Bacon Blog Day 4: A Cure for the Fever

Thank you so much for sticking with me and following along on this process.  I'm really enjoying this project and I would especially like to thank Bob for allowing me to use his blog. So let's cure this piggy's belly! I've cut it up into smaller pieces so we can try a couple of different cures.  I'm using a recipe out of Michael Ruhlman and Brian Polcyn's Charcuterie.  I love this book and even if you aren't even going to cure meat, it's great reading.  I also recommend their Whiskey-Glazed Smoked Chicken and their Smoked Scallops.  I've also made their…
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A Day on the ‘L’

I've loved trains ever since I was a little kid. I have no clue why - it goes back as long as I can remember. From an early age, my parents fed this fascination by taking my brother and I to the Illinois Railway Museum. It's an awesome place - the largest railway museum in the United States. They have lots of railroad equipment from a variety of eras, and many pieces operate on their demonstration railroad. It's located in Union, Illinois, about 75 minutes Northwest of Chicago. If you're ever looking for something to do in the area, I…
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T-SQL Tuesday #41 – How I Came to Love Presenting

This month's T-SQL Tuesday is hosted by...ME! I asked everyone to share stories of how they came to love presenting, and I have not one but two tales of my own. They both took place at about the same time: my freshman year at the University of Illinois. I can't remember which one came first, so you get to read both! Physics Van Shortly after classes began, my Physics 111 lecture was visited by Professor Mats Selen, who got everyone's attention by putting a small amount of liquid nitrogen into a soda bottle. He capped it, threw it into a…
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Cat Bites Suck.

Meet Oliver, our big orange kitty. At 16 pounds, he's large and in charge - the complete opposite of the scrawny kitten we brought home from the shelter 5 1/2 years ago. He's the perfect mix of predator and sweet lap cat, but for all that he hypes his hunting skills, he's never been outside and is afraid of his own shadow. Though not totally his fault, he's made life around our house much more interesting since the beginning of the year. Monday 31 December, 6:00pm  As has become tradition in recent years, we have some guests over for New…
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Jefferson’s Ten Rules

Earlier this month Michelle and I visited friends in Virginia, and one of the places we checked out was Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s primary home and plantation. I highly recommend going there if you’re ever in the area. It was very informative on many levels, but my favorite takeaway was learning what a geek Jefferson was for his day. He did things like take daily weather observations for over 50 years, and used a pantograph to keep a copy of every letter he wrote. Something else I never knew was that the view of Monticello on the Nickel actually shows the…
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