Biking
Recumbent Trike – New Seat & ImprovementsNew!!

I have had the recumbent trike for a few years now. Returning from a ride and cranking up our steep driveway I heard a cracking noise and with each pedal stroke the seat raised up! Pulling over and checking the welds between the rear fork and longitudinal body tube had cracked. So it was time […]

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House Projects
Garage threshold fix

Our driveway had sunk down in front of the garage doors. In some spots, it was a 2″ rise. This was a trip / fall hazard and did not look good. Most of the driveway is still in good shape, even after 27 years. So, I wanted to try a localized fix rather than re-doing […]

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Woodworking
Dining Table – Completion

Final assembly of the dining table was done in the dining area. It is too big and heavy for Teal and I to move on our own. Assembly “in situ” worked out very well. It is nicer to work on the hardwood floor than on the shop floor and there is more room. The top […]

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Woodworking
Dining Table – Frame and Slides

Some of you may be wondering why there was such a delay in getting to the end. Besides other projects getting in the way, the finishing takes a long time and fills the shop. Finishing schedule: Sand to 220 grit with random orbit and then hand sand 220 grit with the grain to remove any […]

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Cooking
Papa’s Pepperoni

Papa’s pepperoni (or maybe “Paparoni”) is loosely based on a variety of other recipes and adjusted for my taste preference, but it is not too spicy so that Teal and the kids / grandkids will enjoy it as well. I LOVE pepperoni pizza (including cold for breakfast). However, I detest the little pools of grease […]

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Cooking
Drying chamber setup

I was able to purchase a “scratch and dent” wine fridge (Frigidaire Gallery 55 bottle) for use as a proper drying chamber. This means that I will now be able to dry meats and sausages year-round. It also means the Rubbermaid bin drying chamber is being retired. Once it warms up a bit outside, I […]

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Cooking
Schweinshaxe part II

This past week I had the opportunity to be go up to Baraboo, WI to visit my Mom (and set up her new iPad ), socially distanced of course. As we would often do on a visit to my home town, I stopped at the Meat Market and picked up a rib roast – for […]

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Cooking
Emptying the Drying Chamber

The drying chamber was full with Lonzino, Soppressata, and Pepperoni. Creating the Lonzino was covered in a prior post. This is “simple” dry cured whole muscle meat (pork loin). The Soppressata and Pepperoni are both fermented dry cured sausages. This takes a bit more finesse to ensure food safety. Before starting on your own, I […]

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Cooking
Pepperoni

The overall process for making the Pepperoni is nearly identical to that of the Soppressata, except that it does not need to be pressed. Pepperoni (started 12/24/20) ~8-10 lbs Pork butts well trimmed of all soft fat and much of the hard fat Salt 2.5% Cure #2 0.25% Dextrose 0.2% White sugar 0.3% Cracked Black […]

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Cooking
Soppressata

Soppressata is a mildly spicy dry cured italian pork sausage. It is seemingly one of the more common starting points for dry cured / fermented sausages. Batch 1 was started started 12/17/20 Sanitize everything! I sprayed the utensils, grinder, counter top, hands, etc with StarSan (same as I use for Brewing) ~ 10 lbs Pork […]

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