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Happy (early) Thanksgiving (local, organic bird style)!!!

It's probably not too late to get a free-roamin', bug-eatin', happy-livin', never-frozen Gunthorp Farms turkey for your family gathering.


http://www.gunthorpfarms.com/

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I've meant to put this out for a week or more, but life gets in the way.

If you're squeamish about the slaughter and butchering of animals, this definitely isn't for you. It's not all blood and gore, and it's not extremely graphic, but I know that even a little can be too much for some.

With that being said, this is an interesting read about Rob Levitt and the crew from Butcher & Larder taking a trip up to a Michigan farm to kill and butcher a hog. Most interesting is the farmer considering the differences between the experiences of the 22 mature hogs he sent to a slaughterhouse and the one hog kept behind for Rob.

Would it be inappropriate for me to call it food for thought?


http://m.chicagoreader.com/chicago/slaughtering-a-bare-knuckle-farm-pig-for-the-butcher-and-larder/Content?oid=7678201
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It's not quite like the Halloween parties I used to go to years ago, but "Supper with Snakes" is pretty cool.
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I call it, "El Culo Ardiendo"
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Who the f*ck are these "undecided" that keep waving in a different direction every time the wind changes? I think it's all b.s. from people who answered a pollster's phone call and were too embarrassed to tell the truth.

My polite guess is that these are people that are hesitant to speak up and pick a side - even if only speaking to pollster on the phone. This isn't necessarily bad, but I call it a polite theory because I'm trying to assume these respondents are merely timid, or private, and not just plain dishonest.

More likely, and less polite, I believe so-called "undecideds" are really only uninformed people who only watch reality tv shows, never read the newspaper - or it's digital equivalent - and are embarrassed about being uniformed. And by that I'm trying to say these people don't want to sound stupid. Of course, that might be true.

Worst of all, and least polite, I believe there is a subset of the above who are faux intellectuals. These are the uninformed - and also possibly stupid -who think declaring themselves to be undecided somehow makes them sound thoughtful. They somehow think they can con someone else into believing they are educated, intelligent voters and hope to appear to be carefully performing an intelligent voter's due diligence before committing.

Maybe they actually believe it. Perhaps they're surrounded by dunderheads and so immersed in reality television, that because they read a little bit of the year-old Time Magazine at the dentist's office that they really do believe they're an intellectual. They're no better off and no more believable.

I'm sure there are also many who will say, "I don't like either of them and I need to decide who I dislike the least." Fine. I'll assume that's true - and not anything less polite - but I really have a hard time believing that you need to think for too very long about who you dislike the least.

I'm not saying the best choice is obvious, I'm only saying that your choice should be obvious. That's all.

This isn't in any way partisan. The guy who I think would be best for the job is a decision I've made - quite quickly and easily, I would add - based on what I value and your choice would/should be based on what you value. I would expect that your choice - or hers or his or anyone else's - would be just as easy, whether it's a different choice than mine or the same.

Furthermore, I'm guessing those of you who reached the same conclusion I did, value all the same things and support the same ideals. I'm also quite sure that all of you who chose differently than I did share the same values and also support the same ideals.

Honestly, between Governor Romney and President Obama, what could be causing a need to hesitate? I suppose you might own an AK-47 and would ideally like to be able to legally tote it around town with you, but also strongly believe in marriage for everyone, regardless of sexual orientation. This seems as made up as honestly - truly - being undecided.

It just doesn't seem likely that with such different candidates, who so closely mirror the core ideals of the Parties they represent, anyone wouldn't know who they're voting for. It's not as if Clinton is running against Gore or Reagan against Bush.

I'm an election junkie. I love the process and the story lines and all the happenings along the way. I say every election year that I wish it would be a difficult decision. I wish there were two dynamic individuals, both of whom I believed would make a great President and that I would really have to dig deep into research and into my conscience to make a decision.

This year, again, for me - personally - there is only one, obvious best choice. It wasn't a difficult decision to make, either. 
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Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales La Parcela No. 1 Pumpkin Ale.

It's a beer made with actual pumpkins, not just the "pumpkin spices" in every other pumpkin beer.

The real story: +Adam Vavrick found this in storage and sold it to me back in June.

(That means a beer survived in my house for four months. Impossible!)


http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/jolly-pumpkin-la-parcela-no-1-pumpkin-ale/94686/
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I'm pretty sure that was Liam Neeson who just ran past me looking terrified, but yet also determined.

I'm guessing his stupid daughter was kidnapped again.
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I'll have more on this incredible sippin' bourbon from Journeyman Distillery tomorrow, but here's a critic's thoughts...


http://m.chicagoreader.com/Bleader/archives/2012/10/03/one-sip-journeyman-distillerys-featherbone-bourbon
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The best pastry I've eaten in a long, long time is the gateau Basque cake at Floriole. It might even be the best pastry I've ever eaten.

If this was all they made, I'd go back again and again, just like I do now, and even without the attraction of the "I wonder what's new?" question.


http://www.floriole.com/blog/


Go get one!
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We brought the boys to see Nickelodeon's "The Fresh Beat Band" and it's lunacy. I'm guessing maybe 1% of the crowd ISN'T from Lombard or Bolingbrook, so welcome to the city.

The boys are loving it and dancing in the aisle.

We're snarking and judging.
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I've started a soup this morning with mirepoix and a smoked turkey breast from Paulina Market. It's simmering with some fresh-picked thyme and some bay leaves and in a few hours I'll add a cup of orzo and it'll be ready for dinner.

Then, I whizzed up a dozen seeded jalapeños, two carrots, half an onion, a few garlic cloves, rice wine vinegar, some fresh-squeezed limes, a half-bunch of cilantro, a generous drizzle of honey and pinch or three of salt. It's simmering next to the soup and when it's reduced by a third, I'll have hot sauce.

All this while watching college football and knocking back bottles of Metropolitan Ironworks Alt.

I love my wife and my kids. I love Saturdays. I really love it when my wife takes the kids out on Saturdays.
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One of this week's two new releases from Pipeworks, Well Read Temptress Raspberry Berliner-Style Weiss.

The label recommends "Drink it Fresh" and that's what I'm doing.

(I bought it, like, 20 minutes ago.)
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