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Epicure: More Than a Fancy Foodie Word, It’s Also a Great Gift Shop and Deli

Visiting Mom this week presented some nice opportunities to relax. Yesterday my best wife and I headed into downtown Boerne for a little look-see and maybe some shopping. The town’s clearly not the sleepy little village I grew up in; no, there’s all sorts of shops, attractions and activities nowadays.

One of Mom’s friends suggested we […]

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 […]

Last-Minute Gift Ideas for Your Foodie Friends

If you’re still looking for the perfect item for the cook in your life, have we got a deal for you…

The Chile Underground’s very own Holiday shopping Elves have been drinking egg nog and surfing the web for naughty sites and accidentally found this article with truly awe-inspiring options for family and friends who […]

Gifts for the Beer Lover

Now here’s some Holiday ideas a Real Man can use! CNN’s Eatocracy recently posted a note about new gift guide. Kevin Diedrich is the bar manager at Jasper’s Corner Tap & Kitchen in San Francisco. He offers five good options in the list:

Give the gift that gives all year: Sign them up for a […]

Jammin’ With Apricots

One great summer fruit is the apricot. They’re not often eaten fresh, though; not sure why, as they’re certainly tasty that way. Dried apricots are used in lots of fruit snacks, and that’s a great way to preserve them for the winter months. If you have an abundance of the fresh fruit and access […]

Lemony-Hot Jam, a Hybrid Spread With a Slow Burn

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

Here’s a nice spread for your toast, or to cover a block of cream cheese. After I made the lemon-ginger marmalade I canned only a bit more than half of it, leaving about three cups in the pot. I simply covered it and pushed […]

Lemon Ginger Marmalade, an Easy Spread to Make

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

The quest for the perfect, homemade Christmas present continues! I’m now experimenting with yellow-colored sweet spreads. I made a nice-sized pot of lemon marmalade, infused with fresh ginger. And I must say, this stuff was ridiculously easy to make…

First, let me say that everything […]