Author Archives: CastIronDan

About CastIronDan

I'm a married father of three from Apple Valley, CA that enjoys Cooking, Roasting Coffee and HomeBrewing.

Cinnamon Apple Jelly

 I’ve made cinnamon apple jelly many times before – some were flavored with ground cinnamon, some I used cinnamon extract which is pretty good, but this time I used a box of Celestial Seasonings Cinnamon Apple Spice Tea! It’s very … Continue reading

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Pomegranate Jelly v2.0

 I’ve been  spending my fall travelling back and forth to Kansas to see my parents. When I returned home a few weeks ago I realized that I had better do something with all the pomegranates on my trees or they’d … Continue reading

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Red Savina Hot Sauce 

  The other day, I had someone on Facebook ask me what I do with  all those peppers that I grow. That’s a good question, so I guess I should share what I make with all of that hot fruit! … Continue reading

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 Tonka Bean Creme Brulee

  About a  month ago I came across a recipe on a blog called Illegally Delicious  Plum Preserves Infused with Tonka Bean… cool, but what was a Tonka bean? I had never heard of it… turns out it is the seed of … Continue reading

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Garden Update 2017

Between visiting my parents, helping my oldest daugher move and a busy work schedule, I realize now that I never posted an update on this year’s garden! I know that most folk’ s gardens are now winding down, but with … Continue reading

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Peppers of the Americas (book review)

Every once in a while you come across a book that you just have to read. For me, this is one of those books… My two biggest hobbies are gardening and cooking, and peppers are vital to both. In my garden I … Continue reading

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Heading Home

Part 3 of 3  We are not in Kansas anymore!  After saying goodbye to my parents, we headed east on hwy 36 and then dropped down to I 70 in Hays, Kansas. The Blue Rapids area had a lot of … Continue reading

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Kansas

Part 2 of 3.  Spending the week here visiting my parents has been very important to me. My Dad has just been given a pretty ominous diagnosis- so no one really knows just how long he has, so I am … Continue reading

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Summer Road Trip

Part 1 of 3 This Wednesday,  my father will turn 80 years old! My parents were going to come to Apple Valley to visit, but they aren’t going to be able to make it. So we have decided to take … Continue reading

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Pulled Pastrami Sandwiches 

Last week we went to my brother’s house for a BBQ. Don just got a new smoker and he cooked up some excellent pulled pork and six racks of baby back ribs. As we were talking, I told my brother … Continue reading

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