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Hot Cock Sauce

4# Red Ripe Serrano Chilies 1/2 White Onion 1 Small head of garlic 3T Kosher salt 9T Light Brown Sugar 4T Apple cider vinegar 1 1/4 Cup white vinegar

Cut stems off chilies leaving the green top in place, process the rest of the ingredients except for the white vinegar until finely chopped and […]

Tonic Tincture #1

4 c. water 1 c. lemongrass, smashed and chopped (this took 4 stalks) 1 c. turbinado sugar 1/4 c. cinchona bark, finely ground 1/4 c. lemon juice zest of 1 lemon zest of 1 lime 1 tsp. allspice berries, whole


Combine all and bring to the boil. Reduce heat to a simmer for […]

Sauerkraut: if I’d only known you were so easy

We love sauerkraut and have been happily forking over for Alexander Valley Gourmet’s fresh sauerkraut to get our fermented veggie fix. We’d been put off trying to make our own by accounts of wet moldy rags and open pickling crocks and then we read this SF. Chronicle article on fermented foods that had a seemingly […]

Zucchini Bread


What to do when you’re finally tired of using overgrown zucchinis as baseball bats

see also:

Applesauce -OR- What to do when you’re finally tired of using mushy Gravensteins as baseballs.

We planted several zucchini plants this year knowing full well that we’d have too many by half, but I was inspired by a […]

Refrigerator Pickles

2 large cukes 1/2 yellow onion, sliced 4 cloves garlic, smashed 1c water 1c cider vinegar 1 1/2 c sugar (to taste) salt (to taste, 1/2 t?) 1t mustard seeds 1t turmeric 1/2 t celery seeds 1/2 t pickling spice 1/2 t red pepper flakes

Toast spices to help release flavors, combine with water, […]

Quince Butter

5# Quinces 2 Lemons (to taste) Sugar

Cut quinces into small chunks and put into pot half about half covered with water. Bring to boil and cook until the quinces are soft. Mill, strain, measure and return to heat. Add lemon zest and juice to taste. Add 1/4 of puree’s volume in sugar. 5# […]


This year we almost had a strike on our hands. Amelia threatened to whine all the way through the holiday and Wiley…actually, Wiley didn’t seem to actually give a damn.

That’s my boy.

The problem? Our guest list for Thanksgiving. There isn’t one. A guest list, I mean. It’s just us. Us and Grandma and […]

Jalapeno and Serrano Hot Sauce #2

1 head of garlic 2 doz ripe red jalapeƱo chillies 10 ripe red serrano chillies 1/2 large white onion 1 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar 1 cup water 3/4 tsp sel gris 3 dried chipotles that have been hanging around in the back of the pantry for god knows how long

Simmer 20 minutes, […]

the left hand knows not…

Ok, the left hand knows damn well. The right hand may be making Jalapeno and Serrano Hot Sauce #2, but the left hand is drinking a Queen of the Ocean.


We (I) selected this cocktail because

It contains Lillet Blanc which I just discovered the other day in the Hoop-La! and am completely in […]

Habenero Hot Sauce #1

1 head of garlic 2 medium carrots 1 large white onion 10-20 ripe habanero chilies 1 cup apple cider vinegar 2 t turbinado sugar 1 t sea salt

Follow the procedure for Jalepeno and Serrano Hot Sauce #1