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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 […]

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 […]

I’ve Never Seen a Purple Cow…

Daughterperson and I were cruising the aisles at the local Lowe’s garden center over her spring break, ostensibly to gather vital gardening supplies but in fact we were avoiding digging in the garden. Suddenly she comes over and shows me a packet of seeds. Interesting, I thought; tomatillos. Then I read the front a bit […]

Puttanesca: Naughty Name, Great Flavors for Fish

This entry is part of a series, F4F 2012»

The word sounds sorta funny, and most Americans smile when they hear it. What’s it mean? It’s short for “alla Puttanesca,” or “in the style of a prostitute.”

Now before you get your nose out of joint, consider: It’s really got nothing to do with sex, unless […]

Garden Upgrade in Progress; Please Wait…

This year I’m getting serious about the garden. I mean, what with the Mayan Apocalypse upon us, I figger I better have a goodly store of canned veggies on hand. In case I get left behind or something. I mean, you just never know about these things! But I digress.

I’m ordering a few tons of […]

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 […]

Thinking About the Garden, Already

The weather here’s been warm, at least for February. I’m not saying I’ve put the coats away yet, but some of the trees are thinking about budding out. It’s way too early for them, of course, and if they do they’ll likely get bit in a late frost; but hey, it’s their choice, right? At […]

It’s Soup Weather! What’s Your Favorite?

Cold; oh so cold! How cold is it?

It’s so cold that stainless flatware is sticking to tongues.
Hitchhikers are holding pictures of thumbs.
My optician is giving away free ice scrapers with every new pair of glasses.
Starbucks is starting a new product line: Coffee on a stick.
We’re taking everything out of the […]