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if you could live anywhere at any income level, what would you choose?

This is an interesting question and one my wife are dealing with now.

Our home is in southern New England. We've lived in Asia, Europe and have extensive time in a sailboat.

At the end of the day, my wife and I will leave Connecticut for Amelia Island. We'll make this happen by summer. We'll offset oppressive August heat and humidity by hanging out in Northern California.

about 6 hours ago
steve h. in Not About Food
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What's for Dinner #339 -- The Advent Edition [through Dec. 21, 2014]

Both Katie and Elizabeth continue to school me on Chowhound. Throw in Vinoroma (Hande), too. Maureen and I have similar backgrounds. They are all good people.

The Italy board is fortunate to have them.

about 8 hours ago
steve h. in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #339 -- The Advent Edition [through Dec. 21, 2014]

Big fan of the kat.

about 9 hours ago
steve h. in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #339 -- The Advent Edition [through Dec. 21, 2014]

It's dark (solstice), it's cold (it's now winter). Spaghetti Carbonara is on the menu tonight.

This Roman dish is about as simple as it gets: pasta, cheese, egg yolks, guanciale, pepper. Quality ingredients are key but technique is equally important. Roscioli, off the Campo de' Fiori, is my gold standard for this plate. Katie Parla: Rome denizen, author, travel guide, posted a video on her website that demonstrates proper technique. It's well worth watching.

House red will be on the counter.

What's for Dinner #339 -- The Advent Edition [through Dec. 21, 2014]

After 40 years of wedded bliss, Deb's right eyebrow is permanently arched. ;-)

What's for Dinner #339 -- The Advent Edition [through Dec. 21, 2014]

Video chat!

about 12 hours ago
steve h. in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #339 -- The Advent Edition [through Dec. 21, 2014]

"Be gone, before somebody drops a house on you, too."

Edited to add: Great movie, tons of great quotes. I drive Deb crazy reciting all the dialog.

about 13 hours ago
steve h. in Home Cooking
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Chowhound: How About Working WITH Us Rather Than TO Us?

Back in the early days of ubiquitous IT, there was an expression: "Users are losers." IT departments would unilaterally make decisions and roll stuff out with precious little input from the user community. And that's the way it was.

That sort of arrogance, is, for the most part, a thing of the past. It's goofy to see such anachronistic behavior these days. Without support of the user community, schemes to maximize clicks become meaningless.

Lesson learned?

about 13 hours ago
steve h. in Site Talk
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What's for Dinner #339 -- The Advent Edition [through Dec. 21, 2014]

"I'll get you my pretty..."

What's for Dinner #339 -- The Advent Edition [through Dec. 21, 2014]

Pork cutlets, pounded thin, are ready to run the traditional gauntlet of seasoned flour, egg wash and bread crumbs. Spinach and egg noodles blended with sour cream and herbs will be the sides. Beer and wine will be on the counter, Thin Man will be on the plasma.

Let the record show I just finished watching Wizard of Oz. Yes, I recited all the dialog.

What's for Dinner #339 -- The Advent Edition [through Dec. 21, 2014]

Money for nothin' and your chicks for free.

A couple years back I took Deb to the Hollywood Bowl for a Bob Dylan concert. I think it was her birthday. Mark Knopfler and his pickup band were the opening act. Good time.

1 day ago
steve h. in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #339 -- The Advent Edition [through Dec. 21, 2014]

They look good. "Bicuit" (no s?) sounds a little goofy but I'm no expert.

Only kidding. I need some low-country food in my holiday diet.

What's for Dinner #339 -- The Advent Edition [through Dec. 21, 2014]

That's the way to do it.

1 day ago
steve h. in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #339 -- The Advent Edition [through Dec. 21, 2014]

Is that a gin martini?

Two, pls.

1 day ago
steve h. in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #339 -- The Advent Edition [through Dec. 21, 2014]

Your land yacht is one impressive daily driver.

Lunch, dinner, cocktails sound good to me.

1 day ago
steve h. in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #339 -- The Advent Edition [through Dec. 21, 2014]

It was a tasty soup. It would have benefitted from some fatty ham bits and a tad more heat. The basic recipe, however, is a keeper. It just needs a little noodling.

High Society is on the plasma.

What's for Dinner #339 -- The Advent Edition [through Dec. 21, 2014]

Nice scrounge.

Dec 19, 2014
steve h. in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #339 -- The Advent Edition [through Dec. 21, 2014]

Indeed. The chassis requires constant attention.

Dec 19, 2014
steve h. in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #339 -- The Advent Edition [through Dec. 21, 2014]

Nice.

Dec 19, 2014
steve h. in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #339 -- The Advent Edition [through Dec. 21, 2014]

Back at you.

Dec 19, 2014
steve h. in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #339 -- The Advent Edition [through Dec. 21, 2014]

Striking a Cord would be an unpardonable act against a classic automobile.

Dec 19, 2014
steve h. in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #339 -- The Advent Edition [through Dec. 21, 2014]

Black bean and jalapeño soup tonight. This Bobby Flay recipe (Bold American Food) has sufficient depth to ward off winter's gloom.

Ingredients include butter, carrot, onion, garlic, red wine, beans, roasted jalapeños, a roasted poblano (star of the show), chicken stock, lime juice, salt, pepper, more jalapeños (puréed in the blender but not peeled or seeded), sour cream. Flay doesn't call for pork in his recipe. We'll see. Yellow corn tortilla chips, beer and wine will be on the counter. I'll dig some old stuff out of the archives to watch on the plasma.

The solstice arrives in two days - about time.

What's for Dinner #339 -- The Advent Edition [through Dec. 21, 2014]

Lubricated?

Dec 19, 2014
steve h. in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #339 -- The Advent Edition [through Dec. 21, 2014]

Steak Diane tonight, an old-school dish that's always welcome in our kitchen. Sautéed mushrooms and buttered egg noodles will be on the side. House red will be on the counter, Bonnie and Clyde will be on the plasma. A bit of a retro evening.

What's for Dinner #339 -- The Advent Edition [through Dec. 21, 2014]

Nice. The 'keg has his moments - interesting guy.

Dec 18, 2014
steve h. in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #339 -- The Advent Edition [through Dec. 21, 2014]

Best of luck with the renovations. The best advice I can offer is to maintain an even strain and have a contingency fund so you can seamlessly handle the inevitable bumps in the process. Vodka helps.

Losing a local bar is like losing a loved one. Condolences.

Dec 18, 2014
steve h. in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #339 -- The Advent Edition [through Dec. 21, 2014]

Very cool.

I used to spend a lot of time in pool halls. Don't know why I stopped.

Dec 17, 2014
steve h. in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #339 -- The Advent Edition [through Dec. 21, 2014]

Deb finalized details of the second-floor hall bath today with her facilitator/designer.

Cabinets, sink, tub/shower, hardware and so much more were electronically conjured and will be placed into a digital blender that will, magically, result in an actual quote. There are reciprocal issues when you mess with a bathroom. That's why I divorced the rest of the renovation from this final step.

I needed sustenance/beverage after this stressful encounter. Port Chester was a parking disaster today so I nixed Tarry Lodge and drove Deb down to our old dock at Stamford Landing. Crab cakes, fried shrimp, fries, wine and gimlets restored our wa and harmony with the universe. I took my time getting home.

What's for Dinner #339 -- The Advent Edition [through Dec. 21, 2014]

Indeed.

Dec 17, 2014
steve h. in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #339 -- The Advent Edition [through Dec. 21, 2014]

few have.