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  1. I use a crock as well, along with some glass jars to try out different varieties. I like fermenting thinly sliced peppers (habaneros or tabasco) in with the kraut. Delicious raw, or warmed up and piled on a sausage sandwich. Current jar I bought from a farm stand is a mix of cabbage, daikon, and dandelion, and dulse (which I think is a type of seaweed). Pretty interesting combo.
  2. Maybe I'm out of the loop with all the "REAL" this and that posts in this forum. But if this is the forum of gate-keeping about what constitutes pizza, pork, who's actually likes to eat fish, etc....then kraut in a bag, while fine, should be called out accordingly. I try to keep some raw kraut on hand (whether homemade or from a few local sellers I can find at farm stands) and eat some every other day. I can't say I've experienced any noticeable effects, but there's some pretty interesting studies coming out on how our microbiome (gut bacteria) affects overall health, and raw kraut is supposedly one of the best supplements.
  3. One of the enjoyable parts of these shenanigans was reading cowboy and giant and redskin fans in the social stratosphere come out in support of the eagles. Maybe The Donald isn't so divisive after all, if he can unite NFC East fans against him.
  4. Don't you have the space in your garden to do a few heads of cabbage, so you don't have to eat pasteurized kraut out of a plastic bag?
  5. Haha. Nice little cherry on top of an already amazing year, getting ol' frumpy-suit's knickers in a knot. He sure showed them.
  6. Got a call from the Eagles office a week and a half ago asking if I wanted free tickets to the Wentz charity softball game this past Friday at Citzens Bank Park. Sure, why not. Took the family, got a picture with the Lombardi, then headed over. They ended up giving us really great seats....4th row right beside the dugout by 1st base. Most of the team was playing or in attendance. Got plenty of close-up views of players. Goedert is a stud. Looked like he had 15 lbs of muscle on Ertz when they were standing side by side. He was smashing home runs into the back rows of lower deck in left field. Fun night overall. A good number of the players straight sucked at softball. Terrible swings, would run under pop-ups and fall backwards trying to compensate at the last minute. Jake Elliott looked like the most competent baseball guy.
  7. I'm trying a new location for my pepper plants this year, in the 2' strip I run around the outside of my fenced in pea-gravel garden plot where I usually plant corn or zucchini and squash. 20 plants all healthy, blooming and maybe 12-15" tall, and the other night Bambi showed up and chomped about 3/4 of them down to 2" stubs. Live and learn.... figured peppers wouldn't be appealing to a deer, but I guess the capsaicin isn't in the flowers and leaves. The only ones left untouched were the cayenne, which incidentally did have small chilis forming. Stupid deer. As slow growing as peppers can be, even if they recover it may be too late. So I guess I'll head to the amish greenhouse to replace them.
  8. I've been mulling over the CC vs WA vs DC myself for the past year. We boat the Susquehanna flats and upper Chesapeake. So there's definitely prime fishing time in the early spring or late fall where the extra protection of the walk-around would be great...but it seems like it'd be in the way for standard family day-boating. And dual consoles don't seem ideal for fishing or running a trot-line. I was all but convinced I wanted a walkaround with a bracket like the Grady 228 or Kencraft 215, but then I stumbled on the Nauticstar 210 Coastal and 210 Family Angler hull almost by accident. Anyone familiar with these, or Nauticstar in general? Seems like as good of a compromise boat between day-boating and fishing I've seen. Plus, rated for 10 people. The tri-hull wouldn't be great for the deep blue, but in the bay where I fish I don't think it'd have much downside. Only downside I see is they're hard to find used in the northeast.
  9. I was all over the same water as you on Saturday, with two buddies. 6a-12p, and we boated 1 schoolie striper on 2 hits. Only action came on rattle-traps. Slow day for sure, with dirty water and lots of debris. Didn't see much happening. Monday I was back out, but this time cruising with the family. The water clarity was improved a lot, and a few guys I talked to had some luck. Tons of dead shad floating down the susky. Do they die after they spawn each year, or is something else going on?
  10. Another great sous vide application is if you want to serve a poached egg breakfast for a large crowd. I used the method recommended on serious eats (45 minutes at 145 still in the shell, followed by shell removal and a dip in simmering water). Much easier to time than trying to poach 2 dozen eggs in simmering water. And the 45 minutes gives you time to get hash browns and bloody marys ready.
  11. All the pics of everyone's progress look great. I finally have a few days with downtime where I could garden, fish, etc....and it's just rain rain rain rain. I did put my tomatoes out in the beds before the monsoon started, since the temps are staying warm. Kept the peppers in under the lights where it's drier and warmer.
  12. It looks to me like each picture has both a zucchini and a cucumber. The cucumbers have the smoother edged leaves, and the zucchinis are more saw-toothed. Although, it looks like some plants have both types of leaves, so
  13. You nancies use a grill for steaks? Stick that NY strip on a sharpened stick and cook it over a flint-started fire like a man. I have that same Anova. I like it. For thick steaks, it cannot be beat. I like a 2" steak on the grill as much as the next guy, but it won't be perfect like the same steak started sous vide. I've tried it with pork chops. Prefer the grill, but I like thinner chops. It makes great juicy chicken breast to either eat hot or cool for chicken salad. Thighs/legs/wings over charcoal is better, but if you have to choke down a breast, sous vide at 135 makes it palatable. For fish, you can throw any white flaky filet in with butter and herbs and it'll taste the same as if baked or done on the grill in foil, but turns it into a slow-cooker "set and forget" deal if you want. Nearly impossible to overcook. I haven't tried yet, but I'm sure it's perfect for lobster and monkfish as well. Like ScottO said, just another tool. Paired with a vacuum sealer and some creativity, it's great for having good meals cooking for an hour or two while you're busy doing other stuff. Turns out better than slow-cooker cat-food mush, and easier to clean up afterwards.
  14. Eggs Benedict w/ avocado hollandaise and sweet potato home fries.
  15. Might as well keep posting here, since none of my friends give a rats rump about gardening. I've got more garden ambition than gardening free time these days, so my prep work as been hurried and sub standard this year. Here's the 10x10' patch I burnt out via brush fire a few weeks ago. Now have some potatoes (yukon, red norland and purple majesty) planted. I'll put some tomatoes in the other half. Didn't get the trenches straight, but by the time I was done with the rototiller on that never-before-worked soil, my forearms ceased to work. already overwhelmed with asparagus. Having more tonight for the 3rd time if 4 nights. I love it. 7 of 8 blueberry bushes doing great. One is all but dead, but will be replaced. These things are small, but extremely productive. You can see the garlic patch in the background. Two cherry trees as well, that we have yet to get a cherry from. They were leftovers from the previous homeowner; not sure what variety. I'm not well versed in fruit tree care. Broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, and cabbage, 4 each. With radishes in between and two types of spinach sown on the right, which are just breaking thru. The two deeper raised beds in the back will get carrots, peppers, and some tomatoes. This deserted corner had some horseradish finally take over winter and come back up. I used it for sweet potatoes the past two's going to be a dedicated horseradish patch from now on (needs weeded) Finally, all the peppers, tomatoes, and tomatillos started from seed are starting to spend some time outside getting hardened off. Second pic is back in their normal home in the basement... little grow area with my fluorescent light adjustable via chains as the stuff grows. I try to keep it 2" off the top. I'll grab some hybrid tomato seedlings and cayennes from the amish place in a week or two to supplement these.
  16. That "6-pack" is actually from a 60-cell seed starting tray, which is why the cups are so small. I cut it up into smaller sections so I can move things from the heat mat to under the lights to accommodate different germination time frames. Generally nothing stays in them for long; I start 2x the seeds I'll need, and then after a few weeks transplant the ones that will go outside, and cull the rest which get tossed in the compost (which still feels slightly like filicide, even after many years). I didn't have the heart to rip these little guys out yet. I'll probably end up transplanting and trying to force them on my friends/family like I do every other year.
  17. Check out this growth difference. Started 6 seeds at the same time, but only transplanted 3 to bigger containers. So the single tomato on the right was started the same time as the 3 on the left still in the 6-pack. The other variable is the soil. The 6-pack plants are in some organic seed starting mix I'd bought a year or two ago. The transplant is in big-box-store miracle gro seed starting mix, with a teaspoon of worm-compost mixed in. I wonder how much of the difference in development is from the fertilizer in the miracle gro + compost, and how much is container size.
  18. Deer haven't got the raised beds yet. They tore up the two cherry trees on the right, so we planted the big lavender patches to try to deter them. They killed my apple tree in one night, too. Maybe they don't like walking on the pea gravel? That fence is more of a trellis than a deterrent. We plant pumpkins, squash and melons outside and they creep along it.
  19. Probably a 30lber. I just have monstrous, yuge hands.
  20. Got most of my seedlings (broccoli, cauli, brussells, cabbage) moved outside the second half of last week. Also sowed lettuces, spinaches, sugar snaps, and radishes. Nothing left inside under the lights but tomatoes and peppers. Not a single one of my tabasco seeds germinated this year. They were from a friend's plant; I wonder if I got them too early and the weren't ripe enough to be viable. So I broke down and just grabbed some at the big box store today. Tabasco are my favorite chilies, so you do what you gotta do. Sunday's project with the approaching rain storms....burnt 3 years of accumulated brush piles, dragging it around to take the grass off a 10x10' section for a new garden plot. It's still going to be a bear to till, as that section of the yard is filled with potato sized stones. Planning on trenching half of it with potatoes, and use the other half for squashes/cukes. Plenty of room to expand that 10x10 in the future if I decide to get more industrious.
  21. I hear ya. I started growing peppers when I lived in coastal NC, and they just killed it. I'd pull hundreds and hundreds of habaneros and cayennes off 3 or 4 plants, and they'd just keep spitting them out. Now that I'm back up north, I have to plant 2x the plants to get 1/4 the total yield, and it's a late crop. I supposed I should look into ways to improve that.
  22. It's possible I'm not the best judge of potato flavor, since almost every way I eat potatoes there's lots of garlic, onion, salt and hot sauce involved. I've tried growing purple potatoes, but only had limited success. But homefries or potato salad with a mix of purple, white, and orange sweet potatoes sure looks good on the plate.
  23. Has there ever been a thread/discussion on here about classifying veggies as "worth the effort" versus "just buy at the store"? It's been brought up a bit here, and it would be interesting to see opinions. The flagship for "grow at home" has to be tomatoes. A fresh ripe tomato from the garden is just on a whole other planet compared to those mealy pink orbs you buy at the store. On the other end is potatoes. I notice no difference between a $3-for-5lb store spud and the ones I grow. But I do it for the harvesting. It's like a treasure hunt that the whole family enjoys.
  24. You asked earlier about asparagus. In my opinion, asparagus is on the opposite end of the spectrum from onions/celery, in that there's a notable difference between homegrown and store-bought. Plus, after the initial set up and patience, it's low maintenance w/ high output for years (or so I'm told). We put in two 3x10' beds using landscape-edging bricks re-purposed from the previous homeowner. I bought 2 dozen two-year-old Jersey Knight crowns on ebay for like $25. Left them alone year one, harvested a few meals worth for 2-3 weeks last year, and now this is year 3, so we can have at it. Just walked out to the garden and the first spears are popping. Judging by how fast the spears grew last year, this little guy should be ready to eat by Sunday.
  25. I have a regular 2 pile compost heap outside, but I run most garden waste thru a chipper/shredder before it goes in. That's for amending the beds each spring. Then I keep a worm bin in the garage. That's for the indoor seedlings, and a few tablespoons go in each hole when I transplant things outside. Can't say if this is better or worse than other methods, but I have good luck with it. Doesn't manure have to be "aged" to be compost? Otherwise he's just putting turkey sh*t in the garden.