Bacon Blog Day 8: Beer Cured Bacon Can Change Your Culinary Life

by @WidowPage When I started writing this series of posts, this was the one I couldn't wait to do.  But in addition to my fabulous and glamorous DBA job, I also coach my daughter's volleyball team and that is about to kill me!  I felt like I couldn't do this post the justice it deserved if I just whipped this post out so I waited until I had the time to do it right. Of all the cure recipes I've written about, this one is the most fun because the beer really enhances the pork's flavor.  If you were to…
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Bacon Blog Day 5: Pepper Bacon

Most bacon recipes are either sweet or savory.  Yesterday, we did a cure with maple syrup, so today, we'll go with a savory taste.  I got this recipe from here.  Assemble the ingredients into a large plastic bag and shake to mix. 1/4 cup salt 1/2 cup brown sugar 2 tablespoons black pepper 1/2 teaspoon ground bay 1 teaspoon granulated onion 1 teaspoon granulated garlic 1/2 teaspoon ground thyme 1 teaspoon pink salt   This recipe is for 3 to 4 lbs of pork belly.  Mine is right around 8 lbs so I just doubled it.  And yes, that is…
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Bacon Blog Day 1: I’ve Lost 100 lbs of Pork Belly

By @WidowPage This isn’t the way I intended to start this blog. I imagined my first post would be pictures unveiling huge boxes of soon-to-be bacon and describing the mouth watering ways I would convert it into bacon, but my pork belly order has yet to arrive. It was supposed to leave Iowa on Monday, August 21 and get here in Illinois the following day. It’s now Wednesday, August 30 and the magical box of pork belly has yet to appear. I’m hoping for the best and a call to the farmer did reassure me. In the meantime, this delay gives…
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The New SQL Saturday Logo: I’m Not A Fan

At last month's SQL Saturday in Chicago, we had two great distinctions: We were SQL Saturday #600, a milestone! (But weren't SQL Saturday numbers going away?) We also were the first SQL Saturday to use the new logo, which is just one part of the major rebranding project undertaken by PASS last year. At PASS Summit 2016, PASS announced several new logos as part of it's rebranding campaign. There were new logos for PASS as a whole, SQL Saturday, 24 Hours of PASS, PASS Summit, and Business Analytics. In general they're not terrible. I actually really like the new PASS logo.…
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Speaking at PASS Summit 2016

I'm extremely fortunate to have been selected to speak at PASS Summit, "the world's largest gathering of SQL Server and BI professionals." PASS has once again put together a fantastic lineup, and I'm extremely proud to have made the cut. As many have already done, I'd like to share the abstracts I submitted along with the feedback I received. I submitted a total of 5 general sessions (the maximum allowed), with one being accepted. I will cover each of them here, along with the notes I received from the reviewers. Supercharging Backups and Restores For Fun and Profit (Accepted) Level: 300 Track:…
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