Category Archives: Food and Drink

Better Than the Average Joe

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There’s nothing quite like a really good cup of coffee. In spite of the popularity of one ubiquitous beverage store (which we shall not name), most of what they sell isn’t so much coffee as liquid candy, which I admit has its moments. Mmm, mocha!

But real coffee is essentially about the flavor you can extract from coffee beans, which is unique, complex, and in my opinion, not to be missed. I’ll go so far as to lighten and sweeten my coffee a bit, but only to enhance the natural flavor of the brew.

This post describes how to make great tasting coffee, and ignores its physiological effects. So if you mainly drink coffee for the caffeine boost, there’s no need to read further.
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Cultivating Better (Tomato) Taste, Part 3

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In Part 2 of this series, I discussed how to choose a tomato variety, establish appropriate growing conditions, and plant the tomato seedling. In this post, I address watering, cultivation, problem solving and harvesting.

This is not a step by step tutorial. Each brand of planter comes with its own instructions for planting and cultivation, so I won’t duplicate those instructions here. I’ll emphasize some of the key points they make and add my own comments.
Keep reading — Cultivating Better (Tomato) Taste, Part 3

Cultivating Better (Tomato) Taste, Part 2

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In Part 1 of this series, I discussed my decision to grow my own tomatoes, my selection of a Topsy Turvy “upside down” planter, and the problems with advice on the internet about growing tomatoes. In this post, I address various aspects of choosing a tomato variety, establishing appropriate growing conditions, and getting the tomato plant into the planter.

This is not a step by step tutorial. Each brand of planter comes with its own instructions for planting and cultivation, so I won’t duplicate those instructions here. I’ll emphasize some of the key points they make and add my own comments.
Keep reading — Cultivating Better (Tomato) Taste, Part 2

Cultivating Better (Tomato) Taste, Part 1

Tomato slices.

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Is it too much to ask for tomatoes with decent flavor and ripeness? This year I decided to grow my own tomatoes, using the simplest method I could find. I discovered that I had a lot to learn.

This is the first of a series of posts about my experience growing tomatoes for the first time.
Keep reading — Cultivating Better (Tomato) Taste, Part 1

Too Much Sodium

Sodium pictureExcess sodium in your body can kill you, even if you don’t have high blood pressure. The good news: most of us can reduce our sodium intake without having to eat overly bland food.

I was diagnosed with high blood pressure in the early 2000’s. Among other things, my doctor prescribed a blood pressure medication, and told me to cut my sodium intake. (Yes, and exercise too. I’m still working on that.) Excess sodium contributes to high blood pressure, and it can also increase the likelihood of some debilitating medical conditions. Although I significantly modified my diet, I still eat plenty of good food and I don’t feel deprived, but my blood pressure numbers are now well within the normal range.
Keep reading — Too Much Sodium

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