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  1. annecros

    Steven Shaw

    Condolences to family and friends. Sincere gratitude for the priveledge of knowing him. Godspeed.
  2. Back in the day, way back in the day, I waited tables. "Buspan Cuisine" is how we referred to it. I mean - young women on a date would leave like 2/3 of the prime rib on the plate! Outside of that, tuna fish out of the can with saltine crackers. A can of Chef-Boy-Ardee Beefaroni - cold, out of the can.
  3. Quick update on the ladies. Maybelline is laying a large to extra large egg every day. Mona lays a large egg every day or two. Lucille, our special needs chicken, lays a large egg every day or two, sometimes a medium. They free range all day, the odor is no problem because of the space I think, low maintenance/high protein. Everyone should do this. The noise is the only thing I can complain about - but it isn't that bad. The neighbors get eggs, so they don't mind a bit. Haven't found a downside, but our schedule works with theirs. Other people may not like letting them out in the early AM. Als
  4. Exactly 2% - a handful that I use regularly. The rest are just eye candy and inspiration. I realized that the Martha White cookbook that I got as a premium is my most utilized.
  5. Absolutely. Adds stability, and just looks neat. I wouldn't post a pic of my compost heap on the internet. There is an old waterbed mattress serving as a cover. Reduce, reuse, recycle.
  6. Bermuda grass is obnoxious. However, the compost heaped on top of it would in fact kill the beast. Any Bermuda grass in your compost heap would be the result of the grass going to seed and sowing itself on top. A good reason for your wife to nag you about mowing the lawn. I've given up and just mow it myself.
  7. This is what I think of when I think of Gourmet. And the wonderful compilation cookbooks I own.
  8. I have a recipe tucked back that calls for "butter, the size of a hen's egg" - hand written and probably dating back to the turn of the century.
  9. We use a very similar method in our sandy soils to the sheet mulching, but we call it a "lasagna bed." Our problem is that most of the real estate in this area is simply years worth of St. Augustine grass growth, and sandy. It is really sad what happens to the soil, and the depletion is heart breaking. Not an earthworm in sight! When we first moved, I laid out my beds, then a layer of broken down cardboard packing boxes (reduce, reuse, recycle)laid directly on top of the turf, a couple of bails of peat, blood meal and bone meal sprinkled on top of that, then a thick layer of compost. I actual
  10. It's my understanding the the yolk size does not vary much in the sizing as the amount of white contained in the egg. That is, the yolk would be approximately the same size in a Large egg as an X-Large egg, but the quantity of white would be bigger in the X-L. I would have to double check a reference somewhere to be sure of that. I ran across it when I was checking substitution rates when I was getting mediums from the girls. I used eggs right out of the nest box for carbonara last week, and the sauce was amazingly perfect - set and consistency. Yum. Our chickens, all the same breed and about
  11. I'm bringing in purple hull peas this weekend. It is nearly the only type of crop that I can grow well in the heat and humidity in South Florida in August. Great low maintenance crop - they fix their own nitrogen in the soil - and the hotter and more humid it is the better they seem to perform. They are fungus prone, so a dose or two of Daconil is in order and not handling them or walking through them while they are damp from dew or rain is appropriate. Rotate something else between pea crops, because they also attract a mean namatode. I usually go with tomatoes or squash or even southern gree
  12. sparrowgrass, I must confess I was pleased to hear that you couldn't get rid of all of them. I hope the ones you have left are doable for you. You will need the quality protein to heal properly. Do they seem to miss the rest of the flock? Mine demonstrate real emotion when confronted with a flock mate in distress. Of course, mine are the biggest spoiled biddies I have ever seen! They call me out when it is treat time! I sometimes wonder who is keeping whom. Our predator brush was entirely our fault. She's really come a long way though - and is keeping up with her sisters just fine, thank you v
  13. I want some! My aunt used a pastry bag and piped her spritz. My imagination is probably running wild, but I am fantasizing that it is vanilla sugar those puppies are rolled in. What is the texture like? Tender? Butter cookie or sugar cookie?
  14. Ruby chard comes to mind. A savory fig tart with the skin side up could be a real show stopper, I think, and something a little different. A pomegranate glaze?
  15. I was concerned about the odor as well, but really haven't had a problem - and it has been a very wet summer. It may be because we only have three, and they range over the whole back yard most of the day. I do litter the run with fresh hay about once or twice a week, and that seems to sweeten things up a bit. That run, by the way, is going to be a vegetable plot this winter. Between the chicken poop and hay, they have created some beautiful soil - we are going to move them this month then turn the soil over and plant tomatoes in that spot. Mine are laying in the coop in their nest box (we had
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