Words to the Wise
July 26, 2016, 5:24 am
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I wear gloves when working with any chile hotter than a jalapeno.  You should too.  And if I cant convince you, maybe THIS will.

No Known Cure
July 22, 2016, 2:41 pm
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basil-dm-leaves-under-08_62The scourge of basil growers everywhere has struck. I have planted basil plants a half dozen times this season and watched as every plant has yellowed, then turned brown and shriveled up.  After noticing the latest batch (one week in!) start to turn. I turned to the interwebs and googled “basil fungus” and sure enough.  Downy Mildew….and no known cure.  I guess I should be glad I’m not a basil farmer.

Here’s a link to some more info, photos, reporting/monitoring

Pay to Play
July 15, 2016, 11:32 am
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On the surface this would seem to be a good idea, and I’m for anything that supports family farms.  But, does this leave the farmer to beholden to food producers?  I really don’t know.  But I do know this, you didn’t come here for answers to life’s big questions.

Corporate Food

July 13, 2016, 7:39 am
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I was raised to never, ever, ever refrigerate tomatoes.  But I also find the folks in The Food Lab to be extremely accurate.

July 10, 2016, 1:59 pm
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  • It’s been a while, hasn’t it?  Well the first BLT of the summer made me think of posting.  That and paying the bill to keep for another year.

Tiny bubbles
September 17, 2013, 6:30 am
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These little gems went into a delicious chicken fricassee last night. They’re Sweet 100’s from a potted plant that just won’t quit.


Last Call? (I hope not!)
September 7, 2013, 2:38 pm
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Last night’s dinner may have been about the end for our own tomatoes.  We used about a dozen San Marzano Gigante’s to make a sauce into which we threw some clams, mussels, and scallops.  A terrific Friday night fish stew.  But today The Principessa did me a solid and took the walk of shame at the Montclair Farmers Market to purchase a few slicers as the garden is about done with tomatoes.

There are a couple Striped Germans which will probably ripen if the varmint doesn’t get them first. But that’s about it.