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Fine looking plate

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Essentially Flyertalk / Re: have you ever invented a new food?
« on: August 09, 2020, 04:26:17 PM »
I do not know if you invented it.  I do know I want it in and around my mouth area.

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AST, you really do live the BBQ life.  You must have lots of friends and family over to demolish all that food.

Thanks man, our guest count is pretty low right now.  But with a newborn at home, lots of stuff gets vac-sealed and into the freezer to be thawed for a quick meal at a later date.

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Please tell me you didn’t cook that baby.


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Crap

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Been wanting to try something new for awhile so I did.  Embarked upon a fried cheese topping for my burger along with trying to come up with a can’t miss potato recipe for the Blackstone.



Momma dropped of my sous chef.  Literally, put him on a towel and said watch him...



Garlic down for potatoes, fried onions coming along.



Potatoes moved to low heat, topped with copious amounts of butter, garlic, bacon, green onions.



Grated smoked gouda down.



Burger bar is ready.




Potatoes moved back to high heat, shaved parm added and mixed in after softening.



Fried gouda & onion burger with garlic parm potatoes.  Huge success on both fronts.  Thanks for looking.





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Does your wife really need all those shoes? Of course.

Thus, you need both.

:)

The perfect response to put the matter to rest.

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I have a masterbuilt electric smoker that I love. Do "real" smokers make fun of guys like us?

I have cooked on all styles of smokers and appreciate them all.  Whatever fits your needs and does the trick. 

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 :gocho:
Is it a pain to clean??


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No, so long as it is seasoned well to start with.  Just scrape it with the griddle scraper, apply another thin coat of oil and it is done.  Takes 2 minutes tops.

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Knew a guy at work that put chips on most of his sandwiches.  If he had a sandwich and a small bag of chips, they were going on the sandwich.  :lol:

Only on fried bologna for me

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I have no idea how that posted twice, I blame tapatalk.  Deal with it.

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Had a fun weekend at Lake Fork, first time out of DFW in many months.  All meals on the Blackstone.

1.  Cheddar bacon sausages with Bush beans.  Judge away but that is summer.

2.  Fried bologna sandwiches with American cheese, mustard, pickles, mayo, Ruffles.  No Ruffles = amateur.

3.  Dry-aged prime strips and veggies.  Best steak I ever cooked and it ends up on a Dixie plate

4.  Brisket hash breakfast with a side of bacon.

5.  Refried beans and tacos de pastor.

Great weekend celebrating 44 with friends.


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Had a fun weekend at Lake Fork, first time out of DFW in many months.  All meals on the Blackstone.

1.  Cheddar bacon sausages with Bush beans.  Judge away but that is summer.

2.  Fried bologna sandwiches with American cheese, mustard, pickles, mayo, Ruffles.  No Ruffles = amateur.

3.  Dry-aged prime strips and veggies.  Best steak I ever cooked and it ends up on a Dixie plate

4.  Brisket hash breakfast with a side of bacon.

5.  Refried beans and tacos de pastor.

Great weekend celebrating 44 with friends.


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Essentially Flyertalk / Re: handyman-ness
« on: July 28, 2020, 08:04:07 PM »
Got shutters in from blinds.com that I ordered for the nursery and den.  Super easy install, about 10 minutes each once out of the packaging, and very cost effective.  10/10 will buy again.  Just need to run a bead of caulk to finish it up.




Yes, I am aware I have a cord situation.  One thing at a time.


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Essentially Flyertalk / Re: Beer Connoisseurs
« on: July 28, 2020, 05:04:14 PM »
Shiner Bock is abysmal. Jester King saves the entire state of Texas though. Iowa has Toppling Goliath. Nebraska is probably the worst. The best brewery I can think of from them is Zipline. Steve Dave, thoughts?

 :jerk: :jerk: :jerk:

The swill beer nerds call good, I mean, just quit trying so hard.
Take a lap, Dax. We'll see you in the Pit.

Thank you for fielding this one waks.

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Essentially Flyertalk / Re: Beer Connoisseurs
« on: July 28, 2020, 05:03:18 PM »
who do we think collectively as a state makes the worst beer overall in the midwest? I vote for Texas, just turrible.

5 years ago, Texas probably was the worst in the US, not even JK could save them.  Since the TABC has loosened their stranglehold on Texas craft beer the slightest, Texas is no where near the bottom.

Jester King, Weathered Souls, Turning Point, Spindletap, Celestial, Pinthouse can all make their best beers that are on the same level as any other brewery in the country.  Those are the ones with a strong foothold.  There are plenty more that are cranking out really quality beers, time will tell if they have a business model to stay around.

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Essentially Flyertalk / Re: Beer Connoisseurs
« on: July 28, 2020, 04:54:33 PM »
Rained out at work this afternoon so I accomplished some day/drinking while doing paperwork.

Galaxy hopped Pale Ale



Best West Coast IPA I have ever had, probably




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This page has taught me that I am apparently putting way too little thought/effort into my steaks.  I generally just pull them out of frig, pat dry, season, let set for 30 minutes and away I go.

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Essentially Flyertalk / Re: handyman-ness
« on: July 26, 2020, 01:20:19 PM »
Air conditioning works fine for me

That worked fine for me too when I had an office job.  Now that I work outside, nope.  Getting home covered in sweat and mosquito spray and god knows what else and still sweating.  Jump in shower and cone out still sweating.  Nope.  Get home from work, immediately cool of in pool.  Go inside to ac.  Shower.  Come out clean and no longer sweating.

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Essentially Flyertalk / Re: handyman-ness
« on: July 26, 2020, 12:15:37 PM »
ast, you probably know this better than me and i don't know how much you hate moving, but my understanding of pool economics is that an underground pool may be 35k to install, but they basically come free with the house if you buy a house where someone already put one in the backyard.

I absolutely loathe moving.  And you are correct.  Fortunately we have room to absorb a pool in our equity.  We bought a one owner all original 1960 house from an estate during the absolute valley of the real estate crash.  So even with bringing the house completely up to date and adding a pool, we would turn a profit.

We love our house and neighborhood and if we were ever to move, it would be out of Dallas.  So yes, my $35k pool would be an extravagance but we considered it when we bought this house at the price we did. 

And as a pool industry professional, I would not only not be satisfied with a pool I did not design myself but also my $35k pool would be closer to a $60k build if someone hat it put in.

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Essentially Flyertalk / Re: Beer Connoisseurs
« on: July 26, 2020, 12:07:19 PM »


Time to drink some delicious crispy bois after sweating all morning


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Essentially Flyertalk / Re: handyman-ness
« on: July 26, 2020, 11:13:21 AM »
You can google stock tank pools and come up with thousands of images.  The vast majority are galvanized.  The benefit of galvanized is the water is cooler, the downside is that means the soaking season is shorter. 

With the poly, the water warms up quicker which means that you have a longer soaking season.  Conversely though, it gets really warm in the dog days if not shaded.  Works out perfectly for me though as my wife loves warm water and although I prefer cooler water, wet water is my favorite so this works.

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Essentially Flyertalk / Re: handyman-ness
« on: July 26, 2020, 11:09:38 AM »
Even if it does not last 10 years, it is an easy fix and only $400.  I drain it, cut 2 pipes, lift it out, attach my fittings to a new tank, drop it back in, glue 2 pipes together with a coupler, and fill it back up.

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Essentially Flyertalk / Re: handyman-ness
« on: July 26, 2020, 11:06:47 AM »
Is the pool permanent? How long do you expect it to last?

I has been here for 3.5 years without issue.  They are designed to set in pastures for many years on end until a tornado takes then away or a bull gets pissed.  Should easily last me another 10 years if I do not have my in-ground pool by then.

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Essentially Flyertalk / Re: handyman-ness
« on: July 26, 2020, 11:05:18 AM »
no concerns
i don't know a lot about fences but i don't think i've seen a wooden fence with metal supports/poles
why wood deck posts and metal fabricated deck?  termites in texas or something?
the pool, can't figure it out either.  is it  big baby pool or do they make them that size for people?  chemicals?

1.  I really do not know how to respond to never seeing metal fence posts. 

2.  My buddy built the deck frame.  I did not want to tackle building a perfectly round interior and exterior line with wood.  So much easier to just bend metal if you know someone that can do it.  Conversely, so much easier to cut wood to the desired deck height once holes were dug than it would be to cut metal legs that would support that.  No metal tools at my house.

3.  It is a stock tank, like you would find at a farm & ranch supply.  I purposes it into a pool as it is the perfect size to sit in, water up to shoulders while relaxing.  I am about $2500 into this as opposed to $35000 for an in-ground pool to be put in that I have quoted.  This is a stop-gap until that day in the future.

4.  Yes it has chemicals, balanced just like any other pool.  Complete with a pump, filter & chlorine dispenser.

I work outside all day long on pools.  This is my way of cooling off from the 100 degree days when I get home.  It is used pretty much daily from May 1 - Oct 1 and is one of the best things I have ever done to improve my quality of life when the relentless Texas heat tries to suck the life out of you.

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Essentially Flyertalk / Re: handyman-ness
« on: July 26, 2020, 10:44:56 AM »
holy crap there's so much about that backyard that i don't understand

Start a list, I will try to address any concerns.

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