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Jason has written 50 posts for Pistachio House

No Knead Wheat Bread

Inspired by the ease in which Francine seems to make bread, I’m venturing into the world of bread baking, guided by Peter Reinhart and his Bread Baker’s Apprentice book.  I originally made these loaves in late July for a relative’s visit from Europe and they languished in the queue until we had our little attack […]

Fried Pies Part II (Apple!)

  We’ve been having a fall weekend here in the coastal south – it was very refreshing to wake up to temperatures in the 60s and only have a high of 70 or so.  What a great change from the sweltering heat we’ve had all summer.  To me, fall is about college football, apple cider, […]


What an incredible month and a half it’s been!  In mid August, we suffered a worm attack from a hacker in Russia who found a way to exploit a bit of PHP code in a file that makes the cute little thumbnails in most WordPress themes.  Why did we fall victim to a well published […]

Stuffed Zucchini

Zucchini’s not something I normally eat a lot of.  You see it piled high on plates with broccoli, squash, and carrots at restaurants under the name “seasonal vegetables.”  Why are those same vegetables always in season at restaurants?  Do they have some sort of time machine that lets them have these when it’s clearly not […]

Pistachio House Podcast – Episode 3 – Life is a Bowl of Cherries

This week we talk about cherries as our main feature including some discussion on how to make cherry soda. We also talk about making Whole Wheat Bread with the Bread Baker’s Apprentice book by Peter Reinhart, a little about plane spotting, Vashon Island adventures and a little bit of dehydrating. This week’s essay touches on […]

Fried Cherry Pies

It’s like a scene from an old movie about the south – a grandfather and a little boy walking out of a gas station with an RC Cola and a MoonPie, getting into a 57 Chevy and taking to the road.  It happened like that for me, but with different vittles.  Yes, I said vittles, […]

Fried Green ‘Maters

When I hear “Fried Green Tomatoes” I immediately think of the eponymous book by Fannie Flagg and the movie it was made into.  It wasn’t something we had growing up, because we raised our tomato flock (yes, flock) to be eaten red or canned.  It wasn’t until I branched away from home that I actually […]

Cooking 101 – Home Canning using a Water Bath (Tomatoes)

✩ Here’s the third installment of the Cooking 101 series – Water Bath Canning.  This method is the traditional way of preserving high-acid foods such as fruits, jams, jellies, pickles, butters and acidified tomatoes, which is what we’re doing today.  I won’t go near pressure canners, because I enjoy how pretty my face is and […]

Easy Peach Cobbler

July is halfway over, and that means Prunus Persica are everywhere. I live in the Palmetto State, which is a total misnomer. Yes, we have lots of Palmetto trees–and don’t you dare call them palm trees–you find those tall things out in California or on a beach in Hawaii. A more proper name might be […]

Pistachio House Podcast – Episode 2 – Pickin’ Tow-Maters!

On my trip home this weekend to take my dad for his doctor visits, we chose a visit to the local farm – Sheep Island Farms, run by the McKenzie family for some tomato picking in preparation for our annual canning tradition.  Here’s a quick peek at next week’s audio podcast which will be Episode […]

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