brined. You can do the thawing and brining all at the same time. I heard the famous Mr. Brown on NPR the other day saying he would brine a frozen turkey without thawing it first.
  7. Sunday before tradition continued yesterday. Have a gallon of turkey stock done. Turkey backs are always what I use.
  8. My favorite device for bailing liquids is my 4 cup Pyrex measuring cup. has a spout for pouring. Once you get it down to a reasonable amount go with the funnel and the free pour.
  9. I agree with Bob Libkind. the brands aere well established and certainly have value. These items certainly will continue to be produced by somebody in some fachion
  10. One of these would do the trick http://www.acehardware.com/product/index.jsp?productId=1278188&cp=2568443.2568452.2631240.1260936
  11. I did read reports from them that they were going to cut back on the amount they exported due to the high demand in the US of A
  12. I have just been informed that due to family member travel plans service will need to be moved to 1PM instead of our traditional 4PM. No change in the menu, just means I need to get out of bed sooner. There may be something of a change come to think of it with appetizers and before service drinks.
  13. I was able to get a bottle of VanWinkle 12 year old from the PA LCB website. They got their allocation and not one drop made it to the stores. The entire state of Pennsylvania recieved 60 bottles of the 23 year old, 360 of the 20 year old, 480 of the 12 year old and 42 bottles of the ten year old bourbons. And a grand total of 3 bottles of the rye. Yes, 3 bottles for the entire state of PA. I have heard the rye described as the unicorn of whiskey. Reported to exist, but nobody had ever seen one. The entire PA allocation was gone withing a couple hours. I was hoping for a bottle of the 20 year old but I was too late. I was informed the 23 year old lasted two minutes with a one bottle max. Please excuse lousy phone camera picture.
  14. Exactly. I get the BGE cranked up to 600 or so. Four minutes on a side and it is rare and charred and delicious.
  15. Got my Cabela's ad in the paper this morning and they have some sale prices in meat grinders, sausage stuffers and other items as part of their deer camp sale. The stuff they have is very good quality and it is worth a look for anyone looking. They are a sort of under the radar spot for many cooking items. I don't live too far from their Hamburg PA store which is just huge. I think all the specials are available from their website as well. As I say they have lots of stuff with an emphasis on outdoor cooking and butchering and preparing game.
  16. A Loaf of Bread in the little center across from the train station certainly has a steam oven. But since Mark Miller retired I don't go there anymore. I can't speak to what they are making there now. But you are correct in that the kind of bread you want ain't easily found here. Lee at La Dolce Vita makes some good bread, but not the style you seek
  17. Am very impressed with this rig and sorry to hear it did not produce. I hope mad Dr. Frankenstein, I mean Dr. Beal will be able to beat it into shape. As an undergrad we managed to cobble together a working still with parts mostly "borrowed" by my roommate, who was conveniently enough, chemistry major. And distillation of alcohol was indeed out goal. Staying on the topic, if it does produce a distillate how do you know when it gives you want you are looking for? Perhaps I am wrong, but if you go to long won’t you get things in the distillate that you do not want?
  18. Rittenhouse rye currently in stock on the website. Usually does not last long. They told me Van Winkle bourbon will be in soon. Website only and the won't get much
  19. I must seconfd what Kenneth says here. I have limited experience with using the xanthan but I won't forget my first time. Was making a simple gravy and instead of a roux I tried a bit of the xanthan. My bit was was way more than I needed as I ended up with gravy Jello. A little of it goes a real long way.
  20. If I ever need hospitaization I believe I am going to wait till Kerry goes north so I can eat what she brings on rounds. Another wonderful report on her and Anna's trip to the great North.
  21. When I make ice cream I always use eggs, as Melissa says, eggs don't scare me.
  22. I am no expert in what may be best for you if you want to cook. However, if you want to go back to college I urge you to do it now, and not wait. The longer you wait, the harder it will be to do
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