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On 9/30/2020 at 4:28 PM, scamhi said:

I ordered an electric smoker today. Cookshack SM045.  Going to put it on my lanai in Florida.

We have a weber grill down there but I want to smoke brisket, ribs, pork butt etc.

 

I guess the Florida weber isn't a kettle, which I used to use for smoking all the mentioned stuff?

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15 hours ago, lemniscate said:

 

I took some visiting German co-workers to a local craft beer place a few years ago, because they were missing their home country's style beer vs. what they got in the sports bars.   I ordered hot pretzels and they were served with the typical (in America) spicy brown mustard.   They looked incredulously at that and said "Where's the butter?"   I learned that night that pretzels (Brezn) were served with soft butter and not mustard in Germany.   The mustard dip is pretty much American style.

 

Or, as it's served at Cafe Katja (ostensibly Austrian):

 

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with butter AND their house-made liptauer.

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45 minutes ago, ElsieD said:

 

Thank you but the ingredient list is missing.

Ingredients: liquid whole eggs, sugar, water, mustard flour, vinegar, < 2% cornstarch and turmeric.  

 

It is definitely not terribly sweet.  It's actually very eggy.  It would be great in potato salad.

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6 hours ago, weinoo said:

 

I guess the Florida weber isn't a kettle, which I used to use for smoking all the mentioned stuff?

it's a basic 21" kettle grill and a PITA to have to keep adding coals during a long cook but I have done it.

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15 hours ago, scamhi said:

it's a basic 21" kettle grill and a PITA to have to keep adding coals during a long cook but I have done it.

 

Back in the day (i.e. when I had a backyard and a kettle), it was a great way to spend a Sunday waiting for football to start. My favorite thing to do in the kettle was brined whole duck. But I'll admit, if there were other alternatives available, I might've taken advantage.

 

I just think doing them with hardwood and coal gives a flavor that's not exactly gotten via electricity or propane.

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On 9/7/2020 at 2:59 AM, MokaPot said:

Cooking chopsticks (used sort of like tongs). The tips (skinnier ends) are silicone-coated. The silicone runs about 2.5 inches up. When I ordered them, I thought the chopsticks were going to be fully-coated in silicone. I use them in nonstick pans and just general use as well.

 

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Just noticed this post.

 

They are rather short for cooking chopsticks. Mine are 16½ inches long. I don't get the 'tongs' reference. I've never seen them used like tongs. Can you clarify, please?

 

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On 10/3/2020 at 4:05 PM, weinoo said:

Or, as it's served at Cafe Katja (ostensibly Austrian):

 

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with butter AND their house-made liptauer.

 

That looks pretty good !
 

Butter for Germans is a must indeed, in some areas butter with chives is served as well. Mustard might come with the sausages, that accompany the Brezn, but not with the bread itself.

The Liptauer is definitely an Austrian treat; the southern German / Bavarian version is called Obatzda and is more rich and pungent due to the use of (ripe) Camembert instead of cottage cheese. Typically, one orders a portion of it and then the Brezn comes as an accompaniment. It’s pretty much a meal.

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3 hours ago, liuzhou said:

New toy arrived today. I'm sure it will get used.

 

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Is that a "shrimp" knife, because I seem to have replaced  misplaced my nice one (with a wooden handle like yours); I replaced it with an OXO and it sucks.

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15 minutes ago, weinoo said:

 

Is that a "shrimp" knife, because I seem to have replaced my nice one (with a wooden handle like yours); I replaced it with an OXO and it sucks.


Yes. By Plazotta of Germany.

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An entirely different kind of "fun stuff," but last week when I was in the supermarket I found a couple of packages of fresh morels that were marked down 50 percent because they were approaching their "use-by" date (and yes, just about every part of that sentence still fills me with wonder).

 

The same supermarket (Superstore, if you're wondering) also had heirloom tomatoes at $2/lb last week. They weren't as good as the best ones from my garden, but they were right up there with the "not-best" ones. Decidedly better than I would expect from a supermarket at this time of year.

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I got home from my shopping yesterday to find a long stemmed flower in a beautiful vase along with a chocolate bar at my door, courtesy of my next door neighbour.  In conversation with her later, she told me the vase is mine to keep.

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Finally able to head to Chinatown to pick up one of these (yes, I know they're available online but I wanted to support the Thai store.

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Stocking up pieces and parts for a possible back deck off the living room I caved for a vintage Weber Silver sidewinder Natural Gas grill.

 

Craigslist, well less than $100 (though I drove an hour to get it, then spent too much $$$ at IKEA), and this grill looks like it's been used 5 times in the past 25 years, and cleaned thoroughly each time. Very nice gentleman seller, we chatted for a good 1/2 hour after loading it in the car.

 

It'll be broken down to it's parts, all nuts and bolts replaced with stainless, brass gas valves pulled apart and lubed. Repainted where needed to freshen it up. A rainy day endeavor. 

 

It'll outlast me, I hope.

 

Now I just have to build the deck....

 

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2 minutes ago, CentralMA said:

Stocking up pieces and parts for a possible back deck off the living room I caved for a vintage Weber Silver sidewinder Natural Gas grill.

 

Craigslist, well less than $100 (though I drove an hour to get it, then spent too much $$$ at IKEA), and this grill looks like it's been used 5 times in the past 25 years, and cleaned thoroughly each time. Very nice gentleman seller, we chatted for a good 1/2 hour after loading it in the car.

 

It'll be broken down to it's parts, all nuts and bolts replaced with stainless, brass gas valves pulled apart and lubed. Repainted where needed to freshen it up. A rainy day endeavor. 

 

It'll outlast me, I hope.

 

Now I just have to build the deck....

 

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That's the one we had when we had the house.  You'll love it.

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@CentralMA 

 

I have that same one

 

20 ++ years old ?

 

working fine.

 

consider some of these :

 

https://www.grillgrate.com

 

it been covered a long long time ago here

 

I have them, as do a few others 

 

mighty fine for Vertical Chicken so that the fat

 

does not flare up and car everything.

 

nice purchase 

 

you will enjoy it

 

there there are these :

 

for pellet smoking :

 

https://www.amazon.com/LIZZQ-Premium-Pellet-Smoker-Tube/dp/B06ZZRR7XD/ref=bmx_4?pd_rd_w=8j8BQ&pf_rd_p=b56a886c-2bb4-4e74-b4cf-23d7a76693c8&pf_rd_r=14S2NH4WJ9628MGNN0BR&pd_rd_r=70d465af-bc8b-42f4-ad31-dc6cb23e0301&pd_rd_wg=hs6Ul&pd_rd_i=B06ZZRR7XD&psc=1

 

mine are very old and round works well

 

this sort of thing is newer

 

and does not roll , id guess

 

make sure you get his quality hard wood pellets

 

and you can light them w a torch !

 

this also has been discussed here some time ago.

 

Happy Cooking !

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Stocking up pieces and parts for a possible back deck off the living room I caved for a vintage Weber Silver sidewinder Natural Gas grill.

 

Craigslist, well less than $100 (though I drove an hour to get it, then spent too much $$$ at IKEA), and this grill looks like it's been used 5 times in the past 25 years, and cleaned thoroughly each time. Very nice gentleman seller, we chatted for a good 1/2 hour after loading it in the car.

 

It'll be broken down to it's parts, all nuts and bolts replaced with stainless, brass gas valves pulled apart and lubed. Repainted where needed to freshen it up. A rainy day endeavor. 

 

It'll outlast me, I hope.

 

Now I just have to build the deck....

 

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Excellent find! I was going to suggest a forum/website with resources for your restoration, but I see you’re

already there!🤣 (and have been for a long time)

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