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  1. Timberwolves, 2017-2018

    That rumor started swirling last week when he was cut from the...Jazz? Or wherever he got traded to at the deadline. At some point the Chicago-Thibs connection has to be severed. This is that sometime! Rose is DONE. D-O-N-E! Stay away, please! To take minutes away from Tyus would be criminal! I've been a bit down on this team lately, and rightly so considering their talent and the fact that we are still middling about, but when you look at the West and see we are the #4 seed at the break...man, that feels pretty good. No, we aren't the Rockets or the Warriors, but we ARE in the second tier of teams like the Spurs and Thunder, and we are still ascending. That's a nice change for this team and this fan base!
  2. Timberwolves, 2017-2018

    I just never know what version of this team is going to run out onto the floor from night to night... The scoring juggernauts? The team that actually can play defense once in a while? The team that, on the rarest of occasions, does both in one night? Or the team that somehow loses to the Bulls and makes you question your fandom. That kind of inconsistency is generally a coaching issue... I really like Thibs, but we have enough talent to be more consistent, and consistently better, than what we are seeing. I hope we catch fire at the right time. Home stretch looms...
  3. Air Fryer?

    The default temp is 360 for the NuWave 36001 Brio I mentioned above, but it can be programmed as high as 390. I absolutely agree that it does make a difference for certain things to get those extra 30-40 degrees.
  4. Air Fryer?

    Late to the party, here, but we got one a few months ago (NuWave 36001 Brio) at the boss lady's insistence. I was 100% convinced we'd use it twice, then put it in storage for three years before selling it for $5 at a garage sale, but I was very, very wrong! It's a cooking appliance staple now that never leaves the counter top. With a two year old boy, it is a life saver for quick, easy meals like nuggets, fries, tots, and corn dogs. Chicken comes out great. All frozen appetizers are excellent, and it's half the time of the oven. We got it late fall, but not cranking on the oven in July will be nice. The big test for me was fish. I did a side-by-side test--panko crusted deep fried vs panko crusted with a spritz of olive oil air fried. For me, the deep fried is a 9/10. The air fried, crazy as it sounds, was a solid 8/10. It really does turn out pretty darn good! The old lady said she noticed no difference whatsoever, but she was still bragging about how good of an investment it was, so I deducted one point from here score which now reflects my own. I suggest lining the tray with foil regardless of what you cook. Lesson learned was bacon wrapped venison bites. Came out great, but cleaning that without foil was not fun... Bottom line, it's been a great little unit that has seen nearly daily use!
  5. Timberwolves, 2017-2018

    I might say C- for the first quarter, A- for the second quarter, and I agree with your average. If this squad started the year the way we are playing now, we'd be flirting with the best record in the West. As it stands, we are still in great position to make a run. Our defense has improved so slowly and steadily that you almost don't notice that's its become respectable (considering the dumpster fire it started out as). We still have some face palm games, but as a whole, we have a dynamic young core that looks the part of championship material. I liked the addition of Butler...but I had no idea he would be this good and help change our whole culture so fast. Exciting time to be a fan after a decade of abysmal play!
  6. Electric Roaster for Sausage

    Looks like a 25 pound batch? Were you able to fit all of that in one batch, or split in two?
  7. Electric Roaster for Sausage

    You can also steam cook them in your smoker... FROM CURLY'S SAUSAGE KITCHEN page: Steam cooking speeds up the process of the final cooking stage in sausage making. Makes for a better wrinkle free sausage, using humidity as heat source instead of dry heat. Take a full pan of water and bring to a full boil on stove. Place boiling pan of water and put on heat source of smoker Turn heat to high so to keep water at a FULL BOIL. Close damper you want to keep humidity in smoker. Make sure pan of water does not run out, add more boiling water. Cook sausage to 150 degrees, this will take about half of regular cook time. When sausage is cooked cold shower with cold water.
  8. Venison Bacon

    I make 25 pounds of this every year from a seasoning I get from Curly's Sausage Kitchen. It's awesome stuff!
  9. Timberwolves, 2017-2018

    I've been waiting for Wiggins to put effort and talent together, and I don't think it's a fluke... He has been AWESOME! No ceiling for this squad once they turn a corner defensively. They still have some work to do there, but it's been a fun start to the year! And yes, I can't just gloss over Cousins's talent--he's got an endless supply and is a one-man wrecking crew--but if he acts off the court anywhere close to how he acts on the court, I don't care to have a beer with him any time soon...
  10. Timberwolves, 2017-2018

    Another close game, another W. Nicely done! The Wolves weren't exactly firing on all cylinders, but some questionable fouls + sloppy technique kept KAT on the bench for most of this one. Which meant our bench players needed to step up...and boy, did they! But my overall take away was this... DeMarcus Cousins is the BIGGEST FLOPPER in the world. RIDICULOUS! I have zero respect for him as a player. Zero. What a tool.
  11. Timberwolves, 2017-2018

    Teague was much improved last night, but it's obvious Butler is quickly becoming the backbone of this young team. 4-1 with him, 0-2 without... He makes Wiggins better and he seems to get the best out of KAT, too... He doesn't fill up the stat sheet each night, but it's the little things he does that allows others to shine. We were in so many games until the 4th quarter last year, but you just KNEW we were going to blow it (and we did...time and time again). But this squad is different. Already you feel like they will find ways to close teams out, and they are doing that. That's what winning clubs do, and it's about darn time!
  12. Timberwolves, 2017-2018

    Well, some good things, some bad things... We didn't pull of the win on the road as I'd hoped, but I think there were some positive take-aways... Defensively, we aren't fixed, but we are looking better. Taj jumped off the screen last night with his aggressive D. I think his presence will help a lot! We played good defense at times, but it was VERY streaky. It seemed that throughout the night SA went up by 8-10, then we buckled down to pull with a bucket or tied it up, repeat... Butler looks like he needs a few more games to gel with the boys, but I think his addition can't be overstated. If even for one game, he seemed to light a fire under Wiggins. If we can get some form of consistent 3 point shooting, we will be talking a lot more about wins than losses this year!
  13. Timberwolves, 2017-2018

    Well, pre-season is pre-season, but it sounds like Butler is fitting right in. 2-0 means nothing right now, but it sounds a lot better than 0-2! We have steadiness at the coaching position, upgraded talent, and guys that go toe-to-toe with pretty much any team out there. I've said (and been dead wrong) for years... This is our year! Lol. But seriously, anything less than a DEEP playoff run will be very disappointing. No more excuses...
  14. Sorry, haven't logged in here forever. I actually slice, fry in butter, then freeze in portions. Then thaw and re-heat in a frying pan with a bit more butter. They seem to have a much better texture after they freeze (freezing causes the cell walls to rupture which tenderizes the mushroom). I've eaten them after a full year from the freezer and they are still great! I get the little fold-over plastic sandwich bags and put portions in there, squeezing out any air, then put those portions into a larger heavy duty freezer bag. Works great!
  15. Awesome haul, Jerkin'm! Was out a week ago and found about 150 lobsters, kept 103. Very few, VERY dry chants. Recent rains may turn the tide...I hope.