Tomato Raisins – Even Your Grandkids Will Eat Them


As you know, I’m an avid vegetable gardener.  I grow what I like, and anything my wife, the lovely Denise, tells me to.  One of the things we argue about every year is tiny tomatoes. …

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Latvia


Latvia, Jewel of the Baltic One of the best things about working as a nuclear engineer for 38 years is the interaction with people all over the world.  I have great friends in dozens of…

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Hey, Let’s Go to………Cleveland??? – A Bike Tour of Our Sister City on the Lake


We are often put in a situation of what to do for a 2-day weekend.  You have enough hotel points that the room will be free, you just have to find someone to come walk…

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Should I do the Timeshare FREE Vacation?


If you’re like me, you belong to all kinds of travel-related loyalty plans.  Every frequent flier program, every major hotel chain, several credit cards who have conned you into getting a “free flight” or two. …

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The Founder of Ringgold High School Ice Hockey


Note – This article was published in the Mon Valley Independent newspaper on November 24, 2017.  Much thanks to the Sports Editor Jeremy Sellew Few men can be called “The Founder” of something.  You have…

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In the Kitchen – Man’s Chili


Somebody told me once that making good chili really separates the men from the boys.  And that any chili worth its salt uses ancho chili powder.  This year, I grew enough peppers to dry and…

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In the Kitchen – Greenock Shishito and Sausage Breakfast Hash


In the rush of peppers at the end of the season, I ended up with a ton of shishito peppers, most of them from one prolific plant.  These were a bit bigger than the finger-size…

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Fun with Peppers – The Last Pick


Into the life of every pepper patch comes The Big Freeze.  Sometimes it’s early, like a cruel early October frost.  Sometimes it’s later.  Sometimes you can forestall the inevitable by covering the plants.  But it’s…

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Rick's Classic Chicken Cacciatore - a hearty Italian hunter's stew.

In the Kitchen – Rick’s Chicken Cacciatore


First, let me make something clear.  My wife, Denise, is the cook in the family.  Before I met her, if I wanted to eat, I cooked it myself.  Since we’ve been together, I realize that…

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In the Kitchen – Pickled Peppers Stuffed with Sauerkraut or Channeling Aunt Marge


Every big Italian family has an Aunt Marge, the matriarch who holds everything together.  My mom is the ninth of ten kids.  Aunt Marge was up around number 2 or 3.  She was always old…

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