In the winter, after you “harvest” your wine grapes (in our case meaning after they fall off), you cut the vines back. WAY back.… More Saw it on the grapevine
Eureka! Years ago I noted that Bizarre Foods TV host Andrew Zimmern can eat almost anything. Almost. But not durian, fried mullet roe, or tofu from the House of Unique Stink. (That post lives on and on. It’s been viewed hundreds of times this year, though it was written seven years ago.) But tonight …… More The fourth thing I’ve seen Andrew Zimmern spit out
We traveled all the way to NJ, and got to play… GM Bisguier’s team, most of whom are Metrowest Chess Club players. I played Dr. Ed Epp, accomplished academic, researcher, chessplayer and Boston Bruins hockey fan. I’ve already played probably 8 rated games against Dr. Epp. On board 4, Matt Phelps squared off against Bill… More USATE 2012 round 2: Kissing your sister
IndieGoGo is a website that helps individuals or startups raise money to accomplish a goal. Some of the projects are altruistic, others artsy, and so forth. My wife, who started learning about the US food system a decade ago to address health issues, is aiming to raise enough money to rebuild MyFreshLocal.com as a faster and… More MyFreshLocal on IndieGoGo
Hydroponics is raising plants in water rather than soil. Aquaponics takes that concept a step further. Raise fish or other aquatic organisms in the water and you can make a largely self-sustaining system. Fish waste adds nutrients to the water, feeding the plants. And at the end of the day you can have tilapia with mixed… More Aquaponics
Help Me Crabby One, You’re My Only Hope: During long games, I need to snack at the board. So I’ve got a high metabolism! So sue me! My opponents are typically the whiny sort – you know, “You can’t eat here, you’re disrupting my concentration, I’ve got a sensitive stomach, I’ve got a peanut allergy, wah… More Dear Mr. Crabby Old Chess Player #10
Harissa is a spicy North African paste. Imagine ketchup with personality instead of sugar. (And peppers instead of tomatoes.) We got some to season meat cooked in our tagine cookpot. But on a whim I just mixed it into the sauce for grilled pizza. Fantastic!