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Nothing Says Love Quite Like Home-Canned Giardiniera

PJ and I enjoy nachos. We have our own versions, and one of them is to simply take corn chips and grated cheese, broil the cheese down onto the chips, then top with chopped giardiniera. (I often include some candied jalapeño slices, just for kicks.) Store-bought giardiniera is good, and we’ve found some varieties that […]

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Archie the Garden Cat

Gardening is sometimes hard work, and if it’s a solitary pursuit like mine, it can get, well, boring. Water the weeds, feed the bugs. Wait, wait, wait. Wonder what else should be done. But mostly, it’s work-work-work.

If you have a companion to share the load with, everything gets easier. After all, the vegetables aren’t great […]

Zesty Pickled Carrots, Tex-Mex Style

This time of year, a young man’s fancy turns to the important stuff. Like love. And pickles…

One pickle that I enjoy is one that you sometimes find in Tex-Mex restaurants: zesty pickled carrots. Oh, it’s not just carrots, but that’s the main ingredient. There are hot chiles in there, of course, and some slivered onions. […]

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Karrrazy, Man: Kublai Khan Crazy Mongolian Stir Fry

This entry is part of a series, Restaurants»

This restaurant is still open, though its sibling in south Round Rock has unexpectedly closed.

In our busy lives, PJ and I are always looking for fast, tasty lunch options. Preferably something not too far from either her work or the house. There’s this restaurant space near a […]

It’s Farmers Market Season: Round Rock’s Saturday Market

The Georgetown Farmers Market Association sponsors a smaller fair in-between Round Rock and Georgetown, at Scott & White near the outlet malls. Access is easy; we go north on I-35 a few exits, then east on University. Scott and White is on the left, about a quarter mile down.

We’ve been twice this year. A cozy […]