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I’ve Never Seen a Purple Cow…

Daughterperson and I were cruising the aisles at the local Lowe’s garden center over her spring break, ostensibly to gather vital gardening supplies but in fact we were avoiding digging in the garden. Suddenly she comes over and shows me a packet of seeds. Interesting, I thought; tomatillos. Then I read the front a bit […]

It’s Been a While…

Okay, things haven’t been going too swimmingly here at the Chile Underground World Headquarters, Bake Shop and Vegetable Plant Center. So much to do, as happens in a spring where the bleeding garden is being rebuilt. On top of that, I’ve found out something truly amazing: The Intertubes has a wonderful feature called “live streaming.” […]

St Paddy’s Day: How Lucky ARE the Irish, Exactly?

Let’s see; they get to drink Guinness; they live in a land where, no matter which direction you point your camera you get a picture-postcard; they have Tullamore Dew, for heaven’s sake! Potatoes with every meal (and most snacks), great music in the pubs, and the prettiest redheaded Colleens anywhere on the planet. (With only […]

Bourbon Makes a Comeback…

We may be in a recession, but spirit sales rose 3-4% last year, according to Discus. A goodly chunk of that increase came in the bourbon category, which has been languishing for a long while. More small-batch and premium bourbons are in the shops, and consumers are trying a variety of them. Apparently the American […]

Spending the Ides in the Caribbean; It’s So Easy…

Okay, NOW it’s the Ides of March. If your name is Julius Caesar, I suggest you stay indoors, hide the knives and see no visitors. For the rest of us, we should avoid Caesar Salad; unless you see that as an appropriate celebration of the passing of the warrior-leader of ancient Rome. (Me, I don’t […]

Happy Birthday! The Oreo Cookie Turns 100

This may be old news to some of you, but I just ran across it: The Oreo cookie is now a hundred years old! Shoot, I barely remember the day it was first sold. (Memory’s hard to retain at my age.) I think I have some of the originals stashed around here, somewhere. Although I’ve […]

Today is NOT the Ides of March

No great oracle ever warned the leader of Rome about today. However, it IS a good day to get some gardening done…

All the compost is now relocated from my driveway in front to the garden space in back. It’s a lot of depth, just what I’ve been wanting! Now to get it all tilled in […]

St. Paddy’s Week is Finally Here!

Get Your Green On! Saint Patrick’s Day is this week. You’ve got as lot to do to get ready, too…

First, get some Guinness. And some corned beef and cabbage. While you’re at it, take out your Irish music recordings. (Or switch to your Irish music channel on Pandora. You DO have one, right?) If you’re […]