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  1. Only way to answer that is make it and decide for yourself. Seriously though, it's a pretty rare exception that homemade stuff (especially a reputable recipe) ends up worse than the commercial equivalent.
  2. INGREDIENTS FOR THE SPICE MIX: 1 (2-inch) cinnamon stick, pounded into small pieces 1 dried bay leaf 1 tablespoon brown mustard seeds 1 tablespoon coriander seeds 1 tablespoon fennel seeds 1 tablespoon cumin seeds 1 teaspoon fenugreek seeds ½ teaspoon whole cloves 2 cardamom pods 1 dried shiitake mushroom, broken into pieces 1 (1-inch strip) dried kombu, cut into bite-size pieces 1 ½ teaspoons whole black peppercorns 1 orange, zested 1 tablespoon ground turmeric 1 tablespoon ground ginger 1 tablespoon sea salt 1 teaspoon sweet paprika 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or more to taste FOR THE ROUX: 1 ½ cups/340 grams unsalted butter (3 sticks) 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour Add to Your Grocery List Ingredient Substitution Guide PREPARATION In a large skillet, toast cinnamon, bay leaf, mustard seeds, coriander seeds, fennel seeds, cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds, cloves and cardamom pods over medium heat, stirring until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Be careful not to burn the spices. Transfer the toasted ingredients to a spice grinder. Add the mushroom, kombu and peppercorns to the spice grinder, and grind at the highest speed for 30 seconds. Shake the grinder a couple of times as you blend to make sure the cinnamon stick is pulverized. (You can also grind the spices in batches, if necessary.) Transfer the pulverized spices to a small bowl. Add the orange zest, turmeric, ginger, sea salt, paprika and cayenne pepper. To make the roux, melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. When the butter is nearly melted, lower the heat to medium-low. Gradually whisk in the flour, and cook, stirring constantly, until the roux turns light brown, 15 to 20 minutes. Be careful not to burn the roux. Turn off the heat, add the spice mix and stir until well combined. Divide the mixture among three mini aluminum loaf pans, adding about 3/4 cup per loaf pan, or transfer the entire mixture to a parchment-lined quarter-size sheet tray. Let cool for a few minutes at room temperature, then transfer to the fridge so the bricks can solidify. Once firm, unmold, cut each brick into 9 small curry brick cubes (or, if using a sheet tray, cut the mixture into 27 pieces total) and wrap tightly in plastic wrap. Store in the refrigerator for about a month or in the freezer for 3 months.
  3. Two-egg breakfast sandwich after an early morning bike ride.
  4. Thanks Steve. Did an easy 30 miler on the road bike this morning and felt more than ok. A little tired now so I'll take it easy for the rest of the day and try not to push back.
  5. Share the recipe, Al? Pardon if you've already done so but I've been on the hunt for a curry recipe to try lately.
  6. ^^^ Always buy the thing you want to ride, don't really worry about anything else. Me: finally recovering enough to get out for a proper ride in the woods.
  7. Regina Spektor - Home, before and after Technically not out yet (24JUN) but two tracks were available on Tidal so why the heck not?
  8. I hear you on dealer/appointment troubles. I've had a lug nut (technically a lug stud) stuck on the BMW for the last two weeks. The previous shop installed them to what I'd guess was well north of 200ft-lbs of torque. I got 19 of 20 off with only minor problems using an 18" breaker bar and a 3' extension. The 20th, it's still on there and no amount of heat or other method will loosen it. It's now well and truly stripped. Yesterday's adventure was to heat it as hot as I dared and drive a 16mm socket on it (it's a 17mm head) and let it cool for more than an hour. Still wouldn't budge. So I tried JB welding a socket on. Nope, the glue broke before the socket moved. So now I wait over a week to get a tire shop to look at it and probably spend several hundred dollars having it drilled out or who knows? Maybe I just trade the car in...
  9. ^^^ You, my friend, are bananas. And it is awesome. Naaman, you are also bananas for buying a 700+HP truck and thinking it needs more. If I had access to that much HP I think I'd be featured in a different thread here. Also, who knew that the forum software had embedable stock GIFs? Huh. Learned something new today.
  10. Seriously. There were at least three that I saw: dunes, donuts, and the high-speed run. Was sort of shocked that they weren't in helmets or any gear given how hard they were pushing it.
  11. As usual the completely sane people at Hennessey have you covered. http://hennesseyperformance.com/vehicles/dodge/ram-1500-trx/mammoth-1000/
  12. New war of Northern Aggression? Alaska v. Texas - this time, for all the oil.
  13. See if you can figure out what exactly caused it. That's not all that deep a cut (just over half bit depth) so there's probably something else at play and it's always good to see if you can run that to ground before things get really expensive. The only time I broke a bit was incorrectly zeroing the stock and cutting about 3x the bit diameter at standard feeds/speeds. Other close call was an inadequately tightened collet, which caused the bit to slide out and progressively increase depth of cut without warning. Oh, and the one time I put a hold down too close (in) the tool path. Uh, yeah, be careful taking advice from me...
  14. I considered trading my 2018 Air in for an upgrade until I saw that they'd offer just $290 for it. I know I could sell it for double that easy if I was truly motivated but I'm not. Yet. I'd like to see a few actual reviews first and some comparisons. The '18 does everything that I need it to and frankly, I've got too many computers right now.
  15. I believe the unit that you can see in the picture above is an Alpha pot which was sourced via a large group buy. I don't think that you can buy them one-off.
  16. The KGSS is a robust and reliable unit. I've heard of precious few (none come to mind immediately) that had issues when built by a competent builder. Birgir would certainly more than qualify for that standard. And while that chassis is compact I'd wager it has far better (and just more) heat management and dissipation compared to the original design's on board heat sinks. The original design was fine, don't get me wrong, but inherently needed more volume to operate in because airflow across the heat sinks could be limited. Comparison wise just look at what the standard KGSS has been compared to before. I don't think any of the modern(ish) Stax amps can compete with the KGSS (others feel free to correct) and have no experience with the commercial models you are referencing.
  17. First and foremost, congrats! But what does that mean for you and Rice, Shelly?
  18. Come on Brent, this bridge is calling your name. There are tress in the water so you can kill two types of falls in one go.
  19. n_maher

    House Build Pics

    That's a pretty random first post...
  20. My 2c is rent a beast and get it done, just make sure it is designed for 2-handed operation as you don't want that much power/torque without it, in my opinion. And it seems to me that this is a pretty task-specific tool so buying something is of very limited utility.
  21. I don't mind it. Hurray for it not being black/white/grey/silver. Bring back some funky-ass colors.
  22. Saw this and literally thought, "God bless them for having the sense to use the best parts available."
  23. They? That isn't a Canyon specific bag, that's just the one that I've had on every bike for like 10 years now or something? I'm fairly certain it's a Topeak Aero Wedge and they don't make anything I'd call large but there are certainly frame bags and that's what I'd look at if I wan't more storage (e.g. https://www.bicycling.com/bikes-gear/g39263352/bike-frame-bags/).
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