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4 minutes ago, Kangaroorex said:

I do to.  but its also October and they look like little brains!  I used to drive my kids crazy when they were younger telling them that i was eating squirrel brains.  Took them a while to figure out what they really were!

 

but i love the flavor of roasted chestnuts and they are rare as hens teeth around my current domicile (which is weird because when we lived 100 miles south of here our neighbor had a chestnut tree in his front yard.  Today they are hard to find around me, rather low quality, and rather pricey (8-15 USD a kilogram)

 

a chestnut cake sounds absolutely yummy!

 

 

 

Take your pick!

 

https://www.yummly.com/recipes/chestnut-cake

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41 minutes ago, Kangaroorex said:

I do to.  but its also October and they look like little brains!  I used to drive my kids crazy when they were younger telling them that i was eating squirrel brains.  Took them a while to figure out what they really were!

 

but i love the flavor of roasted chestnuts and they are rare as hens teeth around my current domicile (which is weird because when we lived 100 miles south of here our neighbor had a chestnut tree in his front yard.  Today they are hard to find around me, rather low quality, and rather pricey (8-15 USD a kilogram)

 

a chestnut cake sounds absolutely yummy!

 

 

 

Man I miss chestnuts. When we were kids there were still a few trees left in a mixed oak forest near our farm. My mom tells me that when she was a kid there were so many there that they'd let the hogs root for them to fatten them up before selling them. Unfortunately chestnut blight has killed almost the entire population of native chestnut trees here in the states (like seriously, 9 million acres of chestnuts gone). Most of the chestnuts we see in stores now are imported, hence the high price and low quality. I know of only two places I can find live trees in my state. One is on public land and was actually kind of secret for a long time. Then someone wrote a story about it and folks started making a trip to see it. Unfortunately not everyone takes the proper precautions when coming to see it. And since the blight is still active it's not going to be long before someone wearing the same hiking boots they had on when walking through an Oak forest where the disease still thrives is going to infect it. The other location is actually a small uninfected stand in the middle of some privately held land in the Appalachian foothills. It's not near anywhere, no trails lead to it, and it is hard as all heck to get out there. Only a handful of people, mostly professional conservationists and the like, even know it exists so hopefully it will stay safe for a while. There's a lot of work being done to create a hybrid of the American Chestnut that is blight resistant. So fingers crossed we will see some chestnuts in the wilds again soon.

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1 hour ago, Glitterwolf said:

 

Good, now can you provide the chestnuts for making the cakes too? ::D:  As noted, these can be difficult to find.

 

37 minutes ago, Thoramel said:

 

 

Man I miss chestnuts. When we were kids there were still a few trees left in a mixed oak forest near our farm. My mom tells me that when she was a kid there were so many there that they'd let the hogs root for them to fatten them up before selling them. Unfortunately chestnut blight has killed almost the entire population of native chestnut trees here in the states (like seriously, 9 million acres of chestnuts gone). Most of the chestnuts we see in stores now are imported, hence the high price and low quality. I know of only two places I can find live trees in my state. One is on public land and was actually kind of secret for a long time. Then someone wrote a story about it and folks started making a trip to see it. Unfortunately not everyone takes the proper precautions when coming to see it. And since the blight is still active it's not going to be long before someone wearing the same hiking boots they had on when walking through an Oak forest where the disease still thrives is going to infect it. The other location is actually a small uninfected stand in the middle of some privately held land in the Appalachian foothills. It's not near anywhere, no trails lead to it, and it is hard as all heck to get out there. Only a handful of people, mostly professional conservationists and the like, even know it exists so hopefully it will stay safe for a while. There's a lot of work being done to create a hybrid of the American Chestnut that is blight resistant. So fingers crossed we will see some chestnuts in the wilds again soon.

 

the chinese Chestnut is resistant to the blight and is the tree I am the most familiar with.   if I remember correctly the nuts are larger but less intense flavor, but still very yummy.  the tree is also much smaller.  There is also a number of american chestnut trees that have proven resistant to the blight and the forestry service has been actively cloning and sprouting those in the hopes of restoring the chestnut tree to its former glory in the american tree canopy.   Finally I know there is work being done to hybridize the american and asian chestnuts to produce a nut that has the flavor and size of the american tree and the resistance and nut size of the asian varieties.

 

Come to think of it, i should probably try and find a chestnut for my yard.  I had an ash tree die recently (thank you ash borer beetle :devil:) and need a replacement for the location.  Then maybe when i get my hands on some chestnuts, i can do more than just slit them and roast them in the fire (or not, its still one of my favorite ways to eat them...)

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2 hours ago, Glitterwolf said:

 

Thank you.

How are things going? 

Did they get back to you about the interview?

 

@Kangaroorex I have about one Kilogram.

I need half for the puree.

The other half...I might bake a chestnut cake or something.

 

I love to cook

The interview a month or so ago passed me up for something that was basically me + one other skill.  The interview a Monday ago appears to have been a friendly bust as well.  Back to the job boards.

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40 minutes ago, Froggy the Great said:

The interview a month or so ago passed me up for something that was basically me + one other skill.  The interview a Monday ago appears to have been a friendly bust as well.  Back to the job boards.

 

Bummer, I hope you will find something that suits you soon.

 

@Kangaroorex @Thoramel ours is the European Sweet Chestnut.

We have two kinds,

The Sweet Chestnut which is edible and the Horse Chestnut which is not edible.

 

Edible Sweet Chestnut

 

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Not Edible Horse Chestnut

 

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36 minutes ago, Glitterwolf said:

 

Bummer, I hope you will find something that suits you soon.

 

@Kangaroorex @Thoramel ours is the European Sweet Chestnut.

We have two kinds,

The Sweet Chestnut which is edible and the Horse Chestnut which is not edible.

 

Edible Sweet Chestnut

 

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Not Edible Horse Chestnut

 

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I'm very familiar with the Horse Chestnuts.  Growing up there was a huge tree by my bus stop (rural, so random driveway we all stood at waiting for the school bus). We used to have massive chestnut fights (like a snowball fight but with chestnuts) in the fall.....those things sting!

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Last night was fun!! First game back at the FLGS running Adventure League games. We had 4 people playing. I admire one of the players & he's a friend but he lives north of here, about 2 hrs roundtrip & he shows up for both my Saturday & Monday games. Next week, he's gonna take the DM slot as he wants to run games, I don't mind, gives me a opp to be a player.

 

It's funny couple of the players was a young man (allot younger then me, but in his twenties) & his daughter. I thought he looked familiar but of course face masks, so when I asked again for their names, his daughter who was around 9  or 10, said "Taylor", he said with 2 Ys, so Tayylor. There is only one person I know or heard of with 2 Ys like that. I asked "Is her mom, Melissa?" & he responded yes. Her grandparents are my neighbors (aka the Weed guy I've mentioned on here). It was pretty cool to finally meet her (& him) as I remember the day her mom brought her home. Her parents were young (ie teen) parents at the time. She was a fun player + good to have a bit of new "blood" for Monday nights with COVID & the whole pandemic crap.

 

Also, Monday night Game store magic happened again with my sports teams!! (Go Saints! Go Braves!)

 

Now, to figure out what the hell I wanna play, next Monday night........ (I know it won't be rogue as one of the guys last night said he'd play that, looking at a martial class).

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7 hours ago, Kuroneko said:

I think a phrase that fits your situation is "Everything in yer favours against ye", which pretty much means that everything that could go wrong, especially things that you normally rely on, just did. We tend to use it a lot at work!

 

Definitely will store that one away for future use. Thanks!

 

Update on Dixie: she's scheduled for surgery in 10 days. She has a mass cell tumor on her chest that they are currently classifying as stage 2, but won't know for certain until it has been removed and pathologized... or whatever the verb form of pathology is. 80% of stage 2 cases have not spread to other parts of the body, so we are having our fingers crossed for Dixie. We'll know more in a few weeks. For now, it's time to cuddle her and make her feel loved... while still taking care of Molly... and Dad...

 

Dad gets his full cast put on in two days with the orthopedic specialist, so there's that. Still renders him near useless for a few months, but what's done is done, now to keep everything under control. If he doesn't stop taking wide swings with those crutches he'll end up with a worse break, had to catch him twice last night to keep from pitching forward when he went off-balance. It's almost like having to keep two Molly's under control... except she's a canine, he's a human... the human should know better.

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1 hour ago, ManvsMini said:

 

Definitely will store that one away for future use. Thanks!

 

Update on Dixie: she's scheduled for surgery in 10 days. She has a mass cell tumor on her chest that they are currently classifying as stage 2, but won't know for certain until it has been removed and pathologized... or whatever the verb form of pathology is. 80% of stage 2 cases have not spread to other parts of the body, so we are having our fingers crossed for Dixie. We'll know more in a few weeks. For now, it's time to cuddle her and make her feel loved... while still taking care of Molly... and Dad...

 

Dad gets his full cast put on in two days with the orthopedic specialist, so there's that. Still renders him near useless for a few months, but what's done is done, now to keep everything under control. If he doesn't stop taking wide swings with those crutches he'll end up with a worse break, had to catch him twice last night to keep from pitching forward when he went off-balance. It's almost like having to keep two Molly's under control... except she's a canine, he's a human... the human should know better.

 

I will be thinking of you!

Let's all hope that Dixie will be clean after he surgery.

 

And I hope your dad will get the hang of using those crutches so he doesn't hurt himself.

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1 hour ago, ManvsMini said:

Dad gets his full cast put on in two days with the orthopedic specialist, so there's that. Still renders him near useless for a few months, but what's done is done, now to keep everything under control. If he doesn't stop taking wide swings with those crutches he'll end up with a worse break, had to catch him twice last night to keep from pitching forward when he went off-balance. It's almost like having to keep two Molly's under control... except she's a canine, he's a human... the human should know better.

Has your dad's balance been checked out by a doctor?  Or do you think there's another reason he's having trouble? 

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18 hours ago, WhiteWulfe said:

Oh, didn't you know? Canadians are so polite because we pour all our negative emotions, but especially hatred... Itno the geese. 

 

There's a Ritual once a year to ensure this happens... 

 

This should, of course, all be purple... 

I thought that was what hockey is for? :huh:

 

The yearly battle for the UGLIEST TROPHY IN THE WORLD!

22 hours ago, Zink said:

 

I haven't watched the Mandalorian yet so didn't know Snow White was in it. Disney asserting it's control over Star Wars I guess. :poke:

 

Officially feels like October now. Cool and drizzly. First rain we've had in about 3 months and it's barely enough to wet the ground. Just gave me more incentive to stay home. Did some things with the kids but mostly we're in seperate parts of the house each doing our own stuff. Even managed to paint for a bit! Got about an hour before I need to start working on Thanksgiving supper. Wife wanted a Ninja Foodi for her birthday this spring so we're cooking a chicken in it. Should turn out because I've done the recipe before and mostly know how to use it by now. Biggest difference is I think I'll do the stuffing by itself in the oven.

Mary Poppins was in Guardians of the Galaxy pt 2.

 

Well, he SAID he was Mary Poppins. :lol:

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