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   Zzzghy posted on Recipes  My girlfriend and I had a one-on-one chili cookoff for Thanksgiving and I'm pretty sure I was hosed by the judging procedure. Why? because the five judges were all her fellow employees. I had nobody in the game. That, plus she's a real photographer and all I had was my crappy little phone camera and that didn't help. I admit my picture has an unintentionally Alpo-like riff, but hey -- it's chili. The taste-testing was allegedly "blind" but you know how that can go...

I went traditional Texas chili con carne from a recipe from Texas Monthly (pinched from the Chili Cookoff article from a couple months back ); with NO beans and options on the side. Judy went SoCal -- chili with beans -- and that didn't help either considering we live here. The only leveling requirement was the use of ground beef. They were both pretty good but I feel I am within my rights to throw a couple flags and demand a rematch. Like in Tejas.

   December 4 at 17:39 EST .

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   StormCnter  Zzz, I hereby declare you the hands-down winner! It's barbaric to put beans in good beef chili.
December 17 at 08:32 EST .

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   MeiDei  Oh Grief, I'm not only a Deplorable but now my friend knows me as Barbaric! Laughing here! It's the only way I can get beans into my son, 3 big bowlfuls at a time too. Maybe it's a regional thing as with Clam Chowder, there's Manhattan style with a tomato base and New England with a cream base.
December 23 at 13:59 EST .

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   StormCnter  Of course it's sort of a regional thing, although I think it's isolated to Texas. We take our beef seriously, Mei. And I'll pretend I don't know you put beans in Brett's chili because you have so many other fine qualities. ; )
December 24 at 17:00 EST .

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   Zzzghy  Thank you Storm. Mine was the best chili; Judy beat me on local technical stuff.
January 3 at 18:13 EST .

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   Jerico  I add black, pinto and red beans to my chili. Love it.
January 14 at 00:37 EST .

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   Zzzghy posted on Recipes  I don't come here enough. I forget about The Connection; I usually click into, read around, post now and then, and split. When I DO come to The Connection, I come to the recipes thread. It's peaceful here, you know? The kitchen is where everyone hangs out, yes? I love buying and trying and preparing new things. This is the place for all of that.
I have a question about sauerbraten. I've dined a couple of times at a beautiful restaurant in Capistrano, Café Mozart; they serve the most wonderful sauerbraten. I sort of replicated it in my slow cooker with a roast and a ton of red wine (one for the recipe, four for the chef; you know ), and it came out pretty well, but I didn't know what I was doing. Might anyone have a bona fide sauerbraten recipe to share? I'd be truly grateful.
I was watching the Food Channel a couple years ago, watching someone do a turducken. I came up with my own recipe, and sent it to Guy Fieri.
Cricket into a mouse. Mouse into a bat. Bat into rat. Rat into squirrel. Squirrel into chicken. Chicken into duck. Duck into turkey. Turkey into sheep. Sheep into pig. Pig into hippopotamus. Hippopotamus into elephant. And then you shove the whole thing into a whale. Bake to taste.
Don't laugh. I got a response. I did!
October 30 at 16:13 EST .

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   Zzzghy  I call it a Whaleophotapigshurpturduckensquratbatamousket.
October 30 at 16:19 EST .

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   Balogreene  zzzghy, I personally don't do sauerbraten (if you read too much you'll know I don't do meat ). But if you go to Food Network, you'll probably find a good recipe. I know Guy goes to a good place in OK, I don't know if he got their recipe.
October 30 at 19:50 EST .

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   Hollyhock  Zzzghy, I am amazed it only took you 4 bottles of wine to come up with that recipe. Hilarious! It doesn't loose anything when read aloud to another person.
Go over to Pinterest for sauerbraten recipes.
I am addicted to Pinterest.
October 30 at 23:41 EST .

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   Zzzghy  Pinterest. I've not heard of this until now. Thanks, Hollyhock -- I'm going there now. Thank you!
October 31 at 11:57 EST .

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   Zzzghy posted on Recipes  Sauerbraten.

Please, if anyone out there in land has a true-blue old school sauerbraten recipe, I would be truly grateful.

October 17 at 08:52 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Try this recipe:

This is close to what my friends German mother use to make she brought the recipe with her when she cam to this country in 1923
October 17 at 19:18 EST .

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   Flaming Sword  I do not have a recipe, but had a born- and- raised -in -Germany friend for years. I do remember she always used gingersnaps in the gravy.
October 19 at 11:58 EST .

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   Zzzghy  Got it, Bird! Thank you! That's it! This is such a cool website...
October 25 at 06:36 EST .

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   Zzzghy posted on Main Page The Lobby  I'm not exactly certain to whom, but I'm completely and utterly grateful for finally landing a really, really great job. I've had a couple in my life, but at this point in my life, as 56 year-old SoCal ponytail dude, all I can do is say THANK YOU to whomever is listening.

It took three years. Everyone and every article basically said that if you were born before 1965 and are unemployed, hey -- you're retired whether you like it or not. I didn't like it but I bought into it, but I'm starting my new job on May 1st and I'm so happy.

I've developed several skill-sets in my long goofy life and this position allows me to use almost every one of them. IT, safety/security, fleet management, mid-level management, CPR/AED/First Aid, disaster preparation and emergency response; all of it. My eyes have been watering pretty much since I got the call. Oh, man.

Thank you Jesus. Om guru on. Mazel Tov. Sadgurunath maharaj ki jay. Hallelujah. Whatever.

I'm so thankful. I thought I was lost there for awhile. I'm not.
April 27 at 09:23 EST .

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   Hagar  Zzzghy, congrats!!
It is great to hear that there is still hope for those of us that vaguely remember the 60's.
AND a big thanks for the memory jog with your avatar!!
Ed 'Big Daddy' Roth and his famous "Rat Fink" logo had all but disappeared in the mist of my memory.
April 27 at 10:01 EST .

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   Mike PHX  Z, you are never lost.
Congratulations, and make it count now.
April 27 at 11:42 EST .

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   Zzzghy  I know. And I will. I promise.

And long live Big Daddy Roth and the Rat Fink. SoCal Classic all the way...
April 27 at 14:47 EST .

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   Surfhut  Congrats, Z! What Mike said is so true. Yay!
April 27 at 21:23 EST .

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   Lana720  Never, ever, give up! You were never lost. It IS prayer that works. Skill, too. So happy they found you! Make us proud!
April 30 at 23:22 EST .

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   Zzzghy posted on Suggested Reading  I would like to recommend "The Librettist of Venice: the Remarkable Life of Lorenzo Da Ponte. Mozart's Poet, Casanova's Friend, and Italian Opera's Impressario In America."

When you think of Mozart, you tend to think of an ancient history of goofy powdered wigs, fabulous music and a culture long-gone.

That's what I thought, but it's not true. Author Rodney Bolt brings it all right up into your face -- up close and personal, as they used to say -- and gives you a stunning tour of a world and life that seems so far away, but isn't.

I'm a terrible writer. I know this. Buy this book. You won't regret it.

Lorenzo Da Ponte ended up in New York. Yes, he did. Everyone ends up in New York. I've ended up in New York twice, and I'm hoping for one more shot.

Whatever. Buy this book and read it. It is such a beautiful read; it's one of those rare books that after you set it down and shake your head, you pick it and read it again. It's that good.
July 1 at 10:51 EST .

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   Yottyhere  Went to Amazon to DL it to my Kindle and there is some sort of technical kerfluffle going on about the book right now. So I saved it to my FAVS and will get it when it's available.
I love books of this sort and all the blurbs on the Amazon page seemed right on target.
Thanks for the head up!
July 1 at 19:54 EST .

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   Zzzghy posted on Coffee Klatch  Hey, can I hang out with you guys?

I just moved from San Diego to Palm Springs, and it's HOT, yo. I do everything at night now.

Grocery shopping, laundry, oil changes; I love it here, but it'!
June 22 at 02:06 EST .

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   Ole buzzard  Welcome!!!! The more, the merrier!!! This is the place to hang, banter, chill, whatever.
June 22 at 06:04 EST .

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   Rollingcow  It's also the place where Buzz reads your mind and writes what you were going to. For the last time Old Buzzard-get out of my head!
Mrs. Cow
June 22 at 06:07 EST .

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   Gerty  Greetings from the 'hall monitor'--no, not really, but I have been known to stick my nose into where it does not belong!

You're going to like it here--promise.
June 22 at 08:59 EST .

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   Balogreene  You are not giving Rake King enough credit, he's the go-to guy on the Gardening wall. Welcome.
June 22 at 16:15 EST .

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   Zzzghy posted on Recipes  The best cucumber marinade you've ever had, ever.

This is a fabulous recipie for these hot summer days, and it's really easy!

1/3 cup salad oil, 2/3 cup rice wine vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon each of DILL, salt, sugar, one cucumber sliced paper thin, a bit of red and/or white onion diced to your taste, and that's it. It works every time. Let that cuke soak for at least a day, and you'll be the hit of the party.

I usually double the formula, since one cucumber is never enough. The dill is the secret. It is so yummy! I always have this going in my fridge.
June 22 at 01:49 EST .

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   Surfhut  My mom used to make this all the time when I was a kid, and I loved it! She never used dill. I'm going to make some this weekend ... with dill! Thanks for reminding me about this dish. And welcome to the Connection!
June 22 at 07:00 EST .

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   Balogreene  I make this, but in the summer, I substitute chives from my garden for the dill.
June 24 at 08:55 EST .

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   ALynnMcW  love it. on the list for summer. 108 here today someone in the office said.
June 26 at 15:22 EST .

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   Zzzghy  108? yikes -- we might be neighbors. 102 in Palm Springs right now; expecting 110-plus by the weekend. That's ok; the desert is healing, and besides, it's a dry heat!

Lots of late dinners with summer fruit and yummy, cool salads and dishes. Last night I wrapped pear slices in provolone and prosciutto and served it with cold watermelon. Oh man; it is so good.

Here's another nice cool cucumber salad, with sour cream or yogurt. the yogurt version is better, if you ask me. I have a problem with sour cream. Always have:

2 cucumbers, peeled and thinly sliced
2 green onions, trimmed and chopped
1 teaspoon dill
1/2 cup sour cream or yogurt
1 tablespoon vinegar or lemon juice (both are yummy )
1 teaspoon each of sugar, salt and pepper.

Toss the cukes, green onions and dill in a large bowl; mix the other ingredients in a small bowl, pour it over the cukes and chill. Makes about 4 to 6 servings.
June 26 at 16:47 EST .

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   Zzzghy posted on The Range 2nd Amendment  Question: My dad died 20 years ago, and I came into possesion of a bunch of his stuff, including one of his guns. It's no big deal; an old Charter Arms .357 that I long ago modified to accept a speed loader. It's an old gun, and I haven't shot it since the early nineties. I'm certain that the gun was never registered because my dad purchased it before registration was required in California. Am I breaking some stupid law because that old gun is in a storage box in my closet?
December 7 at 11:19 EST .

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   OnTheBall  Have you read the story about how the guy who was moving back and forth from Colorado and New Jersey? He legally bought his guns in Colorado and as he was checked by law enforcement in N Jersey, they asked him if he had any weapons in his vehicle and he said 'of course' as he pulled out his duffle bag from among possessions he had in his vehicle along with other possessions in the move. He is looking at doing seven (7) yrs in the pen for having those weapons. Be forewarned and very carefull about to whom you discuss this with, as you chart your best course of action. Do not personally ask law enforcement in Calif about this or they'll raid your house. If you live IN FRISCO your likely to go to prison!!! And I'm NOT joking!

You read what they did to that Navy guy Nary who was almost raped by a big shot Drag Queen in Frisco? He has been doing years in the state pen and is still trying to get out. OOooh and that Drag Queen is an ILLEGAL ALIEN living life large in the Sanctuary City of Frisco! A repeat SEXUAL OFFENDER, too! The fact he tried to RAPE a U.S. Navy sailor after drugging him with a DATE RAPE DRUG has gone unpunished because after all, what kind of message would that send in Frisco, if they prosecuted a Drag Queen for drugging someone and trying to rape them? This reads like a Twilight Zone segment, but sadly for Nary it is all too real! Here is the article on Nary's case:
December 7 at 14:20 EST .

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   Zzzghy posted on Jokes  A little girl runs out to the backyard where her father is working, and asks him, "Daddy, what's sex?" Her father sits her down, and tells her all about the birds and the bees. He tells her about conception, sexual intercourse, sperms and eggs. He goes on to tell her about puberty, menstruation, and he thinks, what the hell, and goes on to tell her the works. He covers a wide and varied assortment of sub topics and by the time he's finished, his daughter is somewhat awestruck with this sudden influx of bizarre new knowledge. Her father finally asks: "So what did you want to know about sex for?" "Oh, mommy said to tell you lunch would be ready in a couple of secs..."
November 5 at 21:41 EST .

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   Tulunk  That reminds me of another little boy who hopped off the school bus at the end of the first day of school, ran into the house and asked his mother where he came from. She went through the whole sex manual advice book explaining to him. "Why do you ask?", she said when through. "Oh, I just wondered. The kid next to me said he was from Hoboken, New Jersey."
November 7 at 23:02 EST .

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   Zzzghy posted on Recipes  Oh, man -- a recipe haven. I'll never see the sun again.

I have a nice SoCal ceviche recipe if anyone is interested. It works with fish or scallops, and it doesn't take too long. I had to come up with something for a dinner party so I bought some frozen scallops at Trader Joes and threw this thing together. Ceviche is so easy, and SOOO good. I could eat it every day.
November 4 at 19:51 EST .

   22 people like this.

   Nugoddess  Post it here online, please!
November 4 at 20:31 EST .

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   Jes' me  I just entered my ceviche recipe in a national recipe contest - I'll post it after the contest ends.
But I want to see yers, Zzzghy!
November 4 at 20:43 EST .

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   Nugoddess  Mine is the Ricotta Pie, posted below. Enjoy!
November 4 at 21:23 EST .

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   Yottyhere  Zzz,please post your ceviche recipe for us.

I adore the stuff and if its with scallops I def want to try it for our holiday get togethers.
November 6 at 09:46 EST .

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   Valsrich  Zzzghy, please post your ceviche recipe....and Jes' me, please post yours. Ah do so luv that stuff!
November 9 at 13:34 EST .

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