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The AB recipe definitely resembles JD's.  The first try... a little spicey.  And I'm not a big fan of thyme, so might skip that entirely, if I make it again.  Cut with more ground pork and seems just right for seasonings.  It's obviously much more lean than JD... very little fat rendered out.  Flavor is very nice but it's kinda solid/hard... for lack of any better description?!?  Ended up with more than I KNEW I'd eat in a few days (tho recipe says it's good for...
Within past few days, made breakfast sausage for the first time.  Used Alton Brown's recipe from Good Eats.  Has fresh sage, thyme and rosemary.  Also red pepper flakes and cayenne... some salt and brown sugar.  Had recently "found" a decent home electric meat grinder and wanted to give it a spin.  Recipe called for salt pork... and didn't have any??  SO I subbed bacon.  Flavor was very nice but a little spicey for me.  SO I just added more ground pork.  Next time will...
Years ago, planted broccoli.  Neighbor alerted me that it would NEVER become the BIG head like in supermarket and said cut early and often.  After first cut... plants split to 3-4 new/smaller heads.  Had second "crop" in big bowl to wash and saw SEVERAL little light green worms floating in water... same color as broccolli.  Can/t even think about how many I probably ATE with first crop!?!  Oh well, it's protein... and if I DID eat it... didn't see it.  If you miss the...
Just have to add... DON'T totally turn your back on "used" stuff!  have found some great things at yard sales, thrift stores and flea markets.  Just a few include... a square, leCreuset grill pan (blue enamel exterior in PERFECT shape and CI interior), a CUisinart food processor, a "vintage" KD stand mixer, KA 7-speed hand mixer (NEVER even out of box), Foodsaver vac sealer (and LOTS of accesories)... and a lot more.  KNOW it didn't spend a total of $100 for these...
In short... YOU were right, redvan, and THEY should listen to you.
Like the flavor but only takes the SMALLEST amount! 
Have niece in her early 30's.  She DIDN'T have the greatest upbringing and never learned basic cooking techniques.  When she got married... got a S-load of NICE kitchen stuff thru her registry??  KA stand mixer, food processor, NICE knives, etc.  BUT she didn't COOK!  Her kitchen "junk" drawer was full of take-out menus!  When 1st baby (now 4) came along, she wanted to be a SOHM... but thought she would HAVE to go back to work... NOT a high paying job.  We did a little...
I just blacken on top of gas stove.  Then park in a paper bag till cool enough to handle.  Have found that if I rub between a few layers of paper towels, pretty much all of the black comes off and no need to rinse.
Can't recommend a cookbook, but have a few SIMPLE recipes that I think are good.  Grew up in Delaware County, PA... not far from mushroom central.  My Dad loved mushrooms.  Sliced and sauteed in butter... they became a side dish... NOT a garnish.  Ate lunch after 1 of 2 DISASTEROUS rounds of golf, at the club house at Kimberton Golf Course.  They're house dressing was THINLY sliced white buttons in a basic vinagrette... raw of course.  Can make a half healthy and half...
Bought a "regular" white KA stand mixer after SIL RAVED about hers and FORCED me to take it home one Thanksgiviing Day... with the condition that it came BACK the following weekend.  AFter cranking out double batches of cookie dough for 5-6 different holiday treats... I was sold.  Think it was around $200... and had a rub-off coupon that got me 20% off.  It came with dough hook, paddle amd whisk... tilt top model.  I don't bake a lot but have NO regrets about that...
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