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  1. * Disclaimer: We apologize for the angle of the video making it seem that the shotgun shooter is behind the skeet shooter. We can assure you that the skeet shooter was never in harms way and proper gun safety was considered throughout the skeet shooting. We are Canadians who respect firearms and will never put a human in harms way. We hope that everyone who sees this video will do the same. Enjoy!



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  2. I never see mutton sold. I suppose that would be closer to sheep country.


    Which is a shame because it is pretty darned good.


    Interesting thing about mutton v. lamb is that now people sneer at mutton as "too strong." I've seen cookbooks from the 1800s that say that mutton is preferred over lamb because lamb is too mild, although it is good to feed to invalids and people with weak constitutions.


    Goat is pretty good, too. Marinate it in something like Italian salad dressing and grill it (or roast it).


  3. Never et lamb. Dad raised sheep and never had one butchered. One uncle swears by it. As a former meat cutter at Kroger, I never saw much meat for the price. Didn't sell well at our store.



    It does tend to be a bit pricey, although with the price of beef now, and even pork, lamb isn't as unreasonable as it used to be.


    This was about $2.50 a pound on special, so using it for sausage is a no-brainer. This chain has "flash sales" from time to time, tri-tip at $2.50, pork loin chops at $2, the lamb. I stock up some, vac-pack and freeze it. The tri-tip usually gets turned into ground beef.


  4. I made a version of this from a lamb shoulder roast that was as much bone as meat, wasn't worth roasting.



    Spicy Lamb Sausage


    · 3 pounds ground lamb, or a mixture of half lamb and half beef or veal

    · 2 teaspoons toasted cumin seeds

    · 2 teaspoons toasted coriander seeds

    · 1 teaspoon black peppercorns

    · 6 allspice berries

    · 2 teaspoons salt, more as needed

    · ½ teaspoon cayenne

    · Pinch cinnamon

    · 4 tablespoons mild paprika

    · 8 large garlic cloves, smashed to a paste


    To make the sausage, put ground lamb in a mixing bowl. Using a spice mill or mortar and pestle, grind cumin, coriander, black pepper and allspice. Add to lamb, along with salt, cayenne, cinnamon, paprika and garlic. Mix well with hands to incorporate. Fry a little piece of the mixture in a small skillet. Taste for seasoning and adjust salt if necessary. Mix again and refrigerate at least 2 hours or, preferably, overnight. Form mixture into 24 two-ounce patties.


    After I had trimmed up the lamb - deboned and fat, silver skin, and gristle removed, I had about 2 1/2 pounds of meat, so I added some salt pork (very lean salt pork).

    Chopped it into about 1 inch pieces, put on most of the seasoning and ran it through our food processor until it was very finely chopped, a little finer than store bought hamburger. I used ground spices rather than grinding my own, and thought "FOUR tablespoons of paprika???" so I cut that back to a rounded one tablespoon. I also used Aleppo Pepper rather than cayenne.


    Very tasty. Next time I might cut back on the garlic a bit, too. Although the cloves I used were a bit on the large side.




    The roast had been sliced most of the way through into shoulder chops, then tied. I took the bones which had some meat on them still, seasoned them well with salt and pepper, put them in a zip lock type bag and added about a cup of Gallo Family Moscato. Put the bag in the fridge, turning is several times for 2 days. Then put them on a rack over a rimmed pan and roasted them at 375 for about half an hour. Had them for lunch Monday. Fantastic.

  5. http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/01/01/1-chicagos-bloodiest-years-ends-with-762-homicides.html



    The city of Chicago recorded 762 homicides in 2016 — an average of two murders per day, the most killings in the city for two decades and more than New York and Los Angeles combined.

    The nation's third largest city also saw 1,100 more shooting incidents than it did in 2015, according to statistics released by the Chicago Police Department that underlined a story of bloodshed that has put Chicago at the center of a national dialogue about gun violence.

    The numbers released Sunday are staggering, even for those following the steady news accounts of weekends ending with dozens of shootings and monthly death tolls that hadn't been seen in years. The increase in 2016 homicides compared to 2015, when 485 were reported, is the largest spike in 60 years.

    Police and city officials have lamented the flood of illegal guns into the city, and the crime statistics appeared to support their claims: Police recovered 8,300 illegal guns in 2015, a 20 percent from the previous year.

  6. That's a lot of radishes. Do your radishes have a bite?? I think I would soak them in 50% vinegar/water solution for 10 minutes to reduce the bite



    I thought the same thing, but went (pretty much) by the recipe. No, they don't have a bite. I think the acid from the lemon juice as well as the little bit of sugar, tames them.

  7. From Weight Watchers:

    Marinated Cucumber and Melon Salad

    Recipe Details


    • 1 medium English cucumber(s), thinly sliced
    • 1 1/2 cup(s) fresh radish(es), thinly sliced
    • 1/4 medium honeydew melon, cut into thin slices
    • 1/2 cup(s) mint leaves, fresh, cut into thin ribbons
    • 1/4 cup(s) fresh lemon juice
    • 1 Tbsp sugar


    1.Combine all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl; chill for at least 2 hours. Yields about 1/2 cup per serving.





    I set my mandolin to 2mm which was about right for the radishes, but too thin for the melon and cucumber, next time I'll go to 4mm for those. I had it along with some mildly spicy lamb sausage tonight. Great pairing. This is going to become a regular for us, especially once the weather turns warm. Very refreshing.

  8. Those gauntlets look a little genteel , also. And most sure-nuff homesteader pictures that I have seen the subjects are quite thin. Maybe by 1895 things had picked up a bit.

    Nice buck she has on the ground.


    There was nothing saying she was a homesteader.


    Her clothing does suggest she was a Woman of Means. Nice jacket that is nicely trimmed, nice blouse with a fancy pin holding the collar closed,. As you point out, fancy gauntlets. A scarf, maybe silk, a well made bonnet. As Alpo pointed out, a fairly new rifle.


    I did a bit of digging and found:




    which has the caption, "Augusta "Gusty" Higgins Farnham, circa 1895. Photo courtesy of Museum of Northwest Colorado"






    One of the earliest luminaries was Augusta "Gusty" Higgins Farnham. During the summer of 1860, she arrived in Denver with her husband atop a wagonload of whisky barrels pulled behind six oxen. They traveled on to Canon City, then to Salt Lake City where, she said, there were only three other Gentile women. She saw the Rockies as they were before settlement and she hunted mule deer where no white sportsman had hunted before. She saw the early results of her push for wildlife conservation in legislation signed by Theodore Roosevelt. With rifle and camera, she was, for her time, the quintessential outdoors woman.





    Take another look at how that belt nips in her waist. Those dresses can add a a lot of weight to a woman. While she isn't model-anorexic, she ain't "Junk Food Addict Fat" either

  9. I used to be able to do that with a U S Rifle Caliber Thirty M-1 (Garand)... blindfolded... and in about the same time. The M-1 Carbine took twice as long and I needed my eyes to do it.


    I still remember how but the speed is gone and I need both eyes now.



    No offense, 10 Chain, but I have a feeling you weren't anywhere near as cute!

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