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Crema de Aji Amarillo

After having Peruvian chicken and the Aji Amarillo sauce catered by Viva Chicken in Charlotte five years ago I started on growing the Aji amarillo peppers in the 2019 growing season but did not have a plan or energy to … Continue reading

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Aji Limón Single Varietal Tonic/Hot Sauce

The peppers were crowding the counter so it was time to blend the Aji Limón peppers that had been fermenting a couple of weeks.I dumped most of the very yellow peppers into the blender and added a bit of apple … Continue reading

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New cast iron crepe skillet

I had started the day searching for Italian prune plums at the South of the James market at Bryan Park and ended up purchasing a cast iron skillet for crepes that I ran across in Louisa, VA in a vintage … Continue reading

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Aji Amarillo Single Varietal Tonic/Hot Sauce

The Aji amarillo peppers had been fermenting for a couple of weeks and the humidity had dropped some so there was a window for moving the blender outside to blend the peppers into a hot sauce or tonic. I split … Continue reading

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Pear kefir

My last batch of kefir fermented a bit too long making it too viscous for my taste so I blended it up with a week-old peach from Lopez Farms at the Lakeside. Very sweet and yummy. And tasting like pear.

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Watermelon, basil, rum spritzer

I was using up some watermelon and macerated it in a glass, added a bit of rum, fresh basil and some fizzy water but the result did not have much watermelon flavor. The result did not have very much watermelon … Continue reading

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Fermented aji limón peppers and cantaloupe selections

The pepper inventory was stacking up so it was time to ferment some aji limón and, separately, some aji amarillo peppers. The colors are still striking. The first cantaloupe this year had seeds with tetrad symmetry compared with last years … Continue reading

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Fried cucumbers

One knows that the cucumber harvest is overwhelming when one is making Tsatsiki, Gurkensalat and refrigerator pickles seemingly every other day and giving away cucumbers like they were zucchini that it must be time to try fried cucumbers. As simple … Continue reading

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Kölsch nostalgia in Richmond

I have been having a lot of retro thoughts during these unprecedented times and have thought back to the early 80s in Köln during my post-doc years when drinking Kölsch Bier was high test compared to the Bud, Schlitz, Miller, … Continue reading

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Too many cucumbers

I can hardly keep up with our wall of cucumbers which means that I had to make Tsatsiki today, a simple Greek dip that I first enjoyed in Cologne Germany in the 80s at a Greek restaurant near 367 Berrenrather … Continue reading

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