In the Kitchen – The Anaheim vs. Hatch Stuffed Pepper Challenge


Stuffed Peppers – A History One of the best things about peppers is that they are inherently hollow, and just begging to be stuffed with stuff.  Growing up with an Italian mom, we had stuffed…

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In the Kitchen – Okra, Cherry Tomatoes and Chilies for a Quick Snack


Well the garden has about six more weeks before the frost comes, so now are the golden days.  Beautiful vine ripe tomatoes that you can pick, cut thick slices for salami-tomato sandwiches, and throw the…

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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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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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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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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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