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  1. There are lots of apparently unsupported points in this screed until you get to the end and see a couple of crackpot cites/sites. Oh my. I hear tinfoil beanies are helpful in preventing the Evil Big Food's soy-based brain-poisoning mind control rancidity rays from penetrating your skull. I read it on a website, so it must be true.
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    Odd Measures

    A gill is 1/2 cup. From FunWithWine.com: Champagne: Magnum (1.5 litres) 2 bottles Jeroboam (3 litres) 4 bottles Rehoboam (4.5 litres) 6 bottles Methuselah (6 litres) 8 bottles Salmanazar (9 litres) 12 bottles Balthazar (12 litres) 16 bottles Nebuchadnezzar (15 litres) 20 bottles Champagne Bollinger: Magnum (1.5 litres) 2 bottles Jereboam (3 litres) 4 bottles Methusalem (6 litres) 8 bottles Salmanazar (9 litres) 12 bottles Balthazar (12 litres) 16 bottles Nabuchodonozor (15 litres) 20 bottles Bordeaux: Magnum (1.5 litres) 2 bottles Marie-Jeanne (2.25 litres) 3 bottles Double Magnum (3 litres) 4 bottles Jeroboam (4.5 litres) 6 bottles Impériale (6 litres) 8 bottles
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    Treat parsnips as you would carrots. They're sweeter and more flavorful, but you can use them the same way you would carrots. They cook quickly, so I add them late to braises and stews. Smaller is better.
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    Smokin' meat

    Sweet Jeebus, Gua! That pork looks absolutely tarry on the outside! Did it taste as smoky as it looks? (Right click on the Imagestaion error image and click "Properties", then paste the URL into a browser window to see the pics) http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid6...d2.jpg.orig.jpg Or copy and paste the above URL into your browser. I tend to go for an hour of smoke and then more time at low temp without smoke, and I'm not so picky about where the last few hours of cooking take place. Grill, smoker, oven, whatever ya got.
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    Leg of Lamb

    Alton Brown's Silence of the Leg O' Lamb A probe thermometer is very handy here.
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    Source for Sassafrass?

    Sassafras range in North America: Sassafras tree (winter): Note the right angled (elbow like) branching. This image doesn't quite play it up enough, but Sassafras trees look like they are surrendering with their upper arms paralell to the ground and their forearms perpendicular to the ground. |_||_| You'll find Sassafras along the edges of fields and clearings. Find small trees and dig roots under 1" in diameter. Now where's my spade?..
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    Garlic Presses

    Click here, then scroll down to Scene 6 for the scoop on garlic, cell walls and allicin.
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    My local's offerings

    La Chouffe? My local usually has 3 or 4 of their own ales and when I'm lucky they have Fuller's ESB.
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    Beer strength

    Alcohol and Calorie Content of About 200 Popular Beers
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    roasting vegetables

    What Tony says, and I'll add that I've found parsnips take a lot less cooking than you'd think. They seem tougher than carrots or potatoes, but soften quicker when cooked.
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