Thursday, July 13, 2017

Kalamazoo Pickled Egg Recipe

Kalamazoo Pickled Eggs

These eggs have a little heat, but they are pretty easy to make.

  • 20 large eggs
  • 4 cups vinegar
  • 1/2 vidalia onion
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • 4 dried cayenne peppers
  • 4 fresh jalapenos

Heat a large pot of water to a boil.  Place the eggs in there and cook for 12 minutes.  Remove eggs from put and strain with cold water.  Let eggs sit 20 minutes to cool more.

Bring vinegar, water, salt and cayennes to a boil.  Simmer for 10 minutes.

While pickling mix is simmering, layer the eggs, jalapenos and onion.  Put 5 eggs in, dice a jalapeno, put on top of the eggs, section up an eighth of an onion and put on top.  Repeat this 4 times.

Pour the pickling mix on top of the eggs, seal, refrigerate and enjoy in 2-5 days.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Create a $4 smoke deflector for your Char-Griller Akorn Smoker

If you have a Char-Griller Akorn Kamado smoker and don't want to spend $40 on a smoke deflector stone, you can do it for $4 with a cheap pizza pan.

What you need:
  1. Cheap 16" pizza pan
  2. Sharpie or other marking device
  3. Tin Snips

Take the pizza pan and set it on the notches in the bottom of the smoker.

Mark just inside the notches with a marker.

Cut the marks about 1" in towards the middle.Bend the larger sections inward and flatten the smaller sections

Place the finished smoke deflector between the notches in the smoker.

Set a foil pan on top and fill it with water.  I use catering trays from Costco($6 for 20 of them).

Smoke dat BUTT!!!

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Pelican TSZ Xbox 360 controller on a PC solved

A while ago I bought a Pelican Xbox 360 controller from Walmart for $29.99. I don't have a 360 but wanted to use the controller on my pc. I got it, downloaded MS's xbox 360 drivers and plugged it in. It would not work with the Micrsoft drivers. The cable infact doesn't even have the USB stamp on it.

I quickly logged onto pelican's website and tried to find a driver. I could not find one and put a ticket in with support. They told me that this controller was not pc compatible. I thought this was bullshit since it works with a 360 and a MS controller will work with the pc.

Since I got this controller to use only on my pc(with intentions of using as a second xbox controller when I finally got one), this was not acceptable. I searched the internet and found a 3rd party written xbox 360 controller driver called the XBCD. I tried just installing this driver and it still wouldn't work. Windows XP would not allow me to install this driver with this device.

After tinkering around using a utility from Microsoft called USBview I found the problem. The Pelican controller does not have a VID or PID linked to it. Every usb device has a VID(vendorID) and PID(productID) that .inf files use to associate a driver to a product. Using the USBview tool, I noticed that the VID and PID for the Pelican PL-3601 came up as 0000. I then opened up the .inf file c:\windows\inf\xbcd.inf that the 3rd party XBCD driver uses to associate itself with usb devices. Inside the file I found a line to associate the driver for the 360 controller to the XBCD driver.

%XBCD_360.DeviceDesc% =Install, USB\VID_045E&PID_028E  ; Microsoft Xbox 360 Controller

I then copied that line and changed the VID from 045E to 0000 and PID to 0000 also.

I now unplugged the device and plugged it back in. It quickly popped up as "XBCD Xbox 360 Controller" and let me install the device automatically. The device worked great. I use it all the time for games on my PC now.

Here are the steps you should do to replicate my success.