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#1480238 Candied Jalapenos & Habaneros

Posted by geeme on 01 August 2017 - 04:18 PM

I'm going to have to caution against doing this with supers, though. Whole family telling me never again and even I was coughing and spluttering after accidentally breathing in over the pan.


Thank you for reminding me why it's GREAT to be single!   :dance:   :onfire:   :woohoo:


I love candied supers and love making them! 

#1454263 BEGIN! Stop SmokenFire!

Posted by geeme on 08 May 2017 - 06:16 PM

I may not make it in on time. I just managed to shove a piece of plastic between my eyelid and my eye and it's not very happy right now. If it calms down enough for me to get my entry in, though, I'll post. Good grief...

#1453960 BEGIN! Stop SmokenFire!

Posted by geeme on 07 May 2017 - 06:22 PM

Adding sauteed bacon, onions and jalapeno to the cooked beans.



#1453931 BEGIN! Stop SmokenFire!

Posted by geeme on 07 May 2017 - 03:44 PM

Here's the base meat mixture. I've made enough for 8 servings as I'm giving half to my coaches to eat with rice. The rest will be reduced and tweaked a bit.



#1453886 BEGIN! Stop SmokenFire!

Posted by geeme on 07 May 2017 - 01:02 PM

Blacks and bacon started, somewhere 'neath all that reflection.



#1453815 BEGIN! Stop SmokenFire!

Posted by geeme on 07 May 2017 - 07:56 AM

I haven't made it to the grocery store yet, but here are a few things.




Admittedly, some of the stuff is just on the counter from breakfast. I'll let you ponder which is which.

#1453446 BEGIN! Stop SmokenFire!

Posted by geeme on 05 May 2017 - 09:01 PM

Excellent start here!



But I am wondering, what is up with hot stuff's upside-down pic? I made a post, not too long ago, in which one of the pics is displaying upside-down. Never mind the real pic isn't - when I navigate to it on my website it displays the right way, it's just here that it doesn't. So is the pic in hot stuff's post another anomaly, or was it taken that way? Inquiring minds want to know!

#1453076 The Next Throwdown is...

Posted by geeme on 04 May 2017 - 07:57 PM

geeme you cray but we love u


You wouldn't be the first to say that! :D

#1453034 The Next Throwdown is...

Posted by geeme on 04 May 2017 - 06:47 PM

Ok, I found the old picadillo recipe last night. Got it from my mom who got it from someone else who got it from someone else, and so on. It seems likely that a good half of Houston probably has that recipe. Heck, it might have even come from a post in the Houston Chronicle years and years ago. It's good, but this doesn't mean I'm making it. It just seemed an appropriate time to extricate it from where it was hiding. Which just so happened to be next to the old clam spaghetti recipe. Which, in turn, just so happened to be next to the old chicken asparagus casserole recipe. Mmmmm. Picadillo just so happened to be a good point of reference to all kinds of good stuff.

#1452316 The Next Throwdown is...

Posted by geeme on 02 May 2017 - 07:02 PM

Picadillo is ground beef and that is his signature dish, as stated, and the theme is to beat him at it (with any protein and only 1 has to be minced to keep it interesting). Yes, of course, that is his call, it is his signature. Sorry the first post was not clear. 


Ah, ok. Thanks for clearing it up.

#1452029 [May 1] What are you working on this week?

Posted by geeme on 01 May 2017 - 07:19 PM

The plants are itching to get into their larger pots, as they are fully able to be outside all day now. However, the temps are forecasted to hit the 40F's over the next few nights, so I am holding off on potting up. Heh - even the pineapple wants soil!


But honestly, my plants don't have much of my attention just now - enough to keep them alive and getting big, but that's it. No, my mind is on the fact that, five weeks from today, I will be getting on a plane to go compete in the national Games. Whooooot!

#1452026 The Next Throwdown is...

Posted by geeme on 01 May 2017 - 07:14 PM

blue rice ?   :think:


Oh, there will definitely be some blue in the rice! ;)

#1451775 The Next Throwdown is...

Posted by geeme on 30 April 2017 - 09:36 PM

Mmmmmm..... tacos.


You know, it's really hard to decide which way to go with this. I've got the rice figured out, at least. :rolleyes:

#1451773 accidental aphid control technique

Posted by geeme on 30 April 2017 - 09:33 PM

Very interesting - thanks for posting about it!

#1451551 Why prune for over wintering?

Posted by geeme on 30 April 2017 - 06:44 AM

I've taken three approaches when overwintering:


1) Bring the plants indoors with no pruning at all and treat like a houseplant - don't let them go dormant.

2) Bring the plants indoors after pruning just the smallest branches off.

3) Bring the plants indoors after pruning down to a stump (both branches and most roots), ensuring at least 6 growth nodes remained.


With both methods 2 and 3, the desire was to make the plants go dormant over the winter. Dormant plants don't require much care. Feed and water less often, and provide less light. In the springtime they came  out of dormancy and I gave them more light, water and food. They did create more branches. Since chiles only put out pods at the growth nodes, as lek said, more branches typically means higher yield.  The big thing here is that the plants require less work when dormant. Depending upon how many plants you grow and the amount of effort you put into the plants over the growing season, having a period of dormancy gives you a nice break.


I didn't care for the plant shape after method 3, so I won't be doing that again, though it did also save the most space. I would definitely do method 2 again. Method 1 is fine, but "oops" can happen more readily than in method 2, as if you have them in a room you don't frequent and forget to water. Oops, they're dead.


I kept one plant going 4 or 5 years, using method 2. It was fine through the third year, but then production backed down so it wasn't worth keeping it going to me. The continued production year-over-year depends upon the variety. Pubescens tend to be more prolific bearers beyond the first couple of years. But then, a lot of it has to do with the grow environment over the winter, too.  Another consideration is pests. Every year I overwintered, aphids came out in abundance in the spring. I bought ladybugs to get them, sometimes more successfully than others. That's more something you just have to be on the lookout for and be ready to deal with when it happens.