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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.

An Ode to Kraut - Or The Odious Cabbage

Dangerous Kitchen Experiments, Gardening, , Popular Culture

A little more than three weeks ago I chopped a pile of garden cabbages and embarked upon another potentially dangerous kitchen experiment.  

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Watcha sell'n out the back of that truck?

Gardening, Life In Tosa

I'm up here on the farm - just me and Girlfriend - hanging-out and doing  some bird hunting in the morning and me doing some deer hunting in the afternoon.  Based-upon the reports from home it sounds like the inaugural reincarnation of the Tosa Farmer's Market was a resounding success.

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Watcha sell'n out the back of that truck?

Gardening, Life In Tosa

Earlier this year I talked a little smack about gardening

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Reaping What We Sow

Gardening, Parenting

The President spoke to the children yesterday. 

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The Big Kahuna

Gardening, Gas Pains

Did you know that the People's Republic of China is the world's largest producer of cabbage?

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The Little Melon that Could

Gardening

Did you know that your garden variety watermelon is loaded with important antioxidants?

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Consider the Spud

Gardening, Strange But True, Firearms

If you're like me and you think about potatoes when you have too much time on your hands you'd probably arrive at the same conclusion. 

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Ruination

Critters, Gardening

Yesterday dawned with sweet corn on my mind.

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The Garden Chronicles

Gardening, Outdoors

I have good news and I have even better news.

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The Garden Chronicles

Gardening, Outdoors

Everything seems to have fallen into place and on-schedule.  Mind you this garden is about 150 miles north of Tosa so the growing season starts a tad later and ends a bit sooner.

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Recipe of the Day

Gardening, Terrific Cooking

One of the cool things about having a garden is having a steady supply of fresh produce.

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The Garden Chronicles

Gardening

I'm feeling better about the garden with every passing day.  After that close brush with the cucumber beetles things seem to have settled into a routine with everything putting down roots and growing.

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The Garden Chronicles

Gardening

This morning my wife said to me - You know honey, your corn is looking pretty cute lately.

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The Garden Chronicles - Man Against Nature

Gardening, Critters, Outdoors

Any other frustrated gardeners out there?

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The Garden Chronicles

Gardening, Outdoors

There has been an inch-plus of perfectly-timed rain in the past week.

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Recipe of the Day

Gardening, Terrific Cooking

I like homemade soup - don't you?

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The Garden Chronicles

Gardening, Outdoors

I've been planting.

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The Garden Chronicles

Gardening, Outdoors

Remember this character?

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Watcha sell'n out the back of that truck?

Gardening

Unlike some of you I don't mind all of the snow and cold.  I like being outside in winter.  I remember going winter camping for the first time with my wife.  We were sitting around the campfire at night and a duck flew-in and landed next to us.  I'm not making this up.  There we sat; Jill, me and the mallard.  But that's an altogether different story.

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The Garden Chronicles

Gardening

It is November and believe it or not one of the last crops harvested was a late season planting of radishes.

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The Garden Chronicles - Memories

Family, Gardening, Just For Fun, Terrific Cooking

One of my fondest memories from childhood is of the big family garden behind our garage.

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The Garden Chronicles - Canning and Freezing

Gardening, Just For Fun, Terrific Cooking

Easy Salsa

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The Garden Chronicles - Sweet Corn!

Fish'n, Gardening, Just For Fun, Outdoors, Terrific Cooking

A bit late but worth the wait. 

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The Garden Chronicles

Gardening, Just For Fun, Outdoors

The vast garden is doing its thing. 

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The Garden Chronicles

Gardening, Girlfriend, Just For Fun, Outdoors

The garden has recovered nicely and fresh veggies are rolling in the door and finding their way to the table and freezer.

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The Garden Chronicles

Gardening, Just For Fun, Outdoors

The replacement tomato plants added following the post-Memorial Day frosts are doing well.  We have blossoms and some green tomatoes on the larger plants that survived.

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The Garden Chronicles

Gardening, Just For Fun, Outdoors

Garden was planted on May 23-24 and stuff is growing.  Well, sort-of.  Until last Sunday.

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The Garden Chronicles

Gardening, Girlfriend, Just For Fun, Outdoors

Gardening season is almost upon us and I have the itch really bad.

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