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Pimento Peppers ~ And Pimento Cheese, an Iconic Southern Specialty!

Open just about any traditional Southern refrigerator and you will find a bowl of Pimento Cheese. Served in everyday sandwiches or as party food, it is an iconic staple of the South. A simple mixture of grated cheese, pimientos, and a dab of mayonnaise (preferably homemade), it is often spiffed up with a little of this or a little of that ~ garlic, hot sauce, cayenne pepper, […]

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A Little Datil Just Might Do It!

Datil Peppers. My dad used to rave about the Datil Pepper Sauce made by his friend Luther. I don’t know why because Daddy isn’t really into cooking but he was always happy to have a bottle of sauce in the fridge. Perhaps he mixed it into his special sauce for smoked mullet? Luther passed on but his sweet wife […]

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Some Like ’em Hot! Some Not!

Peppers, chiles, chile peppers. On the Scoville Chart, they are ranked mild to screaming hot. Fresh, roasted, smoked, dried, powdered, pickled. Colorful. Seasoning or main ingredient, peppers are an integral ingredient in cuisines around the world. Here on OF’s Farm at the Sidewalk House, we grow a few varieties of peppers each year. Along with the usual jalapenos and […]

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Work in Progress

Life is a work in progress. As are things at the Sidewalk House. There is always a project of some sort in progress ~ because one thing leads to another around here. After digging up 4 rows of garlic a few weeks ago, Farmer Ken was ready to throw in the trowel. Gardening is not easy on his knees these days. […]

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The Empty Nest

Remember Millie, the Sidewalk House puddle duck? When Millie began sitting on eggs in the wall planter for the second time this season, we estimated her due date to be around July 3. Last week we noticed signs that time was near so we kept a close eye ~ so hoping to finally see ducklings. July 6, Wednesday evening ~ […]

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Who Knew? Did you?

Captain R was out early this morning, puttering around the gardens, preparing for a day of planting. I sipped coffee and checked E-mails and blogs. Lovely, leisurely morning. He stopped for a moment and sat on a front porch bench. Relaxing ~ just looking around. Lovely, lovely morning. And then he came in to report […]

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The Tale of Max and Millie ~ a couple of Puddle Ducks

On the front porch of the Sidewalk House hangs a wall basket ~ don’t you know what fun we have planting it season to season! For the holidays, greens and pinecones and such; for Fall little pumpkins and colorful leaves, dried grasses and bittersweet. Summer? all kinds of greens and colors! In this photo we were playing with placement of Spring plants a few years back But this […]

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