I snagged all the end-of-the-season red chiles I could get my hands on at the farmers’ market a few weeks back. Red jalapeño, Espelette (a French [Basque] chile), Urfa Biber (a Turkish chile; I grew these in my garden), and a handful of chiles, which I suspect were cayenne.With an abundance of chiles, you can: … Continue Reading

Like many, I eagerly await summer and its splendid tomatoes. Can’t think of many things better than a vine-ripened tomato. This year, I have four tomatoes plants in my backyard. Love plucking the (cherry) tomatoes right off the vine and popping them into my mouth. A sprinkling of sea salt and now we’re talking. So … Continue Reading

Hello pollinator. This busy bee wanted to be part of the photo… On a different, but most important note, Maryland recently became the first state to ban bee-killing pesticides thanks to the Pollinator Protection Act. Hopefully other states will follow suit. What are you waiting for?? I’m sure many of you have seen these photos. “Our honey … Continue Reading

In my opinion, summer is by far the best time of year.  Give me sunshine. Give me flip flops, shorts and a tee, that’s when I’m most comfortable. Throw in a lazy day at the beach and I’m as happy as a clam. And of course this…summer’s bounty  — tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, chiles, zucchini, summer … Continue Reading

My love and appreciation for Mexican food developed when I moved to Chicago in 2001. What does Chicago have to do with Mexican food? While Chicago is of course nowhere close to Mexico, it has the second largest population of Mexican immigrants in the United States (Los Angeles is first). That statistic is from 2014, so … Continue Reading