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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Daytripping with Rick – Healdsburg Food Tour


Food, Wine and Family My wife Denise is a Zacharia from birth.  The Zacharia clan has long-reaching tentacles.  Our sister-in-law, Gayle, grew up in Northern California, and still has family there.  One of her cousins…

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Daytripping with Rick – Gilboa Quarry, Ohio


Where???  Gilboa Quarry, that’s where.   I’ve been a certified scuba diver for about 30 years having taken “the plunge” as a student at Florida.  The problem is that while Pittsburgh is the City of…

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Daytripping with Rick – Biking Yosemite Valley


As national parks go, Yosemite is the crown jewel.  And Yosemite Valley is star in the middle of the crown. A narrow inlet into the high Sierras, the place looks majestic and ancient.  But although…

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Daytripping with Rick – Sonoma Valley Winery Tour


I love to vacation with my wife’s family.  Apart from being great people, they are world class when it comes to food and drink.  We always have great meals and drink too much, but hey,…

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Day Tripping with Rick – The Sonoma Coast – The Wide Pacific, Seafood, and the Birds


As part of our week in the Russian River wine country, we made a great day trip to the coast.  A nice easy drive to the coast, then a stop in a small hamlet made…

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Day Tripping with Rick – Northern California Wine Country – The Russian River Valley


So.  If you’re married to a great woman, and she hits a milestone birthday, where do you go to celebrate it?  Well, if you’re smart (I am), then the answer is “Anywhere she wants”.  That’s…

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