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Eating Peppers is Good for You, Maybe: News on Parkinson’s Disease

The Elves here at the Chile Underground have ben espousing increased consumption of peppers of all types for years now. (They’ve also been espousing massive consumption of beer and meat-on-a-stick, but that’s for another article.) Now there’s scientific evidence that their push to get everyone to eat chiles is well-founded. Actually, it’s not their push […]

Garden Update, Part 2: Determinate Tomatoes

The tomato plants are set in two areas of the garden. The main section has three rows, with a fourth row set across the patch from the rest. This is an experiment I’m running, involving root protection from heat. In any case, it means I’ve got tomatoes scattered pretty much all over the place.

Some […]

Garden Update, Part 1: Indeterminate Tomatoes

The garden’s doing famously now, with spring finally deigning to make an appearance. Most folks (including me) had to replant most or all of their gardens this season, some unlucky souls (like my brother) doing so twice. So we’ll be late with the produce, though it appears that there will still be plenty to go […]

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, […]

What Does a Redneck Put on Salads? Hillbilly Tomatoes, of Course…

Heirloom tomatoes are all the rage these days. Why? In my opinion, Americans want more flavor. In everything. Typical store-boughten tomatoes don’t seem to have much savor or aroma these days. They’re “designed” and optimized to stand up to the rigors of logistics: Picking, stacking, storing, shipping, more storing, and so on. They’re usually picked […]

Chicken-Stuffed Tomatoes, Yum!

Just the thought of going out to the garden about lunchtime and picking a couple of juicy, ripe tomatoes for stuffing is already making my mouth water! Here’s a couple of ways to prepare a great summer lunch, easy and hard (sorta).

First, the easy: Go to the grocer’s and buy a small tub of prepared […]

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 […]

Getting the Garden Ready!

It’s that time of year again; when a young man’s fancy turns to, well, pretty much anything but hard work. However, that garden plot won’t get itself ready…

This year I’m putting in a lot of organic. A truckload on 1,000 square feet. First, I’ll till it to break the hard dirt up, then dump the […]