21 thoughts on “November 5, 2020: The Middle Of The End Of The Beginning”

  1. Cleveland, strapped for money, intend to trade All-Star shortstop by opening day

    That's from a Bob Nightengale tweet. I'm going to go out on a limb and say Cleveland is choosing to be strapped for money, which is obviously their choice to make. Baseball teams are a business, 2020 was a rough year for all of sports, etc.

    But it sure seems like there is a huge opportunity for a deep-pocketed team ownership group to choose to spend money this off-season and DRAMATICALLY enhance their roster. Definitely not expecting the Twins to make that choice though.

    1. jiminy. Tested positive, worked at the polls anyway, then died shortly after election day.

      I am not sure whether this is extreme dedication to the civic process or COVID-is-fake-news stupidity and disregard for others. Or both. Probably both.

  2. One of my favorite things the last few days is watching A.C. Newman (from The New Pornographers) vigorously passionately arguing that Train is a good band with his many followers.

    1. Train does amazing Zeppelin covers.

      They're very talented. They found their lane in the pop landscape and made a living. Can't fault them at all, even if their music isn't really my thing.

  3. Cooking has been a stress reliever in times of COVID/Election for me: especially smokin'.

    Tea Smoked Duck
    Fresh, unfrozen duck, patted dry with paper towels. Remove the bag of stuff from inside the duck - we won't be using that. Prick the outside skin not too deep, so the fat can render.
    Coal mix: Ceylon black tea, orange peels, star anise, brown sugar, white rice, cinnamon, slightly soaked wood chips (I used mesquite).
    Rub: brown sugar, sea salt, black pepper, five spice powder, coriander seeds (smushed), cinnamon - sprinkle 1 tbsp in cavity of duck.
    Hoisin Sauce: Hoisin, honey (Mike's Hot Honey rules), rice vinegar, cilantro, ginger, sesame oil.

    Heat 1/4 of the coals in a chimney for 15-20 minutes, then add to the rest and drop the coal basket into the bottom of the smoker (you want to pace your coals). Add the Coal mix and hang the rebars. You'll see an immediate blast of smoke that will settle down after an hour.

    Truss the legs together with string, tucking the bottom flap under the string and cut off the excess. Continue the string under the wings and tie together, tucking the neck flap under the strings, and cut off the excess. Rub the duck with sesame oil, then apply the rub. Hang the duck with hooks under the shoulders on the rebars. Watch and wait with your temp device - my 4-5lb duck was hanging there for 3.5 hrs and got lots of smoke, but only got to 154F, so I finished it in the oven loosely covered with foil to get to 165F.
    Frabulous with warmed flour tortillas, cilantro, scallions, and hoisin sauce.

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