How to Grow Everything You Eat

How to Grow Everything Extreme opinions attract the most attention online. This dynamic can be innocuous, if stupid, as in the case of sports, or incredibly corrosive, as in the case of politics. But in other areas it’s just confusing. For example, I’ve recently seen people condescendingly claim that it’s delusional to imagine that anyone...

Pork Inferno

Pork Inferno When cooking goes wrong Building a cinderblock oven is simple. Smooth out an area of ground, decide on a size, then stack up four courses of cinderblocks, leaving an opening to shovel coals or charcoal into the bottom. Use a mason’s hammer to chip out divots from a few of the blocks and...

Werewolf Agriculture

Werewolf Agriculture The spookiest thing about werewolves (aside, perhaps, from being giant, bloodthirsty man-beasts) is their double nature; the werewolf that comes prowling around your door one night might return to it in the morning as Bill the mailman. Depending on the particular folklore involved, Bill himself might not know it. The same guy who...

Cornell Pork Chops

Cornell Pork Chops A new twist on an old favorite If you’ve spent any time in central or western New York, you’ve likely noticed that lots of groups from churches to to libraries, but especially fire houses, raise money by holding chicken dinners. Chicken is put in a tangy, savory marinade, then grilled. There are...

Shallow Roots

Shallow Roots The gardening season in central New York is short. Nights stay cold deep into spring, and two years ago all the squash got killed by a frost on the last day of August. You only get one shot at growing most vegetables, particularly those that take a long time to mature. My project...

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