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Pepper Jellies and the Manzano Chile

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

The great summer of tasty fruit continues, and I’m in the kitchen nearly every day making jellies. There’s a shortage of fresh habaneros hereabouts, though, which is unexpected and a bit worrying. I went to the neighborhood Latin foods outlet, and even they only had […]

Cherry Season is Here, and Cherry Pepper Jellies are Great

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

If you love cherries, now is your time of the year. Ripe, sweet, juicy. Plenty of them, even here in Texas, and at great prices.

I couldn’t resist. I had to get about a ton several bags and make pepper jelly with them. With pineapple or […]

Garden Update, Part 4: Mild and Sweet Peppers

On to the sweets of the pepper patch! Although there are more zesty plants in the garden and pots this year, the milder variants have a good portion of the space. A couple have just the slightest tingle, while the rest have no apparent heat at all.

It’s likely that the sweet Bell pepper is the […]

Garden Update, Part 3: Lots & Lots O’ Hots, O My!

The only way the Elves here at the Underground can justify their use of the word “Chile” in their website’s name is to be sure to have plenty of peppers planted and thriving by this time of the year. Fortunately, they’re cultivating a grand spread of capsicum, hot and mild. (They grumbled quite a bit […]

StingJam, a New Variety of Pepper Jelly

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

I’ve been making all sorts of pepper jelly for over a year now. A while back I “invented” a form that had milder heat but still plenty of pepper flavor with the fruit; I called that one ZingJam. Recently I tried to make a different […]

Homemade Chile Powder and Crushed Pepper Flakes

I recently posted about the ornamental peppers I’m growing in pots around the reservation here. Knowing that these small chiles are edible, I lay in wait, kitchen shears and bowl in hand, for the red lovelies to begin to dry out. Then I snipped them off the bushes and put them into my new Waring […]

Can You Eat Ornamental Peppers? For Sure…

In flower beds or pots, ornamental peppers add a spot of color that lasts longer than most flowers. (Pepper plants produce cute little white flowers as well.) There are several varieties, of course, but the common qualities these peppers share include ease of cultivation, small bushes, and plentiful product.

I found a couple of lonely little […]

March Madness, With Mangos…

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

The annual university-level basketball tournament is under way, and in a few weeks one team will be crowned champion. The media hype is already at an all-time high, and the frenzy will only accelerate as the Final Four meet and one team emerges victorious.

There’s not […]