Man Fights Back – Podcast #01

podcastWe finally did it!  Ed & Andrew took the audio equipment on the last business trip & recorded the first of many podcasts to come.  We had some technical difficulties, but all in all we think it turned out pretty good!

Look for new episodes in the near future.  Enjoy!

Man Fights Back – Podcast #01 – Streaming
Man Fights Back – Podcast #01 – Download MP3

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The Leatherman Super Tool – Multi-Tool

Leatherman Super Tool
Leatherman Super Tool

I’m a guy & guys like to fix stuff.  I’ve had a Leatherman Super Tool for as long as I can remember.  It’s the original version with the tools on the outside when you use the pliers (ouch!).  You can use this tool for just about any task around the house and it’s built like a tank.

The Super Tool has the following features:

  • Needle nose pliers
  • Hard wire cutters
  • Regular knife
  • Serrated knife
  • Wood/bone saws
  • Small screwdriver
  • Medium screwdriver
  • Large screwdriver
  • Philips screwdriver
  • Electrical crimper
  • Awl/punch
  • Wire stripper
  • Ruler – inch/metric

The Leatherman Super Tool is another one of my Daily Carry items that help me get things done at work ad at home.  The newer models have fixed the problem of the tools digging into your hand when you use the pliers. They fixed this by moving the tools to the other side of the handle.  This also has the added benefit of not having to open the tool to get to the various blades.

If my original model ever gets lost/damaged I’m definitely going to invest in the new model.  Until then I’ll keep using what I have.  If you’re looking for a tool you can use around the house for a variety of tasks, do yourself a favor & check out the Leatherman line of products.

Hoppin’ John

Hoppin’ John

Legend has it that eating this soup on News Year day will bring you luck throughout the year.  I’m not sure I really believe it but we’ve fixed this on January 1st the past several years just in case!hoppin_john

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large ham hock
1 cup onion, chopped
1/2 cup celery, chopped
1/2 cup green pepper, chopped
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
1 pound black-eyed peas, soaked overnight and rinsed
1 quart chicken stock
2 Bay leaf
1 teaspoon dry thyme leaves
3 tablespoons finely chopped green onion (garnish)
3 cups steamed white rice (serve Hoppin’ John over this)

Heat oil in a large soup pot, add the ham hock and sear on all sides for 4 minutes.

Add the onion, celery, green pepper, and garlic, cook for 4 minutes.

Add the black-eyed peas, stock, bay leaves, thyme, and seasonings.

Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 40 minutes, or until the peas are creamy and tender, stir occasionally.

If the liquid evaporates, add more water or stock.

Adjust seasonings, and garnish with green onions.

Serve over rice.