Category Archives: How to

Fish Pepper Brine

This is a basic brine for any firm flesh/low oil fish for smoking. This makes enough for about 1 lb of fish fillets. On how to smoke go here. Basic Fish Brine 2 cups boiling water 1 dried ancho chili … Continue reading

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Water Velveting Chicken

This is a healthier way to prep chicken, or any meat, for Chinese cooking. The traditional way is in oil, but the water bath works just as well and is far easier to clean up after. Water Velveting 1 lb … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving Menu

We hope you all have a great holiday. If you’ve forgotten a recipe or still have room on your table for one more dish, we hope this roundup helps. Cranberry Sauces Brandied Cranberry Sauce Cranberry Sauce with Raspberries Cranberry Gelee … Continue reading

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In Our Kitchen: Sweet Potatoes

The garlic came in the mail so it was time to pull the sweet potatoes. Although they did yield a pretty good harvest I will not plant them again unless there is an isolated space for them to grow. I … Continue reading

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In Our Kitchen: The Last Tomatoes

Our tomato crop was a bust this year. The grape tomatoes did well for a few weeks, but the crop was felled by a combination of too much rain in the spring and the oppressive July heat that normally does … Continue reading

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In Our Kitchen: Pickling, Garlic and Eggs

The title may seem confusing if you do not understand the use of a comma. I spent an entire afternoon canning 36 large jars of pickles. Go here for the recipe.This happened because when I bought the 20 lbs of … Continue reading

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In Our Kitchen: Rain Delays

Everything has been way behind schedule due to all the rain. Normally we would have already made the pickles and strawberry jam for the next year, but at this point the garlic scapes have just arrived and the arugula is … Continue reading

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In Our Kitchen: So Long Saint Patrick

So a favorite holiday of ours passed and as you can see it was celebrated in spades. Even after the corned beef was finally finished in a pretty tasty hash a week later there is still leftover beer in the … Continue reading

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No More Snow (Most Places)

After the long winter it is finally time to get back out in the garden. After a good bit of weeding and pruning I have most everything ready for spring. The garlic and carrots survived the heavy, late snowfalls and … Continue reading

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All Up in My Grill

After 10 years of excellent service it was time for a new grill. Guess which one it is. The main reason for the old ones replacement was this. The fire box is burnt. For normal grilling this kind of hole … Continue reading

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