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Simple Pickled Jalapeños: Lovely Summer Heat All Year ‘Round

While summer is in full swing there are plenty of fresh chile peppers available. My garden is keeping me swamped to the gills well supplied with jalapeños, serranos, cayennes, and habaneros. Even the types where I have only one bush, which include cubanelle, hot banana and cherry bomb chiles, are yielding plenty of goodies, and […]

Harissa: The Best Pepper Sauce You’ve Probably Never Heard About

Tunisia has some interesting cuisine. Sandwiched in-between much larger neighbors (Libya and Algeria), this fairly new member of the international community is about the size of Georgia (the U.S. state, not the country) and has an interesting mix of geographies and climates. Maybe an easier way to visualize the size of Tunisia is, it’s only […]

Coral Snake Peppers (They Bite)

A long, hot growing season means the garden produces a plethora of peppers. (Maybe even two plethoras.) It’s a tasty embarrassment of riches, it is. For example, I have eleven cayenne pepper plants. Yep, I overdid it at the Home Depot Garden Center. I tried to get four Golden Cayennes, but apparently the supplier got […]

Ravioli With a Cherry (Tomato) On Top

A couple of important things are going on here at your favorite Underground. First, the garden’s producing mounds of lovely chiles and cherry tomatoes. Indeed, we’re finally far enough ahead that we’re sharing fresh veggies with all our friends who aren’t hiding from already being buried in little red menaces. With six cherry tomato plants, […]

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 […]

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. […]

Time for Tomatoes!

Okay, maybe not quite. But we need to prepare for the day, coming soon, when best of summer comes in by the bushel: Home-grown tomatoes. (Perhaps you think of sweet corn as the best summer has to offer? That’s a close second; dangerously close.)

I notice that plum (Roma) tomatoes are showing up in quantity in […]

Lent’s Here! Time for More Fish…

This entry is part of a series, F4F 2012»

Nashville, Tennessee isn’t known as a center for fine cuisine; no, music tops the list. However, there are sure some fine places to eat there. One is Arnold’s Country Kitchen, which serves Southern fare in a no-nonsense, casual (some say “almost a dive”) atmosphere, right downtown. […]