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  1. caseydog

    What's your weather right now? 2024 Edition

    Yup, thanks to the idiots who run our state government, we had "The Big Freeze" of 2021 here in Texas. Over 400 people died, billions in damage. No good reason for it. Just hubris. Psychopoodle and I slept by the fireplace, and I shut off the water so the pipes couldn't burst. I had my camping...
  2. caseydog

    Today's harvest

    I now grow my basil in a pot, and the pot sits outside most of the time. If I go out of town for a few days, I move it inside, and it can go four or five days on the kitchen window sill. I move it indoors for the winter months, and it survives. It just doesn't look as full and deep green as it...
  3. caseydog

    What's your weather right now? 2024 Edition

    Well, my sister would say that losing power for four days is worse. But, you can learn a few things from folks in hurricane country, that can make a few hours go a lot better. A little bit of preparation can make things a whole lot easier. https://www.weather.gov/safety/hurricane-plan CD
  4. caseydog

    What's your weather right now? 2024 Edition

    Well, nobody won, the way I see it. A lot of people lost. I'm sure people who went through that Montreal flood suffered just as much, in their own way. CD
  5. caseydog

    Saturday, July 13th, '24 Dinner?

    Did you do a Salt Bae move with that pinch of salt? CD
  6. caseydog

    Saturday, July 13th, '24 Dinner?

    Update on the chicken wings. Taste: 10/10 the homemade rub and the Stubb's sauce were perfect. Skin: 5/10. Not rubbery, but not crispy and a little tough. I know what I did wrong, and won't do it again, and I still ate almost all of them. Bottom line, it was a tasty dinner, but I can do...
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    What's your weather right now? 2024 Edition

    Yeah, a lot of sewer systems up there are shared with storm drains. I have no idea what they were thinking when they did that. For a little perspective on that flood of 1987, here is Harvey, 2017. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurricane_Harvey Here is a picture of Houston, the forth largest...
  8. caseydog

    Saturday, July 13th, '24 Dinner?

    I tossed some "wangs" on the pellet smoker. I just sauced them with some Stubb's Sweet Heat BBQ sauce, and hopefully they'll be done any minute now. CD
  9. caseydog

    Petty Vents

    Yes, paper towels are the trick for removing rib membranes, and apparently silver skin on tenderloin. CD
  10. caseydog

    Today's harvest

    Over the years, I have found basil to have an exceptional ability to recover from wilting due to lack of water, as long as it doesn't dry to the point of brown and crispy. It was completely soft and limp this morning, but it is now back to where it was yesterday. What really amazes me is how...
  11. caseydog

    Heinz Every Sauce released across the pond???

    Sadly... or thankfully, it doesn't seem to be an American thing. https://www.foodandwine.com/heinz-every-sauce-8671929 CD
  12. caseydog

    Today's harvest

    I had a scare this morning. I forgot to water my potted basil plant last night, and it was VERY wilted this morning around 10AM :shock:. I gave it a good drink, and am keeping it moist, and as the day has progressed, it appears to have fully recovered. (y) CD
  13. caseydog

    Petty Vents

    I don't know why, but the skeeters are not that bad here... yet. All the flood control retention ponds here create a habitat for them, and they sometimes text positive for West Nile virus. I still switch to long pants when I'm outside after dark. I can usually avoid busting out the DEET. It...
  14. caseydog

    Petty Vents

    I can usually buy pork tenderloin already pretty much clear of silver skin. But, sometimes I have to fight with it. I have gotten very good at removing the membrane from the bottom of pork ribs. Takes me about ten seconds now. CD
  15. caseydog

    Marinated Roasted Onions

    Anytime I am braising meat, whether beef, pork or chicken, I take about six sprigs of rosemary and the same of thyme, tie them together and drop the bundle in my braising liquid. After cooking, I remove the spent sprigs, as one would remove bay leaves. It adds just the right amount of flavor...
  16. caseydog

    Anyone cooking anything special for July 4th in 2024?

    There really wasn't any point to be made. Charlie's menu just tickled my funny bone (I'm easily amused). That's why I put a :ROFLMAO: at the end of my comment. CD
  17. caseydog

    Wednesday - July 10, 2024 - National Kitten Day

    You prodded my memory cells about this sweet onion side dish I made a couple years back. https://www.discusscooking.com/threads/marinated-roasted-onions.138868/ CD
  18. caseydog

    Marinated Roasted Onions

    Marinated Roasted Onions Marinade Combine 1 cup of apple-cider vinegar, 2-TBSP brown sugar, 1-TBSP finely ground/chopped fresh rosemary, 2 to 4 cloves of diced or crushed garlic, and about a TSP each of salt and black pepper. Onions Four thick slices of large sweet yellow onions, like Texas...
  19. caseydog

    Please rate my chuck I smoked!

    He may be planning to pull the meat, like you would a pork butt. A lot people pull chuck roasts for sandwiches. CD
  20. caseydog

    What's your weather right now? 2024 Edition

    The EF5 tornado was scary. I was 13 years old at the time. Our house did not take a direct hit, but a block up the street, homes were gone. The hurricane was not nearly as scary, but still rather unsettling. There was a measurable amount of anxiety, but not outright panic. I was...
  21. caseydog

    Please rate my chuck I smoked!

    Looks good to me! Chuck is not easy to make tender, you have to be patient and wait for it to be ready. The bark also looks fine to me. I'd call it a success! CD
  22. caseydog

    What's your weather right now? 2024 Edition

    I have been through an F5 tornado and a Cat3 hurricane, but never an earthquake, even though I spent a lot of time in California for my work. I'd rather not experience a "big one," but there is a warped part of my brain that would like to check that box on my "life experiences" list. It is the...
  23. caseydog

    Petty Vents II

    I am actually pretty good at applying plasters. You need the right tools to do it well. CD ;)
  24. caseydog

    After you have applied a dry rub to your meat and before you cook it

    Central Texas BBQ uses what is nicknamed "Dalmatian Rub," which is just salt and pepper. The CT-BBQ purists will also never use BBQ sauce. I completely agree with you, good meat doesn't need a heavy, six ingredient rub. CD
  25. caseydog

    What's your weather right now? 2024 Edition

    He probably had a better quality of plastic jugs. My dad had about ten gallons stored in one of the many bathrooms of their house, and they were the thin plastic used for milk jugs in the US (we don't have bagged milk here, at least down South). CD
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