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Singapore Sling Pepper Jelly! Now You Can Drink Your Toast…

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

I was running out of ideas for jellies. Yep, I was shocked too! I mean, there’s only so many batches of cherry habanero jelly you can put up in a season.

I decided my blood alcohol could use a boost. To kick off the positive thinking, […]

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 […]

Pepper Jelly Makes a Great Christmas Present

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

Pineapple during the Holidays? It’s not just for ham anymore!

I’ve been making all sorts of pepper jellies in the run-up to Christmas. Late-year fruit usually are the firmer ones: Pears, apples, quince and the like. I’ve used some red pears in a pear-prickly pear-red chiles […]

More Summertime Fruit Pepper Jellies

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

You can get almost any fruit you want, whenever you want it, thanks to our grocery industry. But don’t they taste best when they’re in season? That’s why I make so much pepper jelly this time of year…

Dark sweet cherries have been available in our […]

Charred Pineapple, Habañeros and Bourbon, a Great Jam Combo

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

Pepper Jelly Madness continues with an experiment that worked out very well, in my not so humble opinion…

A flavor combination that works at many levels involves pineapple that’s been grilled, paired with chile heat. When you add the smoky, vanilla-and-oak essence of a good […]

The Bachelor Brigade Does Chicken (and More)

After a long week sweating over a hot research project, I was ready to kill and grill something. Deric and Kai had spent the day moving dead trees and burning them, so they had mostly gotten their Real Man requirements done. Especially the burning something dead. However, their fire wasn’t really suited for cooking; […]

The Summer of Grilling Continues: Hamburgers, Onions, Pineapple

The weekends were made for grilling, of course. Every Real Man knows that. Now that my package of replacement grill parts arrived Saturday morning, I’m set to produce some Industrial Strength cookout goodies! First, though, I

The denizens of the Ranch were working on fence a lot in the morning, so they didn’t feel like […]

Pineapple Pork Chops

Our family loves pork, especially chops. I’m always on the lookout for new recipes and flavor combos to make pork “interesting.” Okay, interesting isn’t the tiebreaker; they’ll eat chops almost any way you can fix them, and they have some old favorites that never lose their interest.

Still, there’s nothing wrong with having a couple hundred […]