In the Kitchen – My Best Canned Salsa


Enjoy the taste of fresh tomatoes all year round with my best canned salsa recipe. With tomatoes, it’s feast or famine.  In the winter, they can only be grown indoors, or in places where it…

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In the Kitchen – Easy Chili Rellenos


Easy Chili Rellenos, a Mexican favorite you can easily make at home. My mom’s Italian.  They  stuff things.  They stuff cheese into manicotti, they stuff ground beef and spinach into ravioli.  And they love to…

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Farm Stories – Love, Hate, The KKK and Perogies


Rural people are self-sufficient.  They keep to themselves.  They don’t have block parties, because they don’t live on blocks.  They are patriotic and fiercely respect everyone’s right to freedom and privacy.  They don’t care what…

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On the Farm – Wayward Pigs


Pigs are nature’s atomic weapons.  They eat everything in sight, and can turn a lush green lawn into a post-apocalyptic wasteland in a matter of hours.  You will never hear the call for “free-range” pigs. …

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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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