27 March 2011

How To Build a CFL Grow Light Fixture - CHEAP!

I think this is going to be my next project so that I can start my peppers early this year.

13 March 2011

Beet Chips and Genesee

I've wanted to subscribe to a Community Supported Agriculture vegetable box for a while now, but I am afraid of what kind of weird vegetables I might end up with.  So I've decided that before I commit, I should try seeing what kind of recipes there are out there for some of the stranger vegetable varieties I might run across (and those that are typically not well-liked by anyone).

I started out with beets and decided to go with fried beet chips.  It took me a couple of batches to get it right, but I finally came out with a workable product on the last batch.  They actually went rather well with the white bean chili we were having.

If you care to try them yourself (I'd recommend at least trying them), you can follow these steps.  I tried using seasoning salt instead of the sea salt I recommend below and I wasn't happy with it.

You need:

  • A bunch of beets (or at least one to two large ones)
  • A deep fryer (I used a Progressive Multi-cooker because it doesn't destroy the kitchen with grease and it's easier to control)
  • Frying Oil
  • Sea Salt
  • A mandolin (for better slicing if you have it)


  • Heat up the frying oil to 400F
  • Slice the beets into thin wafers (as thin as you can possibly get them)
  • Place small batches of beets into the hot oil fry.  I fried them about 5 mins each batch,  but you can probably get away with less if you can slice them thin enough.  Fry them until the beets have curled in on themselves and the bubbling in the oil has almost completed subsided.
  • Remove from the oil and place on paper towels.  Use another paper towel to remove the excess grease.
  • Salt immediately to taste
  • Enjoy!

Also for beer fans (in Asheville)... I found Genesee Cream Ale at the Ingles by the tunnel.  You can pick it up for $12-something a 30 pack.  I enjoy it... it's on the same level as PBR, but it's cheap, it's smooth, and it's cheap.  It's worth trying when you don't want to dive into something heavy.