From the mailbag, a reader request for ramps:
Ramps, which are basically wild leeks, are widely available in other parts of the country in the spring. Where can Houstonians find lovely spring vegetables like ramps, fiddleheads, etc? Tried Trader Joe's, no luck. Houston needs our ramps!
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One of my favorite parts about spring and summer is getting to eat fresh fruits and vegetables in just about every meal. Herbs are a great addition to any dish and during the spring and summer seasons, they bring out the wonderful flavors of freshly picked produce.
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Photo by John KielyHierba Buena and CauliflowerWhen the yard withered in the drought, I was pleased. Turfgrass is the largest irrigated crop in America, but there's nothing to eat. With no lawnivores, nor lawn-to-table movements, grass is a relic from a past of cheap land and 40-hour workwe ... More >>
The only plants left in my warm-weather garden are peppers: Anaheim chiles and bell peppers. The Anaheims are fiercely hot, an effect of the drought, and the green bells are just the opposite. In fact, green peppers are mildly bitter and boring, good mostly for salads, color, and grilled for ... More >>
Flowers in the garden are beautiful, but not in the herb section. That's the last step before herbs go to seed, and begin to fade.
It's been a good run for cilantro, which grows from the cooler days of October, until the soil temperature reaches 75 degrees. I'll let mine go to seed, and co ... More >>
A few weekends ago, I helped my mother set up an indoor vermicomposting bin. By "helped," of course, I mean that I watched and bothered her with questions. She finally sat me down with a DVD she'd purchased on the subject (the woman is serious about her gardening) and was left in peace with h ... More >>
Dave77459When I was little I ate tomatoes off the vine in my grandparents' garden, Jell-O from the box at swim meets, and coffee-rubbed ribs straight from the smoker. Today I eat duck gumbo with the fruits of the hunt, Texas roadside dewberry pie, and Cookies 'n Cream ice cream from Blue Bell ... More >>
Now is the perfect time of year to cultivate a backyard or balcony garden of potted herbs. If you cook or make cocktails, however infrequently, it's worth your while to invest in a few $4 starter plants, thereby saving you the money and hassle when a recipe calls for a fresh herb. Whole Foods ... More >>
I finally got some greenery into my new organic garden by transplanting some Egyptian onions. Jim Sherman had too many of them in one of his gardens, so he gladly gave me some. Egyptian onions are more or less idiot-proof, which makes them perfect for a neophyte gardener such as me. They are ... More >>
The Office usually has some fun nods to Halloween -- Pam as Chaplin/Hitler, Dwight and Creed as the Joker -- and last night's "Koi Pond" was no exception. The horrible haunted house the Dunder Mifflin employees set up for neighborhood kids in the warehouse was fantastic, from Michael's Dick in a B ... More >>