Banana Peppers 2 – I Still Have Too Many


Previously, we talked about being overrun with peppers and what you can do with them.  In the current summer of Covid, you can’t just simply dump them on your co-workers like you did every other…

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Banana Peppers – What Can You Do With Them?


The pepper patch is in full swing.  I have gotten to the point of picking a half bushel of each type every few days, then I am under the gun to figure out what to…

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Hot Pickled Cauliflower


Hot Pickled Cauliflower – A Delicacy from my Youth Hot pickled cauliflower was my initiation into the wonderful world of spicy foods.  As a kid, my mom always had a jar of Bell-View Hot Pickled…

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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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The Founder of Ringgold High School Ice Hockey


Note – This article was published in the Mon Valley Independent newspaper on November 24, 2017.  Much thanks to the Sports Editor Jeremy Sellew Few men can be called “The Founder” of something.  You have…

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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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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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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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