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Hungry Thieves, Citrus Peel Tricks, and Outrageous Wedding Cakes

What is it about Bad Hersfeld that makes it the center of large food thefts in Germany?

In a pretty, but otherwise unremarkable, German town a hundred miles northeast of Frankfurt am Main, a locus of food-related crimes has suddenly appeared. Truckloads of coffee, Red Bull, even Nutella have been hijacked. They’re not alone recently, though. […]

Homemade Chile Powder and Crushed Pepper Flakes

I recently posted about the ornamental peppers I’m growing in pots around the reservation here. Knowing that these small chiles are edible, I lay in wait, kitchen shears and bowl in hand, for the red lovelies to begin to dry out. Then I snipped them off the bushes and put them into my new Waring […]

Breakfast for Mother’s Day?

Do you like breakfast? How about your mom?

Mother’s Day is just around the corner. Consider making one of these tasty dishes, designed by Emeril Lagasse, for your mom on Her Day. Especially for breakfast in bed! She’ll feel so much like royalty that maybe she won’t make you clean your room (again)…

Enjoy the (Delish […]

Can You Eat Ornamental Peppers? For Sure…

In flower beds or pots, ornamental peppers add a spot of color that lasts longer than most flowers. (Pepper plants produce cute little white flowers as well.) There are several varieties, of course, but the common qualities these peppers share include ease of cultivation, small bushes, and plentiful product.

I found a couple of lonely little […]

Bring Out the Cheesy Stuff: It’s National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day

For a quick meal, there’s not much better than a hot, viscous grilled cheese sandwich. At least in my book. And today’s the day to celebrate that great American invention! (I’m claiming it for the home team because I can’t find references anywhere in Google to this morsel’s origination.) (Correction: Here’s a reference, and yes, […]

Agent Orangiental, a Great New Salad Dressing

My niece in Dallas has been experimenting with my charred pineapple habanero jelly. She’s come up with an interesting combination as a salad dressing. Here are the particulars…

Agent Orangiental Salad Dressing

1 teaspoon light soy sauce
2 teaspoons rice vinegar
1 tablespoon orange juice
1 teaspoon dark Karo syrup
1 tablespoon charred pineapple habanero jelly

Mix all these ingredients well. Season […]

They’re Heeeerrreeee…

Luscious, lovely orbs of spicy, crunchy goodness, of course. Radishes, fresh from the garden.

Yesterday’s 1.6 inches of rain has really helped the the crimson globes round out. It’s just over four weeks since I put the seeds in the ground, and the plants are tall (for radishes, I mean), leafy and lush. No bugs. No […]

Rain, Rain, Come & Play!

We’re getting a good rain event, yesterday afternoon and today. I’m hoping for an inch of precip, maybe more. I’m tired of watering already! I’m also hoping this is a sign that the predicted severe drought will stay away this spring. I’m not confident, mind you; simply wishing.

The lows the next two nights might be […]