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Dandelion Wine

Posted by grahamfirchlis on March 11, 2010

When life gives you dandelions, make dandelion wine. Read the rest of this entry »

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José’s Cousin’s Chilies

Posted by grahamfirchlis on March 10, 2010

Being a life-long obsessive omnivore with a penchant for unusual tastes, it isn’t often anymore that I come across a new edible. But at the end of last summer one of the Mexicans on the block offered to show me a special chili pepper plant he was growing and it turned out to be unlike anything I’d ever encountered. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sweet Potato Pie

Posted by grahamfirchlis on February 9, 2010

Surrogate parental figures can have an important positive influence in our lives. As a child, my best friend’s maternal grandparents were a strong presence for me. Both of them were born and raised and lived most of their lives in a very small Mississippi town on the banks of the great river itself until they moved to California in their old age. Granddad taught me how to fish and with his voice like a gravel truck on a washboard road how to sing bass, and by his example any number of important parts of what it means to be a man. Granny taught me many things about living in harmony, among them the fine art of cooking for others. From her recipes I still make a great number, including Sweet Potato Pie. Read the rest of this entry »

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Going hungry in the land of plenty

Posted by grahamfirchlis on December 14, 2008

The Central Valley of California is the most productive agricultural land in the entire world. You would think that living in the middle of all that abundance would guarantee that families would have access to all the food they need – but you’d be wrong. Read the rest of this entry »

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