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They’re Heeeerrreeee…

Luscious, lovely orbs of spicy, crunchy goodness, of course. Radishes, fresh from the garden.

Yesterday’s 1.6 inches of rain has really helped the the crimson globes round out. It’s just over four weeks since I put the seeds in the ground, and the plants are tall (for radishes, I mean), leafy and lush. No bugs. No […]

Garden Recovery Plan Complete; Rebuild Under Way…

Man, I hate it when that happens. A late freeze, I mean. I’d already declared Winter dead and Spring sproinged back in mid-March when the temperatures reached about 90 hereabouts. That’s hot enough, right? Now way could it freeze again after that.

Dang Global Warming stuff.

I had 30+ tomato plants out, a large area of radishes, […]

Nothing Says Love Quite Like Home-Canned Giardiniera

PJ and I enjoy nachos. We have our own versions, and one of them is to simply take corn chips and grated cheese, broil the cheese down onto the chips, then top with chopped giardiniera. (I often include some candied jalapeño slices, just for kicks.) Store-bought giardiniera is good, and we’ve found some varieties that […]

Zesty Pickled Carrots, Tex-Mex Style

This time of year, a young man’s fancy turns to the important stuff. Like love. And pickles…

One pickle that I enjoy is one that you sometimes find in Tex-Mex restaurants: zesty pickled carrots. Oh, it’s not just carrots, but that’s the main ingredient. There are hot chiles in there, of course, and some slivered onions. […]

It’s Farmers Market Season: Round Rock’s Saturday Market

The Georgetown Farmers Market Association sponsors a smaller fair in-between Round Rock and Georgetown, at Scott & White near the outlet malls. Access is easy; we go north on I-35 a few exits, then east on University. Scott and White is on the left, about a quarter mile down.

We’ve been twice this year. A cozy […]

Easy as Pie: National Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie Day

June 9 is perhaps the greatest national (non) Holiday of the year. That you didn’t know about, I mean. Pie, especially fruit pies, is a distinctly American concoction, capturing the bounty of spring, summer and fall in a plethora of tasty versions. Rhubarb and strawberry are a classic combo for the great American pie. (The […]

Zesty Curry French Fries, and a Great Ketchup Interpretation

Ah, the tasty and popular fried potato; another great American invention. (Quibble if you must, but the other claims of origin are surely false, right?) They’re everywhere. Fast-food outlets; everyday restaurants; even up-scale steak places. Cruise the frozen food aisles at your grocer’s and you’ll find a bewildering assortment of options. All sorts of shapes […]

What Does a Redneck Put on Salads? Hillbilly Tomatoes, of Course…

Heirloom tomatoes are all the rage these days. Why? In my opinion, Americans want more flavor. In everything. Typical store-boughten tomatoes don’t seem to have much savor or aroma these days. They’re “designed” and optimized to stand up to the rigors of logistics: Picking, stacking, storing, shipping, more storing, and so on. They’re usually picked […]