Empire of the Rising Sun – Fukui, Japan


Japan is a land of mystery.  It’s about the size of California, but has over 120 million people.  Almost everybody is Japanese, and can trace their ancestry back for centuries.  Part of the reason is…

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Day Tripping with Rick – Biking the Trail to Pittsburgh


As you may know, we live just south of Pittsburgh in the Youghiogheny River Valley.  Our yard abuts the Yough River Trail which is a rails-to-trails project which allows us to walk and bike along…

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Fun with Peppers – Stuffed Banana Peppers


One of the more common peppers to be found in western Pennsylvania gardens is the the Hungarian wax, or what we call banana peppers.  This is because they are long, yellow, and typically curved a…

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Fun with Peppers – Cayennes


The most overlooked part of my pepper patch is the four cayenne plants on the end.  They are scrawny compared to the rest of them, but they are in many ways the most powerful.  No…

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Fun with Peppers – Rick’s Pepper Patch


If Sheldon Cooper can do “Fun with Flags”, I can do “Fun with Peppers”. I am an avid vegetable gardener.  I won’t grow anything I can’t eat, though.  By far my favorite thing to grow…

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Fun with Peppers – Shishitos


Part of my on-going series of what to do with the peppers in your pepper patch.  Today we look at a great appetizer that is as easy to make as turning on the burner on…

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Fun with Peppers – Chili Rellenoes


This post will help you turn your Anaheim and poblano peppers into tasty chili rellenos.  Just like you get at the great Mexican place downtown! Anaheim – A Great Chili Relleno! Anaheims are a relatively…

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Fun with Peppers – Pickled Christmas Pepper Rings


I’m an avid backyard vegetable gardener.  I channel my Italian grandpap Pete, who had a half-acre garden and could grow anything.  My scope is not nearly as ambitious.  I plant four 8×4 raised bed boxes,…

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On the Farm – Box Turtles


When I was a kid, we always had a turtle.  Eastern box turtles were plentiful then if you knew where to look. They could be found crossing roads in the woods, or crossing a field…

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Daytripping with Rick – Sonora Gold Country


California is a great place to visit.  Most people go to the big cities.  Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco.  While the southern part of the state is ok (see my post on San…

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