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  1. Yes, about 12x12 worth of usable space... enough for a 10" cast iron pan. And yes, it is for outdoor use only. By the way, I answered my own stupid question. But I have another - interior dimensions, which I am finding hard to see on their website. There are no stupid questions... just inquisitive idiots.
  2. The markets in neighboring France always have stacks of beautiful radishes at a very cheap price. The only thing I know to do with them is to slice them up and put them on buttered toast. What else can I do with them? Dan
  3. My wife and I decided to buy a RoccBox. It is a nifty little propane or wood fired tabletop pizza oven. They claim it can hit 500 Celcius. You can read about it at So what should I cook in this thing? Pizza obviously! I am also planning on roasting chantrelle mushrooms, padron peppers, maybe fish? Any other thoughts out there? Cheers! Dan
  4. Morality is always important in business. Nobody will want to work with or for you if you have reputation of lying, cheating, or stealing. I totally agree with this. I have felt that the maternity leave is earned and not just a right. The issue here is it right to inform them that Maternity leave (6-8 weeks for disability and up to 6 weeks for parental leave) starts on x date, collect full pay and benefits, and then inform them ahead of time that you will not be returning once it is over.
  5. One of the things I like about selling through Facebook is that all of the transactions go through their messenger app. This speeds up conversations and allows me to view the other person's profile. If it looks like a fake account, then I don't write back. Besides, I'm selling excess baby clothes and products, second hand furniture, and old kitchen appliances. There is nothing up that would attract the attention of a thief to think I was a worthy target.
  6. I have been clearing out the house and hoping to reduce the amount of crap everwhere by at least 30% due to the possibility of a major move overseas. I have found that selling stuff on Facebook Marketplace has been rather successful. Except for the assholes who think it is a good idea to ping me, ask a bunch of questions, say they want to come by to buy what I am selling, ask for my address and a time, and then not show up. How is this okay? Since I'm ranting.... A special shout out to the handyman who did not want to send me proof of liability insurance, but did when I told hi
  7. So... Things have been interesting! My wife has interviewed for a job in Geneva, Switzerland.IF things go the right way for the job, she would probably start in January so the kids can start school at the beginning of the spring semester. She is also 5+ months pregnant and is due just before Thanksgiving. This means that if all goes well with the job, she will take maternity leave and leave before it is over. The better half is feeling a bit guilty taking the maternity leave with possibility of leaving for a new job before it is over. What does the peanut gallery think? Is there a pro
  8. That is a very kind and tempting offer for the meat grinder. I will have to think about it. I am avoiding the kitchenaid attachment as it is plastic and therefore impossible to kasher. i usually hand chop my chopped liver. A meat grinder with a coarse blade will give a more consistent texture. As far as suffering... that is what matzoh and in-laws are for.
  9. I need a sturdy, hand crank meat grinder. Passover is coming and I will need one to make gefilte fish and chopped liver. I can live without the former, but it is expected. All metal would be preferred. Any suggestions?
  10. We might be heading to Philadelphia this weekend on last minute adventure. We will be staying at the Kimpton Monaco, which is a stone's throw away from Independence Hall. What is there to eat in the area? We have a 5 and 7 year old girls who tend to be adventurous eaters. Simple, no frills dining is preferred. Vegetarian friendly is better. Whats good in the area? Thanks! Dan
  11. In a moment of poor judgement, I found myself with 3 lbs of split peas. What should I do with this "bounty" besides make way too much split pea soup? Thanks!
  12. I bought an ANOVA (because SWMBO) and have mixed feelings about it. Some things have been great some meh. The best application so far has been boneless turkey breasts. It was the juiciest I have ever cooked and made great sandwiches. How long until we have ready to cook meals in the freezer isle that you just drop in the sous vide
  13. Everything has gone well so far. The plan of preparing as much as possible ahead of time and finish it necessary at the campsite has worked well. Big Hits: S'mores are always a bit with the kids Pie irons have been fun. We have made a variety of sandwiches ranging from the sausage and sauerkraut to croque madam. Desert wise, we have made apple pies, pies filled with rhubarb compote, fresh strawberries, and cream cheese. We also made sandwiches filled with leftovers from the trip. Pre-made grain based of also work very well. For the first trip I made a salad out of quinoa and a second tri
  14. Grilled escarole and smoked salmon was a hit. So was stir fried lettuce with garlic and a shiratake noodles. Tonight it is back to a plain lettuce salad with leftover smoked salmon. 1 more head of lettuce after that and I'm through this week's supply! It looks like have two more heads coming in next week with 2 more kohlrabi, kale, cukes, salad turnips, cabbage and scallions. Brassica overload time! One nice thing about my CSA. If I don't pick up my share, it is donated to the local soup kitchen. Ok, two things. They also have a flower csa. They agreed to sell us a share of leftov
  15. Grilled escarole and smoked salmon was a hit. So was stir fried lettuce with garlic and a shiratake noodles. Tonight it is back to a plain lettuce salad with leftover smoked salmon. 1 more head of lettuce after that and I'm through this week's supply! It looks like have two more heads coming in next week with 2 more kohlrabi, kale, cukes, salad turnips, cabbage and scallions. Brassica overload time! One nice thing about my CSA. If I don't pick up my share, it is donated to the local soup kitchen. Ok, two things. They also have a flower csa. They agreed to sell us a share of leftov
  16. Uhhh. Dude. What happens behind closed doors stays behind closed doors. ;-)
  17. Possibly serve with grilled mackerel?
  18. My CSA has left me with a fridge filled with lettuce. I am right now sitting on 2 heads of red leaf, one green leaf, about a pound of cut mix. I also have Tuscan kale, escarole, and a head of caraflex cabbage. I'm drowning in greens! What can I do with these leafy lettuces other than salad with every meal?
  19. I decided a little practice was in order for this weekend. Lunch was a sandwich of sausage, sauerkraut, onions and mustard and a pie made from crescent dough, bananas, chocolate chips, marshmallows, and almonds. The sausage needed some swiss cheese and the crescent dough did not do much.... but yum! https://goo.gl/photos/BQuGH2PhYBiTVSwo9 Any bean stew ideas out there that I can cook in the camp dutch oven? I have a few pounds of black, yellow eye and cranberry beans from the CSA share.
  20. The camper has a reservoir, but I'm going to limit it to non potable use. I plan on taking some 2.5 gallon water jugs with us for drinking. There is a Walmart near by, just in case. Foil in your friend, and so is duct tape... but that is a different story. :/ I have two bags of marshmallows for 3 days. I hope that is enough. One favorite is a banana roasted in a foil pack with chocolate chips, marshmallows, and peanuts... Spoon it onto a Graham cracker and you are golden.
  21. Sadly, the pinkos that run this state decided that the state parks should be dry. Come on, who doesn't want to sit outside on a lawn chair drinking a beer after a long day!
  22. Beans are definitely on the menu. I have a bag of yellow eye beans and a bag of cranberry beans from my CSA share that I need to use. Maybe I will make a Dutch oven bean stew and have a farting party around the campfire.
  23. Cooked beans around the campfire. All I can think of is Blazing Saddles.
  24. In two weeks we will be heading off to enjoy a weekend in the woods. My parents gave me the camper, so hopefully, this will be a regular thing. I'm working on a list of easy meals I can make with a limited kitchen. I will be coming on a 3 burner propane stove, over a camp fire, or in a camp Dutch oven. I have a fridge in the camper, but it is not reliable for keeping food below 40°. Given this, I plan on cooking meatless until I can reliably keep food cold. Below are a few of the meals I am planning. Breakfast: Pancakes Oatmeal Muffins Cereal Eggs (plain, omlets, migas, rancheros
  25. Trader Joes has started to carry a black bean gluten free rigatoni pasta. It is black and stays black when cooked. It also has some serious bean flavor. How can I screw with the kids with these noodles? They will show up in their lunch next week. Black Bean Noodle salad? Mac and Cheese with a tex mex twist? Any other ideas? Dan
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