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Hello from SoCal

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Hi my name is Chris. I am a research and development chemist (chemical engineer) from Vail Colorado, but have lived InsaneDiego for the last 31 years. I am a big cork dork ( I put the sewer in conniseur) and have been collecting wine for 25 years and have good friends that own Vineyards and wineries. I love to work harvest and assist in the wine making.

I am also an avid gardener and cook. I have a large variety of fruit trees (Bartlett pear, Asian pear, tangerine, navel orange, Valencia orange, Key Lime, lemon, Santa rosa plum, nectarine, peach, apricot and pomegranate on my property. I use a lot of these woods in my smoker (landmann smokey mountain big block), but my current favorite is local manzanita mixed with a little pomegranate and plum.

I also have medium/small garden consisting of four 5' x 6' raised beds. I grow a ton of different kinds of chile peppers, tomatoes, herbs, onions, garlic, okra, beans, peas, potatoes and carrots. I cook with these and my fruits to make about 12 different styles of hot sauces each year and have been making hot sauces out of my garden for 25 years. I also grow and smoke my own chipotles and various pimento peppers to make my own paprikas.

I love to smoke all kinds of things (meats, fruits, and vegetables) and have been doing so for about 7 or 8 years. Lately we have a good source of heritage pork from a small farmer (Cook Family - Cook Pigs) in the mountains near San Diego, so I have been making my own nitrite/nitrate free (oh the horror!) bacon and guanciale. I would like to start making Duck Bacon as well. I am also a sport fisherman and have many friends in sportfishing and fish mongering. I make some great smoked fish and fish dip from all kinds of fresh and fresh frozen seafood. I am the primary cook for my family of four and love it.

I am excited to learn a bunch from the more experienced members, cooks, chefs, and food enthusiasts on this site
Edited by Smoke Alarm - 4/16/15 at 4:24pm
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Welcome to the board! I'm digging under your fence. What's the security code on your refrigerator door?

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Thanks, for the welcome.  I was actually born in Columbus (Bexley) and both my parents attended The Ohio State University.  Go Bucs!


Ha! It's my wine locker (make my own) that has all the security and is guarded by two furry four legged watchmen!   

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texas.gif  Good afternoon and welcome to the forum, from a nice warm day here in East Texas. Lots of great people with tons of information on just about  everything.



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