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Tom grew up in Milwaukee, bartended in Wauwatosa in the '70s and moved here in 1984.

Commentary, observations and musings about the outdoors, life in general and maybe Tosa politics and personalities will be the order of the day. He savors a lively debate as much as terrific cooking.

The Holy Grail of Pickledom

Backyard Homesteading, Canning Your Own Food, Gardening, Pickles, Superstition

12th century lore bore the fruit that led to the tale of the Holy Grail.  The Grail being a plate or cup - maybe holy maybe not - but important enough that it played a significant role in Arthurian legend and literature and ultimately led to a hilarious Monty Python movie.  At least that's my understanding of the legend.  It might also be mere superstition.

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Random Musings and Idle Chit Chat - The Bucket List, Pickles, a Spy Drone and a Machine Gun

Firearms, Friends, Schuetzenfest, Submachine Gun, Pickles, Random Musings and Idle Chit Chat

Before some of you get your hopes up I have no immediate plans to checkout of this earthly realm anytime soon.  I do have a bucket list of sorts that I've been working on.  It isn't clearly defined so it changes frequently and both increases and shrinks with time.  But like I said I've made some progress.

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How to Make Crispy, Crunchy, Sweet Pickles

Backyard Homesteading, Dangerous Kitchen Experiments, Gardening, Home Canning, Pickles, Vinegar

Last summer I went on a tour of a lighthouse and happened upon an itemization of the perks that the US Congress alloted keepers employed by the Light House Service back in the 1800's.  Aside from lodging there was an annual salary of $600.  There were also consumable provisions including sacks of potatoes and onions.  A barrel of salted pork, sacks of flour, dried beans, sugar and salt.  Coffee, tea - and of all things - barrels of vinegar.

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