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General Discussion / Re: What's the weather like in your area ?
« Last post by whiskydog on Today at 09:21:10 AM »
So hot and dry here, all ya do is shuck and add salt and butter to  the pop corn..

eating popcorn on the cob.. 8) 8) 8)
General Discussion / Re: What's the weather like in your area ?
« Last post by HuntNC on Today at 09:08:01 AM »
Hot yesterday, they are missing the weather around here... 93... suppose to start cooling down next week...
General Discussion / Soil for Box Garden
« Last post by setx_gardener on Today at 08:25:54 AM »
Hello All,
     I recently moved to a new home. I have a privacy fenced back yard now..... uptown!! I have decided to experiment with box gardening and wanted to get ideas on soil to use for this. For those of you who purchase soil for your boxes, what soil do you use? Is there a mixture or do you just buy soil? Looking forward to hearing your input!

General Discussion / Re: NEED A LOAD OF WOOD CHIPS...
« Last post by bordercollie on Today at 08:13:22 AM »
Gymgirl, what about  contacting a tree service?  I've seen the trimmers in the past with a big chipper behind their trimming trucks. Sometimes the chips are just blown out but sometimes they collect them in a wagon and haul them off ?  Anyways , good luck ! I'm with you on the cc and huge tips. 
The Greenhouse / Re: Greenhouse hydroponic growing Fall 2018
« Last post by Maggie13 on Today at 06:58:31 AM »
Recipes / I'm a Youtube foodie junkie and I have to try that awesome food
« Last post by Ragun Gardener on September 19, 2018, 10:58:09 PM »
I've been wanting tacos since I watched a video Mark Wiens posted about taquitos. I'll leave a link at the bottom. The soup is Birria and I had to try it. So I watched a few vids, checked some recipes and decided to do my own thing using a few methods from some recipes I liked.

I dug through the freezer and found some leftover mole I made and pork chunks I needed to cook so I went shopping for the other ingredients. I'm making regular tacos too for the fam in case they don't like the Birria.

Starting on the marinade

I saved some mole to add later

Next was the salsa verde, I roasted the tomatillos, garlic, hatch peppers and onions

I cleaned out the pepper seeds and then it was all the kids in the pool with salt, black pepper, about 5 sprigs of cilantro stems and all, 1/2 cup of water and some chicken bouillon powder for a little flavor.

I simmered it for 15 minutes to thicken it up a little. The Hatch peppers go fantastic in this sauce!!!! Very flavorful!!

I finished off the toppings, this is a killer Pico with roasted Hatch peppers.

I made pickled onions too, I'm sure everyone knows the normal taco toppings from this pic.

Street sized tacos and tostados were the snack while I took a break before starting on the main meal I wanted to eat.

I skimmed the red oily fat off the soup to coat the corn tortillas to make taquitos stuffed with the soup meat. I cooked 4 then started on the quesadillas but before I was done they ate all my taquitos so I had to make more.

The meat marinaded for 3 hours, added to a pot with enough water to cover the meat. I added 3 Bay leaves and some more chicken powder. It cooked for about 5 hours total but it was done in 3, I just kept it simmering and adding more water as it cooked down. This turned out to be the secret, it's like a meat soup with a depth of flavor.

Finally I sat down to eat like it was a buffet.

The taquito dipped in the soup was like au jus!

The quesadillas are perfect to add toppings and drizzle that awesome soup broth over.

Good to the last bite and I drank that broth like it was the fountain of youth.

This is the video that started me wanting tacos and taquitos.

Salsa Verde recipe

and this is what I followed for the Birria recipe. I didn't add the mole I saved at the end, after I tasted it I didn't think it could get any better. The flavor is absolutely awesome, nothing like you would think looking at the red/mole broth. I also didn't add the thyme and allspice. I made this with pork and didn't want those flavors involved and I was right, this is an awesome soup for a cold day. Soul Soothing!!!!
General Discussion / Re: NEED A LOAD OF WOOD CHIPS...
« Last post by Texan on September 19, 2018, 09:15:06 PM »
I hope you have luck. I have had none. Offering $100 per load did nothing. Most of them seem content to pay the landfill to dump rather than me pay them. The county stopped selling chips because they use them all to compost sewerage plant waste. I canít get anything.
The Greenhouse / Re: Greenhouse hydroponic growing Fall 2018
« Last post by bobcatgardener on September 19, 2018, 07:24:14 PM »
Got in from work a little early this week. Here's a quick update on the GH. Going to have pictures tomorrow. The carrots are making a go at it. So I will be adding the rest to the trough.
General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« Last post by OrangeTxn on September 19, 2018, 04:00:36 PM »

The plants were started from seed and transplanted into the garden August 1.  I used an initial application of 10-10-10 mixed into the soil and have used liquid Miracle Grow once after that when the plants started blooming. 
General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« Last post by jimmiec on September 19, 2018, 01:03:20 PM »
Nice OrangeTxn.  No tomato blooms here yet but the green beans are blooming and may be another week till the beginning of the cowpea picking.  Amazingly, still picking eggplants.  Corn is getting to be hip high (fertilized and hilled) but with some bug damage (unfortunately).  Of coarse, the peppers are loading up.  I need to get off my butt and transplant the cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower.   However, I do have the garden weeded nicely right now. 
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