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No Post-Christmas Hangover This Year?

The gifts are all opened, the paper’s been cleaned up and tossed, the stockings have been emptied and stored for next year. Now what? Some folks complain of a hangover about now. Nothing to do with excess partying! Too much other stuff. In-laws who are over-staying their welcome. Credit cards maxed out. A whole new […]

Last-Minute Gift Ideas for Your Foodie Friends

If you’re still looking for the perfect item for the cook in your life, have we got a deal for you…

The Chile Underground’s very own Holiday shopping Elves have been drinking egg nog and surfing the web for naughty sites and accidentally found this article with truly awe-inspiring options for family and friends who […]

Feast Meets West: What’re Your Christmas Meal Favorites?

It’s never to early to plan for Christmas dinner, in my opinion. (Well, as long as it’s already December, I mean.) Having just waded through massive piles of great provender a few days ago, it may be hard for some of you to set your sights on the next Big Meal. Well, we here […]

Saint Basil’s Green; It’s Not Just for Breakfast Anymore

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

One more pepper jelly and then we’re done (for a while, at least). Today I made jalapeño jelly, using a dozen fresh chiles and two medium green bell peppers. Nothing much special, although I added one interesting ingredient: Fresh basil from the garden.

I decided […]

Lemon Ginger Marmalade, an Easy Spread to Make

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

The quest for the perfect, homemade Christmas present continues! I’m now experimenting with yellow-colored sweet spreads. I made a nice-sized pot of lemon marmalade, infused with fresh ginger. And I must say, this stuff was ridiculously easy to make…

First, let me say that everything […]

The Grand Christmas Feast at the Ranch

This post is coming up Very Late. We stayed up until the wee hours of the morning, opening gifts and playing games, watching movies and more. It was so late when we got started with the Clan’s traditional Stocking Orgy Presents Opening that breakfast had to be eaten in shifts, with some revelers asleep before […]

Tis the Season: Spicy Holiday Ham

The Big Day is fast approaching! No, I’m not talking about the Superbowl; with the Cowboys out of it, that certainly ain’t the Big Day in these parts.

No, I’m talking about that magical evening when the Fat Guy with the Toys comes sliding down your chimney and eats all your cookies. Maybe leaves you a […]

Tis the Season: Beer for Christmas

Buy it, read it, learn and savor; ’nuff said…

Enjoy the (Santa’s Brew) Heat!