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Echos of Father’s Day: Whacked-Out Bacon Ideas for Next Year

Just in case you missed the opportunity to share bacon gifts with your dad this past Father’s Day, here’s a slide show of some great ideas for next time! Heck, why wait until Father’s Day? There’s something like 85 more opportunities during the next year, if you total up all the holidays in the European […]

Epicure: More Than a Fancy Foodie Word, It’s Also a Great Gift Shop and Deli

Visiting Mom this week presented some nice opportunities to relax. Yesterday my best wife and I headed into downtown Boerne for a little look-see and maybe some shopping. The town’s clearly not the sleepy little village I grew up in; no, there’s all sorts of shops, attractions and activities nowadays.

One of Mom’s friends suggested we […]

Quiet Christmas Eve

Not much happening here. We’re holding a small gift-sharing after a light supper of crackers, cheese, leftover ham and turkey, and a few other odds and ends. A surprisingly satisfying meal, though! Three of us are a bit under the weather, so it’s a good thing we don’t have a lot of family and friends […]

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 […]

Gifts for the Beer Lover

Now here’s some Holiday ideas a Real Man can use! CNN’s Eatocracy recently posted a note about new gift guide. Kevin Diedrich is the bar manager at Jasper’s Corner Tap & Kitchen in San Francisco. He offers five good options in the list:

Give the gift that gives all year: Sign them up for a […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]