The Podcast episode 1

If you are following along @donburnside on Twitter, you already know that I am going to be making a 10 episode run of podcasts. If you don’t follow along at Twitter, I am going to be making a 10 episode run of podcasts.
I’m doing this to get back into the swing of making podcasts. It has been something I enjoy doing, but 2020 really sucked the wind out of my sails (read this for more).

White Roof Radio is Dead, Long Live White Roof Radio

A quick explainer why I’m making this and not White Roof Radio. This will also be going into the WRR feed, for those that don’t play the home game.
You can follow where ever finer podcasts are found. If you are new to this podcast thing, search for me in Spotify or Apple Podcasts so you can follow along. Oh, you want links? Fine!

If you are looking for this in your podcast app of choice, please be patient as this, literally, showed up in Apple Podcasts this morning and it will take a few hours to work it’s way through the system.

Feedback is always appreciated. Comments are always open, or you can @ me the Twitter!

Recipe: Refrigerator Pickles

Let’s just call me the guy saving you from reading a 20 page opus on the history of pickles with this one. Yea, this is a pretty standard internet recipe and, when searched, you will find several copies. What’s different about mine? It starts now.


  • 1 1/2 cups filtered water
  • 3 TBLS Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 TBLS Kosher salt
  • Cucumbers (see note)
  • 5 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 2 TSP whole peppercorns
  • Dill

Notes: DO NOT USE TAP water, unless you live in the mountains and your tap water tastes amazing. Use filtered or bottled. Also, you can use white vinegar, but I really recommend using good apple cider vinegar (unfiltered). And, finally, kosher salt is preferred to keep things from being weird. For the cucumbers, you can use normal salad cucumbers, sliced, for this. If you can get pickle-sized cucumbers, those work amazing as spears or sliced how you like. They will work, sort of, whole, but I’m not sure how long that would take.

Combine the water, vinegar and salt in a microwave safe container and heat for about a minute then stir. Keeping heating until the salt fully dissolves. This might take as long as a minute and a half. Remember, you are only making this hot enough to dissolve those giant kosher salt crystals.

Prepare your cuc’s and garlic and get a 1QT mason jar ready. Add about 2 sprigs of dill and your garlic to a jar, along with your peppercorns. Stuff the spears or slices in until the jar is full then add in your brine. Fridge these overnight.

That’s it! In the photo, that is a double batch made with 2 pounds of pickle-sized cucumbers. If you are using salad cucumbers, expect to make 1qt from 2 cucumbers, sliced. I’m on my 5th batch of these and can tell you they are amazing. Good crunch with a pleasant dill pickle flavor. Not too sour or salty.

The Worlds Fastest Chili

Chili for dinner on a Monday night? Oh yea! This one, developed in cooperation with Mom, can be ready in as little as 30 minutes! Since I’m not trying to monetize you, I’ll go ahead and stop here and get to the recipe.

30 Minute Chili

You will need a good sized pot for this. I use my handy dandy dutch oven.


  • 2 tbls olive oil
  • 1 small/medium yellow onion, diced
  • 1lb ground beef
  • 2 small (15oz) cans of
    • Pinto Beans, 1 drained
    • Black Beans, 1 drained
    • Diced Tomatoes, not drained
  • 1 small (15oz) can corn, drained
  • 2 cups beef stock
  • 2 TBLS ground cumin
  • 2 TBLS chili powder
  • 2 TBLS Kosher salt
  • 1 TSP Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 TBLS Fresh Ground Pepper
  • 6 corn tortillas, finely chopped


Start by sweating your onions in the olive oil with 1 tbls of salt over high heat. Cook until translucent, add the ground beef and drop the heat to medium. Cook this until nice and brown and cooked through. While this is cooking, get your spices together, excluding the salt. You might or might not need it, so save it until the very end.

Once the ground beef is done, add your spice mix to the beef and cook for about a minute until everything looks good and your house smells like a chili cook-off!

Add the canned tomatoes. Use the juice to deglaze the pot, scrapping any good stuff off the bottom. Then, add the beans, corn and stock. Stir to combine.

Bring this up to a solid simmer and add the chopped tortillas. Reduce heat to medium low and let cook for about 20 minutes. Taste for seasoning, add salt if needed.

Serve with your favorite shredded cheese or a dollop of sour cream.

The tortillas at the end add some texture, but really, their main job is to bind this together so that you have an amazing bowl of chili tomorrow! You can also let this cook longer to really set in the flavors. Change up the beans? Go crazy! Want more heat? Double the cayenne or add a minced jalapeno or 2 for some added kick!

This is a very regular dish at The Smithside because it’s cheap, easy and works well for lunches. If you make this, or any of the recipes listed here, I would like to know how it turned out! Comments are always open!

2021: Start Here

For the 2nd time in a few years, I have de-activated my Facebook account. I allowed the algorithm to win. I reacted to the crazy and let it take over. I really can’t let that happen again and decided to use my space here to clear a few things out of my brain. If this affected you, I am sorry I allowed it to happen. Facebook to me was bike, MINI, Beer and adorable grandkid photos. Now I have ruined it.

Can this be fixed?

Let’s start with the big one. You are incorrect and I truly believe that.

You, however, think that I am incorrect and I think you truly believe that.

This is not an agree to disagree situation. In this, we are both right and both wrong. Can this be fixed?

  • Can you provide proof that the election was rigged? By the way, saying it was rigged is not proof.
  • I can provide proof that it was not rigged. Will you listen?

I do not believe you can provide proof that has not already been debunked, multiple times over. You do not believe that the election was fair, no matter how much proof I can provide because I believe you have lost trust in everyone that does not tell you what you want to hear. I believe there is no one that can convince you that the election was fair. There is no proof you would believe. No person that you trust. If DJT were to come clean today and say the election wasn’t rigged, that he lied, you would probably think he was being forced to do it against his will.

You: Gets news from Fox and OAN (really?)
Me: Gets news from The AP, NBC and CNN (really?)

When I get news I don’t like from my sources, it bums me out. I don’t go in search of a source that gives me news I do like. You thought Fox News wasn’t being fair? So you switched to OAN? Whether the news there is accurate or correct is not the arguement here. It’s the fact that you keep searching for news you agree with.

You: It’s censorship. Why don’t they kick the Ayatollah off?
Me: Good point. Also, public safety?

I still don’t understand why the Ayatollah gets brought into this argument. Even worse, I don’t understand why this argument exists. After what happened on Wednesday, January 6th? Did you not see the posts leading up to this? Did you not see the posts as it was happening? Did you not see what happened? After all of that, your biggest concern is that the Ayatollah still has a Twitter account? There is nothing you can tell me here to change my mind. Much as there is nothing I can say here to change yours.

On January 20th, we get a new president, that I voted for. And, to be clear, even though I did vote for him, my vote was not for him. My vote was against the outgoing president. While I’m not a huge fan of the new President, I am certain that he is not, or will not turn into, an autocratic fascist that is willing to do everything in his power to try and topple the US government, our democracy and our constitution. I’m positive that he will take these words to heart

I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.

To me, that means he will not attempt to incite violence against his fellow countrymen. He will not try to disenfranchise millions of Americans by telling them their vote doesn’t count because it wasn’t for him. He will denounce white supremacy, racism and sexism, not embrace them. I might not like his policies, but I will like his character. To me, that is as important, if not more so, than the policies he creates.

If you are wondering what happened to White Roof Radio or Ride Bikes Radio; this. Besides the pandemic, besides BLM (you really need to stop saying all lives matter by the way, it makes you sound ignorant and racist), besides other things that I have spoken to the other hosts about. This is why there hasn’t been a show. I can’t begin to explain how this last year has affected me, just as I am sure I can’t even begin to understand how it might have affected you. Anger, anxiety, knowing people that seem to be living during a completely different timeline, lack of understanding. All of it. It has affected me greatly in ways that I can’t even begin to explain.

As soon as 2020 ends, on January 20th, 2021 at 12:01PM EST, I’m hoping things will be different. Be better. Check back.

Continuing to undo the Creepy

The next thing on my list is to ditch Google Chrome as much as possible. Much like Facebook, it creeps me out, among other things.

I imagine I could dig through the archives and find more than 1 post complaining about Internet Explorer version 6. Google Chrome is turning into that. Developers only code to it, designers only design for it. Leaving us as users stuck with it, and all of the creepiness Google has built in.

toward the end of last year I decided to switch back to Firefox for all my personal browsing needs and it’s been brilliant for everything except a tool I use for the MINI show, so I keep it for that, plus work.

But recently, Microsoft has been acting silly. They decided to take the open source guts of Chrome and make a new version of Edge. It’s in beta, but in an effort to rid the creepy sooner than later, I have installed it and have been using it for work stuff. On Windows and my Mac.

And it’s not horrible.

It’s as fast, if not slightly faster, than Chrome. Has some of the security as Firefox best I can tell, and it’s stable. Plus everything seems to work that I needed Chrome for in the past.

I might have just broke up with Chrome. Time will tell.