By: GRANDMANAN , 11:06 AM GMT on May 26, 2007

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A first for this season, coffee and tea on the verandah. Calm, temp 12C, clear buy hazy across the harbour. Expected into the mid 20's before the day is out.

Donna deciding if safe to plant her window boxes, the long range gives no indication of frost out as far as can see. So will no doubt get at it this next few days, have a load of mulch to move around also. The pickup is rounded up with three cubic feet of the stuff. Unlike OGAL, there is no landscaper coming in to plant or move this stuff around, unless I qualify for the title.

Bugs can relate to cost of fuel, left over $100 to fill the truck yesterday. Our price is $1.14/litre, a quick calculation brings that to around $4.35USD for an American gallon. It would appear you folks are closing the gap especially as our dollar stays high - highest has been in over 30 years.

Received four nice lobster after getting home last evening. Now cooked, and deciding when to get at them, Emily still out for today. Will wait and see when she returns as to best prepare them. Sure appreciate having a treat from the briny expecially lobster.

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4. Alleyoops
4:45 PM GMT on May 26, 2007
There Rob is the last of the series I got from Jeff re smokers...Hope they will be of some help.

Rain has finally come to us and thank goodness now the air pollution will settle down and we are back to our normal temps now.

Hope you have a wonderful day friends...
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3. Alleyoops
4:40 PM GMT on May 26, 2007
a few of the main cuts of meat that you will be starting out with most likely and the perfect temperature for pulling the meat out of smoker.

Brisket, Pork Shoulder, Pork Butt (Boston Butt), Picnic

Slicing: 180 degrees
Pulling: 200 degrees

Visual Clues: Outside of meat will be very dark, will look burnt

Estimate brisket at 1.5 hours per pound at 225 degrees

Note: The pork shoulder, pork butt or picnic are excellent cuts of meat for beginners since these cuts are extremely forgiving. You can overcook or undercook within certain limits and the meat will still be very tasty and palatable.

Spare Ribs

Perfect if pulled out of the smoker at 172 degrees

Visual Clues: Watch for meat to be pulling back from the bone ends

A rack of ribs will normally require around 6 hours to cook and become tender.

Chicken, Turkey
Poultry should be pulled from the smoker when the temperature in the thickest part of the thigh reaches 170 degrees

Visual Clues: Skin will be golden brown and also legs will "shake hands" with you.. i.e. will be very loose and flexible.

A chicken will normally get done in 3 to 4 hours at 225 degrees.

Estimate the cook time of a turkey at 30 minutes per pound.. a 12 pound turkey should take around 6 hours but may take a little longer if the wind is up or if the weather is extremely cold.

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2. nsphotog
12:46 PM GMT on May 26, 2007
Mornin' Rob,
Fuel was at $1.22.7/lt here on Thursday.I think it dropped a penny or two since then but still higher than your's.Local politicians are trying to figure out why tourism is down....that's one very good reason.Makes it bad all around....I had to make adjustments to some of my rates and also curtail some services.I,or anyone else for that matter,don't expect to see any dramatic drop in prices in the near or distant future.
Just have to grin and bear it....well,bear it,can't really say that it's anything to smile about.

Have a good day,enjoy the warm weather.Looks like it will get quite hot and sticky down in this neck of the woods today.

Al in NS
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1. palmettobug53
11:28 AM GMT on May 26, 2007
OW! OW! OW! Eeeeh, that had to hurt! There was an article in today's paper that says if we have another big storm in the Gulf this season, prices will soar.

At least it was migitated by coffee and tea on the verandah this morning. Wish I had a verandah. All I have is a front stoop. LOL I'd LOVE to have a porch. I don't understand my next door neighbors. They have a lovely screened in porch but it's cluttered up with so much junk, they can't possibly enjoy it. Such a waste!

Am starting to get some tomatos from my bushes. Mostly the cherry tomatos but the others are pinking up very nicely. In another couple of days or so, I'll be eating them left and right!

What will Miss Donna be planting in her window boxes? And tell your landscaper not to do himself an injury, spreading that mulch around!
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