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New Year’s Eve: Let’s Party!

It’s almost time! Time to ring out the old and ring in the new. To Drop the Ball. (Not THAT ball, the one in Time’s Square, silly.) To party like there’s a great tomorrow ahead.

Here at Clan Central we’ll not be doing any heavy-duty partying; more like dominoes and punch until it’s really late. Say […]

A Year of Seamless Blogging

I’ve been blogging a whole year, continuously, here on the Chile Underground. At least one post each day! Amazing. I said I could do it, but there were times….

How much blogging is that? Counting tomorrow’s post (and I’ve got it drafted, so I don’t really need to cross my fingers) it’s 450 posts in a […]

Too Pooped to Cook

With all that’s been going on I’m actually too tired to cook. The cold meds don’t help either; they kill all appetite. Which means I’ll be slim and trim come the new year! (If you believe that, we need to talk about some rare documents I happen to be in possession of.)

So instead I’ll just […]

Pepper Jelly Redux: Apricot Jam, Extra-Zesty Habañero and Serrano Jellies

This entry is part of a series, Pepper Jelly Chronicles»

Remember how I said I was through making pepper jellies for the year? Well, I lied through both teeth like an Oriental rug prevaricated and dissembled got talked into making some more. (That’s it! “Talked into.”)

For some reason, Central Market had some great-looking, fresh […]

No Post-Christmas Hangover This Year?

The gifts are all opened, the paper’s been cleaned up and tossed, the stockings have been emptied and stored for next year. Now what? Some folks complain of a hangover about now. Nothing to do with excess partying! Too much other stuff. In-laws who are over-staying their welcome. Credit cards maxed out. A whole new […]

Hot Bytes for 2011-12-26

Jewish And Mexican Cooking Meet In 'Challa-peño' (That pun is so good I couldn't pass it up!) : NPR http://t.co/mB0ARg9V #
Oy to the world! (Now Jewish and Puerto Rican fare) – http://t.co/M02xDRAE http://t.co/bJUfnSER #
Leftovers? Donal Skehan puts a Thai-style twist on leftover turkey and ham – Food & Drink, Lifestyle – Independent.ie http://t.co/4jxG9SmA #
England to […]

Merry Christmas!

The morning dawned bright and beautiful, cold and crisp. Santa’s Elves (the ones who hang at the Underground most of the year) had laid out the stockings and stuffed them chock-full of goodies. Candy, nuts, and more. I got a Space Shuttle to build (Nanoblock model). Paula Jo got several Italian-style sodas, a favorite vice […]

Quiet Christmas Eve

Not much happening here. We’re holding a small gift-sharing after a light supper of crackers, cheese, leftover ham and turkey, and a few other odds and ends. A surprisingly satisfying meal, though! Three of us are a bit under the weather, so it’s a good thing we don’t have a lot of family and friends […]