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Whiskey brined bacon

July 5th, 2010 1 comment

I recently took up making bacon as a hobby since bacon is awesome, and homemade bacon is super duper awesome. The two recipes described below are the second iteration in making a whiskey themed bacon.

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For both recipes, I start with 3 pounds of pork belly obtained from a local meat market. Pork belly is usually available at a large butcher though you may want to call ahead and make sure they have it or will get it for you on a particular date. Upon arrival at home, I salted the pork with a light sprinkling of kosher salt. I do not use nitrates on the pork because after the brining and smoking, I freeze the pork slicing it prior to use. If you will be storing without refrigeration, consider nitrates. If you do not like to eat pig skin, you might want to remove that now since the whiskey will penetrate more thoroughly without it.

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Yummy Mushrooms

February 15th, 2010 3 comments

Jason and I harvested some mushrooms in Mendocino. We were prepared with little more than a paper bag, a few plastic bags, and a copy of “All That the Rain Promises, and More”.
We picked up a few mushrooms we would like to eat and this is a discussion of what we found, what I think it is, and why.

Upon returning to San Francisco, I separated all of the mushrooms into 4 paper bags with one set of apparently the same species in the same bag. Because of our poor preparation for the hunt, many of the specimens are bruised.

Click on the pictures in the post to see the full resolution version.

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Canon PowerShot SX1 IS First Impressions

January 30th, 2010 No comments

After a thorough review of the competition, I purchased a Canon PowerShot SX1 IS — a super-zoom camera with a 20x optical zoom. The camera comes with a strap, a remote control, an RCA cable, a USB cable, a gobo, mac/windows software, and instructions for use.

I have taken some test photos and videos, used the included software, and read through a significant portion of the manual. This post reflects my limited experience with this camera.

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New host and blog

January 29th, 2010 2 comments

I have finished moving most functionality from my trusty mac mini to dream host. This is yet another step in my 436 step preparation for my 2010 travels.

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