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    Power screwdriver?

    Those little Milwaukee (or Panasonic; same tool) screwdrivers are ideal for that sort of thing. They have a clutch and variable speed, all low, so will give you a consistent final tightness with no worries.
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    Spanish folks - your top tips for Paella please

    Arborio rice, an Italian rice favored for risotto, is a good substitute, but there are Spanish varieties (bomba is most common in the US) that have different properties and are better choices. Paella is traditionally made over an open fire; there are some pretty good recipes using an oven...
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    Spanish folks - your top tips for Paella please

    Exactly. I wish the word had stuck to some sort of meaning consistent with its origin, but I have no control over how others use the language- no one does- and the fact is that people have used the word for a long time for all sorts of variants, to the point that it's near meaningless; recipes...
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    Spanish folks - your top tips for Paella please

    Is so. Go back far enough, there's no tradition of using meat or seafood or saffron or much of anything that defines the modern dish. You might as well say there's no tradition of using beans in chili- you might not like it, but it's futile to deny its existence.
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    Spanish folks - your top tips for Paella please

    The fact of the matter is that speaking of "authenticity" in a traditional recipe is pretty futile- cooks around the world have always used what they had. If you speak Of "authentic" paella, well the original consisted of rice, green beans and snails; do you limit the dish to that? Or to...
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    Spanish folks - your top tips for Paella please

    Didn't say they were. I said that there are several varieties of Mexican chorizo and even more of Spanish chorizo. Then start throwing in Portuguese and Brazilian varieties of chourico, and exploring former Spanish colonies, the varieties are nearly endless.
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    Things to Quit Saying

    I realize that it could be a metaphor, but it's a tortured and nonsensical one. The fox said sour grapes because it is common to encounter underripe grapes in a bunch; he also used acceptable grammar in doing so, he did not speak of sour graping. Cherries have absolutely nothing to do, either...
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    Spanish folks - your top tips for Paella please

    Hasn't really established that at all, there's plenty of tradition of using chorizo in paella. Mexican chorizo is, in my experience, mostly pretty uniform, but there are varieties (including a green one stuffed with cilantro). Spanish chorizo is much more variable; I've found several quite...
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    Considering a Vintage HiFi System… Thoughts?

    I use aN Onkyo TX 8020 receiver, with Infinity micro2 speakers and an old Marantz CD player, for my second stereo and am pretty happy with it, but I don't have the opportunity to do a lot of comparison shopping- last receiver I had (I usually go for separates) was an AR, and this compares quite...
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    Is music a competition?

    Absolutely not. American Idol virtually ruined a whole generation of singers ("You gotta have runs, dog...")- It got so listening to the anthem before a sports event was a terrifying experience. There have always been lots of terrific female singers, maybe there are more in pop now, I don't...
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    Things to Quit Saying

    That does nothing to make it relevant. Usually when you pick (ie select) anything it's for some reason, why not cow picking or guava picking? Anyway, the expression doesn't mean that you're selecting for quality, it means that you're ignoring perfectly good facts because they don't fit your...
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    The Country Side of Harmonica Sam

    Sam's also done some interesting rockabillyish stuff with the Kokomo Kings;
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    Songs About Money

    Are you talkin' to me?
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    Modern stabs at the lounge-y 'jazz standard' sound

    Stephanie Adlington ("The Songbird of the South"- not to be confused with the gospel group "Songbirds of the South") is a West Virginia singer who I hope will someday become popular enough to release a record at a decent price;
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    Songs About Money





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