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Archive for January 1st, 2018

Kevin Drum’s list of his 10 best charts of last year

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Written by LeisureGuy

1 January 2018 at 6:21 pm

Best hot and sour soup I’ve ever made: The Cook’s Illustrated recipe

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The lessons learned:

  1. Put stock on to heat, and while it comes to the boil, do all the chopping. If it beils before you’re done chopping, turn it down to simmer.
  2. Also measure out all liquids, the pepper, etc. Once you start cooking, it goes fast.
  3. It pays to have Chinese black vinegar on hand. Better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have, which is true of so many things.
  4. 6 cups of water plus 1-1.5 tablespoons of Penzey’s Chicken Soup Base works fine in lieu of canned/boxed/homemade chicken stock.
  5. It fills a 3-qt sauce pan, so use a 4-qt pan at least. A large-diameter pan gives more room for pour in the egg from a spoon.

I started doing (low-carb) Weight Watchers a few days ago, and 1 cup of this is 3 points. (I bought the 1/2-cup and the 1-cup Grip ‘N Serv® ladles — it’s very handy to dish things up already measured.)

Here’s the recipe, which I followed exactly except for the soup-base shortcut. [I link to this URL because Cook’s Illustrated has a subscribers-only paywall. -LG]

Written by LeisureGuy

1 January 2018 at 5:59 pm

Posted in Food, Low carb, Recipes

Mr Pomp, Fine slant, and Barrister & Mann Leviathan

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I do like Leviathan a lot, and this morning I noted the excellence of the lather quite apart from the fragrance. Mr Pomp is a fine brush and taught me that the Polo handle is really a nice handle to hold.

I changed the blade to a Personna Lab Blue and focused on light pressure, and I got a perfectly enjoyable shave with a BBS result. The light pressure is important: more important than with the less-pressure-sensitive iKon 102 slant, for example.

A good splash of Leviathan aftershave, and a new year begins.

Written by LeisureGuy

1 January 2018 at 9:20 am

Posted in Shaving

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