I'm not sure how many parts of the series there will be, I'm trying to test taking the steak off at different temperatures and seeing exactly what it's like on the inside and how well it tastes. Because I've been on a more meat-based diet lately I find myself cooking a lot more steaks. They are simply done either in butter or bacon fat with garlic, salt, and pepper. That is it. Tonight I was cooking a ribeye cut of meat. I ended up putting a thermometer through the side and into the middle to get the best temperature reading and also to allow me to flip it over while keeping the thermometer firmly in place. 4 minutes one side…

I have a love-hate relationship with cigar of the month clubs. What I love about them? Getting new cigars I never would have picked if I walked into a large humidor and saw them. My least favorite part? Getting new cigars. I know that sounds completely contradictory, and it is... The thing is, when I have time to go have a cigar I really really want to have a cigar I know I'm going to enjoy so I still overlook the random cigars I received. Go figure. So I thought it was time to dig in to my stash and try some new cigars. This was one of them and it did not disappoint! Pig tail style end Box pressed…

What else can I say? No, I am not in need of bail, but I sure as heck did not go upstairs! House was on an equipment demonstration site, and it was to be demolished. This is what was behind the door: Maybe he can help me on the HOV lane days?

I have spent the month of April concentrating on my overall fitness and diet. Taking lots of walks and hikes on the local conservation trails and just in the neighborhood. My Garmin tells me my average steps per day ranges in the 13,000 steps-a-day. I've been eating a fairly strict low carb diet. Over the years I learned that is what my body responds to the best and what I can stick to the best. That's truly key. You need both. Can you stick with the diet and does your body react to it well. I still have my coffee every morning with a good dollop of super thick heavy cream I get from the local dairy - along with…

Looking through my media on this blog, I noticed I had a lot of uploaded photos for posts that just didn't happen. Today's flashback will be to the day the Mrs and I took a Friday off and headed out on the boat, throw out the anchor on a nice quiet spot and enjoy the smooth water before any of the weekend tourists showed up. Wine, water, and women! FloatingWineCheers! Love this shot Looking forward to more time on the water this year with the new boat!

I haven't been in such a long time. I have had the same skis since high school along with the same x-country ski boots that were so tattered from wear and age that I just threw them out. Went out and purchased some new boots and skis. Bought the boots off of a website and the skis I picked up gently used on eBay of all places. I love scouring eBay for deals on gently used items. The poles came from REI. It was time to finally use them - which of course I'm doing this at the end of the season, but hit the local rail trail! Rail trail with just enough snow to ski on New skis and…

I have a habit of purchasing cigars and letting them sit and mellow in my large humidor for a year. Something about letting a cigar sit for a while tends to bring out the best in it. I have nothing but anecdotal evidence to back that up though. I buy some cigars, try them... They are just OK. Let them sit in the humidor for a while and then have them again. Then soon become excellent. So this has just become my typical habit. I usually have a good year or two's worth of cigars stocked up. I write all this just to preface that these cigars mellowed for a year before having them and now I can't put them…

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