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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In the Kitchen – Homemade Salsa Recipe for Canning


Enjoy the taste of fresh tomatoes all year round with my best homemade salsa recipe for canning. You might also like my easy chili rellenos recipe!   With tomatoes, it’s feast or famine.  In the…

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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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