more about: Fruits and Vegetables

What’s Attacking My Killer Tomatoes?

Yes, it’s the beginning of that wonderful time of year, when you go out to pick that first delicious tomato after people like me told you tomatoes were so easy to grow. But instead of finding luscious, red fruit, you find something that makes you want to slap a baby seal. Don’t do that — it’ll show up on YouTube […]

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Gardening Gone Mad: Meet the Tomato-Potato Plant!

Who among us hasn’t been bothered by the fact that when we grow a tomato plant, it produces just tomatoes? Wouldn’t it be much better if that plant grew both tomatoes AND potatoes? Well, happy day, now there’s a Franken-plant that does just that! From the top, you harvest cherry tomatoes, while the roots produce a bumper crop of spuds. […]

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Serve Up Some Sunchokes!

Gardening and cooking often involve leaps of faith. Yesterday, Judy and I spent the morning browsing all the various booths at the Farmer’s Market at Pepper Place in downtown Birmingham. I love farmer’s markets. They have so much stuff and much of it is pretty weird. As Forrest Gump so eloquently put it, “You never know what you’re gonna get.”

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What We Eat — It Didn’t Start With Winn-Dixie

Greetings once again from the beach, faithful readers! Yes, to your great delight, Grumpy is having a wonderful time. During his idyll, he has been reading a fascinating book called The American Plate that traces the origins and histories of the things we eat. And if you’re a staunch purist who only likes stuff made in Amurica, you ain’t gonna […]

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Five Fearless Predictions For 2015

  Over the years, we have established that Grumpy knows all — not just about the present, but the future too. Powered by several glasses of high-octane eggnog, he turns his Jaundiced Eye of Prognostication towards 2015 and issues five shocking predictions for the coming year.

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Real Men Eat Salads

Many of you probably think Grumpy hunts and devours live animals. Well, he used to, until his wife convinced him to eat a more healthy diet. So here is Grumpy’s new freshly planted salad garden. Not only will its leaves supply lots of Vitamins, minerals, and fiber, but unlike animals they will not struggle while being harvested.

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Don’t Let These Marijuana Lookalikes Send You To Jail!

Did you see the video of the guy in Georgia who said police raided his home after they mistook the okra he was growing for marijuana? Okra doesn’t look like pot to me, but maybe it does to a cop hovering 60 feet above in a helicopter. Watch and enjoy!

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Eat Kale, Stay Out of Jail

I wrote the first story about growing kale that ever appeared in Southern Living and, as a result, was nearly hauled off to the pokey by an infuriated public. And all because I offered them insight and wisdom about this neglected, nutritious veggie.

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5 Southern Delicacies That You Love & I Hate

  Friends of Southern Living, please sit down, for I have shocking news. I hate raw tomatoes, as well as four other iconic Southern foods.

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Why Can’t I Grow Killer Tomatoes?

When you have lavished your tomato plants with water, fertilizer, and love, love, love, it’s so disheartening when all the tomatoes develop disgusting black spots on the end. What causes this — fungus, Monsanto, the pharaoh’s curse? As always, Grumpy has the answer.

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