John Weiland

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Amy Francis wrote:]  To this effect I make very tasty scrambled eggs!  I start off with melting some butter (in a non stick pan), adding crushed garlic, some turmeric and black pepper.  After a minute or so, I'll add the beaten eggs, with some salt, and scramble over a lowered heat.  The turmeric adds more colour and provides a subtle undercurrent taste to it all which I really like.

This is pretty much how I've enjoyed scrambled eggs over the years and I never thought I would find a vegan alternative.  (We still eat eggs when our chickens are laying, but it's the time of year now when that's a scarce item.)  The key for my own palate has been himalyan black salt (the sulphury one).  Mix up ~1/2 cup of chickpea flour with water to form a thin paste, then add about 1/4 tsp of black salt.....more if you really like the taste.  Add additional spicing if you like...I like a chili-lime southwest blend added into the paste and this is where I add ~1/2 tsp of turmeric.  Saute onion, red/green pepper, tomato, etc. in butter or a vegan substitute, then add 1/2 block of tofu of your desired consistency.  Use the spatula to mince the tofu into small 'scramble' pieces, then add the chickpea paste mix and scramble all together.  For whatever reason, the chickpea paste under these conditions tends to clump, lending itself to a more scrambled egg texture along with the tofu.  The black salt gives the sulphur taste to the scramble and the turmeric lends color to the meal.  Worth a try if you've never given it a spin.....
3 days ago
A good discussion of the soup in the North Dakota area:

Was recently dining with a German colleague in downtown Fargo and had Mettwurst with spaetzle and rotkohl.  Quite good for restaurant fare and the spaetzle did indeed come with gravy.  I had to get the visitor to try the local 'kuchen', which although being the generic word for 'cake' in German nevertheless regionally refers to a more specific German-American northern Plains comestible.   He found it ..... well..... ."interesting".   Mostly a sweet bread base with sweet cream custard cushioning your fruit of choice.  My own recipe for that was passed down to me from my German-Russian grandmother and I felt compelled to wait until she passed before modifying it to my 'lazy man's' version of the recipe.  Anyway, a link to a recipe for the kuchen for anyone interested:

Edited to add, for the vegans in the crowd, I've made knoepfla pretty successfully by using vegan butter substitutes, vegan chicken-flavored bouillon for stock, and almond-cashew milk for the creamy texture.

Edited again to note that the author of the knoepfla soup that I linked is the same one behind the Ramshackle Pantry that Anita M. linked above....
1 week ago

William Schlegel wrote:

In my garden tomatillos are the most capable tomato relative. They reliably volunteer and set fruit. If my tomatoes could be tomatillo level I would be satisfied.

Agreed!......It's just amazing what tomatillos tolerate and still come back year after year with generous output, flavor, and hardiness.

No question that Joseph's and like breeding schemes would produce much greater diversity overall than the standard planting and seed saving schemes for most heirlooms.  One day in the future, what would be interesting to add to these studies are the growing of ostensibly homogeneous (genetically) varieties in different regions around the globe and then examining them during different points throughout the season for epigenetic differences, some of which might be specific to that particular growing year and time-point, but others of which may be pointing to an epigenetic 'fingerprint' for that variety in that region.  It may be another factor, along with greater diversity in general, for more rapid adaptation to a potentially more rapidly changing climate.

(....this discussion is making me crave spaghetti sauce for dinner!.... :-P  )
David,  unless I'm calculating incorrectly, two elements at 4800W using 240V would be using 20A each element, yes?  When wiring in parallel, do you just use a single 50A breaker?  Would it work to wire each element separately using 2 circuits each with a 30A breaker?  All of this assuming the correct sizing of the wiring, etc.  

Wow...just...COOL!....(or 'hot', which ever way you want to look at it.).

Edited with the picture below added---it seems like one could mix and match pipe size and elements.  The element below is 24" long and 6000W.  Don't know if a longer element would provide any advantage in this water heating configuration..?
2 weeks ago
A timely bumping of this thread.  My wife is installing the invisible fence system for our LGD's.  The property is already lined with cattle panels (4' tall) with an extra line of electric across the top of the posts.  This works well for much of the year, but we already had that one good blizzard that has buried about 1/3 of the fencing under 6 - 8 ft drifting.  Dogs merrily run across the top of the drifts to the areas that are unprotected....and then wander at will.  Being in the land of 'shoot, shovel, and silence', it would not be surprising to have them disappear for good under these circumstances.  So the invisible fence will be activated for the first time this weekend (wire is just running over the snow around the perimeter of the property).  The collar prongs should be fine with 2 of the 3 dogs; -- the third one has a pretty thick coat and we will have to see how that goes, especially since he is more the leader of the wandering behavior.  Not a desired solution, but possibly a necessary one.
2 weeks ago
Just to affirm that locality of any breeding population will exert its influence, irrespective of whether or not you have the more heterozygous population scheme of the promiscuously pollinated approach (PPA) or the inbred heirloom approach (IHA). As noted, the former will have, and be likely to maintain, greater genetic diversity than the latter.  Yet at the end of the day, a person maintaining a PPA population in, say, Yuma, Arizona will likely have different allele frequencies after several generations than a person does using the same approach and same founder population if they have been doing their project in Winnipeg, Manitoba, even if both have been diligent about samples size during pollination.  Also, I remain fascinated by what constitutes (genetically speakding) any given heirloom variety today.  If one were to take a small seed sample from all of the independent growers/gardeners around the world of what they call, for example, 'San Marzano' tomato, how genetic diversity would exist *within* each seed lot and how much diversity would exist *between* the different seed lots?  Moreover, even if a population is isolated from others of its species and is inbreeding, to what extent is mutation AND acceptance of DNA from other species in the same Genus driving the creation of new alleles, some of which may offer selective advantage in that locality and/or new traits to the population?  

Great project, Joseph, and good luck at the conference!
Just adding this forthcoming article (dense read!) relevant to the discussion....doesn't appear to be behind a pay-wall that I can discern.  Let me know if the link does not allow you to read it.

Our environment and economy are at a crossroads. This paper attempts a cohesive narrative on how human evolved behavior, money, energy, economy and the environment fit together. Humans strive for the same emotional state of our successful ancestors. In a resource rich environment, we coordinate in groups, corporations and nations, to maximize financial surplus, tethered to energy, tethered to carbon. At global scales, the emergent result of this combination is a mindless, energy hungry, CO2 emitting Superorganism. Under this dynamic we are now behaviorally ‘growth constrained’ and will use any means possible to avoid facing this reality. The farther we kick the can, the larger the disconnect between our financial and physical reality becomes. The moment of this recalibration will be a watershed time for our culture, but could also be the birth of a new ‘systems economics’. and resultant different ways of living. The next 30 years are the time to apply all we’ve learned during the past 30 years. We’ve arrived at a species level conversation.

--Ecological Economics, v169, March 2020, N.J. Hagens (auth.)
2 weeks ago
Robert,.....Just a plug in case anything arises where the bird might need care for whatever reason and if you don't know of one closer by Portand.  Outside of Corvallis is a Wildlife Center called Chintimini....

We knew the founders who I don't suspect are with the group at this point...probably retired by now.  But they had good raptor experience and knowledge at the time, so if your daughter is ever in need of contacting them with a question, just follow the link to the contacts.  Cool photos!.....
2 weeks ago
This is a tough issue for sure because it is so impacted by context.  In my line of work, we expend a great deal of effort looking for 'causality' in natural phenomena.  Causality is not nothing, and yet under different circumstances and contexts, it can become 'blame'.  'Causality' is relatively free of pejorative association, but 'blame' generally is not.  In the spilt milk scenario, there may be many conscious and unconscious reasons for the spiller to have spilled the milk and it can even become quite grey as to whether or not it was truly accidental or deliberate.  But the person pointing it out with a goal of minimizing future spills (henceforth, "the observer") will be in an interesting position.  If the spiller came from a background where all such incidences had "blame value", then they will rarely see such an incident as a situation without blame.  Their knee-jerk response will be that they are either "the blamed" or "the not blamed".  The observer in this case may or may not be prepared for someone coming from this angle.  But additionally, it can be the case where the observer has a certain demeanor, deliberate or unconscious, that is 'triggering' to the spiller/observed.  This typically will end up in conflict in the heat of the incident, but possibly can be talked through at a later time as was noted above.  A more personal example of this latter type is my wife and her sister.  My wife triggers a LOT of people, but not everyone.  She must trigger her sister quite badly....because they have not spoken now in over 20 years.  Before this, my wife claimed to really want to keep up contact, yet her sister never reciprocated.  I'll give my wife credit that she tried, but her demeanor during her last few conversations with her sister would really raise my hackles.....very judgmental and bossy "big-sister"-ish.  I did tell her that I could at least understand her sister's position on this.....which was not met with agreement from my wife.  So it goes...

Main point here is the personal/historical context of the observer/commentator in many cases and how that may or may not always mesh with the context of the spiller/observed.  Sometimes these can be resolved rather quickly, ..... other times, not so easily.  But a good discussion here for weighing different experiences and observations.
2 weeks ago
Next stage.....transferring fuel.  I sized the tubing and where to make the cut by wrapping the tubing around both tanks (photo 1).  Then attached the hand-pump and siphon apparatus with some metal hose clamps.  Photo 2 is shown with the transfer set up.  According to the meter on the recipient tank, the fuel was coming across at around 10 gal per 10 - 15 min.  .....and that will taper off of course as the transfer continues until near equal volumes are reached between the tanks.  The hand pump can pump against gravity, but that would be slow going to try to get all of the fuel to transfer.  May have to get some sort of fuel-grade pump to get the rest.  Depending on the winter temps, we may need to refill again, but I think I will just have the valve on the stuck tank repaired ASAP to get up and running again.  So much good advice here.....thanks again!

Edited to add that the left (inside) tank started out this morning measuring "60 gal" and is now slightly over 170 after several hours of siphoning.  Probably near the end of the transfer.
2 weeks ago