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by ben at 07 August, 2014 - 11:15 AM
I want to make Bresaola next. Any of you who've had my chipped beef dip in a bread bowl (pumpernickel, always pumpernickel) will know it by that name (and how good it is). But unlike bacon (or this week's project, Canadian Bacon), it's air dried at 60F for 3 weeks after being cured in the refrigerator instead of hot smoked. Now - I have a recently broken wine refrigerator that if fixed, I can set to 60 and keep a bit of water in there for humidity.

My question to all of you is - who can help me fix the fridge? or has something similar I can use for about a month? specifically, anything I can put at 60F/15C with 60 to 70% humidity?

Thanks very much in advance!
Latest comment: 07 August 14, 11:15 AM

Pretty Much The Most Amazing Lego Creation I've Ever Seen
by ben at 22 May, 2014 - 6:47 PM
Cyberpunk Lego Town is almost definitely the greatest thing made of plastic bricks ever.

BTW, I'm kind of amazed how well Lego has blown up in recent years... from video games and cartoons to an entire movie now, they're basically taking the GI Joe economic model and running to the bank with it.
Latest comment: 16 June 14, 11:22 PM

Vacationed in Korea, Japan and Hawaii!
by ben at 19 May, 2014 - 8:59 PM
it was pretty great... you can see the pictures here!
Latest comment: 22 May 14, 6:37 PM

How I accidentally made a James Beard nominated recipe (sort of)
by ben at 28 March, 2014 - 1:57 PM
A week or so ago, I was at home, cooking dinner for myself as usual, and I wanted to make chicken Madeira (something along the lines of this, but, simpler), and realized that I didn't have any Madeira - since I'd brought this awesome bottle to my brother's and hadn't replaced it*.
Latest comment: 28 March 14, 1:57 PM

potato buds
by ben at 26 March, 2014 - 1:20 PM
Mundanity abounds, fair warning.

Full disclosure: the events in this story start many years ago, so I could completely be making them up, but here's how I remember them. Pie first told me about instant mashed potatoes, and how useful she found them. So I ran out and bought a box of Potato Buds... and promptly forgot about about them.

Then I moved to San Diego, and I moved everything with me, including this box of potato buds. I put them up on a shelf... and promptly forgot about them. I've moved 3 more times since then, every time, this box of dried spud flakes following me around, unopened, unused. Until today! I had some extremely thin stew and I've thrown in some of these flakes to see what happens... I'll update you after lunch with results.

What about you, community? have you used anything like this, or stuck with regular powdered starches (as I have, before now)?
Latest comment: 06 April 14, 9:49 PM

SWEET new (old) Feature on DTC!
by ben at 24 March, 2014 - 6:01 PM
OK, so I am assuming that I never told anyone about the search page on here because... well, when I took a look at the stored proc I wrote, it was pretty abysmal. So today I took a couple of hours and with Sasha's help, because she's an awesome DBA, I think I got it working. So go over there and play with it. It SHOULD be a much faster way of finding stuff than the archives page, if you know what you're looking for (or at least a word or phrase).

So go, do some testing, look for stuff and tell me what you find, don't find, break, whatever.

Enjoy!
Latest comment: 24 March 14, 6:05 PM

So I had a musical OMG moment yesterday.
by ben at 24 March, 2014 - 11:55 AM
I’ll be the very first to admit (in fact I am, right here) that I’m a bit of a digital music hoarder. This is proven to me on a semi-regular basis, every time I click “I’m Feeling Lucky Mix” on my google music app, and almost every song I have to check to make sure that it’s really playing what I own, and hasn’t conned me into paying money for their radio service.
Latest comment: 24 March 14, 11:55 AM

Sous Vide Chicken Kiev
by ben at 27 February, 2014 - 6:09 PM
Now I'll never have undercooked chicken kiev again!

My new place has kitchen space for DAYS, so the sous vide will have its own nice space on the counter and I'll be making this for sure!
Latest comment: 27 February 14, 6:10 PM

Seriously, even the theme song for Vikings is good...
by ben at 25 February, 2014 - 1:31 PM
Latest comment: 25 February 14, 1:31 PM

It's The Georgia Satellites!
by ben at 19 February, 2014 - 12:23 PM
and don't you ever forget it again!


This was one of the questions last night at pub quiz. Southern Rock was the first (and for a long time only) reason I am glad the north won....
Latest comment: 19 February 14, 12:26 PM

The Bill Nye Debate by ben at 05 February, 2014 - 1:22 PM (4 Comments)
Boggie video - live photoshopping by ben at 23 January, 2014 - 12:21 PM (0 Comments)
This is a troll I can get behind by ben at 10 January, 2014 - 2:43 PM (0 Comments)
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