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  • After reading about @RRP using the flipper for pancakes I gave it a try.   Works really well.  It only works if the bottom is done. I have a southpaw version as well. I use mine for bacon and most big proteins (steaks, chops, etc). on the grill.  …
  • FIG (food is good) is my favorite restaurant.  a little spendy but worth it. The Ordinary is the same chef but focused on seafood/raw bar is good as well. I would also recommend Leaf for lunch or happy hour.
  • None...  I leave mine out year round with no issues.
  • Chocolate covered Oreos are a staple in our house. I would recommend a sprinkle of coarse kosher salt before the chocolate sets. Definitely try chocolate on the "Oreo thins" mint flavor. good stuff Also Milton has a chocolate melting pot that make…
  • Based in your target audience...  A Man, A Can, A plan. By no means is this a quality cookbook.  Nor is the food overly healthy.  But it is a step more than heating up hot pockets.  I gave this to my brother in law when he went to college. There i…
  • How big is the party?  From your description it sounds like a dinner party size...    I think having a "signature cocktail" at that size is fun. I would vote for a Sazerac (http://cocktails.about.com/od/s/r/szrc_cktl.htm) If it is a larger party I…
  • And I do have an Echo Backpack Blower that works great.   A little hard to start but does the job when it is going.
  • We have an ECHO in the kitchen.  I still view it as a novelty item.  Definitely not in the *have to have* category.  But, It is nice not have to grab your phone or another physical device.   Just say it out loud and the ECHO takes it from there.  …
  • @Dyal_SC I had no idea that they had a bar menu.  Interesting. +1 on @ncaito with the Ford's Fish Shack.
  • If you are game for a lot of prep time you could go Peking Duck.  I have done this a handful of times on the egg.   It has been awhile but I do have a duck in the freezer for this in the near-ish future. The "blanching" and then hanging of the duck…
  • I've been in Loudoun County for the better part of 38 years. @Maxwell1331 has solid choices. For BBQ Smokehouse Live - a farily new place.  The meats are good.  The wet brisket is really good for the area.  Pull pork good texture but could use som…
  • @IPASooner I have the Anova device.  I have been very happy with it.  We use is a good amount.  At first the wife was skeptical but came around quickly and plans meals to use it. Prior to trying the tongue in the sous vide the wife had always cooke…
  • gdenby said: ...the "root" wouldn't get done till the tip was overdone. Last month I went with the sous vide for beef tongue.  143 (I think) for 30ish hours.  A quick sear and a braise (soy sauce, tomato paste, etc) for a Filipino dish.…
  • I post there more than here (still not that much)... food / family / etc...   mostly food.   @bgrenke11 -smak
  • One of my favorite drinks. Last fall my wife and I worked up this little recipe for the egg... "Old Fashion" Tea Cakes Used the Old Fashion Drink as inspiration... 1.5 cups flour 1 tsp baker powder 1/2 tsp kosher salt 1/2 cup unsalted butter …
  • I have been  enjoying the sous vide for awhile. We have used it the past  several days. Chicken breasts, beef tongue (30 hours), chicken wings (finished with a quick fry), and hanger steak tonight. Lots of fun. Smak
  • MeTed said: What a great looking meal! I had a wonderful 4th hope you did too. Thanks.   I had a great day hanging out with the family.
  • Carolina Q, Great eye on the amount of dough!!  I was looking at the recipe pdf from the website on my phone and accidentally made the amount for a 10" pan when I should have made the 9" pan. I have already starting looking for a better pan.   Nee…
  • I have to wait for dark to watch outside.  5ftx9ft I do not do a lot of Live TV with this setup.  I normally run the projector with local or streaming content (plex, netflix, epsn3, etc) via a chromecast, roku, or fireTV to keep the source conten…
    in OT: Outdoor TV Comment by smak May 2015
  • I have dry aged a couple ribeye subprimals and have found that I don't like going over 28 days.  I am now going to test out just wet aging. 
    in Dry Age Comment by smak April 2015
  • @NPHuskerFL sorry, no sliced pics.   house rules:  phones disappear when you sit at the table.  I let that slide a bit to get the plated pic.
  • The crab legs were snow crag legs that we picked up at wegmans.
  • Thanks everyone. This is definitely a house favorite.   Both my boys (7 and 4) love rainbow trout. 
    in Rainbow Trout Comment by smak April 2015
  • I really like my Sonos setup.   I have a Connect:Amp running ceiling speakers in the house, a Connect:Amp (in the garage) running out door speakers on the patio, Play:1 in a bedroom, Play:5 that moves where needed, recently add the Playbar and Sub. …
  • +1 on the Moscow mule for the hot days. Sazerac for the cool evenings.
  • Cool.  If you go with the that, I would definitely keep an eye on how long it is on for.  It is *tight*.   You will want to take breaks to let the arm breath for a bit.
  • DryPro http://www.drycorp.com/ I am pretty sure that is what we had for my young son.   No issues in the shower.  He is only 4 so there were not any beach/heavy activity uses.   Making sure you get the right size is important.  They are tight, and…
  • Thanks for the kind words. Everyone had clean plates at the end of the meal so I was happy. Not pictured (and not cooked on the egg) the wife whipped up a killer burnt caramel custard for dessert. 
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