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11  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Classic Grog..for adults on: July 04, 2013 09:27:28 AM
Thanks for the Grog recipe. I have PMed you if you are interested in mead making, locally.

Tomico
12  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Traditional Alfredo Sauce- Only Two Ingredients on: July 04, 2013 08:52:58 AM
Originally, I thought alfredo sauce had to have heavy cream, but you are right it started out as only butter and cheese. It seems that there are many variations on the dish, you could use a cream cheese and milk with other types of herbs, meat and vegetables or you could thicken a sauce with heavy cream with egg or a starch. I had been making the original style as a throw together meal for ages and had not known it was an alfredo. Thanks for the recipe and inadvertently the history lesson I had when I did a little digging.

Tomico
13  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: My first attempt at restoring a book from the late 1800s on: June 09, 2013 11:03:17 AM
This seems to be a good article on restoration. I hope this helps in your future ventures.
 http://www.alibris.com/article/122809/book-restoration/antiquarian-book-restoration?cm_sp=oop-_-article-snippet-_-readmorebook-restoration

Tomico
14  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: Aquaponics on: May 02, 2013 04:01:50 PM
That's too bad. I picked up Aquaponic Gardening by Sylvia Bernstein. She said that you need to start with a 250 gallon system for stability and that weekly checks of the pH are needed once it has been stabilized. Dead fish can change the the pH drastically and quickly. I'm sorry you had such a tough time. I hope the pond works out better.

Tomico
15  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: Aquaponics on: March 21, 2013 01:08:22 PM
   I'm fascinated by aquaponics. I was unaware that Texas had a zone 6 area. My area in south western PA is also a a zone six area though it is best to find things that grow in both zone 5 and 6 just in case.
   My friend who introduced me to this system has been frustrated by all the information for a warmer area and little concerns for the cooler climate  we must consider. Have you had more luck? There seems to be some interesting things going on in Chicago.
   Have you experimented with companion planting? I have been researching the reasoning behind many of the companions and enemies and was curious if it would be best to just keep the enemies at the end of the system or if leaving those completely out would be best. Mostly I was interested in the plants that exude allelopathic  chemicals.
    Have you had any success with legumes? I have read that they don't do very well in aquaponics.
    Sorry if I seem to wonder in thought. I just am curious as to how others have succeed of have had challenges.

Tomico
16  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Dandewine--dandelion wine! with an instructional video! on: September 17, 2012 01:31:00 PM
Oh that sounds fantastic! I so want to make this! Thanks for sharing - and thanks for reviving, too, haha!

There is one thing that concerns me tho: unlike in France here in Scotland it is still freezing cold, so i wouldn't really get it up to  a high enough temperature for the initial fermentation. Instead of using dried flowers (or pick the older ones in summer), could I just pick, clean and then freeze the flowers? Utnil it is warm enough here - which is soon I hope, getting sick of that weather. Any ideas?

also, for your ferment in the open bottles, do you cap them with anything to keep the dirt/flies/... out?

Oh I am so excited now. told the BF already and he just shrugged. grmgrmlll ... men... he'll be dragged out for a long weekend through the fields tomorrow, haha!

I have seen many types of yeasts that prefer a cooler fermentation. You may want to try this and keep the batch in the basement (if you have one) with a more consistent temp. for control.

Tomico
17  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: terrariums! on: February 28, 2012 08:15:48 PM
Add a lot of gravel to the bottom of the jar and you may have to keep the lid off to keep the moisture down in a dessert themed terrarium. There is also (a word that alludes me) a type of growing that is more like a topless and flat terrarium that is good for succulents. Nice work. Good luck.

Tomico
18  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: Aquaponics on: February 28, 2012 07:55:29 PM
My friend and I have just become enthralled with the idea of aquaponics. I'm obsessed with figuring out the varieties of vegetables that are best for the pH ranges and the varieties of fish that would work in our zone 6 climate. I think we may be using ebb and flow with Hydroton grow medium.

How is the floating system work for you? Are you going to experiment with more varieties of vegetables and or fruit? Have you been using any varieties of vegetables that normally grow in ponds rivers or lakes such as lotus, duck potato, or water cress? Are you using a single type of fish or are you using a variety?

There are a variety of options and varieties within each option. It will take me some time to plan out my system but the possibilities are exciting.

Tomico
19  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Cheap meals for students...that don't involve ramen? on: February 28, 2012 06:56:10 PM
You can either freeze the liquids from the cans for soup stock later or use it to replace some of the water in a recipe. It's better than throwing out the vitamins and minerals that seep into the liquids from the canned food.

Tomico
20  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Beheaded Queens Coasters on: February 06, 2012 10:14:18 AM
I love the subtle morbidity of it. As soon as I saw them I thought another series: Serial killers. It could get morbid in theme without actually showing anything gruesome. You could even be specific and do one series with famous cannibals. OK, I realize I'm a bit extreme.

Tomico
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