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What did you buy recently that does the job !

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Ok, so this is as general as possible to let stories be shared, but I'll start:

 

We bought a meat grinder but chose the hand crank kind cuz they are cheap and we're not incapable of turning a circle... I will say now, I do wish we had bought an electric one !   LOL

 

But we have used it several times for ground pork so my wife can make dumplings.

 

Today, I ground up a T-bone steak, plus 5 % pork shoulder meat... to make a hamburger.   

 

I recall reading an autobiography, I think Lee Iacocca, where top steak meat was ground to make a hamburger.

 

Do I need to tell you how good my version was ?  :P

 

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9 minutes ago, Lost in Translation said:

I bought a new French press. Simple, elegant, efficient.

 

Very cool !!!   I just bought a new one...  but after buying a first one that didn't work !

 

The first one, when you poured out the coffee, the glass would slide out !     RETURN :)

 

The current one works well.  Has a kind of lock twist I have not seen on my past press.

 

Why a french press ?  Simple...

 

Coffee machines pour the water through grinds and creates coffee....which is SO F'ing Weak !!!

 

A french press allows you to let the coffee grounds seep in water so that you will stay awake for 3 days straight :o

 

I am mostly Italian and French Roast B)

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17 minutes ago, dawei said:

A french press allows you to let the coffee grounds seep in water so that you will stay awake for 3 days straight :o

 

Here's how I do it.

 

1) Buy whole beans and grind them yourself. I have a small Cuisinart grinder that does the trick.

2) Add 1 heaping teaspoon of coffee for every 4 ounces.

3) Pour boiling water into the press. Don't wait too long after you hear the kettle whistle.

4) Gently stir the coffee and water.

5) Wait 4 minutes. This is important. Four minutes - no more, no less.

6) Apply the plunger and pour.

 

You can then add milk or sugar or whatever to taste. I'm partial to half and half.

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1 hour ago, Lost in Translation said:

5) Wait 4 minutes. This is important. Four minutes - no more, no less.

 

Never timed it... but 4 minutes on a dark roast seems rather strong.   I might go about 2-3 minutes.

 

You never said what you prefer for beans ?

 

As an aside story... I may likely drink coffee because as a kid I still remember my mom drinking black coffee... we'd dunk our toast with butter into it.  It was a wonderful treat.

 

So a few weeks ago, my mom visited... and I told her how I make my coffee from dark roast and she was like, .... ok.  

 

I told her I'd pour out some early so it was not so strong.... remember, that generation thought Maxwell House was the bomb !  LOL

 

As still her wont, black.   She took a taste and almost yelled like she had drunk poison !!!   She yelled a few curse words and said, "add some F&*!@ water !!!    :P

 

I tried for several days to tame down the coffee strength to her liking but I just can't match Maxwell House !   :lol:

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A lawn Ferrari 

 

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No more ;  mix measure mix, set choke and throttle ... Pull   -   brrrmmmm   pull -   bbblt  ..... pull -  bltttttt ... PULL !   -  bbblllttttt  .... 

 

 :angry:    BASTARD !

 

 

 

... now;    hold switch on with thumb ,   pull trigger ....  VrrrrOOOOOM !  ... love it !

 

 

 

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1 hour ago, dawei said:

You never said what you prefer for beans ?

 

I prefer a medium/medium-dark roast. 

 

Pete's has a good dark roast.

 

https://www.peets.com/major-dickason-s-blend

 

I like my coffee with a slightly acidic taste, not quite as strong as Starbucks. That said, the best coffee so ever had was from Split Pea Andersen's in Buellton, California. It's mild, smooth and very tasty.

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Sometimes a very simple thing changes all the work. For me, this is a Chinese chef's knife. As soon as it appeared, Chinese cuisine became simpler and happier. With other knives, many processes take up a lot more time and effort.

 

 

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I like medium dark to dark roast (ie the Starbucks curse).  For a couple weeks I'd go to a Whole Foods that roasted beans every couple days.  The idea was to buy just 4 oz of freshly roasted beans.  I'd seen a Ted talk that said after a week the beans lost there oils and freshness.  So I'd only buy a little bit of the freshest and grind'em up as needed. 

 

Use a french press and wait 4 minutes.  Wait til the pour was thick and dark.  Good stuff, full bodied, nutty.   Leaving the empty cup with dark circle of coffee muck on the bottom.

 

Always on the look out for new, I saw an article in Thrillist ranking all 30 brands of Trader Joe's coffee https://www.thrillist.com/drink/nation/best-trader-joes-coffee.  So this week I got there organic Ethiopian blend (couldn't find Honduran), medium dark.  My wife uses it for her drip, I ground it in the store.  It's been pretty good.  Its probably relatively fresh, but as one cup a day user it'll out last the freshness.  I'll probably get back to buying a $3 of beans and using'em for a week.

 

My recent 'best buy' was an over night stay at Lake Geneva in a beautiful B&B, the Baker house.  A month earlier we did a single night in Geneva at the Harrington hotel right on the river.   Both places are under an hour and a half from Chicago.   They're a  short but sweet, break from the monotony of life. 

 

Living high for a day.   In a new place you're a little new yourself.  I'd like to find special but close places at least every other month.  ie buying an experience.  Cause stuff is just stuff. 

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a wrecking bar   -  did the job !  On my rotting front decking

 

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( Current jobs done and being done around here ;

 

Re gravelled the driveway   ( bobcat 'did the job' )  , excavated a shed site,  cut back bamboo from driveway,  cut down and chopped up 5 massive trees, cleared and levelled the ground for mower,  destroyed old back decking, pulled out posts and getting ready to fill holes with concrete for footings for a bathroom (no more cold showers under the hose  in the wind ! ) , building the bathroom, building the shed, laying the new front decking  ( this morning )   , reconditioned old solid  silky oak wardrobe - with cedar stain on outer, refitted antique bed ( cedar with wood and pearl shell inlay forest  nymph playing flute) , made Bengal red velvet bedspread,  installed art deco light fittings,  cedar chest of draws, strip back and re do table.  strip kitchen floor (decayed cork tile) and lay slate tiles.

 

Oh, here is another thing that 'does the job'   ... my broke neighbour  who is desperate for work  :) 

 

..... and on that note .... goodbye !    ( up and at em .... gotta lay the front deck , before I step through the door to go outside and forget nothing underfoot !  nearly did that last night  . )

 

Y'all have a nice day now  :) 

 

 

 

 Aussie red cedar  and silky oak timber ;

 

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I mentioned this in another thread but worth repeating... the smallest things can sometimes be the greatest help... Super Glue :)

 

I have fixed 3 computers which it which otherwise one needs to replace the casing.  Also my microwave handle.

 

They now make it in a gel so you don't have to mess with the watery very.   My recommendation is, buy more than one as you'll find more and more uses for it ;)

 

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I was visiting my brother in Florida last week and went with him to take his son to a piano lesson.

The teacher knows I'm a guitarist and asked if I'd look at some old guitars she had laying around that belong to her son-in-law.  They were looking to get rid of them. One was an old Martin guitar... small body, decent shape, sounds amazing. 
 

I did a little research and learned that it was made in 1920!

Excellent condition considering it will soon be 100.

I made an offer and brought a 1920 Martin 0-18 home with me...

By far it has the best tone of any guitar I've played or owned.

It needs a little work (maybe more than a little) but considering what I paid it will be a bargain either way.

Very excited to see where it takes my playing.

 

 

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New  wood heater 

 

 

 

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Cast iron - very heavy. Had to dismantle it to get it in the back of car.  Now I gotta rip out the old one and install this  (and figure out how tor reassemble it ).

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