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    Anyone experienced with Kunekune pork?

    We're preparing to process our first, of hopefully many, pastured Kunekune pigs. I've never had the opportunity to work with a whole pig of this quality before and I want to do it all justice. Any suggestions? For those who may not be familiar with the breed, they are descended from the Chinese...
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    Knife Set recommendation

    Bought a promo block set of Wusthof Grand Prix II's after divorce left me knife-less (wife number first was a chef, and as such, she got custody of the knives... divorce can be so cruel). Re-ground most of the blades to a sharper dbl. bevel, added a 5" serrated, half dozen various parers &...
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    Anyone have a Nutribullet or Ninja blender?

    Already had an old Hamilton Beach (probably circa 1980's) that worked fine for most things. Brought home a Vita-Mix from the restaurant we sold that is now dedicated to making smoothies and frozen margaritas. Commercial food processor died and we were gifted a Ninja "Pro" model along with the...
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    Difficult, but promising situation. Family Restaurant.

    First let me say that ya might wanna think about moving north. They offer kids $10 an hour to work the drive-thru at McDonalds around Baltimore, and if ever there was a town that needed competent kitchen help... Been on both sides of it sort of; 1st wife and many friends were/are chefs, owned a...
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    Line Cook/Chefs: Purdue University, Industrial Design Thesis Questionaire

    Not a chef but I spent a lot of my school daze working in various level kitchens washing dishes, bussing and prepping. Saw a great reason that chef's jackets are cut the way they are one day when a knucklehead was moving a large single handled sauce pot that was too full of some kind of sauce...
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    Why would my tomatoes crack before ripening?

    Living amongst a lot of small family truck farms and having worked with the local Organic Growers' Assoc. I can attest to the questionable acts and motives of both the USDA and the land grant university system. Not saying all they've done is crap, but the petrochem-agriculture industry is their...
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    The best hot sauce recipe that I've ever lost...

    Twelve or so years ago I had done a field trial of some 280 different varieties of capsicums and 150 varieties of tomatoes along with countless other unusual or hard to find fruits and vegetables. Needles to say we had an abundant harvest that outstripped the demand of our establishment, the...
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    What's truly excellent service?

    Having worked as everything from dish washer to owner, food salesman to bartender and everything in between, I have had the extreme displeasure of seeing too many kitchens that I would never ever think of eating anything from that were still well regarded by the unsuspecting public. There have...
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    Places not to go before you die

    Baltimore, Maryland. A couple of mayors ago they gussied up the old rat infested wharfs around the Inner Harbor, added some too expensive restaurants, an aquarium and a handful of Starbucks. Now it's as effective a tourist trap as Wall Drug out in the Dakotas or South of the Border. The citiy's...
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    Decision: Wolf or BlueStar/Electric or Gas

    Many thanks for the lively debate. Preparing to reconfigure my vintage kitchen and stumbled upon the Blue Star cook tops along with this site. Wife number 1st was a chef, I used to own a restaurant and my last wife and I love to cook, so we've been looking at a lot of stuff. I'm near Baltimore...
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    Decision: Wolf or BlueStar/Electric or Gas

    Many thanks for the lively debate. Preparing to reconfigure my vintage kitchen and stumbled upon the Blue Star cook tops along with this site. Wife number 1st was a chef, I used to own a restaurant and my last wife and I love to cook, so we've been looking at a lot of stuff. I'm near Baltimore...
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    Name this movie by the quote

    I too married a much younger woman who I affectionately refer to as "Wife Number Last". Her penchant for self improvement via the wonders of modern medicine have our kids referring to her as "Frankenbarbie". As for Woody...I pity the poor bastard. Be careful what you wish for.
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    Doesn't anyone like catfish?

    Live on the Chesapeake and although there have been vast improvements in protecting our fisheries, the evidence here is that the damage is done and not likely to get any better in my lifetime. Maryland's largest industry is agriculture, so is New Jersey's for that matter, and this tends to...
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