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Spring

Spring is here! I have been doing some spring cleaning. Today I stayed home to meet the air conditioning guys who were just doing a maintenance check on the system (always a good idea before things get hot and you can’t get someone for days).  Reminder: Get the leaves off of your outdoor  ...

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On food

I’ve been in a rut when it comes to food and cooking lately, and I’m trying to get myself out of it. Sunday through about Tuesday, when the food and ideas are fresh, go pretty well. After that is downhill, with a lot of random ingredients in the fridge and no real plan.  Working a  ...

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Farmers Market on Burnet

Good news! The Farmers Market at 6701 Burnet has been reincarnated, and is better than ever. I went by this morning, and Johnson’s Backyard Garden had all the yummy summer veggies a person could want. Another farm was there with delicious peaches. They also have prepared foods and a nice  ...

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Water from the sky!

First of all, it RAINED last night.  Like half an inch.  It was very exciting. The other exciting thing that happened last night was the Dai Due seafood dinner, with all Gulf Coast seafood and local ingredients.  I was a little nervous about the whole thing, having never been to a supper club  ...

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Busting sod

1. Pulling up sod is not fun.  This little bed in the front yard is going to take a lot longer than expected!  And I have a feeling I am going to be recruiting my pickup-owning friends to haul some soil and decomposed granite; hauling in 10-gallon bags is not going to do the trick. 2.  I have  ...

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