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  1. Nihon_Ni

    What's on your plate today?

    I intended to make these for the company BBQ contest ahead of Memorial Day, but I missed the cookout. Yesterday I was working in the garage all day, so I decided it was time to give my dish a full test run, in case I decided to enter it in the contest next year. I had initially conceived this...
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    How to choose a right cigar humidor

    I fixed it for you! :cool:
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    As we approach Memorial Day - In Honor of Devil Doc

    Thanks for posting this! Doc's words are priceless.
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    Air Warriors

    From my time on a carrier I seriously doubt any Air Boss would ever let an Air Force pilot make an attempt to land on the ship, let alone one in a wounded bird. A carrier is one of the most dangerous environments in all of aviation, and landing currency rules the flight schedule because it is...
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    Air Warriors

    When discussing how good or bad an airplane is, you really have to consider it's context in history. It's not really fair to compare an F-4 to an F-15 because they are different generations of aircraft. The fact that the F-4 was so prolific shows how good of an airplane it was for its time...
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    Air Warriors

    The terms have various meanings that are sometimes at odds with each other. In general, a fighter is designed to shoot down other airplanes and an attack plane is designed to deliver ordnance on a ground/surface target. However, in colloquial terms, the USAF calls everything a fighter that...
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    What's on your plate today?

    Coffee crusted venison loin, wild cherry and pomegranate sauce fondant potatoes, arugula salad with pickled fennel with a sunny side up egg, topped with fennel fronds.
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    Happy birthday Nihon Ni!

    Thanks guys!
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    Yowzah! Cuban Cigar Pricing Going Up...Way Up!!

    This must be fake news, otherwise, it makes @jfields look like a genius!
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    Bird Watchers

    The one-piece of info that is missing from Merlin is a bird's dimensions. That would be really helpful in figuring out things like Downy vs Hairy, Cooper Hawk vs Sharpie, etc. In the case of House vs Purple Finch, they are the same size so you have to look for other clues. We had a few Purple...
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    Bird Watchers

    This is absolutely true, but in the field, it's often hard to determine the relative size of a bird without seeing a reference bird (or reference suet feeder!). This is especially challenging when looking through binoculars. When I do have to figure out a bird's size to assist me in...
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    Bird Watchers

    For those new to birding, I have two free apps I highly recommend and use myself: Merlin Bird ID: This will help you identify the birds you see in your local area. It works all over the world and is quickly replacing the need for a library of field guides. ebird: This is run by Cornell...
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    Bird Watchers

    I've also been a birder most of my adult life. In fact, this week I saw my 768th different bird, a black-faced spoonbill. We have several feeders in our backyard and woods. We have a main feeder with sunflower hearts and a birdbath that are out all year round. In the winter we also put out...
  14. Nihon_Ni

    What's on your plate today?

    It's just an ad lib: reduced beef stock, red wine and thyme and let it simmer while everything else was cooking. Then I added soy sauce and red wine vinegar until it tasted right and mounted it with butter. As Anthony Bourdain said, "An ounce of sauce covers a multitude of sins."
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    What's on your plate today?

    Sauteed pheasant breast with oyster mushrooms, paired with roasted Brussel sprouts and topped with a bit of arugula. A coworker is an avid hunter and he recently gave me a full pheasant breast, but it was skinned and in multiple pieces so I couldn't follow the recipe exactly. I ended up...
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    What's on your plate today?

    I have to go visit Swallow Hill Farms! I just looked at their website and now I'm hungry!!
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    What's on your plate today?

    Roasted cream of parsnip and potato soup, with spicy venison sausage, dried cranberries, Italian parsley, and parmesan cheese. I took inspiration from a couple of different recopies and basically did my own thing. I had to work at it a bit to get the soup base right as far as texture and...
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    What's on your plate today?

    For Christmas we decided to take on two different cooking challenges. The first was to recreate a menu from La Bernardin. We decided to go for the four course Prix Fixe with items previously on the menu. First course: Salmon-Caviar Croque-Monsieur. I bought the best smokes salmon I could...
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    What's on your plate today?

    Sweet potato gnocchi with brown butter and fried sage, green beans with bacon, and seared pork chop. Less than 30 mins from start to finish.
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