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They know how to refill the car oil or replace the battery acid.
:shocked! Replace the battery acid? Not me. I'd charge the battery or replace it with a new one. No way somebody is going to convince me to replace the battery acid. What are you thinking? Kids, don't try this at home! :amen

As far as "the kitchen" goes? You're right. I did pay attention when my mom taught my sisters to cook but my job was "special". I was the official taste tester. At the time I enjoyed the little bit if extra attention and when she'd let me "check the taste" of her pie crust to see if some more salt was needed or not she would (and I was pleased) follow my advice every time. But I never learned the "feel" of the crust, my fingers never touched it and all three of my sisters learned the secret of what I know now is the best pie crust in the world. Would they share with their brother who loves them, even later in life? None have.

But that doesn't mean that I'm a stranger in the kitchen, that's another story, for another day. I'm too busy feeling sad because I can't make a better than Betty Crocker crust. :rolling
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Kids should not attempt changing the battery acid!!!! (tho they are not that dangerous.)

I change UPS, PA acid.... I love recycling stuff.
 

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I am assuming that the ones on the bottom are getting a little hotter since they are closer sitting on the glasstop electric stove which may make them cook slightly faster than the rest.
That makes sense, and thank you for coming back. I've taken a very extreme (hopefully funny) position here while putting on my "Master Idiot" hat. I do appreciate your voice very much.

~Sparrow
 

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try roasting some chicken over woodfire (yellow flames). Try another over your gas cooker (blue flames)
Or perhaps it isn't the color of the flame more than it is the smoke that rises from the wood? I do like that smokey flavor, especially while barbecuing salmon. Alder wood chips are a gift from the Lord.
 

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Smokes? Not smokes. Take this from a profffffffffesional coooook:):):lol
 

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the intensity of heat really plays a wonderful role
As far as tips go, here's one from my family of candy-makers. This one from my 19th century grandfather. There is a difference between a 'hot" softball stage and a "cool" softball stage even when the range is the same 235° to 245° Fahrenheit. The 10° will determine just how soft and it may be checked by dropping a ball of the candy mixture into cold water, or as my dad taught me when I was little, by placing ones fingers into a bowl of cold water, then doing a quick in and out dip with a finger straight into the hot candy. Oops, not straight, actually. Insert on a 45 degree diagonal into the hot. The trick there, is to rapidly start to roll the candy that coats your finger even while it is sunk (you want the tip of the finger only, no further, and not the fingernail!) into the scalding hot mix then smoothly (not quickly, smoothly) take the finger out of the hot (while rolling the candy off with the thumb) and put your whole hand back into the water and quickly get it into a ball (hopefully soft and not grainy). If any gets onto the fingernail because you were nervous, that's okay, just get that off first. That is done by using the middle finger to rub over the index finger nail while using the thumb rub simultaneously. "Mmmmm... just right," my dad would say or we'd wait and do it again a minute later. The other "trick" is to have the bowl of very cold water close and not far from the hot candy mixture. Consider "travel time". Again, don't try this at home. It is a professional candy-maker "trick" only.

But back to the "tip" and the difference. If one were to take the temperature to let's say 245° and then lower it to 240°, the texture of the softball would be grainier than if there was a "cool" 240° and it was raised gradually to the 240° without going higher. Same for water too, or so my dad instructed me. We never used a thermometer and always used wood spoons or flat wood sticks for stirring (slow continuous figure-8 motion). I still have my dad's stick/spoon. I was told to never use a "hot mix," and to check by dipping often. My mom was freaking out as she watched my tiny fingers being put into the mix as she was a nurse and knew what could happen. I like it! but that's more the "brat" in me than anything else.
 
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Smokes? Not smokes.
Sorry Classik; voice of experience here too (even as an amateur enthusiast). I've tried different "yellow" flames using different wood sources.
Steak over mesquite, pork chops over maple, salmon over alder.
 

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Nice tip. I may try this next week. (Hope I don't burn my fingers...my choir won't take it lightly with you)
 

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Yes you are a bit right about the smoke thing. However It's soot anyway..that may add little good taste to roasted stuff. But mind the kind of wood that produced the soot. (Traces of suit, bitte)
 

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Nice tip. I may try this next week.
I've edited it carefully with that in mind. It's fun. Use ice-water. Keep your fingers in until they hurt (in the ice water, not the candy mix, silly). Be next to a sink with the water running from the tap (just in case you tip the bowl over and need an "escape route") and keep a kitchen towel on your shoulder for your first time. Do it with a partner because you will have injured your fingers and might not be able to dial an emergency number with them if something does go drastically wrong. It won't, but it's a good idea to plan ahead.
 
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Thanks once more. My choir'll fight for me if something goes wrong:lol
 

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I am assuming that the ones on the bottom are getting a little hotter since they are closer sitting on the glasstop electric stove which may make them cook slightly faster than the rest.
That makes sense, and thank you for coming back. I've taken a very extreme (hopefully funny) position here while putting on my "Master Idiot" hat. I do appreciate your voice very much.

~Sparrow
Master Idiot? Are you the one who mentioned your eggs cracking in the boiling water? If so, is this one of the areas you were trying to be funny? It was kind of funny, but I have known people who actually do that.

I like funny....in this world sometimes there isn't much that is funny. if you can get some enjoyment somewhere by doing things to get a smile either from someone else, or yourself, without offending someone....I'm all for it. :)
 

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Are you the one...?
Yes, that is me. I was talking in a very literal manner and baiting a brother whom I love. He had said something about "boiling eggs" and I replied with what I hoped would be seen as my pointed humor, poking fun at him, whose skin is thick and sweet (but shhhh... I did not say that, or don't tell him, but he will hear it from the one he loves on their wedding day soon).

He took my bait (because I said, we're talking about boiling water, not eggs, silly) and replied and I was satisfied as I know he too shall soon be. It is a play upon a play built around words found by another brother here, Classik. And yes, we jostle the hair of each other as we together enjoy the "make da male-bonding" that takes place. But that is not to say that a lady is not welcome. You are needed here to combat and balance the testosterone if for no other reason.

As far as my "egg" experience, the most I've boiled at once would be like you, a dozen or two. That was to help prepare for my son's enjoyment as we followed the holidays. Tricks that I've learned include those you mention, putting the eggs in while the water is cold, maybe adding a little salt to the water, stuff like that. I'm no expert, that's for sure, but I do enjoy a lark or two, being a bird and all...
 

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Are you the one...?
Yes, that is me. I was talking in a very literal manner and baiting a brother whom I love. He had said something about "boiling eggs" and I replied with what I hoped would be seen as my pointed humor, poking fun at him, whose skin is thick and sweet (but shhhh... I did not say that, or don't tell him, but he will hear it from the one he loves on their wedding day soon).

He took my bait and replied and I was satisfied as I know he too shall soon be. It is a play upon a play built around words found by another brother here, Classik. And yes, we jostle the hair of each other as we together enjoy the "make bonding" that may take place. But that is not to say that a lady is not welcome. You are needed here to combat the testosterone if for no other reason.

As far as my "egg" experience, the most I've boiled at once would be like you, a dozen or two. That was to help prepare for my son's enjoyment as we followed the holidays. Tricks that I've learned include those you mention, putting the eggs in while the water is cold, maybe adding a little salt to the water, stuff like that. I'm no expert, that's for sure but I do enjoy a lark or two, being a bird and all...
It's nice to be able to have that male bonding time. Whether you can in real life, or when people live too far away, do it on the net on a forum such as this one. I was just jesting when I came in and out ....but I did really want you to think I really didn't feel like I should" disturb" this male time. I can be a brat at times, at least that is what I have been told. :cool

Are you positive Classik is a male? :)

I have tried salt and someone told me vinegar. I tried them both when using fresher eggs and it did seem to help some.

Ahhh....being a bird would require being a little "flighty." tee hee hee
 

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I can be a brat at times, at least that is what I have been told.

Are you positive Classik is a male?
:toofunny

I too have been called "brat" --that was actually a title given to me (and cherished), when I was properly dubbed by my youngest older sister who is 4 years my senior and deeply loved.
 

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Well, I guess I have come across someone else with "brat like" qualities.

I am really innocent, but I allow people to believe what they will. :biggrin

Is the laugh because of the statement about Classik, or the brat?

I thought Classik was male, but recently have had a few doubts. I would imagine you know Classik better than I do. Its not really important if he/she doesn't say. I just keep picturing him/her in a dress. :toofunny
 

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As I read your comment about being a "brat" and was thinking about what we share in that manner, our similarities and our differences, I also consider that we "guys" here like to poke fun at each other and know how to take it well. So then, while you say,

I can be a brat at times, at least that is what I have been told.
I notice that your next words prove this to be true (and yes, I do understand that the statement which appears to question his masculinity is made in all innocence!) and can only chuckle... but that chuckle also becomes a guffaw and I reply to you about being a "brat" too.

My thought is . o O ("I take my hat off to you,")
and . o O ("There is no contest and you are now dubbed as "The Brat," where I am only "a brat.")

Such is the humor that I find all too often. It is sweet to me. Especially in the unintended jibes and the unspoken comments like the one I did not say

"I've often wondered about Classik, but will need to let him or her reply to this one and say nothing except to wink and give my appreciation to you, who is now officially, "one of the guys!"
Of course, I've never wondered about gender but I do enjoy the various interpretations your words may invite. Classik checks the threads often and I'm sure a reply is forthcoming. Probably will include an emoticon or two, or three...

Since I do it on purpose so often and you only unintentionally, it's maybe better for me to be "The brat," and you to be misunderstood as one. That's probably what my sister would say. "Your always "The Brat" to me," I can almost hear her now.
 

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@ the bird in this thread.....your post has made me laugh. I sit here typing with a large smile upon my lips. I would love to be the misunderstood brat and you be THE BRAT!!! I imagine you have had more practice in it than I have. Women don't tease each other as men do.

Alas.....I step down and allow you the full privilege of carrying on in The Brat tradition.

@ Classik...I hope I have not offended you, I don't think I have, but one never knows. Since, the true one and only brat is posting in bird form, I am going to allow him to take any flack. I say that, because I know he doesn't mind...cause if I do know anything, I know what brats are like. :biggrin
 

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I don't mind. And it's true. It is my fault, entirely. I still chuckle (even though it may come out as a chortle). ;)

My hero, the American Kestrel is also known as "the Sparrowhawke" and is a momma-bird who will pretend to have a broken wing, to attract some from her nest. She may also fly straight into the face of others (like the many men who have experienced it) and has used this direct tactic to drive bears from her nest (but not recently maybe because there aren't as many around is why). She's also one of the most beautiful birds I've never seen (being that I live on the left coast) and is the only true hawk who does not take prey in flight.

Trying to segue and fly this post back to thread topic, I wonder how long it would take for her eggs to boil even as I dare any to try to find out. No, I take that lie back, no dare, just delusions of grandeur in a stare of feigned wide-eyed innocence in me, but not in 'her'.







Sorry, I get 'carried away' sometimes. It's the wind, I say! The wind!

Classik will be back after burning fingers in hot candy mix to speak (with the choir too, perhaps?). In the meantime, I'm sure there will be no objection to our "carrying on" here in the thread.
 
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Well. I don't know where to start...I have been so so so so happy over something that happened cos it's been long...when Força Barça demolished a team by 5 nil (even without top players like Messi, Puyol, Xavi, Sergio, Pedro etc). We destroyed Mallorca yesterday night.

we did it again and we are back. Tots units fem força!!!


Is Classik female or male? Good question. Classik is Classik. :biggrin:toofunnyI'm a spirit!
 

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