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Got it from one of the area's premier butcher shops. Could have made a respectable down payment on a new car with the money.   I would really appreciate some knowledgeable suggestions on how to make the most of this thing between now and Christmas day. Not looking for complex, fancy-schmancy stuff. Just really good prep suggestions to make it simple and memorable.  Will probably smoke with apple.   Thanks all.   Mike
While there are hardly any bad ideas for using Dungeness crab, mixing it into something complicated and with other strong flavors may be one of them. Garlic, though, is always a good accompaniment:   Prepare a slurry of garlic and room-temp butter and let sit an hour or so. Boil or steam the live crabs just until they've calmed down; remove and let cool enough to handle. Take them apart and clean the bodies. With a mallet, break the shells pretty thoroughly, then rub the...
"What? No garlic Ice Cream?????   Good question.   It's my understanding that Garlic Ice Cream is a staple of the Garlic Festival in Gilroy, Calif., which bills itself as "The Garlic Capital of the World."   Sadly, I've never attended.   Mike
No question about it-   I love garlic, don't like catsup.   Really keen insight.   Mike 
Ivey-   I'm really glad to hear that.  The picture of an Ivy grad who didn't know how to spell it was pretty disturbing.   Koko' -   Sounds good, but I'm put off because I've read most truffle oils (if not all ) are synthetic. All the ones I could check at Whole Foods, were, anyhow.   Mike
Matter of fact, I've done that: I designed a large "planned community" near Santa Barbara. I had a good deal of park and open space, and I set up three Homeowners Associations to take care of them back when these were pretty rare.  And did a two-year stint as President of the Board of Directors of our condo association here in Burr Ridge, so I'm quite familiar with it all... except collecting fees, which I've never encountered..  Not saying it's a bad thing (except to the...
IveyLeaguer -   How about trying James Beard's recipe for Steak Mirabeau, using a neutral oil instead of butter. It's a porterhouse or strip steak broiled, then topped with anchovies mashed and lightly sauteed in (butter) and sliced green olives.   By the way, which Ivey League are you associated with?   Mike
"I could never ever mention the beans part as that particular spin on the dish has been hotly disputed for decades."   Well, that's what Freedom in America is all about, FFgirl  but...   I'm sure you realize that you will never win the International Chili Cookoff in Terlingua.  Actually, you will never be allowed even to enter, since beans are banned from the ingredient list;  they are simply not part of Texas chili.  Just ask Frank X.   Such is the life of the...
I'm still a little confused.   You are talking about a group of the residents, and not some level of local government, aren't you? I've had experience with paying building permit fees and inspection fees to the local government, but I have never heard of a residents'  board charging a fee.   Guess I won't be retiring to Canada, after all.    Mike
Foodpump -   Would never have guessed -   You are describing the functions of the Board of Directors... of a Homeowners Association.  Having been Pres of my condo association Board for two years, I have a good idea what you're talking about, but I've never heard that term in any way associated with a condo association. For geology and clouds and omelets, yes.  Boards of Directors, no.   Any idea how the term "strata" came to be applied to this?   Mike  
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