Category Archives: Richmond

Sauerkraut season

A friend is making sausages so I figured it was time to get the salt and cabbage and make a small batch of kraut, one of the easiest of the fermented foods. It really was simple. Cut up the cabbage, add … Continue reading

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Planting ginger

The ginger I had found at the Union Square Green Market and potted indoors seemed to have vanished into the dirt after a couple of weeks. An other-worldly occurrence. Luckily, later that same day, while in search of the very seasonal Zwetschgen … Continue reading

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Silver Queen sweet corn

I inadvertently picked up some Silver Quuen last season, white, sugary (su) sweet corn at the Forest Hills farmer’s market on Saturday, which has a much nicer mouth feel than the supercrunchy shrunken-2 (sh2) varieties which now dominate the market. … Continue reading

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Twisted Ales and Väsen, RVA

I took a short bike ride to check out new breweries in Richmond, VA and started in Manchester at Twisted Ales, where even the Saison and Weiss beers seemed hoppy. The bar was covered with nearly $200.00 worth of pennies … Continue reading

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Rocoto peppers

Aftering surviving an insect attack indoors this past winter and growing faster than the attack this summer, our Peruvian rocoto peppers (Capsicum pubescens) are putting on bourgeois and gorgeous new purple blooms.  Although not near as hot as thin fleshed … Continue reading

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Pickled beets, flowering German gold tomatoes

I had not wanted to lug beets around all day after the Alexandria Farmers six weeks ago so waited until the Saturday RVA South of James Farmer’s Market to get some starter material for pickled beets, here shown with heirloom German Gold … Continue reading

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Avocado oil mayonnaise

It seemed like such a good idea to make scratch mayonnaise using avocado oil and egg yolks and lemon and vinegar but the first attempt yielded a “broken” mayo and the second attempt with an additional yolk and very slow … Continue reading

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