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  1. I'll throw it in whole with the stock, then. My dear partner wants nothing to do with the skin and doesn't like beans. He's opposed to the idea of stock on principle ("Why would you put the parts you can't eat in there! Don't feed me that!"), but I love beans, and will probably reserve some of the stock for that purpose.
  2. Here's the picnic roast. What to do with the skin!?! It's beautiful, but tough. Should I put it in the stock pot along with the fat and bone? I REALLY like this one. More unctuous.
  3. That sounds like a neat set-up!
  4. Shredded (HOT!) and ate a bit for lunch. Still need to shred the rest. I'm going to wait until it's a bit cooler.
  5. I pulled the boneless butt out of the oven at 190 F. Before I did, I stuck a fork in it and twisted, and it started to separate effortlessly. "Front" "Back" I covered it with foil. While composing this, the other thermometer told me the bone-in hit 180 F, so I reset it to let me know when it reaches 190. It smells sooooo gooooooood.
  6. Thanks! I'll look at that shortly!
  7. I had to give up and go to bed shortly after 1 a.m. The boneless was at 165 and the bone-in at 154. I turned the oven off. I got up about 6:15 and turned the oven back on. The boneless was at 118 and the bone-in at 122. As of 20 minutes to 10, they were at 174 and 160, respectively. I'll turn the oven off when the bone-in hits 190. I may pull the boneless out when it hits 190, then let it rest before pulling it apart.
  8. And just before midnight, the boneless butt hit 160.
  9. Ok, half an hour later, temps started to budge upwards. Now to just have patience.
  10. I will, when it's done! It's a new-to-me Brinkmann vertical charcoal water smoker, one of the boxy kind. I've never used a charcoal smoker before, so it's been a learning experience. I've had issues keeping the temperature up to 200 F. I think that we're going to ditch the OEM charcoal pan and find or make a deep rectangular one that I can load up with charcoal and wood á la Minion, even thought it's not a WSM. I put the meat in the smoker at 5 minutes to 8 this morning, and at 5 after 10 tonight, one still hadn't gotten above 138 (bone-in) and the other not above 149 (
  11. Brined from about 10:00 yesterday until I put it on the smoker. No other seasoning. Hickory for the smoke.
  12. I put an 8-lb boneless butt and an almost 10-lb picnic roast in my new-to-me charcoal smoker about 20 minutes ago. I've never used a charcoal smoker, so this will be a learning experience, but I'm looking forward to it!
  13. No, the texture was the same throughout.
  14. That makes sense. The rest of the cake is rather bland. I'll make sure to grind it, next time. Thanks!
  15. No, I used coconut oil, and tasted it after I ate my piece of cake to make sure it wasn't salty. And the bottom was way saltier than salted butter would've made it, too. I'm stumped.
  16. Tonight I made a one-bowl yellow cake (200 g sugar, 2 eggs, vanilla; creamed. Add 70 g oil, 200 g milk, 160 g flour (I used cake flour), 1 1/4 tsp baking powder, 3 g salt in this order. Bake in greased and floured 8-9" round cake pan at 350 for 60 minutes. Adapted from a recipe at Jenny Can Cook.) I've made this before, when craving cake, and while it's not the best recipe, it's decent enough and pretty fast to put together. I forgot the milk until the end, and mixed the cake using a whisk because I couldn't find my hand mixer. I used kosher salt. The recipe didn't specify.
  17. I don't really make soup all that often. Maybe once a month, or even less, exactly because of this problem. Eating soup is a good way to eat fewer calories, if you're trying to lose weight, which we are both trying to do. Plus, it tastes good. Both of us agree on that. I think the best way to deal with it is for me to dish out the soup, THEN call him to dinner. On the other hand, he does this with things served over noodles or rice, too, if I don't mix the noodles or rice in before serving. So with anything served over rice or noodles, either I mix it in before service,
  18. I try, but sometimes it doesn't work out that way. And really, there's maybe 1/4" to 1/2" of brothy stuff over the solid.
  19. That will work great for some soups. I don't make soup all that often, so maybe it's just not worth worrying about.
  20. That would be great, if there weren't leftovers. Perhaps I should just dish it out and put the rest away before calling him to eat...
  21. He does, sometimes, but only clam chowder. To which he adds a can of clams. Which I think is a good idea. He LOVES my clam chowder, but he eats so much of it, it's cheaper just to buy Progresso.
  22. Yeah, he won't eat "pizza bones," as he calls the crusts. That doesn't bother me. He doesn't take more pizza to compensate, though.
  23. Nope. He said, "It was really good, honey." He just doesn't want to "fill up" on liquids.
  24. I wish I could get away with that. I made soup for lunch, today. I told him up front, "Tell me when you've got enough solids, and then I'll add liquid on top of it." When he had enough solids, I added liquid. He said, "Hey, I don't want THAT!" I said, "Tough. That's what soup IS. And you don't want to miss the good-tasting liquid." He made a face. Since he ate in his office (we work from home), I didn't see whether he actually consumed the liquid, or whether he dumped it down the sink.
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