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Happy Birthday, Jessica Cooks…

Cooking is an important life skill. Says so right here, on my cue card for the day. If you can’t cook then you’re completely reliant on others for the quality of your eats. Fast food drive-throughs; glop in a microwavable cup; takeout from Fat Charlie’s down the block; restaurants, where you can actually get good […]

Pepper Jelly Redux: Apricot Jam, Extra-Zesty Habañero and Serrano Jellies

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

Remember how I said I was through making pepper jellies for the year? Well, I lied through both teeth like an Oriental rug prevaricated and dissembled got talked into making some more. (That’s it! “Talked into.”)

For some reason, Central Market had some great-looking, fresh […]

Relaxifying at the Ranch (And No, the Word Processor’s Not Open)

Okay, if I can’t type’em, I’ll join’em. Or however that saying goes…

This weekend is rocking along very low-key, hiding out at the Ranch and not even cooking a meal this time. Just more nachos. With fajita beef, for one thing. And maybe some non-candied jalapeños. (I wonder how many jalapeño peppers it takes to […]

The Big Day Arrives: Jack and Alma Celebrate Their 70th Wedding Anniversary

Sunday afternoon we all convened at the Thiebaud Auditorium (in beautiful, downtown Lamar) for the Big Event. And I mean ALL. Over 110 folks, or nearly everybody who’s anybody in Barton County, MO (and for miles around). At least five generations were represented, including a small army several of my cousins of all degrees […]

Lazy Sunday in Seguin

Not a lot happening today. There’s a bazaar and auction in town at the Catholic church, so I’m sure we’ll be going in there for a while. Hopefully wifeyperson doesn’t get her spend gland going too strongly. (Don’t tell her I said that.) It’ll be well over 100° F today; when will the heat […]

Lemony-Hot Jam, a Hybrid Spread With a Slow Burn

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

Here’s a nice spread for your toast, or to cover a block of cream cheese. After I made the lemon-ginger marmalade I canned only a bit more than half of it, leaving about three cups in the pot. I simply covered it and pushed […]

Ribfest Today! Y’all Come On By

That big pile of cars you see out front? Ribfest arrivals. (That’s me collecting exorbitant parking fees.)

The milling crowd, hoping for a whiff of the smoke from the pit? That’s Clan and friends, who can hardly contain themselves. (No news there.)

That sound like low-level fireworks going off in the background? That’s not fireworks, that’s […]

The World's Finest Soupfest at the White House

The Occasionally Annual White House Soupfest, Domino Marathon and Bragging Contest made its biggest showing in decades on Saturday. We had folks from far and wide stop by, set a spell and eat. Man, did we eat! Then, when we couldn’t force any more calories down the pipe we broke out the dominoes and […]