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#19095
It's Snowing in Michigan! 8 Years, 1 Month ago  
I know what you mean, RF. I grew up in San Diego, and moved to the S.F. Bay area in '86. They were in a drought then, and being from San Diego, I just said, "I don't know, this looks normal to me."

The Oakland Hills fire of 1991 was at the end of a seven year drought. It started on my birthday, October 20th, which is why I recall the date so easily. Eucalyptus trees dry out, and the bark comes off in long strips like tinder and the sap apparently burns like heating oil. The Santa Ana winds were blowing in hot and dry from the desert, making the conditions for the perfect firestorm. Over two thousand homes were destroyed, which was simply staggering.

Hey, why are we talking about drought and fire? It's still lightly snowing outside, though the snow is melting as soon as it hits the ground. I think we should concentrate on cheerful things, like it's Friday, I'm painting up Moria goblins and pigs for a game tomorrow (the farmstead is finally painted), and my wife gets home from the U.P. tonight.

I've got a chicken brining in the refrigerator (a brining infusion of kosher salt, sugar, Lipton tea, rosemary, sage, and garlic), and we're going to have a marvelous supper when she gets home.

:D
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#19096
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I've got a chicken brining in the refrigerator (a brining infusion of kosher salt, sugar, Lipton tea, rosemary, sage, and garlic), and we're going to have a marvelous supper when she gets home.

:D

Hey Kradlo, how about a little more details on that brined chicken recipe; it sounds pretty good!?!

And YES, since this is NON-Gaming Talk, Kradlo and I can swap recipes if we want to!! After all, even Insane DMs have to eat - eventually.
Ever had Chili-Willy Soup??

See ya!

Jim
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#19097
It's Snowing in Michigan! 8 Years, 1 Month ago  
I'll take Snow over what we have been having around here.

Its October and we have had 80+ degree weather in the last week, the average for the past seven days being over 70 (hey for New England that's warm, that's about what you expect in August, it's about 15 degrees higher than normal)... Indian Summer my *BEEP*, it's October i want COOL temperatures!

I still have my air conditioner in, and have even used it a few days last week. Give me snow any day.
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#19098
It's Snowing in Michigan! 8 Years, 1 Month ago  
Jim,

Brining is ridiculously simple. The basics are just water and salt, but you can add more flavors into the mix. This brine uses about a gallon of water, a cup of kosher salt, 1/2 cup of sugar, 3 Lipton tea bags, 6 cloves of garlic, and a few sprigs of rosemary and sage, plus a tablespoon of black peppercorns (which I forgot, d'oh!).

Bring the mixture to a boil and let it simmer a while to let all the flavors mix together, then cool it down to room temperature or lower (I put ice cubes in a ziploc bag to cool it rapidly). Put a whole chicken (minus the innards) into a plastic tub (available at any food supply store) and pour in the brine. Stick it in the fridge for 2 to 24 hours before cooking.

When you pull it out, the tea will have stained the skin. This helps the skin to brown better, as the darker color absorbs heat better. Give the bird a quick rinse and pat it dry. Rub a little extra virgin olive oil into the skin, season it with pepper (no salt required, thanks to the brining), and add any aromatics you desire into the cavity. A whole lemon cut in half works well, along with some more rosemary and sage.

I have one of those Ronco rotisserie ovens, which actually works quite well. I put it on the rack and set the timer for 18 minutes per pound and let it go. The results are amazing. A brined bird is much more juicy and tasty than one that hasn't been brined.

So, what's this Chilly Willy soup? My wife does most of the soup making in our household. She just made German bean and sausage soup, which is excellent.
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#19099
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Doug--no offense meant by my observation. I have (literally) 40+ cousins in Illinois--in and around Chicago. I love the place personally. Sure beats the living Hell out of Detroit.
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#19100
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I know what you mean, RF. I grew up in San Diego, and moved to the S.F. Bay area in '86. They were in a drought then, and being from San Diego, I just said, "I don't know, this looks normal to me."
Whoah - San Diego to San Francisco - CULTURE SHOCK!
Most people out there in the world Kradlo do not realize that California is larger than most European countries.
One moves a decent distance and the folks change a fair to large amount

The Oakland Hills fire of 1991 was at the end of a seven year drought. It started on my birthday, October 20th, which is why I recall the date so easily. Eucalyptus trees dry out, and the bark comes off in long strips like tinder and the sap apparently burns like heating oil. The Santa Ana winds were blowing in hot and dry from the desert, making the conditions for the perfect firestorm. Over two thousand homes were destroyed, which was simply staggering.
The "lovely" Santa Anas - those are winds I have not forgotten no matter where I have lived in my life.
Since I was living up in the San Gabriels after my father left the military, I got to experience them during not just the Summer, but also during the WInter.
Up where I lived we called them the "Frosties" after they come over all of the snow in the San Gabriels from the high desert during the Winter.

Eucalyptus can be "good" fire fuel, that is true.
What really sucks is all of the Yellow Pine on the borders of the chaparral and more forest-like condition areas.
Yellow Pine's seed cones disperse their seeds when the weather gets really hot, and they are designed to shoot a decent distance.
When you are working firelines during a brushfire, those cones become like fragmentation grenades and you do not have any definite idea from which direction they will go off next.
If you do not wear your gear correctly, you can be killed by the Yellow Pine seed cones faster then by the brushfire.
Many times I have seen yearling firefighters have to be medivacced due to Yellow Pine seed cone injuries.

Hey, why are we talking about drought and fire? It's still lightly snowing outside, though the snow is melting as soon as it hits the ground. I think we should concentrate on cheerful things, like it's Friday, I'm painting up Moria goblins and pigs for a game tomorrow (the farmstead is finally painted), and my wife gets home from the U.P. tonight.
We are Kradlo because we are Westerners at heart.
What else matters other than water, fire and livestock?!? :D

"UP" - where?
For me right now that brings the "Union Pacfic RR" to mind immediately.

I've got a chicken brining in the refrigerator (a brining infusion of kosher salt, sugar, Lipton tea, rosemary, sage, and garlic), and we're going to have a marvelous supper when she gets home.

:D

Hope it tastes great - enjoy.
My wife learned some way to cook chicken and ribs using ginger ale that tasted really well.

We have not done that in over a year though.
We have started to wean ourselves off of fowl in-light of the encroaching fowl flu situation.
Rather not take any chances.
I like fish better any way.
Plus, wild game and pork are fairly safe currently as long as you cook it right.
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#19101
It's Snowing in Michigan! 8 Years, 1 Month ago  
U.P. is Michiganese for the Upper Peninsula. Out here, they call people from three Uppers, pronounced "You-Pers." I may be Californian, but I'm getting the hang of Michigan.

Oh, and as for culture shock RF, try taking a San Diego boy and putting him at Columbus AFB, Mississippi. That is culture shock! If you asked for classical music, they played Hank Williams Senior. Nice people there, but humidity that never dropped below 100%, and a only one rock 'n' roll station that played the top 3 over and over again.
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#19102
It's Snowing in Michigan! 8 Years, 1 Month ago  
Krad -

Chili-Willy Soup:

1 lb. ground beef OR ground Turkey1 soup-can sized can of tomatoes - crushed OR stewed, your choice.
1 cup uncooked macaroni
1/4 cup chopped onions, IF you like; same amount of red, green, or yellow peppers, IF you want them.
1 package of McCormick, or similar, Chili Seasoning mix
OPTIONAL
1/2-1 cup dairy sour cream
1/2-1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Brown the meat, using a little oil or whatever to keep it from sticking. Drain off as much resulting fat as possible.
Add the onions, the peppers, the tomatoes, the water, the Seasoning, and the macaroni IN THAT ORDER.
Let it come to a boil, then simmer @ 20 minutes, or until the macaroni is done tender.
Serve with the cheese and sour cream if desired.

This can be a real refrigerator cleaner, if you want it to be. I've added sliced black olives, mushrooms, and extra tomatoes, all at different times. You could probably toss in well-chopped greens, such as spinach, mustard greens, kale, or the like; I don't care for them, so it's a 'your mileage may vary' type of operation there.
Of course, this recipe serves 4-6 people, depending on how much each person eats. Also, there is a more-or-less 'official' recipe on some McCormick-Schilling Chili Seasoning Mix packets, depending mostly on the season of the year when the packets was shipping. And, I think it's been posted elsewhere on the Web; Google it and see what you get.

Count on your normal 1-2 alarm chili reaction to this soup; it can get . . . intense, but it's worth it IF you like chili.

See ya!

Jim
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#19103
It's Snowing in Michigan! 8 Years, 1 Month ago  
Doug--no offense meant by my observation. I have (literally) 40+ cousins in Illinois--in and around Chicago. I love the place personally. Sure beats the living Hell out of Detroit.
No offense taken (we need a tongue-in-cheek emoticon on here). I love Illinois so much that I don't even live there anymore. :)
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#19104
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Hey Doug!

Gotta ask; Jeff IS your brother, isn't he? If so, did you abandon him to the tender mercies of Illinois winters, or did you run off to find REAL SNOW in Massachusetts?

(SMIRK!!!!!!!!!!)

See ya!

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#19105
It's Snowing in Michigan! 8 Years, 1 Month ago  
Hey Doug!

Gotta ask; Jeff IS your brother, isn't he? If so, did you abandon him to the tender mercies of Illinois winters, or did you run off to find REAL SNOW in Massachusetts?

(SMIRK!!!!!!!!!!)

See ya!

Jim

Illinois is a _really_ long state. The area Jeff and Lori live in is actually farther south than Richmond, VA -- it doesn't really snow there other than a couple of 1-2" "storms". I on the other hand somehow ended up 5 miles from a ski area. :(
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#19106
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1 package of McCormick, or similar, Chili Seasoning mix

Count on your normal 1-2 alarm chili reaction to this soup; it can get . . . intense, but it's worth it IF you like chili.


I'd use real chile powder, such as what you can get from www.santafeschoolofcooking.com

And, for a list of recipes that I like to eat, look at

www.colinburns.com/food

Heck, you can look at www.colinburns.com too, if you like.
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