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    Favorite Peppers

    I've been growing Padron peppers for 25 years. I smuggled some seeds back from Spain because back then they weren't available here. Now the local nursery carries them, and the peppers are available in many of the local supermarkets. They're called "Spanish roulette peppers" because some are...
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    What Do You Do For A Living?

    I run a small hotel called "Fawlty Towers". Just kidding, I'm a Silicon Valley EE actually still working on silicon, vs. apps, websites, or games that all the cool kids here are working on these days.
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    Hola from Spain

    Bienvenido, espero que España se esté recuperando del virus.
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    An update for our store during the Covid-19 craziness

    Headed to the JKI site now.....
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    I have the Gesshin Ginga 270mm stainless suji: I like the thinness, it's easy to sharpen and works well. I don't feel like I can get it quite as sharp as shirogami or aogami steel, but it's definitely...
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    screw sizes driving me crazy?

    I remember the effort to try to switch years ago and the outcry and general resistance to it. But I still believe that if we had done it the cost to business in the long run would be less. Since we import and export so many products having two systems causes confusion and extra expense. Not...
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    Do your part for the post-coronavirus world economy.

    I didn't mean to suggest you have to wait, if your favorite retailer is open for business. I think JKI is closed even for internet orders, but correct me if I'm wrong. Even if the small retailers can ride through the crisis I'm sure it's going to be painful for them and many people, and if you...
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    Do your part for the post-coronavirus world economy.

    So prior to the Coronavirus outbreak, much of the world economy (and certainly here in the US) has been driven by the consumer. In order to reduce the severity of the economic downturn post-virus, I believe it's going to be important for consumer spending to come back. Therefore, I believe...
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    screw sizes driving me crazy?

    I don't know why we never fully switched to the metric system here in the US. It makes no sense to me. We have to have 2 sets of wrenches, sockets, drill bits, taps and dies, stocks of nuts and bolts, (and of course there's still there's always one size or thread pitch that you need and don't...
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    An update for our store during the Covid-19 craziness

    Hey, Jon, best wishes to you and family, stay healthy!
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    Cooking dried beans?

    I soak overnight in salted water (I think the no-salt thing has been debunked, but I can't find the reference right now). I have used a pressure cooker, but if I have time I simmer for up to an hour, then change the water and rinse the beans, then I simmer again until tender, or at that point...
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    Wild Boar

    I ordered the wild boar stew meat from D'Artagnan and the ground wild boar from Broken Arrow Ranch. I made Tuscan style sauces from both to see which I liked better. Both were good, but I'd give the edge to D'Artagnan for having a stronger more Tuscan-like flavor. (I minced the stew chunks...
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    Wild Boar

    Cinghiale! Very popular in Tuscany. I've found ground wild boar meat here in the Bay Area, and tried to recreate the Tuscan style red sauce, but the boar doesn't seem to be as flavorful. It's OK, but not the same. I don't know where the markets source the boar or if it's truly wild. There's...
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    bikes bikes bikes

    Love the name, I'm a Campy only guy, at least on my road bike (since they stopped making Mt. bike gruppos years ago.)
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    Sous vide units- what's good and what's not

    I have this one Specifically because it doesn't have Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Ethernet, SPI, I2C,RS-232,RS-485, SPMI, or any other interface other than mechanical controls.