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“A Bear Walked Into a Grocery…” And It’s No Joke…

This entry is part of a series, Follies 2011»

Where does a Yuppie migrant farmer pick lettuce? The salad bar, of course. However, in Ketchikan, AK, the supply of lettuce might be a bit interrupted at the moment…

Seems the bears way up North are getting smarter. I mean, why forage far and wide when […]

Are You Joining the Artisanal Ketchup Revolution?

Ketchup. That red glop that kids use to hide the taste of everything from broccoli to bananas. It’s somehow seen as quintessentially American, although we didn’t invent it. It’s not even the top-selling topping in the States; mayonnaise and salsa both sell better. And until recently, it’s not been seen as a target for […]

Red Pepper Jelly Sunday

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

Long-time followers of the Underground know how much I enjoy a good pepper jelly. The stuff is quite easy to make too. With the garden right on peak production of chiles and farmers markets everywhere overloaded with many inexpensive choices (if you don’t grow […]

Beans, Beans, the Magical Fruit; Cook’em Right!

Maybe you think you know how to cook pinto beans? Well, here’s a video that begs to differ with you (maybe)…

Here’s the recipe contents:

8 cups water
2 smoked ham hocks
1 medium onion, chopped (she used white, I’d use yellow)
1 pound dried pinto beans
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons chili powder
1-2 […]

Farms 2 Market in Round Rock, the Hottest in Texas (No, Really)

This entry is part of a series, Market Days»

The residents of Round Rock, Texas are blessed with several opportunities to “go loco” with their vegetable-shopping. They have two farmers markets in town, you see, and they’re not far from Pflugerville and Georgetown, which each have a farmers market as well. They’re all on […]

Another “Too Many Tomatoes” Solution, and Green Too

This entry is part of a series, RdJ»

Most of us who have dirt-stained pants knees nurture vegetable gardens south of the Dixon-Mason Line have now reached a common state of affairs. The tomatoes now look like Little Shop of Horrors plants, just as we’re all getting a bit tired of tomatoes for dinner. […]

More TGSMVH: Barton Creek Farmers Market

This entry is part of a series, Market Days»

Continuing our roundup of regional farmers’ markets in central Texas (lovingly known as TGSMVH, or The Great Saturday Morning Vegable Hunt; and yes, it’s vegable, from when my baby brother was two), we visited the Barton Creek area of town on Saturday to peruse the […]

Happy Father’s Day, Undergrounders…

Nothing much going on here except the heat; 105° F today in the backyard. The weatherman’s teasing us with rain chances mid-week, which I’m sure they’ll pull away at the last minute, like Lucy taking away the football before Charlie can launch the game-winning field goal through the uprights. Oh well; maybe they figure […]