Tom grew up in Milwaukee, bartended in Wauwatosa in the '70s and moved here in 1984.
Commentary, observations and musings about the outdoors, life in general and maybe Tosa politics and personalities will be the order of the day. He savors a lively debate as much as terrific cooking.
I cannot remember a gardening season as terrific as this year's. Plenty of rain has granted me a reprieve from irrigating. The bugs and the critters have been few, The sunshine abundant. And as a consequence the harvest has been stunning. About the only thing that has gone wrong is that my seed-producing pumpkins (the Snack Face Hybrid that was previously so successful) never germinated. Three attempts were unsuccessful. Go figure.
As the nights begin to grow colder things are beginning to wind down. I am hopeful that the broccoli and Brussels sprouts are going to come into their glory as the cold falls upon the landscape. Potatoes await the tines of the pitchfork to be unearthed from their subterranean slumber. And the tomatoes are still pumping-out a prodigious number of fruits - along with the sweet bell peppers.
A word about the peppers. When I first planted sweet peppers oh so many years ago the plants were small and the fruits few and far between. My review of the garden diary reveals only a half-dozen runt-sized peppers eight years ago. Pathetic.
Finally I have gotten the pepper production up to full bore. I am telling you it has been an avalanche. All that we and friends and family can eat. Plenty for the Wauwatosa Community Food Pantry at St. Bernard parish and more for the staff at the day job.
Plus plenty for the freezer. This is one-week's typical production. Sweet peppers galore! It has been amazing.
Cooked-up a giant batch of stuffed peppers today for Jill and I. Ground venison made from free-range, fair-chase, Door County whitetail deer. Along with garden peppers, onion, canned tomato sauce and seasonings. The brown rice came from Texas. Yum!
The only thing that could possibly go wrong at this point in the grand harvest is a glitch in the bow hunting season. I'm seeing the doc early tomorrow about that.