5/8/2016

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A good day, I got a little done on the guitar but spent more time cooking. I bought a reduced price round steak yesterday and thought I better cook it up. Picked up some carrots and some chicken breasts for a chicken cordon bleu I’ve been wanting to try.
I started on the beef stew, carrots, celery, garlic, potatoes, mushrooms, garden herbs and an onion. It’s a whole pound of steak so it made a lot in the dutch oven, browned the beef a while, added the O beef broth quart from TJ’s and let it simmer a long time. In a fry pan I sauteed the onions, bowled, then mushrooms. The veggies are all in another bowl. It takes awhile for the beef to break down.
I started on the chicken, smacking the breasts flat with Gary’s wooden hammer with the pyramids face to thin it out to 1/4 inch thick slabs. Unexpected cheddar slices, and a slice of ham, rolled and a toothpick to hold. Covered with Italian bread crumbs. I put it in my new small glass lasagna pan to bake at 350 F in the oven for a half hour. I forgot the salt but figure the ham and cheese are plenty salty.
The beef stew meat is ready for veggies in with a little more water and a glug of white wine, covered to simmer. I have a stale bagget for crostinis to bake, sliced thin upside down, dipped in a thin layer of olive oil on a plate, to the pan. I add salt, garlic powder, dried basil, Parmesan to the first batch, in with the baking 350 chicken. I check the chicken with a thermometer, not ready yet, back in the oven.
I check the stew carrots, perfect a bit firm but done, potatoes too. I whip up 1-2 tablespoons flower in water with a fork and pour it in slowly to the stew while stirring to make a good gravy, needs salt. I use soy sauce and Worcestershire sauce instead for a darker color and flavor. Ah, just right, off the heat, covered.
The first batch of crostinis are done a little dark but good. The chicken is still not done but I pull the toothpicks. A second batch of crostinis in a separate bigger pan without cheese for Alan at work fits in back with the chicken up front. But I added some mozzarella cheese to the chicken to melt and brown a little. It’s finely all done. I eat some chicken, it’s huge, cut in sliced spiral rounds, but so good, chicken, ham and really good cheese. I’ll have to bring it to work, I can’t eat all this alone. I got three full buckets of stew, two frozen. Plenty More beef stew.
On the guitar, I sanded it down yesterday ready for lacquer, but didn’t get to it today yet. Maybe tomorrow evening. I did however, cut the acrylic pick guard out using the band saw, leaving it a little wide, then sanded it lightly to size on the lapidary. The tighter rounds on the lower fret cut out I used the small drill drum sander. The fret board cutout I went as close as possible with the saw, then hand filed it smooth. I had to use a round needle file to get the fret board base to fit. The picture is a little off, it fits better than that, I just hope the pickups and knobs fit.
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I’m concerned with drilling the acrylic not to crack it and have been researching the process before attempting it. Water and baking soda can be used as a coolant using the forstner bits, may work on the drill press. I have enough scrap to experiment with the process before I commit. I’m thinking to use Plasticine oil clay as a dam with wood beneath. The baking soda is an anti oxidant supposed to prevent rust on the drill press. I’ll dry it and spray oil it with WD40 anyway.
I cut out the branches in the way of the gas tank so the propane company can fill it. I even mowed the tall grass, and on the other side by the garage. It took a half hour just to get the seeds out of my clothes. Laundry done and folded. Ready for work tomorrow. A fine day.

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