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Two Christmases ago, when UPS got all backed up, we realized our customary country ham wasn't  arriving in time for Christmas. Our son went to a local fancy butcher and got a ten-pound USDA  prime bone-in prime rib roast.  He gave it a rub and cooked it in a smoker for about four hours to 140* and then put it in a 500* oven for a few minutes for a crust. Worked wonderfully.   Mike
TJ's introduced Grand Blue blue cheese in this month's Flyer.  I rushed to buy a chunk but it's not very tasty.  Made in Germany, it does not  have much tang or bite.  Guess they should stick to wursts.    Go find Wisconsin's Bleu Affinee which  I touted a few months ago.   Mike
It works?   Hows come truffles are still so expensive?   Mike
Emily-   Dates are a pretty tough project.  I'm not surprised they don't liquidate in a smaller blender.  Maybe more liquid and a longer run would do the job.   Mike
FF-   Well, sounds a little too good to be true, but I hope it actually works.     Maybe my next pound of truffles will be $16.   Mike 
Curious, Kieth-   Why must it "never leave the pan"?   Rules out warm and blast, sous vide and other perfectly valid techniques for getting a hunk of meat to a perfect medium rare, medium, or whatever and then putting a nice crust on it.   Mike
C'mon, Dagger-   If it's "bad" for most people would it be selling for $1500 or so per pound?   Mike  
They impart an intense umami flavor in tiny quantities. They are impossible to cultivate and must be hunted by specially trained dogs or pigs in a very few unique environments   Almost all the "truffle oils" are artificially flavored and truffle-free.   A chef friend at Prosecco in Chicago makes his own with honest-to-God truffles and it is just wonderful.   Mike
I was going to direct you to the 1200W VitaMix 5200 if you want a pro blender, but they're still in the $400+ range and I see the new 900W Nutribullet - I'm using an older 800W one these days - is around $88 on eBay.  My N-bullet does a good job on smoothies, malts, and the like. I find the screw-together, upside-down, press-to-run feature a little fussy. It cleans itself well, though.    I've had the Vitamix 5200 for seven or eight years and it's just terrific.  If you...
MaryB-   Could you give us some details on the making of your cottage bacon?  I think my son would like to have a go at a batch of that.   Thanks   Mike
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